Early one morning standing in the dry sands of the Todd River in Alice Springs, I took a photo of my favourite tree just near the hotel. The autoflash was on, the digital image appeared on the screen, !!! half covered in white ! two more taken, the whole screen whited out ! What's going on ? Took 3 shots without the flash, holding still for the low light available, then, 3 more with the auto flash back on .... normal now ??
Back inside, download to laptop.... Gay from next door, is in for brekky, and when the 1st pic comes up she instantly spots a figure running across ! (Gay tells me she could do those 'Magic Eye' puzzles easily, and media facial obscurations don't 'hide' anyone's face from her !)
That night when I got back after a big day at Beaniefest, and totally exhausted physically and emotionally(?), I noticed a sore throat, as I went to sleep. By morning I had a raging phlegmy cough ! Now I don't get sick often. Only had a Flu twice. Usually 'catch' anything before it starts. (It has taken me until today, 12 days to feel nearly better, 'tho still phlegmy!)
Anyway back to Alice, that morning I had to drive Gay to ABC for an interview, then Penny out to her workshop at Territory Craft, after which I was free to go back to hotel and finish getting ready, shower etc. But now being daytime, I decided to hop into the hotel spa, which I checked out the first day, by dipping fingers in. It had only felt warm, and with cold nights, maybe too cold to actually hop into, but a daytime spa, might undo my tight neck muscles, the most 'likely' cause of picking up a sore throat, me thinks.
It was HOT ! and so relaxing I hopped in every night and every morning thereafter ..... Thanks to that spa, I was able to hold off the debilitating-ness of this 'Back To Front' illness I've suffered since.
One morning after 'burping out' all the knots and discovering 'Spa-flexology' up thru my feet ! Aaaaah ! .... I began work on the unfinished healing in my abdomen...trying to encourage the 'attached spirits' to dis-engage, to flow free, out into the spring waters, out into the ether thru the bubbles, down the Todd River ..... Back To Country ....back to Family. ........ from a very central spot on the banks of the Todd.
Then we all went out for a short stroll into the Sunday Todd Mall market, before Beaniefest, and just before I had to leave for my shift as Gallery attendant, I come across old friend Jabo !
Here's Jabo, a Hungarian who has been living out here in Central for decades, with his wife Naomi Kantjuriny, with a stall of some painted wooden artworks. I tell Jabo about my Spirit Photo, then about my latest session in the spa, ..... and he then tells me I need to see a Ngangkari, a spirit healer, and I write down names and details about a book. But as I leave in two days, it's unlikely I can do anything about it this trip. On Tuesday morning I check out Dymocks bookshop, and have a quick peruse of the book, but with few dollars, and an uncertain baggage weight,I leave the purchase til later, grabbing the ISBN.
Today I begin an online search for the book, and anything else I can read online about the Ngangkari .......and found this in part from words by Naomi
" We say wirunymankula waninyi - which means, to declare someone well and to banish the illness. The illness, or pain, can take the form of phlegm, or back pain, and this is what I specialise in.
Ahhhhh phlegm ! back pain ! how about aching jaw ? ...... I think I now 'SEE', the cause of my 'sickness/healing' ...... Amazing ! me thinks..... Maybe I can be my own ngangkari, as I had thoughts already..... wanting to read the book to 'refresh' my 'memories' ......Yay !..... OR a a Ngangkari ran past me in the river ???
wirunymankula waninyi wirunymankula waninyi wirunymankula waninyi begone begone begone hehe
The series of pics as taken, followed by White Balance adjustment,or in some Auto Colour adjust then Brightness/Contrast adjusted, to'see'what we can see. Somethings I find it easier to 'see' stufff in smaller thumbnails