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Buzzfeed, the Garma Festival and the noble savage

Buzzfeed, the Garma Festival and the noble savage

Bob GosfordAug 9, 2017

For mine it is but a few short steps from the Buzzfeed treatment of this year's Garma Festival to a neo-romantic and naive view of contemporary Aboriginal society as "noble savages". But Buzzfeed can easily do better than 16 Photos, as we can see in this piece by Simon Crera, 16 Powerful Photos Of The Oldest Living Culture On Earth, which looked at the 2014 Garma Festival.

Maypal, mayali’ ga wanja – tales from the Yolngu tidal zone

Maypal, mayali’ ga wanja – tales from the Yolngu tidal zone

Bob GosfordJul 4, 2017

Maypal is a complete part of Yolngu diet and it is free from the sea—celebrated in songs, dance and stories, integral to their world. In fact, maypal is an utterly fundamental part of the Yolngu world: Bentley James

Butterfly of the Week: Double-spotted Line Blue, Nacaduba biocellata

Butterfly of the Week: Double-spotted Line Blue, Nacaduba biocellata

Bob GosfordJan 17, 2017

Bird of the Week: Willy Wagtail -

Bird of the Week: Willy Wagtail - "where's my dinner Mum?"

Bob GosfordJan 2, 2017

The local pair of Willy Wagtails have taken advantage of the great season we are having in the centre this year and so far have raised two clutches, and I'll expect that, as prime examples of avian opportunism in the desert, they may raise another couple yet in this season.

Bird Hide of the Week: The Buffalo Hide, Darwin

Bird Hide of the Week: The Buffalo Hide, Darwin

Bob GosfordDec 22, 2016

Is it not too much to ask that if we are going to the effort of building something from which the public will gain great pleasure that such structures should not also be beautiful as well?

Birds of the Week: Little Crow and Willy Wagtail: best of enemies

Birds of the Week: Little Crow and Willy Wagtail: best of enemies

Bob GosfordDec 17, 20161 Comment

The other week I came back from town on one of those 40C+ days to a mad flurry of wings and panic calls that can only signal interloper ... or predator. This Little Crow Corvus bennetti was trying to cool down in the water but was being harried by the adult Willy wagtails

Dead cars on a dirt road

Dead cars on a dirt road

Bob GosfordNov 26, 20162 Comments

On the outbound run the number of old car bodies littered in the scrub caught my eye so I decided to take a closer look on the way back. Here are just a few.

"JESUS LOVES NACHOS" Graffiti Rules in K-town, OK?

Bob GosfordNov 3, 20162 Comments

”Jesus Loves Nachos is not to be touched,” the spokeswoman said when pressed, "It’s an icon.” Back in the eighties the bridge had another less benign example of the graffiti artist's work. Thankfully "FREE KLAUS BARBIE" is long gone.

Dust

Dust

Bob GosfordNov 1, 2016

Some photos from the Santa Teresa races on the weekend of 29 and 30 October 2016.

Off to the desert races at Santa Teresa, NT.

Off to the desert races at Santa Teresa, NT.

Bob GosfordNov 1, 20161 Comment

Dust, heat, flies and more dust. If it is the last weekend in October it must be time to head off the the races at Santa Teresa NT.