Yesterday afternoon Donna and I went for a walk, down through the gorge, to the Dragon's Backbone.
I have been wanting to get down there this month because there are always some flowers out around this time that we don't get in other places.
We walked over the Dragon's Backbone down to the Broadwater on our bottom boundary.
From there we followed the fenceline along the other side of the Broadwater until we came to the bottom of Doro's Hole.
We then followed the Ridge Walk until coming out on the road and then followed the road home.
The pictures below show some of the flowers on our walk.
September/October is an exciting time of year on the Granite Belt.
Now is the time to look for bird's nests, flowers, lizards and just explore the natural environment.
Seems like a long title but I wanted to show that all of these things are closely related.
Today, the 23rd September 2021, is the Spring Equinox.
The word “equinox” comes from Latin.
It means “equality of night and day.”
So, the equinox occurs at two specific moments in time when the sun is exactly above the equator.
Any day is a good day to celebrate nature but today, being the Spring Equinox, is a very special time to celebrate the natural seasons and the cycles of nature.
Our property Earth & Soul is 300 acres of natural Granite Belt bushland with two creeks Cannon Creek and the Broadwater.
We have developed over 18 kms of walking trails.
Only 20 acres of our property has ever been cleared.
The rest is protected, endangered vegetation.
In addition to the natural walking trails, we have two spiritual walks.
The Tree of Life Spiritual Walk and the Earth & Soul Labyrinth.
Both of these spiritual walks provide the opportunity to connect with your spiritual centre and get in tune with nature.
The Tree of Life Spiritual walk derives from the Tree of Life of the Jewish Kabbalah.
The Tree of Life is a model of how energy, life and the universe is formed.
It is also a model of human psychology and consciousness.
The Earth & Soul Labyrinth is a walking meditation.
St Augustine is quoted as saying “Solvitur Ambulando”.
“It is solved by walking.”
The Earth & Soul Labyrinth is modelled upon the 11 circuit Chartres Rose Labyrinth.
The Chartres Rose Labyrinth was built in 1203 in the tiled floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France.
The model is believed to represent a pilgrimage returning to your spiritual centre.
Take the time to release, receive and then return.
All of these aspects of Earth & Soul Retreat, nature, the Tree of Life Spiritual Walk and the Earth & Soul Labyrinth represent ways of honouring nature, spirit, and the September Equinox.
Enjoy your Spring Equinox.
Regards... Mark & Donna
It is amazing how quickly we move out of winter and suddenly spring has sprung!
Looking back over my photos I am pretty amazed.
Hope you are too!
Author - Mark Carter
This page covers the natural highlights throughout the year so you can see the seasonal changes, wildlife, wild flowers etc.
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