textures of the land



And so another day eases away, here in the summer half of the world. I spent much of it writing for Deep in the Far Away, which meant that I didn't have to pay too much attention to the perfect blue sky. I don't like such a sky. I love wilder heavens.

Truth be told, I love most things a little wild. Perhaps that is due to living all my life in a country of mountains, forests, earth dragons, broken edges, storms. Most lands are heavy with centuries of human history, but although Aotearoa has had its wars, and its pioneers, civilisation has not squatted long here, and so the hills and plains still murmur their own memories ...

Dark and wild memories of the deep night when the dinosaurs died. Trembling memories of the great eruption which formed Lake Taupo. Memories which make me look up sometimes from writing about a lush, flowering cove and blink with heart-aching dislocation.

I would never want to live anywhere else in the world. I just wish our summers didn't last so long.

Do you love your landscape? Or does home feel like some place else for you?





Joining with the lovely Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday: this photograph of New Zealand's west coast is layered with her Quiet and Tuesday textures.

18 comments:

  1. such a lovely image
    for me quite inviting
    i once had another home, still in the US
    a land of long summer, but lovely days for the most part
    now i live in a land that seems to have a long winter
    but really we have all four seasons and this land does have my heart

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  2. I feel the same about where I live - wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world. And what a blessing that feeling is - to embrace your place in this world. I live in Virginia, USA - but I sure would love to open my door and see the view in your photo! Gorgeous!

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  3. I am loving this photo, your landscape is magical. I do love my landscape, I live in a beautiful area, but my heart-home is just a bit further away in the Adirondack Mountains.

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  4. Absolutely stunning... I live in Devon which is hopelessly beautiful and feels like one of the only places in the UK that I could feel at home; however, after reading this post and seeing pictures I feel as if New Zealand calls my name... the united kingdom isn't a wise place to be for much longer... i may be called mountainside soon...

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    1. I have always wished to at least take an extended holiday to the UK .... especially Devon, infact. But I have a friend who used to live in England who says the same as you - not a wise place to live for much longer. It's very sad.

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  5. I finally feel home. This place is much like the area of my birth and where I spent most of my life, and that adds to my feeling of home, but it is certainly more beautiful than any place I have lived and it has been frozen in time, which bothers some of the people here who push for growth and evolution. But it is not only the physical beauty of the place that is the magic. The magic is in the ways of those who settled here whether they be the original settlers or those who came later. It has an effect on us, an influence, and it is a good one.

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  6. How beautiful, both your words and your image. I dream of visiting New Zealand one day...I love my current landscape in Virginia. The trees and mountains are so beautiful. They make up for the traffic and gridlock I must also deal with! :)

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  7. Absolutely beautiful! Such a stunning view - what a lovely place to call home.

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  8. Your photo is breathtaking! I have a great-aunt who lives in New Zealand and she tells me how stunning it is. This photo makes me believe it!

    I love my landscape: I'm a child of the dirty meadow, I've never even seen an ocean. But the great fleuve that runs through the land here pours into the Atlantic and so a piece of me goes too.

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    1. I can't imagine never having seen the sea ... it is everywhere here.

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  9. Thank you everyone. I was going to answer each comment but ran out of time!

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  10. I'm speechless! You have put into words what I so often feel and was never able to express.
    I lived in Germany for 40 years before I moved to California. I immediately fell in love with my new country, especially the southwest and the west. It is wild here, there is so much space that is still untouched. It always takes my breath away.
    And I love, love, love it.

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  11. Wonderful photo. Your words fit me perfectly. Even though I live in the middle of the United States, I have never felt at home here. Home is a part of me that belongs on the Southern California coast. I still keep looking for the Pacific Ocean . . . but it is so far away. My dreams are still there.

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  12. I was born in desert country. The sky was huge and open and everything was brown and gold and pale green. It's beautiful in its way. But I always felt insecure with all that open space, like I might fall right off the planet. But then we took a vacation and drove to the state where I live now, we passed into forests and moss and hills on every side. Everything was damp and green and gray and I felt like the world held me in close. I immediately felt that I was home, that this was the country I was made for. I used to wonder if I was a changeling...born in the fairy forests and then whisked away somehow to the deserts. At any rate, I made my way back here as an adult and now I can never leave. Though I might be coaxed into a NZ vacation since your landscape is so stunningly beautiful!

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  13. Beautiful colors and textures shown in your photo of the landscape.
    Anywhere near the sea feels like home to me!

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  14. What a beautiful shot of faraway undulating mountains. I've visited NZ, and I fell in love with your landscapes. Your writing is very evocative. I love where I live - high altitude in CO is where my heart is.

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