Spirit of Place: Doorways in Nature

Like my obsession with paths found in nature, I also have a love of doorways or arches in a natural setting so I thought I’d share some of them:

Ricketts Sanctuary – The Dandenongs 2014

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(C) T. Georgitsis

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(C) T. Georgitsis

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The Arches – Great Ocean Road 2013

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(C) T. Georgitsis

Childers Cove – The Great Ocean Road 2013

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Warburton – 2013

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Lavandula – Dalesford – 2012

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(C) T. Georgitsis

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Spirit of Place: Paths in Nature

I’ve developed an obsession with paths found in nature for years now so I thought I’d share some of them:

The Dandenongs – Sherbrooke Forrest

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(C) T. Georitsis 2012

 

The Dandenongs – Ricketts Sanctuary

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(C) T. Georitsis 2014

 

The Dandenongs – Between Olinda and Sky High

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(C) T. Georitsis 2012

 

The Dandenongs – Lookout

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The Yarra – Warburton

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2013

 

Flinders Beach

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2013

 

Lavandula – Daylesford

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2011

 

Hepburn Springs

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2009

 

Apollo Bay

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2008

 

The Otway National Park

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2008

 

Badger Weir Park

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(c) T. Georgitsis 2011

Spirit of Place: The Great Ocean Road

Having traveled several times down the Great Ocean Road  I still haven’t seen all its natural wonders in its entirety due to so many of its wonders.

The Great Ocean road is one of the worlds most scenic coastal drives located in Victoria, Australia which contains beautiful beaches and cliffs as well as lush rain-forests.

 

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The Otways

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Spirit of Place: William Ricketts Sanctuary (Dandenong Mountains)

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I love nature and one of my favourite things to do, is go up to the Dandenong Mountains and explore the national parks.

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A few weeks ago I visited William Rickets Sanctuary which contains many mystical sculptures, immersed in the natural forest.

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William Rickets Sanctuary is part of Parks Victoria which acknowledges the original traditional Aboriginal owners.

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William Ricketts was an untrained Australian potter and sculptor who devoted a large part of his life creating Aboriginal centric sculptures to blend in with the natural landscape he placed them in, whilst sending the message to respect nature. He sepent 11 years traveling to Central Australia to be with the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte people who vastly inspired his work. In the 70’s he spent a few years in India where he developed a love and empathy of their spirituality and philosophies which can be seen in his work.

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In 1934 William purchased the land now known as William Ricketts Sanctuary and named it Potters Sanctuary. He worked on various sculptures and works in this sanctuary until 1993.  In the 1960’s the Victorian Government bought the land from him and turned it into a national park and renamed it William Ricketts Sanctuary.  William remained its primary resident and continued his work until his passing in 1993.

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I found the place full of calm contemplation and it was very serene (even though the Dandenong main tourist road is just below it). The few tourists who were there at the time were very respectful and it was easy to navigate around the various paths and view the artwork.

 

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The whole place vibrated with a rich earthy power which refreshed and centered me.  I felt many devic energies around and as though I was in another plane of existence.

 

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I especially loved how the sculptures take into consideration the natural surroundings and provide various watering holes for the native animals and birds who live there.

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William Ricketts was an amazing artist who had a deep spiritual core which resonated in his work.  I am thankful that his legacy and message to respect nature and indigenous cultures lives on through his work.