Spirit of Plains

Sydney Long, Spirit of the Plains, Queensland Art Gallery


Brolga! Brolga, follow me, dance with me across the plains,
for you are me, and I am you, if only though I had your wings.

Brolga! Brolga, bring your friends; I know you cannot live alone.
Listen, as I play for you, a wetland filling up with food.

Brolga! Brolga, I bless you; may your wetlands always be here.
Let them not be cleared away, let the sedge grow tall and well.

May the people hear our song, then dance with us across the plains.
Brolga! Brolga, I am you, and you are me: let us both grow tall and well.


By June Perkins, Brisbane based, poet and children’s author, This poem is part of Words and Pictures, Spring 2018


Embrace the Australian Collection as a place of quiet contemplation through poetry, drop-in drawing and calm living meditation.


Ongoing | Galleries 10 – 13 | Free
Discover a fresh perspective on the Australian Collection with Words & Pictures, an ongoing project that invites local artists and writers to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection. Take inspiration, and use the pencils and paper provided to create your own response through drawing or writing.

SPRING 2018 | This season’s Words & Pictures inspiration comes from poet and children’s author, June Perkins. June has developed an interactive journey through the Australian Collection through poems and micro-stories for visitors of all ages, with particular appeal for children and families.

For more head to the Gallery or the webpage (other poems and stories at this site until November only)

JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area


The waterfall was only a trickle, the name sounds unfortunate (I just don’t like that word Slaughter), but from every other point of view the spot was idyllic.

I especially enjoyed seeing the white faced heron, and finding Aboriginal art on the art trail.

The children enjoyed toasting marshmallows  over our woodfire bbq and crunching through the charcoal.

A young magpie watched us eat our lunch and Rainbow Lorikeets, currajong, kookaburra, cockatoos and white face heron were sighted on our two trips there.

Both times we traveled there in the holidays there were families and groups picnicking, but despite this, with spaced out eating spots it didn’t seem too crowded.

We could have walked to the summit for the view but will save that for another time.

I walked slowly finding much to photograph, reflections in water over rocks, sunlight through trees, the children, and birds.

I missed the goanna that my daughter and husband saw come out from the caves and bask in the sunlight, just couldn’t catch up to them in time. I was stopping to enjoy looking up, down and around.

I have been trying to remember to have someone in the family take a photograph of me on our family outings and my eldest son took photographs of me with youngest.

We went once in the morning and once in the late afternoon.  I love the light in the late afternoons, but we couldn’t walk as far on the trails.

I am so happy to have found one of the gems of Brisbane and hope to return there many more times to find different ways of photographing it.

There are beautiful trees the children can nestle in for portraits.

We didn’t go to the Bush Chapel yet, so I am looking forward to that as well as taking a longer lens and capturing more of the birds.

You can find more of my pictures here JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area

(c) June Perkins

Peace Project


It’s that time of year again when the Peace Project is on, in the Whole9 Community.

Above is one of my entries for this year.

The theme for The Peace Project’s 5th Annual Call for Artists is “Peace Starts Here,”This international juried art competition and exhibition connects peace-minded individuals everywhere in the pursuit of a better world that art can help create.

They invite us to join hands with us and share our vision of “where peace starts”.

The Peace Project has accomplished the support of many vital projects with the help of artists worldwide.

They waive the entry theme for artists outside of North America and those unable to use paypal.

You have until September to get your entry in.

Visiting the Cultural Centre and South Bank


On Friday I went to the Cultural Centre of Brisbane.

It is home to the State Library, Conservatorium, Writer’s Centre, Gallery for Modern Art, Art Gallery,  a film school, Science Centre and Maritime Museum as well as some interesting Parklands, an ABC office,  and the Brisbane Eye.

My daughter was on an art excursion and I was picking her up afterwards.

I took the opportunity to go a bit earlier and explore with my camera.

I managed to see Sydney Long’s Spirit of the Plain painting, which I had only ever seen before on cards.

There were lots of sculptures in the parks.


But the image of two painters or is it musicians at the start of this blog, taking in the creative view, is one of my favourite from the images I photographed that day because of what it says about people in that space.

I enjoyed the Gallery of Modern Art, usually called the GOMA, which regularly has changes in its exhibitions.  At the moment, there is one on called Harvest, all about food, the preparation of food, and the people involved in this.

The building has the most stunning views outside as well as some interesting things to stimulate creativity within.


I also was very happy to finally take a decent photograph of a crow and one of a mural I see when we are driving into the centre.

A street sign caught my eye – and I thought back to my earlier memories of walking through this area.

Lots of cultural stimulation was one of the things I missed whilst we were living away from a city centre.

Although in my old home in the North there were many magnificent natural spaces to explore.

Part of understanding a city seems to be looking for the cultural centres and hubs and finding their spirit.

When I met up with my daughter she had been exploring interesting street lane ways for her art class.

She had an amazing day too.


(c) Words and Images – June Perkins