Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Rocky opening to a small reef at Anthony's Nose, a popular boat launching and fishing area south of Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
Watery Wednesday #24
Quiet beauty in waiting
Treasures of coastlines
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ In the early morning light, trainers exercise their horses at Balnarring Beach, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia.
They park the floats at Balnarring, ride the sands to Somers beach and back to Balnarring.
Finally, the horses take a refreshing dip.
(It's a few months since I last posted a photo of this event, so I thought it was time to post another!)
That's My World Tuesday # XIX
Early morning ride
Fresh light dawns on fresh waters
New eyes new heartbeat
Monday, February 23, 2009
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ My beautiful metal butterfly made some years ago by a Tasmanian artist (whose name escapes me).
He has since passed away, but he had a wonderful studio, open to the public in northern Tasmania, displaying his wonderful array of metal sculptures and objects.
I remember he always loved to dress in black with a heavy gold chain round his neck.
Blue Monday meme
Bright silhouette of colour
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ There is something so very peaceful about animals grazing in a delightful countryside.
This photo was taken at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
Sunday Scenery meme
Animals walk the slow life
Balm for the spirit
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Many streets in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula display these summer flowers.
Today's Flowers #28
Pinky red flowers
Like prickly bright glowing stars
Raining from green leaves
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ I love this photo of an older woman, wheelchair bound, but still enjoying the freedom of being beachside + taking her dog for a walk
Scenic Sunday #32
Freedom is an attitude
Just me and my dog
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Summer flowerings and varied emerald green tones in my front garden in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Emerald Sundays #16
Summer colour tones
Purples and blues in green seas
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Wild cockatoos on my verandah in the early morning light.
(Hope you're not tired of cockatoo shots just yet!)
Shadow Shot Sunday #40
Wild morning shadows
Gathering to feed the day
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Thick haze of smoke over Port Phillip Bay as seen from my back verandah this Sunday afternoon in the Dromana Hills.
This is just a sign of the ongoing fires still burning north and east of Melbourne.
Usually, this is a beautiful view.
But to see such smoke almost paling out the waters of the bay and Mount Martha in the background is quite frightening.
And then there are the dramatic gusts of wind blurring the leaves.
Sunday Scenery meme
In this smokey world
Light seems just a slave to fire
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Another view
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A week after Victoria's devastating fires first began, the morning skies over the Mornington Peninsula (south of Melbourne) still glow with smoky beauty.
Here in the Dromana Hills, we may not be part of the wild fires, but it is as if we are trapped in the eerie eye of a storm.
To the north and east are fires, always lurking on our horizons.
Scenic Sunday #31
Such ugly beauty
Gruesome bondage with horrors
Nature's wrath from hell
Pic by Gemma Wiseman
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dove on my verandah, Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Camera Critters #45
Dove of peace and love
Taking a little soul time
NOTE: The dove is well-known in the Western world as a symbol of peace, but it is also a messenger of symbolic love.
The dove and turtledove are often used as love symbols in weddings.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Pic by Gemma Wiseman
Like Paradise Found,
I too have been wondering how to write a post about
the blackest day in Victorian history.
The day began with the heatwave on Saturday 7th February, 2009
and is still evolving.
It is a little like
the longest day in the longest night.
The very word tolls like a forlorn bell!
TV channels spill out horror story after horror story.
In Yea, people are living in tents waiting for the next stage,
whatever that is.
(Many slept in a car till tents became available.)
Communities like Narbethong, Marysville, Strathewan and Kinglake
have been totally erased from existance.
But the fire burns on still.
One survivor commented that the sky seemed to be raining fire.
As I write, the news says 131 people have perished
and the number is still climbing.
For details of this surreal legacy of Saturday's heatwave,
see The Age newspaper media reports directly from Melbourne, Australia.
Even a popular newsreader from Channel 9 ~
Brian Naylor ~
perished with his wife at Kinglake.
We all have some sensitive connections with someone affected by the fires!
And so, this post is reaching out
to all those still fighting to survive.
We are with you!
We hope with you!
Not all reds are fires
Not all reds are danger zones
Somewhere sleeps the rose
Sunday, February 8, 2009
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SONGS ABOUT AUSTRALIA
- Damien Leith - his citizenship ceremony in Tenterfield + he sings "Tenterfield Saddler" - Australia Day 2007
- "I Still Call Australia Home" - Peter Allen's beautiful song sung by the Outback Singers - absolutely stunning!
- "I Am Australian" - delightful Australian images synchronise with a song of the Australian spirit - The Seekers
- "Great Southern Land" - the deepest wells of the Australian spirit - Icehouse (1989)
Australian Photography, Painting & Music Links
- Tia Kane Art - Chinese art through Australian eyes
- Kieran Murphy - Amazing 19yr old (2008) guitarist - Melbourne = "The Chase"
- Ian Wallace - Award winning photographer from Tasmania
- Lindsay Buckland - Music - Eclipse of the Common Sense - Melbourne, Australia
- Andonis - Heroic Mosaic Art - Melbourne Australia
- Michelle Wrighton - Pet Portrait Artist - Perth, Western Australia
- David Webb's Nature Photography - Queensland
- Robert Todonai - Painter of Australian Life & Landscapes - Western Australia
General Interest Australian Websites
- Australia's Weirdest Wineries
- Mornington Peninsula Tourism
- Unusual Facts About Australia ~ Some serious, mysterious and fun
- Desert Art - Broken Hill NSW
- The True Blue Roo Poo Company - Funny gifts from Down Under
- Scribbly Gum
- Truly Australia - Travel Australia
- ABC Rural Australia
- ABC Northern Tasmania
- Australian Snapshots
- Message Stick - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Online
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Archive of Blog Quotes
- A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent
- Autumn is an introspective season when stray thoughts of the mind dive into the mystique of the soul - Gemma Wiseman
- Autumn is the bridesmaid of Summer and the flowergirl of Winter ~ Gemma Wiseman
- Autumn whispers the tones of yesterday in a minor key ~ Gemma Wiseman
- Love is born / With a dark and troubled face, / When hope is dead / And in the most unlikely place; / Love is born, / Love is always born. - Michael Leunig's Christmas Song Cycle "Southern Star"
- Spring paints the stars of heaven in Earth colours ~ Gemma Wiseman
- Summer sizzles with a sibilant hush / Broken by dreams of / Clinking ice ~ Gemma Wiseman
- The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. - G.K. Chesterton
- Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. - Stanley Horowitz
- Winter is the fire, simmering lonely in the soul ~ Gemma Wiseman
- Winter is the shadow, the etching of the seasons in the mist ~ Gemma Wiseman
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