|The 2013 piece of driftwood|
After much sanding and buffing back, I discovered the gorgeous red coloured wood that was lying beneath all the black rotted surface. I wasn't sure what sort of wood it was at first, but I am now quite certain that it is an old branch of mangrove wood (either grey, red, or river mangrove... All those species do grow in the Nudgee Beach area.) There is something powerful and meaningful about this piece of wood... Perhaps it is because the wetlands have always fascinated me. It is where fresh and salt water meet... Where Mother Nature purifies the water before returning it to the ocean. It seems to have a similar effect on me; I tend to go there for a walk and a bit of meditative contemplation when I am emotionally overwhelmed.
|The wooden staff, as of today|
Recently... I discovered Girraween National Park with my husband. This national park near the New South Wales border has a similar effect on me; somehow, I feel empowered and at peace when I go there. Perhaps it is something radiating from all the granite rocks... Who knows! On our last visit, I found a beautiful chip of granite that was beckoning to me... I just had to take it home! And so after all these years, I finally decided to join these two special gifts of nature together, and create a power-staff for myself. The driftwood and granite piece will not be the only thing I will be combining to create this "portable altar", but I will also be adding bits and pieces that bear meaning to me. Stay tune for the final outcome of this personal project! :)
|The chunk of granite I found at Girraween.|
|The current shaped and polished piece.|