Jan 022015
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A journey along the Abel Tasman Track
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves.”
– John Muir
I am sure that many of us have walked the beaches and the forests and made images of the sand and the sea and the waves and the trees and the tracks in this magnificent country. At the beginning of December I spent four days tramping the Abel Tasman track with nine other people from Hanmer Springs. It is now two and a half years since I had my total knee replacement and I wasn’t sure if I would survive the 50km journey. I surprised myself. I was always the last, and the slowest, but I got there. It was my need to record the beauty of the surroundings which slowed me down. Most trampers go really fast, but I enjoyed my slower pace and another lady walked with me and we both made many images. Travelling this distance was easy really as we only had to carry a day pack because all our gear (including the whiskey and wine for four o’clock drinks!) was carried by water taxi ! Tramping / walking like this is a great way for mobility impaired persons to get fit and stay fit – just one of life’s enjoyable necessities!!!

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  5 Responses to “A Journey along the Abel Tasman Track – Barbara Burry”

  1. Ah Barbara now I think we are beginning to see you in your images. This image talks to me about leaving our shadow behind us and walking or own paths. I like it.

    • Thank you, Pauline. The subconscious often shows what we don’t see for ourselves. I hope you are right. But our past shapes who we are now and I don’t think we can ever lose that, just learn and grow from it.

  2. Barbara, life is good when you can combine the beauty of the Abel Tasman with image making. And now you know how to make your “mark” without damaging the environment.

    • Thanks John. I have always followed that maxim – “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time”. And now with the internet able to search, I find that there are a multitude of authors to whom it is attributed!

  3. Wonderful Barbara. And the tide will come and there will be no evidence of your visit – I love the beach!

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