What counts in 2014?

1. Real things (like snake skins)ranger arthur

Ranger Arthur of Freycinet National Park discovered a tiger snake skin shed locally a few days ago. This summer he will encourage young and old”animal detectives” to look for signs of wildlife here.  We follow his lead, see a small pocket of eastern Tasmania coastal bush; the Sheoak softened track has secrets up close.  Evidence of many of the local creatures at once becomes visible in the mottled natural scene.  A possum tail perhaps nipped off by a feral cat lies at the base of a gum, square pressed knobs of wombat poose trail a waddling bulk; there’s a skull from a cone headed marsupial and tiny feathers with fluff the colour of the rainbow, hinting to many species just out of sight.  In the background the roaring wind and ocean swell thrashes on Richardson Beach and skinks bake on orange granite stone.  With mozzie bumped limbs and a plaster cast of a wombat animal track, craftily made at the interpretation centre, our family takes home some new ideas about the animal friends we stay with when we are in these parts a few times a year.

Across the sea the Great White Sharks have become threatened with bait lines off beaches in WA and as meaty smoke wafts in from the sun deck, my mind inevitably wonders about potentially mistreated animals going to slaughter all around the world and into our fat greedy bodies! Where did your dinner come from?  My animal consciousness is at an all time high.

2.  Real time

We live in a world of different dimensions.  Most contemporary folk are embedded in a digital domain; uploading photos instantly to facebook or instagram checking work emails at home on phone or iPad.  Living online has become the norm for increasingly greater moments of the day.  It has become a challenge to resist uploading a moment, in fact this kind of practice, ‘a digital pause’ now potentially makes up ‘living in the moment’.  Do you capture commentary from a performance or important presentation on a device while simultaneously watching it?  Then there is the all too familiar lull in conversation while one texts another elsewhere, or checks emails, just because.

In another time, mere years back, people might have shared a smile with one another at the admirable photogenic moment, a few extra words or quiet reverie?

Memories are like digital stores, only more fluid and sometimes tinted with a rosy glow, just as your iPhone might allow you to alter the colour of an image before you click “share”.

Information is so readily available online and anyone can become light fingered in crochet or the sharp business person, savvy in net analytics.  We all want to be top of our game.  Chances are you can find the right information to help yourself and your business more easily than ever before.  Do you have time to consume it all…  Does all this consumption of the latest and greatest information lead to a better life when you switch off, or do you constantly feel driven to check in online and upgrade your brain (or keep up with the Jones).

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Staying grounded. Big world; local living.

 

How balanced is your ‘online’ versus ‘real time’ life? How switched on are you to what is going on around you; like ‘really’ going on?

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Author: Lucy Taylor

Explorer of writing and place, with roots in the beautiful North West coast of Tasmania. Mother of wild boys, and wife of another. Blogging for another place to write about things that interest me and guide me. Also working on a novel and available for freelance copywriting in spare moments.

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