It’s the smell
The warm moist fertile smell
Like any thing could grow here
Through central Queensland the smell was dry and dusty
Now it’s moist and you can smell and taste it
The tropical forests bring there interesting dangers
Even the plants
And of course there is the sugar cane. Been with me since the sub tropics.
It’s harvest time and sometimes the air is sickly sweet with the smell of sugar syrup especially near a mill grinding the cane
The tropics and sugar cane are synonymous for me.
Be it tropical Queensland, Mauritius, the Mekong Delta, the moist highlands of Ethiopia near the source of the Nile or South Pacific Islands, sugar cane was always there.
Being on a motorbike I’m in the moment, part of the environment, and experiencing the smells is part of it.