Among the many benefits Damon Young sees in physical exercise, is the relaxation of mental barriers opening up new ways to solve a problem, tap the flow. I don’t have a flow problem, a sorting problem more like. Maybe a jog would re-arrange my chapters if the characters didn’t fall over laughing. I have the park at the back fence… so what’s stopping me?How to Think about Exercise by Damon Young, Pan MacMillan, $19.99.
Every time we take a particular “nature” walk in the Booderee Nat Park, I try to photograph this tiny stream. It runs under a wooden bridge in a small slice of bush between heath and more open forest. Loved by whistlers, spinebills, thrushes and scrubwrens (despite the ever present New Holland honeyeaters claiming first place) it is a wonderful point on the grid, preserved for ever – I hope. I never get the colours, focus right. But this is the most recent effort.