Personal essay recounting an experiment in magic involving a lake, a snake and a shift in mindset.
1. The Lake
Herdsman Lake is quintessentially Perth. From the northwest corner, you can look over the half a dozen buildings of the CBD, and from the right angle, it looks like they’re emerging from a swamp. It’s called Herdsman Lake, but really, it’s a swamp. It’s a reminder that Perth is built on swampland.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Herdsman Lake.
The first people to use this lake were the local Noongar people, the Yellagonga. They called the area Ngurgenboro.