Mar 2012 Forest alive

Facebook Post March 16, 2012, from Santi Forest Monastery

The forest at Santi Forest Monastery has a magical quality, every turn in the pathways opening up to something unexpected: a great boulder formation, a patch of forest holding a different climate, a stunning view across the valley, or a quickly-passing flock of shrieking parrots brightly colored red & blue & green. A few nights ago a wombat stared at me from beside the deck of my kuti, very cute, looking like a cross between a panda bear and a small pig.

Today finds the wet forest again in shades of foggy gray-green, distances beyond 100 feet hidden behind the mists. Since mid-February Santi has seen rain, rain, rain, followed by several very welcomed days of sunshine — until yesterday afternoon, when thunder & lightening began again.

Record-breaking rainfall since I arrived here, with creeks turned into rivers, and rivers gone mad.

Ayya Sudhamma at flooded Coal Mines Creek, Bundanoon, NSW, Australia

Ayya Sudhamma at flooded Coal Mines Creek, Bundanoon, NSW, Australia

Photo shows me by the creek not far from my kuti (in Morton State Park), not far from the waterfall, normally placid, normally easy to walk across. Not after all the rain!

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