4) was at Ironbarks
Crossing, within 50 m of Cubbo Creek, an ephemeral stream in the Talluba Creek catchment which was dry at the time of observation.
I made a mug of tea each and we sat outside in the moonlight under the ironbarks
without conversation, till all dissolved.
Woodlands of Box eucalypts and Ironbarks
once stretched from western Victoria in a great are through central NSW and into southern Queensland.
Williams employs well the relaxed form, the more conversational language -- using effectively at times jailhouse or Australian diction such as stringybarks, ironbarks
, mockered-up, barbared the rooms -- and usually refrains from any final summarizing statement.
In the echoic cylinder of night, carved ironbarks
tattooed only by the sallow moon's light, minister a wild sky lament-- lanceolate leaves, knives carving theft into the sheets of wind, a low guttural fugue of mothers who will not be denied a child.
Victoria's threatened woodlands of ironbarks
and box trees are again in the news, with the Victorian government opening up the prospect of commercial timber cutting in new conservation parks.
If you sat quietly nearby, you could watch as two squirrel gliders gingerly emerged from its rotting trunk, ascended the tree and floated off through the dry inland air to feed on flowering ironbarks
. Then the tuans would take their turn -- a mother and two kids, spiralling energetically up the bole of the tree and foraging for insects under the peeling bark, silhouetted in the moonlight.