Tag Archive | creativity

Glorious Gumnut Brightens the Day

How wonderful to step outside the front door and see the eucaplyptus silver princess in bold, bright bloom. No wonder the bees are attracted to it. And they are not the only ones. Even my little neighbours, aged 18 months and three, wonder at its beauty — the way the umbels pop their tops, and the blooms splay out.
This glorious gumnut brightens the day.

Image and text © Michele Gierck

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A walk in the park is good for the soul

cockatoo on the hop

It’s amazing how lockdown can bring a greater level of appreciation of the world around us. Being out in nature is so good for the soul.

A walk in the park (we are allowed out to exercise) reveals nature’s sights and sounds, none more enticing than the sulphur-crested cockatoos. They are a delight to listen to and watch.

I could spend hours watching their antics and the group dynamics. This one, on the hop, caught my eye.

Pic and text copyright Michele Gierck

Appreciating the little things in life

Bee and Grevillea

What are you appreciating today? (Feel free to let me know.)

When times are tricky, it pays to really appreciate the little things in life: a phone call from a friend, a walk in nature, or even a bee buzzing around a blooming grevillea in the garden.

Image and text copyright Michele Gierck
http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Finding our Special Spaces

We all need to find our special spaces. The places where we can just be. Perhaps even soak up the peace and calm in natural settings. (And sometimes we just need to imagine them!)

Birds at the Billabong

Or even spending time by the local billabong — listening, watching, and just being. That’s where I was this morning.

Birds at Billabong 3

Text and pics copyright Michele Gierck
Michele’s website http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Can you think of a title for my new book?

Front Garden dry creek

I’m just about to submit the first five chapters of my next non-fiction book. ALL I NEED IS A TITLE. IF YOU CAN THINK OF ONE I’d sure like to hear it. Just drop a line on the contact page of my website http://www.michelegierck.com.au

This book is a post-injury come-back story in which the bush, the ocean and a bloke (a fellow) all play their part.

Here’s the pitch.

When Michele, a broken down sojourner (kind of Liz Gilbertish), meets Mac, a dedicated river scientist (think a young David Attenborough), she is drawn into his orbit, the gravity of which propels her onto an uncharted trajectory.

If you’d like to know more about this book, like the title and publication details, just sign up to the newsletter on my website.

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

This pic is the view of the front garden from my writing room.

Image and text copyright Michele Gierck

New places, new perspectives … and inspiration.

Sturt Desert Pea, along the side of the road. July 2010. Near Wilpena Pound

The great thing about getting away is visiting new places, getting new perspectives, and firing up your inspiration. How stirring nature can be.

Photo: Sturt Desert Pea
Outback South Australia

Text and image: copyright Michele Gierck

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Believe in Yourself

sole gumnut in goldern light

A project I’ve been working on for some years has just been offered a contract. For creative people, the need to believe in your work is as essential as your own determination and persistence. This gumnut reminds me that sometimes we have to stand alone for things we believe in, regardless what others say, hoping one day a little light will shine on us or our creative endeavours.

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Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Dive In, Splash About, Enjoy. Be Creative

BlackbirdAfterBath

One of my favourite backyard visitors, a blackbird, plunges into the bird bath. The blackbird looks pleased, perched on the bath’s rim, feathers dripping. And so am I, with my new bird bath–a recycled gardening pot.

Sometimes joy can be as simple as watching the antics of a feathery friend diving in, splashing about, enjoying. And being creative is so much fun, especially making something new out of something old–something even tweeting visitors can delight in.

 

Photo and text copyright Michele Gierck

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