|Communion with nature in Australia's former pristine ecosystem, now known as Gold Coast. Several hundreds of thousands of vacationers can come here each year and take three showers a day in air conditioned condos.|
Other natives have not fared well too. The Tasmanian devil is dying from a viral disease that resembles cancer and is inevitably lethal. There are intensive captive breeding programs that will replace the wild species should it become extinct.
We also saw three dark-skin Aborigines. The first one, a young slim boy, stood stark naked at an entrance to a shopping mall. He was completely motionless in the evening light, like a dark statue, until he was picked up by three policemen. The second one was in his twenties and completely drugged out. We saw the third Aborigine on the street in a hip touristy district on the west side of Brisbane. He was an old man with a tragic frozen face and black burning eyes staring into emptiness, his hands widely open to the sides in a Christ-like gesture. He was being led away by two gentle police women. Those eyes...I forgot to pull my camera and capture their anguished deep darkness.