Posing as birds

Sunday 21 June 2015 is International Yoga Day

Flamingo Yoga:

flamingo yoga Image at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199776933444458639/

 Eagle. Swan. Pigeon. Crow. Why I Love Yoga’s Bird Asanas:

Read a blog post by Shari Hochberg about birds, bodies, balance, beauty and benevolence at http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4067/Why-I-Love-Yogas-Bird-Asanas.html

yoga birds

Image by Dylan Meconis http://www.dylanmeconis.com/art/index.html

Flamingos in Tree Pose:

flamingos  tree pose

 Image at https://yogaashram.wordpress.com/page/11/

 from Birdwings

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you’re bravely working…

…Your deepest presence is in every small contracting
and expanding,
The two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as birdwings.

by Rumi (1207-1273)

Flying in the face of fairness

Australia pays to keep asylum seekers away

See http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/15/any-payments-to-people-smugglers-may-have-broken-australian-law

From Australia’s National Anthem Advance Australia Fair

‘For those who’ve come across the seas

We’ve boundless plains to share…’

no way

Try to Praise the Mutilated World

…You must praise the mutilated world.

You watched the stylish yachts and ships;

one of them had a long trip ahead of it,

while salty oblivion awaited others.

You’ve seen the refugees going nowhere,

you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.

You should praise the mutilated world…

by Adam Zagajewski

Listen to the poem at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/247934

Go Girls!

Puzzling Grey Plovers:


‘…We know that Grey Plovers migrate an amazing 12,000km to breed in northern Siberia and Alaska during the northern summer and return to spend our summer in Australia… However nearly all the population in Australia is female which makes their migration even more mysterious. Why do females migrate to Australia, but males apparently don’t?

…We aim to use satellite tracking to find out some of the answers to these questions.’

grey plover track

These images and more information at:




Practising the art of the possible:

Help the tracking project take flight with crowd-funding for Grey Plovers until 9 June 2015. See http://www.pozible.com/project/194554


Another plover:

A willing hostage to elusiveness, I crane

and peer: Look – a spotted redshank – rare!

whispers my guide; And there, a golden plover.

We trawl the wetlands with a light tread; in thrall to

unglimpsed wings, watched by quicksilver eyes.

from Bird-Watching by Diane Fahey

Read the poem at http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/fahey-diane/bird-watching-0645029