Wandering Thoughts

January 2, 2010

Holiday Snapshot

Filed under: Going Places — terence @ 9:29 am
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Forget the allegory; the real magic in the Narnia Chronicles is in the travel. A wood of worlds, flight above a newly forming land, escape from the War, journey into the kingdom of the giants. Border lands, subterranean countries. As a child my favourite was the journey to the end of the earth in Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The magical islands, the way the sea slowly gave out: shallower, populated by mermen, then shallower still, then ending in a mat of lilies.

Something similar happens to the land out beyond Collingwood: the Kahurangis drop away and, no longer so self-assured, it becomes low and uncertain, criss-crossed by tidal rivers; estuaries alternating with expansive mud-flats.

At Puponga, just before the spine of hills died out completely, we walked over to the west coast, and watched the collapsing sea. Then we drove up to the Farewell Spit visitor centre and looked out across the sandy hook. Although the day was clear the wind was blowing a gale, carrying clouds of sand, pulled off the top of dunes, billowing like smoke, out and beyond the point where the last dune gave way to beach and beach in turn dissolved into the sea.

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