This place was discovered on a lone journey with a camera, a large 6.5 hectare Botanical garden that houses amazing flora and fauna. I came across it one day after just being bored: bored with work, bored with life and bored with just about everything. I then found out about a photography competition that this park was hosting, and I thought “what the hell” and went for it. I jumped in my car and drove over, and blasted through several rolls of film. The photos got developed, and the truth was; they were horrible. I entered a few shots and I can only assume that I came dead last, but what came about that day was an awakening of a place that I loved to discover.
I returned several times to contemplate everything that life had to offer, whilst walking from point to point and enjoying the new paths. Each visit would fuel my mind and give me a new direction. I soaked in the sights and savoured the sounds. I admired the seasons and the changes that came with them. The boredom was slowly fading away.
The blue tree was discovered by accident, and when I found it, I had to stop and gather my breath again. The site of this tree was so foreign to me, that I had no other option but to stare in disbelief. It stood so tall, that it easily scraped the clouds, and on bright days… it almost disappears into the calm blue sky. Yet my mind was split, and it just needed some solace, even if I felt closer to it at that particular moment in time.
Today, I took the grrrl to this park, as we were in the neighbourhood and had some time to kill. I showed her all the spots; the human powered sundial, the view of the valley, the blooming inflorescences, the ponds, the hills, the animals and eventually this tree. And to see her enjoy it made me feel complete. It felt like the love I had for the place and the connection I had with the environment blossomed more-so with each moment that we shared there. She took photos and I shot some super 8 film whilst under the reaching branches of the blue tree, and it all came out brilliant. It was just something uniquely magical, that I still am beyond chuffed.
I then began to think about the first time I visited this place, I then thought of how I was and how I viewed the whole world, but then it dawned on me that most of the time that I spent there in the earlier years were with a soul that felt truly incomplete. Simple.
So, I couldn’t help it and I let it be known.
"Right now, I am at my most happiest"
- missing heart?