My daughter Rosie took these pictures for an assignment she’s doing at the moment on cultural landscapes. Her chosen landscape is Dights Falls Park in Abbotsford. One of the photos I include here shows Dights falls, self evident, the other includes a grey eucalypt around which some one has tied a sprig of artificial orchids.
I have been haunted by this second image ever since I first came across it earlier this year when I visited the place with my husband. It is meant as a commemoration to a young woman, Lynette Phillips whose body was found in the Yarra River nearby. She was wrapped in a blue doona. The cause of her death is still unclear though it’s evident she fell victim to foul play.
I have long loved the area for its haunting quality, more so now for its funereal quality. I can’t go there without thinking about this young woman whom I never met. The memory of her is tied to the landscape.