trees speak out

ancient forest spirits

whisper from distant times

protect our future

These trees are in the Gariwerd National park in Western Victoria in Australia. This is an ancient mountain range formed millions of years ago through geological upheaval. The forests are also ancient and regenerate after regular fires usually caused by lightning but occasionally by humans. For thousands of years, we are not sure how many, but possibly 30-40,000 at least, Indigenous Australians lived within these ranges and respected the flora and fauna. There are many thousands of years old rock art galleries sharing the culture of the Indigenous people throughout Gariwerd. Rock art sites are still occasionally discovered by current scientists that indicates the wild nature of some sections of this area . The haiku in this Haibun is a response to
RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #273 Forest&Whisper
go to https://ronovanwrites.com/2019/09/30/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-273-forestwhisper/#comments and see lots of other haiku responses to this challenge from Ronovan.

golden farewell

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last burst of sunlight

warmth of the day says goodbye

golden memories

A beautiful rural sunset at Yambuk near Port Fairy in Victoria’s Western District.  This area is amongst  the oldest European farming land in Victoria near Portland where the Hentys and Dutton from Tasmania began permanent farming in the early 1830’s. Before the farming after 1830, sealing and whaling was a dominant practice from bases of European settlement in Sydney and Van Diemans Land, (Tasmania) along this rugged coast from the late 1790’s. Ironically just down the road from Yambuk is Lake Condah where the Indigenous Gunditjmara people had practiced the aquaculture farming of eels in permanent stone traps for thousands of years. They also lived in a permanent community of stone building. European behaviour, settlement and farming quickly displaced the Gunditjmara people. However their descendants have maintained the culture and the foundations of the aquaculture farming remain for potential development.