(Baja) California dreaming, with whales and whale sharks

When we are children, we think about certain things with only with the strange combination of vagueness and vividness that characterises dreams - in colours and shapes that seem literally beyond reach. For me, this was the case with the great whales. At once totally otherworldly and eerily familiar, whales are laden with symbolism in … Continue reading (Baja) California dreaming, with whales and whale sharks

L’Île-des-Pins (Isle of Pines), a paradise island in New Caledonia

New Caledonia isn't a place many people have heard of. Sitting east of Australia, about equidistant from Melbourne and Auckland by plane, it's a sizeable collection of islands with a population nearing 300,000. The majority of the population is Kanak, the name for the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants who have existed there for 3,000 years. The … Continue reading L’Île-des-Pins (Isle of Pines), a paradise island in New Caledonia