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Updated on May 22, 2020
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Beata works as a qualified primary school teacher, a councillor for drug and alcohol addiction and a farm caretaker for organic olive grow.

Reconnecting with nature

For thousands of years, the plains of the Stirling Range were the hunting grounds for two groups of Aboriginal people - the Qaaniyan and the Koreng.
For thousands of years, the plains of the Stirling Range were the hunting grounds for two groups of Aboriginal people - the Qaaniyan and the Koreng.
There is a Dreamtime Story: 'How the Stirling Range was formed'. Kangaroo people lived in the Dreamtime long ago. One family lived near where Cranbrook now stands: a male kangaroo, a female kangaroo and their joey.
There is a Dreamtime Story: 'How the Stirling Range was formed'. Kangaroo people lived in the Dreamtime long ago. One family lived near where Cranbrook now stands: a male kangaroo, a female kangaroo and their joey.
Every day, the male went off to look for food for his family. He stayed away all day but did not bring any food for his family. The female became angry. She went into the bush and found a lot of food. She and the joey had a big feast.
Every day, the male went off to look for food for his family. He stayed away all day but did not bring any food for his family. The female became angry. She went into the bush and found a lot of food. She and the joey had a big feast.
Later, her husband returned and saw the scraps. Nothing was left for him. He became very angry, picked up his spear and threw it at his wife. It went straight through her heart and she fell down dead.
Later, her husband returned and saw the scraps. Nothing was left for him. He became very angry, picked up his spear and threw it at his wife. It went straight through her heart and she fell down dead.
The husband raced towards the east. The joey was upset at the death of his mother. He began to chase his father across the land. When he caught up with him, they had a terrible fight.
The husband raced towards the east. The joey was upset at the death of his mother. He began to chase his father across the land. When he caught up with him, they had a terrible fight.
The joey killed his father near Bluff Knoll. If you look to the south, you can see the outline of the female's body. This is known as the Sleeping Beauty.
The joey killed his father near Bluff Knoll. If you look to the south, you can see the outline of the female's body. This is known as the Sleeping Beauty.
In many stories, the Stirling Range is hostile - dangerous and associated with death. Local Aboriginal people never camp on any part of Bluff Knoll. The highest peak of the Stirling Range is called Puakaar Miial, which means Great Mountain
In many stories, the Stirling Range is hostile - dangerous and associated with death. Local Aboriginal people never camp on any part of Bluff Knoll. The highest peak of the Stirling Range is called Puakaar Miial, which means Great Mountain
The peak is often covered with mists that curl around the mountain tops and float into the gullies. These constantly changing mists were believed to be the only visible form of a spirit called 'Noatch', meaning dead body
The peak is often covered with mists that curl around the mountain tops and float into the gullies. These constantly changing mists were believed to be the only visible form of a spirit called 'Noatch', meaning dead body
The first ship known to visit King George Sound was a Dutch ship in 1627. However, it was another 165 years, in 1792, before the French ships arrived. None of the above noticed the mountains. They remained insignificant.
The first ship known to visit King George Sound was a Dutch ship in 1627. However, it was another 165 years, in 1792, before the French ships arrived. None of the above noticed the mountains. They remained insignificant.
The first recorded sighting of a mountain range was described on January 5, 1802 by English captain Matthew Flinders aboard HMS Investigator. He called them a chain of 'rugged mountains'.
The first recorded sighting of a mountain range was described on January 5, 1802 by English captain Matthew Flinders aboard HMS Investigator. He called them a chain of 'rugged mountains'.
In late 1835, Governor Sir James Stirling travelled from Perth to Albany, glimpsing some hills. Thus, the 'rugged mountains' became the 'Stirling Range.'
In late 1835, Governor Sir James Stirling travelled from Perth to Albany, glimpsing some hills. Thus, the 'rugged mountains' became the 'Stirling Range.'
Sir James Stirling noted one hill, but this unique mountain range with its hidden gullies, majestic cloud-capped summits and changing moods remained unknown to him.
Sir James Stirling noted one hill, but this unique mountain range with its hidden gullies, majestic cloud-capped summits and changing moods remained unknown to him.
It still remains as unremarkable to anyone who fails to pass the first rugged hill...
It still remains as unremarkable to anyone who fails to pass the first rugged hill...
This unique mountain range remains the 'Mountain of Mystery' for many people.
This unique mountain range remains the 'Mountain of Mystery' for many people.

Reconnecting with my long-lost friends

Back to mountains with mud that slides

Slippery upon our hiking boots

Looking up the hills

Their gentle, rolling and soothing sides

Sharp rocky edges hiding in the mist

Walking all day


Taking different paths

We are back in our Stirling Range retreat

Thirty five acres of rugged mountain tops

A sense of space

Listening to robins and wrens

Holding our breath to see a Wedge-tail eagle

fly by


Drunk on the sweetest smell

of seven hundred flowering plants

Chasing the hidden treasure

I see my Aboriginal friend, a Noongar woman
called Yoondi, cry when she finds a precious spider orchid in a sacred place.


'Long time ago, before the Wadjela (white man) came, this mountain belonged to my people.
Thousands of years we lived here - Koi Kyounu Ruff - mysterious, rugged mountains hidden in a mist. That which white man calls the Stirling Range.

'Then my great great grandfather came and cleared the hilly part of the bush. He ate rabbits
before they built 'the rabbit proof fence'. Then chased parrots or kangaroos. He also killed many of your men in his heyday. Meanwhile, his wife planted a climbing rose and called her the 'Australian Beauty'.


My English friend Lizzie stopped by, taking hold of Yoondi's hand.

Back to mountains with mud that slides

Slippery upon our hiking boots

Looking up the hills

Their gentle, rolling and soothing sides

Sharp rocky edges hiding in the mist


'When my great grandfather Giovanni first came here, many people were looking for gold.
I was born on an olive farm and my Mum planted vegetables. We had a cow for butter and cheese. When my baby brother died, my father planted vines for wine and looked for a good Italian boy to marry me.

I took salami and pasta to school. Everyone laughed and called me names.

My parents never learnt to speak English.

'I just so desperately wanted to fit in and find my way.'

My Italian friend Maria stopped by, taking hold of Lizzie's hand.

Back to mountains with mud that slides

Slippery upon our hiking boots

Looking up the hills


Their gentle, rolling and soothing sides

Sharp rocky edges hiding in the mist

'My father was born in Kachin state, next to the Kia's mountain. Just like this one but in a jungle, just the same...He wore longyis, a Burmese sarong. My mother's face was painted beige.'


My Burmese friend Chin Win stopped by and took hold of my hand:

'I am proud that our Aung San Suu Kyi is so famous in the West.'

'I saw her in the news. She is back under house arrest. For so many years, she has been imprisoned, just because she is the oppositon leader of the Burmese junta.'

I joined in, closing the circle,
holding Chin's and Maria's hands.


Back to mountains with mud that slides

Slippery upon our hiking boots

Looking up the hills

Their gentle, rolling and soothing sides

Sharp rocky edges hiding in the mist

We talked about Aung San Suu Kyi.


'She lives behind a guarded gate in a large run-down home in Burma's capital, Rangoon. Over the past sixteen years, she lost contact with her English husband. Is he dead? Her two young sons have grown up without her but she refuses to HATE.'


Yoondi, Lizzie, Maria, Chin and I were breathing hard on the way up to the summit of 'Bluff Knoll' - the highest rocky, misty place. Breath-taking scenery opened in front of us.

Yoondi, Lizzie, Maria, Chin and I discussed our memories. We'd known each other for years. We shared our life stories - not only the ones as bright as wildflowers on a sunny spring day,
but also those of the colour grey.


But we can forgive, and we can forget. We're not scared of the future. Just like Aung San Suu Kyi, we don't fear and we don't hate.

'I'm not scared of death anymore,'

I looked at my friends with new bright eyes:

'Cancer, accident, disaster or just pure bad luck - there are many ways to die, but I still have a place in this world. I have a role to play, if only small. How insignificant am I?'


'Just like me,' said Yoondi.

'And me,' added Lizzie.

'Me too,' smiled Maria, as Chin waved her hand:

'Kachin, Shan, Wa, Arakan, Karen and Mon - the
different Burmese tribes keep fighting on. We have a Nobel Peace laureate but Burma will still end up in civil war. Aung San Suu Kyi is significant, but her voice is not heard and her battle is not won.'


The clouds around us turn red in the setting sun. In the distance, a harsh bird call sounds.
A wedge-tailed eagle wings its way to the nest
after a successful hunt - ignoring us. We are part of the landscape. We are here or we are not. The rugged peaks of the Stirling Mountains
do not mind.

We are insignificant.

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    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      8 years ago from Western Australia

      Elenaor Roosevelt oce said: 'It is better to light a candle that to curse the darkness'. Happy that I have lit one little candle for you and hopefully you will reach our shores once and see the land of dreams for yourself:)

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      grinnin1 

      8 years ago from st louis,mo

      So glad I stopped by. Beautiful and hauntingly written piece. Your photos are also wonderful. Would love to see it someday. Voted up and beautiful!

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      10 years ago from Western Australia

      Dear BorderPirate, thank you for your kind comment, the luck is on my side as well...the world is better place with friendly people around although we connect only through the net...writing on the net is magic because it can connect me with many similar minded people I would never would be able to connect to in real life...thank you again..love from Beata

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      10 years ago from Western Australia

      Dear BorderPirate, thank you for your kind comment, the luck is on my side as well...the world is better place with friendly people around although we connect only through the net...writing on the net is magic because it can connect me with many similar minded people I would never would be able to connect to in real life...thank you again..love from Beata

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      BorderPirate 

      10 years ago

      Thank you so much 2show me your jurney & share your real heart...you are very good person....i am luck to be ffiend with u..i miss u

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      10 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you so much 'ripplemaker' for taking this special journey with me, you are just another special friend we took for a ride...love from Beata

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Amazingly beautiful! Thank you for bringing me with you in journey to connections - with friends, with nature, with life itself! Indeed there is nothing to fear. There is light. There is hope. There is love. I thank you for sharing with me this beautiful place that brings quietness to my soul.

      Love and blessings,

      Michelle :)

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      10 years ago from Western Australia

      Your Opah was very wise man, yes I think my friends are just that and everything else to me...thanks for popping in and come again...all the best from Beata

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      It's just me 

      10 years ago from Alaska

      When I was a little girl my Opah was my hero I asked him who his heros were once and he told me "People that survive day to day life and live to a ripe old age." These sound like the kind of people that he meant. Thank you for the lovely telling.

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      Beata Stasak 

      10 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you for your nice comment Abe, I hope kava kava will be back on the shelves and you can enjoy it again soon. All the best from Beata

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      Abe Normal 

      10 years ago from Gigantic Ocean Seaboard

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      Very nice photography (esp. the subject matter). Became a connosieur of kava kava, my nostrils flared, but the stores in Pike Co., PA stopped stocking the shelves. Strange, isn't it?

      -Abe Normal,

      Ars longa, vita brevis

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      Beata Stasak 

      10 years ago

      I have just found your email about my 'typo mistakes', I am not a native English speaker, so I rely on my friends like to

      help me out...thanks for that.

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      ralwus 

      10 years ago

      I have many friends yes, I now count you as one far distance one but special. Welcome back again.

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      Beata Stasak 

      10 years ago

      You are just that type of guy with rocky edges, funny side and romantic inside too. I bet you plenty close friends all around...thanks for welcoming me back. Always love your comments, make me feel special, thanks my hub friend.

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      ralwus 

      10 years ago

      Aung San Suu Kyi is an amazing woman and fortunate to have so many good friends, I do feel for her and wish the best for her and her people too. It is great to have close friends not matter who they may be, they are your friends along with the rocky outcrops with sharp edges. Loved this so much and the many images of pix as well as in my mind. I want to hold Yoondi's hand too as well as yours. CC glad you are back and thanks for visiting me. Gee, I gotta run.

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      Beata Stasak 

      10 years ago

      Sorry for the misspelled word, I meant: "Thank you so much for your praise...

      I need to work on my English, sorrryyy

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      Beata Stasak 

      10 years ago

      Thank you my dear soulmate. There are many magical, mystical places all around the world, I am sure there is some close to your home. You just need to 'put your magic glasses on'. We often miss the most beautiful places because they look ordinary on the first glance...

      Thank you so much for your praize, it helps me to keep writing.

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      bayareagreatthing 

      10 years ago from Bay Area California

      I love the beauty your paint with your words. I will be excite to see your mountains someday! God bless your day Beata.

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      10 years ago from Western Australia

      Dear Immartin, I am happy you are back settled warmly in California and reading my 'images scattered in my mind' again.

      It is good feeling to connect with someone through writing. Thank you for that. Never say never, maybe once you will climb those 'hills in the mist' too, life is full of surprises and we just need to leave our mind open to all possibilities...anyway I have just saw Moore: 'Capitalism love story' documentary in our cinema, it made me think so much about your country...

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      lmmartin 

      10 years ago from Alberta and Florida

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      lmmartin 

      10 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Thank you for taking me on this wonderful hike to a mystical place. It's unlikely I'll ever go there in my lifetime, but you've given me this wonderful experience. Please, keep on writing. You have such a gift to be able to express not only the physical but spiritual side of life.

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