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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Tarkine on the wing … First Day ….

*Pic: A Pacific Gull takes flight …

Ted Mead celebrates June 1 on the First Day of the Month: My dream to fly

The gift of flight, it is my dream, to see the world afar.

To glide upon the thermal winds beneath the moon or star.

The verdant greens, the mountains crags, the deep blue sea and sky.

With clouds above and earth below in hues before my eye.

It is a space where I can’t be, my feet are bound on land.

Yet flight is free, and life is glee for those who have no hand.

So I spread my arms when I’m in slumber, and soar within the night.

And live in joy upon the wing with dreams of sheer delight.

The magnificent Wedged-tailed Eagle …

The boisterous Sulphur-crested Cockatoo …

A White-bellied Sea Eagle drifting on the ocean breeze …

The aerobatic Grey Fantail …

The screeching Yellow-tailed Cockatoos in flock formation …

A Pacific Gull chick – Not quite on the wing – but soon to be – cute!

*Ted Mead is mystified and enchanted by the gift of flight. Ted often ponders on the wonders of flying over a landscape and observing the complex marvels of our terrestrial expanses from above. We spend our entire lives traipsing the hard earth below us, yet to have the ability to soar and land at any given moment would be truly divine.



  1. Isla MacGregor

    May 31, 2018 at 1:33 pm


  2. Pete Godfrey

    May 31, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful photos, Ted. I especially love the photo of the grey fantail. They are very hard to get photos of because of the fluttering about.

    If you sell your photos I would love a copy of that one. Let me know via Linz so he can pass on my email to you.

    Thanks again. The Tarkine is a special place


  3. Clive.stott

    May 31, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Great photos Ted.

    Thanks for sharing…

  4. Ted Mead

    May 31, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    #2 – Thanks Pete

    I must admit the fantail pic was somewhat an intentional fluke.

    Anyway this image will be amidst the 200 page definitive takayna book, which is essentially complete, just lacking a sponsor to get it published.

  5. Annie

    May 31, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Beautiful thank you, Ted.

    It is wonderful how birds evoke feelings of freedom and happiness for so many people. If only we would reciprocate and protect their habitat.

    Appreciation of the values of the Tarkine will help to save it.

    All the best in finding a sponsor …

  6. TGC

    June 1, 2018 at 12:29 am

    A sponsor!

    Rally round those TT’ers for whom “The Tarkine is a special place.”

  7. Ted Mead

    June 1, 2018 at 1:57 am

    #6 … Thanks Trev. I will hold you for a few perquisite K then? –

    I’d appreciate that, and I’m sure a philanthropic mortgage on your cave would be good karma for you.

  8. Alison Bleaney

    June 1, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Wondrous … thank you for sharing!

    Maybe crowd funding to secure $ for publishing?

    All the best.

  9. TGC

    June 1, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    #7 … My ‘cave’ is a Listed Heritage Place – and it may finish up being donated to the State at my (our) expiry.
    So I can’t help with cash for the book (OAPs) but other TT’ers will be beating your door down to donate.

  10. Ted Mead

    June 1, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    #9 … Donated to the state? I suspect that you mean the Liberal Party.

    It must be a huge cave if you’re intending to get all those troglodytes in there.

    In your will, can you pass on your GPS coordinates to us so when they finally move in we can seal off the entrance for eternity?

  11. TGC

    June 2, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Just follow the vitriol #10, and you’ll find it.

    And by then, with several Labor Governments in ‘authority’ across the nation – well .. sublime ruination.

  12. Ted Mead

    June 3, 2018 at 3:37 am

    #11, Trev … If you want to avoid vitriolic criticism then try commenting in some form of intellectual depth about an issue, rather than in your usual inane, senseless and snide way.

    Then we can always agree to disagree! Until that happens you will always be viewed as a cynic.

    PS: This article was not intended to be political. It should be viewed for its wonder regarding the gift of flight.

  13. TGC

    June 4, 2018 at 1:02 am

    #12 … “Do you mean ‘cast some pearls before swine’?

  14. Clive Stott

    June 4, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Ted, with regard to your bird photos you might like to give this a go: https://www.birdlifephotoaward.org.au/

  15. Robert Middleton

    June 5, 2018 at 5:41 am

    I understand your yearning to fly Ted, but we need you here on the ground to continue capturing the stunning images of what really matters, and what we can lose through the stupidity, greed, arrogance and treachery of others.

    Your images, set free by the gentle and wise journalistic hands at TT, take flight and soar around the world. You are flying Ted, through your words and pictures.

    This world is a better place because of the efforts of Tasmanian Times and Ted Mead. Keep soaring, both of you!

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