Australia is a land that keeps coming up with the unexpected – from the black smoke of bush fires to the brilliant green and blue of the sea. From the attitude of an unfriendly government to a welcoming people. And a Staffie blue-heeler cross busking with his mate.

continental contradictions
after the fire, cerulean sea
hidden detention centers
and friendly people
just making a living
or hanging out
where the land ends

© Maureen Sudlow

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Just back from Australia.  Great stay but extremely hot for a couple of kiwis.  We arrived in Esperance at the same time as the bush fires, and my photos just can’t show the heat (40-41 degrees C), the wind, and the blackness of the sky as the fires raged.  Total tragedy for many residents of the hard-hit areas.


traveling in the searing heat
of a dusty red land
smoke shrouds the horizon
darkening the sea
fires out of control
across the scrub
ravaging the wheat-fields
driven by furnace winds
we wonder if tomorrow
we’ll be able to leave

© Maureen Sudlow

At times the cruise ship in the harbour was almost totally hidden by smoke.