Photo: Gordon Smith, Banksia flower
The Australian bush can be spectacular in its rugged grandeur and its bright colours. But it is also true that people from countries used to bright greens can find the sometimes muted olive green hues of our forests strange.
Growing up in Australia's New England I took the bush for granted. It was just there. Now that I live in Sydney I miss what, to use an Australian Aboriginal phrase, I think of simply as country.
We all need time to pause and refresh, something that I am not good at. Gordon Smith's rather wonderful photos bring the feel and smell back.