Seeds of Justice – In the Hands of Farmers

Seeds of Justice – In the Hands of Farmers – Documentary

Seeds of Justice follows Ethiopian plant geneticist Dr Melaku Worede’s inspirational work to re-valorise farmers’ knowledge and protect their position as guardians of seed diversity. Treading in Melaku’s footsteps from his youth to the present day through his pivotal experience of Ethiopia’s infamous famine, the film questions one of society’s most flawed assumptions: that scientists hold the answers to ending hunger, not farmers.

A film by The Gaia Foundation in collaboration with the African Biodiversity Network, GRAIN, MELCA Ethiopia, USC Canada and Ethic-Organic Seed Action. Narrated by Jon Snow. 15th December 2015.

In Response to Nadia’s Misdirected Email, I State Exactly What I Am Looking For

From my friend Robert O. Good luck!

O at the Edges


In Response to Nadia’s Misdirected Email, I State Exactly What I Am Looking For

Balance. The ability to stand on one foot, on a tightrope, and juggle AR-15s,
ethics and dollar bills, while chanting the U.S. Constitution, in tongues.

Or good health.

Unweighted dreams.

A mechanism for disagreeing without needing to annihilate the opposition.

Doorways without doors, truth without fear.

A simple tulip.

One word to describe that instant between thought and pulled trigger,
intent and wish, the elevated pulse and sense of diminished space and time.

Sanctuary. Regret. Apology. Respect.

A tonic to the bitterness, a foil to the sweet.

Fitted sheets that fold. Uncommon sense.

Love in the abstract. More bacon. Smiles.

A closet that embraces everything you place in it. Everything.

The means of unfiring guns, of reversing wounds to undamaged flesh,
and rounds to their magazines, full and never used.

Self-organizing drawers. Due process.

Mothers who…

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Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, acclaimed poet and activist from the Marshall Islands, reflects on her time at this year’s Festival of the Pacific Arts in Guam and what it means for the people of the Pacific to safeguard that which is most important.

Through the postings from Culture-Talk, a newsletter on Pacific cultural affairs, I came across this story from one of Pacific Islands’ great storytellers and poet, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. I personally did not attend this year’s Festival of Pacific Arts , but I have in the past participated in several events and share the same belief that it remains one of the most sacred festivals of the Pacific islanders and must be protected at all cost. Some readers here may remember Kathy’s poem on climate change I posted here in September 2014.“Dear Matafele Peinem”, a poem Kathy wrote for her seven month old baby moved world leaders during the UN Climate Summit in New York.

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, acclaimed poet and activist from the Marshall Islands: “This past May I was one of thousands of islanders who flew into Guåhan for the annual Festival of Pacific Arts, alongside the delegation from the Marshall Islands, which rolled more than a hundred deep with Chiefs, weavers, dancers, dignitaries, Tobolar coconut businessmen, canoe builders, and tourism representatives (amongst others).

The festival was an amazing, transformative experience. There was always an event, performance, demonstration or something to see at any point. And if I wasn’t at one of these, then I hung out at the “Chamorro Village” – the center for FestPac that was surrounded with food stands, a stadium and newly built hut-like concrete booths for all of the different Pacific cultures or countries represented. The Marshallese booth was constantly overcrowded with shoppers. It burst with rainbowed Marshallese earrings, yawning woven flowers, an array of fans and fine mats, fashionable hats and just-woven headbands. Each display overlooked by smiling women undoubtedly weaving, talking story, debating prices, and every once in a while breaking out in a dance to the music floating in from the stadium.”

Read More Pacific Storytellers Cooperative

If you want to see more cultural performances, videos on the 12th Pacific Festival of Arts are on You Tube.

The Beauty of the Pandanus Palm

The Beauty of the Pandanus Palm Tree


I grew up with Pandanus palm – a tree that provides fruit, palm for house posts, leaves for mat and sometimes roofing. But, what I always remember and appreciate is the beauty of the palm trunk and leaves. The fruit itself is something else. It looks like a spike ball, full of sweetness. It could be an alien seed or lamp from another world.

This is the only picture I didn’t take. Courtesy of Wikipedia Pictures to show you the fruit of this palm – Pandanus utilis.



Yesterday, during a quick trip to the coast, I felt myself drawn to the Pandanus palm with my camera.




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My friend Erue Taunao in the centre of the tree.






Art and Science of 3D Scan by Photogrammetry

The Wiki defines Photogrammetry as the science of making measurements from photographs, especially for recovering the exact positions of surface points. And, it may be used to recover the motion pathways of designated reference points located on any moving object, on its components and in the immediately adjacent environment. If you don’t understand this definition then watch this vimeo made by an artist/photographer and hopefully it would explain the process better.

Photogrammetry is an exciting technology according to Kwai Bun, the photographer and creator of this cool stuff!

“I’m an adventurous and enthusiast photographer”, said Bun about his passion.

Bun said the photogrammetry process is especially suitable for high-end human scan due to the flexible scanning scale and speed of acquisition.

This video shows a small clip of Bun’s journey on this project. The founder and director of ManyMany Creations Ltd. & Quantum Matrix Ltd begins to assemble his own rig installation from scratch. The project showcases beautifully presented 3D scanning results for various talents with close-up head, full body and art poses juxtapositions. The video is also a great overview to anyone curious about how photogrammetry can be used in 3D scanning Human.

The Pioneer Church – Watercolour Study

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A quick watercolour study of the old Pioneer Church, Brookfield Show grounds. Brisbane.

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I love this old church. I tried out this watercolour subject for a local competition last May and was not satisfied so I abandoned the project. I found the unfinished pencil-drawn church and decided to  go ahead and paint it.  My son agreed with me that in my picture, the church looked awkward – so I will try painting it again one day. I hope you enjoy the study’s result.

The Brookfield Uniting Church’s history dates back to 1869 and forms part of a historical precinct. The church is now called the Pioneer Church. It was built in 1885 on a donated half-acre of land on Kenmore and Brookfield Road junction. In the mid 1900s the building was relocated to its present position in the showground precinct. The church can fit 70 people.

The Snoozing Frogmouths – Wildlife and bird photography and stories

No rustling leaves, human, camera flashlights, morning nor afternoon traffic could wake this pair of snoozing frogmouths. The owls, a male and a female were in our garden since this morning.

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The male frogmouth owl. JK.Leahy Pic.

I took some morning and afternoon shots of the two birds and only for a few seconds this morning did their eyelids open. The female was more interested in me than the male. No doubt the pair have had a busy night last night and another ahead. The Tawny frogmouth as they are called, have an amazing way to camouflage themselves during the day.  The owls inhabit open forests and woodlands of eucalypts and acacias throughout Australia and they live in pairs.

The Tawny frogmouth owls frequent our garden especially in winter.

The female bird’s eyes opened only for a few seconds and watched me while I approached. JK.Leahy Pic.
This shot was taken this morning about 10am at Bellbowrie. JK.Leahy Pic.
The female frogmouth owl. JK.Leahy Pic.
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I shot this picture this afternoon at 5pm on the same tree. J.K.Leahy Pic.





Camellias of Mount Cootha

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It was a cold day today in Brisbane, but after putting on a few layers of clothing I took my mother Freda (pictured in the centre) to visit my close friend Marina (far left) in her garden.

Marina cares for the temperate garden in the Mount Cootha Botanical gardens in Brisbane. It is located 7 km from CBD. Winter is the time when the temperate garden shines because the camellias are blooming, and the red ones are exquisite. I took a few pictures of different colours, but these red ones were burning to be shown. There are also dark pink and a red and white camellia in these pictures. The botanical gardens is opened every day.



Camellias are easy to  grow and can survive for a long time. They are hardy and relatively trouble free. With a little care, they will give many years of pleasure with their attractive evergreen foliage and beautiful floral displays. Camellias are known to grow 100 and 200 years – the oldest recorded planting that is still living today is in the Panlong Monastry in China – planted in 1347.

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Contrary to popular belief, Camellias thrive in a wide range of conditions – from the cooler climes around the hills of Sydney and Melbourne to the hot and sometimes humid conditions that we experience in South East Queensland and further north. A particular Camellia variety that does well in cooler areas may not perform as well in a warmer region – and of course the opposite applies. The best results will come from selecting varieties that are suitable for the area and position.

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Camellia Glen

Mt Cootha Botanical gardens

Kaz Plays the Thief – Bird Life Photography

Kaz the rainbow lorikeet checks the coastline before he breaks into  the bird-cage to steal food and hang out.

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Kaz plays a thief, checking all around him before he checks into the cage to eat Boz’s food. This pet lorikeet grew up in this cage and while our house is still his home, he lives in the palm trees in the wild. He knows he is welcome anytime at the Bellbowrie house. The rainbow lorikeet gets his own food, but he prefers to bully his younger rivalry Boz who is waiting to grow flying feathers while living in Kaz’s old cage. The funny thing is, Boz, the scale-breasted baby lorikeet is not afraid of Kaz at all. Sometimes, he would climb out and let’s Kaz play in the cage.

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Kaz starts of with his own food on the deck chair. JK.Leahy Picture©
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However, he really wants to get into the bird-cage and see what is there. Kaz tries Boz’s water. JK.Leahy Picture©
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A very annoyed Boz waits in the bottom corner for his older aggressive visitor to do whatever he wants and hopefully get out of his home. Sometimes, we have to chase Kaz out and close the cage so Boz can relax. JK.Leahy Picture©
Sometimes, a neck scratch is called for, just to assure Boz – he is the boss of the cage after all and everything is fine.


Tribalmystic is storytelling about people, places, and things that have extraordinary stories. Author: Joycelin Leahy


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