One of our special thrills at the end of the day is to watch huge V-formation flocks of Australian White Ibis descending onto our luminous lagoon, where they roost for the night in the Swamp Paperbarks, keeping company with Black Swans and Blue-billed Ducks.
This ibis shimmer is flight fragmented.
It bears a resemblance to those armfuls of cinders
Charcoal lines from burnt trees, bush-branches.
Think ‘fire in the heavens’ and some art nut
(a painter, a poet or something flightier)
has paper-wrapped the silhouettes
hauling the birds in
on their dishevelled erotic wings.
Barry Hill, from Lines for Birds
Short Purple-flag (Patersonia fragilis) outer seed cases,Yacca (Xanthorrhoea semiplana ssp. tateana) seeds, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on canvas
75 x 75 cm framed, image diameter 47 cm
Framed in white moulding, with a white circular cut matt, internal side spacers, glass and hangers
SOLD – Private collection, South Australia
Detail view from an angle:
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