In this land that was made made for them and us.
Thy earth balls are rooted.
Pine needles, the sting is gone.
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|Half of the highway is for rocks only.|
If you're in a ta-rock you may drive on the rocky transit lane.
But it's still in the curing stage.
|A vehicle heavily laden with green gold. |
Cabbages being transported to the markets.
There's too much side slope,
on the camera.
|The Halsema highway winds its way around the rugged untillable rocky crags.|
|Side roads are just down on the side.|
|Where almost every mountainside nook and cranny has been cleared for vegetable farms.|
|Vegies. Did you have your allocation or dose today? 'Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT now. Give me holes in my vegies but leave me the birds and the trees - Please!'|
"DDT is a highly toxic pesticide that was widely used. It was banned after it was proven that DDT was leading to the extinction of birds like the bald eagle because it affected the shells of the eggs and chicks couldn’t hatch. DDT was one of the first examples of chemicals introduced into the environment for one purpose ending up devastating a totally distinct, and at first seemingly unrelated part of the ecosystem."
|Every thick jungle has been penetrated.|
|An abandoned irrigation channel carved out of the rock face of the mountain.|
|Local desperadoes waiting for the train.|
|The marker is decades old. I used to keep it company.|
In my day, I would sit with it and me and my friends would talk to it...
|The sun once shone on Mt Shya-wen. Now instead of shining, it's shunning it.|
These shorn mountains (above and below) were once beautiful,
thick with pines and streams flowing down from the heights.
Now they are even more beautiful, terraced for vegetables.
I'm back to hear their whisper, but the pines have been felled clear
With the summer days a-blazin’, thirstin' for some fallin' rain
Yes I am back a-weepin’, seein' bare mountains there
Trudgin’ along and longin', on the bends of the mountain trail
|The trail is dusty and the road is rough. Next time I'll catch the train.|
|Look out! But don't look down.|