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One of the things that is engraved in my memory is the majestic panorama during the first 4 days of walking the Overland Track. Mountain tops stood as clear landmarks telling where I was going and where I had been. Walking over the plateaus it felt like being on top of the world.

Barn Bluff came into sight after climbing past Cradle Mountain on the first day and was visible until day 5 at Mount Ossa. Mount Oakleigh was visible from the second day until leaving the Pelion Plains Hut at day 5.

Picture taken by me.

Day 4: Barn Bluff on the left and Mt Oakleigh in the foreground on the right.

Literature:

    • Yi-Fu Tuan writes about reference points in the environment which help regain orientation when someone is lost (in “Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience” 1977, p. 69-72).
      Georgia Leigh McGregor has written about landmarks in ‘backdrops’ in games that help players navigate through the game space (in “Situations of Play: Patterns of Spatial Use in Videogames” 2007, p. 534).
  • I was invited to a film screening of FOOD, Inc. tonight organised by a sustainable future interest group.

    Picture taken from amazon.com

    KEENER is a group in the Kentish community that is concerned with climate change and sustainable energy.

    The discussion that followed had an interesting international twist. My party added some nationalities: Swiss, French and Dutch myself, but the rest was from the Kentish area. Some of the locals remarked that the movie showed a very specific problem of the American food industry. I found that very remarkable, as the movie presents a very global problem to me. Also, I had caught myself comparing Australia to the US from time to time while enjoying the view on the road. How could this people feel so disconnected from American consumerism?

    Two other things that stood out:
    – We were set apart from the group as somewhat fanatic advocates of the movies ideas, being vegetarians or “Pflanzenfresser” as our host called us. Funny how this immediately influences your position.
    – Steve from The Lost Seed explained us about his non-hybrid seeds. They produce plants that can be harvested for their seeds to plant again, something that is quite unusual nowadays.

    A view to kill at Daylesford, Victoria.

    One week without electricity and what a great alternative I found to a home screen cinema: a large screen barn cinema with nonstop nature cinema displaying golden fields filled with a family of kangaroos. Morning and early evening guaranteed the best time to sit down with a cup of tea to see them come out and play.

    Tweets (Dutch and English)