Yesterday Seal Rock – Pungari – where the land swells away from the lee side of Fisherman’s Bay and nudges out and into the full force of the Southern Ocean. It’s a reddish pink granite boulder balanced on a rock ledge. People often come here to fish. Others, like me, lean up against orange lichen covered rocks higher up and just that bit further away from the sea, watch and listen. Most winters there’ll be whales further out, Southern Right whales, or seals closer in.
This area’s part of a Dreaming Trail that goes from the Coorong and the Murray Mouth along to Cape Jervis, and then across to Kaike- Kangaroo Island.
Sometimes I see a band of light here, a quiver in the air, energy lines that run from the moon curve of the bay to the Rock, images, too, of an old woman listening to the talk of a spider, or I’ll hold an abalone shell, sense the coming weather.
Other times there’ll be none of that; or I won’t stop to listen, let the dog run ahead, enjoy her as she flicks back earth on the narrow coastal path to claim her territory, anticipate her barks when she runs on to the small beach at Crockery Bay, jumps up on to the small boulders.
It’s a land and seascape I’ve come to love. Yarluwar Ruhe- Sea Country.