Sunday, March 26, 2006

A walk in Darwin's shoes

In 1836, the 22-year-old Charles Darwin came across a view that may have helped change thinking forever.

Stopping at the Weatherboard Inn in what is now Wentworth Falls, Darwin wrote:

"About a mile and a half from this place, there is a view exceedingly well worth visiting. By following down a little valley and its tiny rill of water, an immense gulf is unexpectedly seen through the trees. . .

"Walking on a few yards one stands on the brink of a vast precipice, and below is the grand bay or gulf (for I know not what other name to give it), thickly covered with forest.

"The point of view is situated as if at the head of a bay, the line of cliff diverging on each side, and showing headland beyond headland, as on a bold sea-coast."
According to Professor Nicholas "It's the first time he put these questions to paper, he's asking all these questions but he doesn't have any answers."

For example, after visiting Wentworth Falls Darwin speculated about how the valley was formed, initially believing it had been submerged and carved out by underwater sea currents.

Years later, as he developed his belief that the world had been slowly changing for billions of years, he suggested that the valleys had in fact been carved out by erosion over enormous periods of time.

And just west of the Mountains, Darwin saw creatures like the platypus and lion ant, and tentatively queried whether a creator could have come up with the design.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

London: back seat photography

from the back seat you sometimes get to take a shot that you would normally miss, interesting reflections too

Islington: pavemementos

.... strange pavements seem to catch your eye with all kinds of useful information (the shoes are from Clarks in Hackney)

Katoomba: dawn at Echo Point

... the dawn is another country, the brightest light is headlights of a car

Katoomba: shop in Waratah St

... some wet or foggy days seem to accentuate the remains of old signwriting

Monday, March 06, 2006

Katoomba: foggy dawn

... a mystery figure in the mist