AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Almost Discarded


Last Thursday 26th January was Australia Day.
And many people flocked to the Dromana foreshore for celebrations.
Here, some are queued for a ride in the surf boat.
I was so intent trying to include all the shadow patterns on the sands, I did not notice that the pier in the background appeared to be rising to the skies!
At first, I was going to discard this photo.
But I liked the shadow patterns.
So here it is.

Shadows on the sands
Gift of early morning light
Gentle summer shapes


Shadows can be gentle relief from the cacophonic glare of reality. - Gemma Wiseman


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31 comments:

Vhen said...

but the photo is lovely, i like the view makes me wanna go to the beach and swim too :)

happy SSS2!

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CanadianGardenJoy said...

Gemma a post Happy Australia Day !
Isn't it funny how when we take a second look at some photos that we have almost deleted .. we have second thoughts about them ? LOL
This is a great shot girl !
Joy

Sylvia K said...

I do love those surprise shadow shots!! And a great, warm, sunny capture this is! Love the beach and the water! Enjoy the remainder of your weekend, Gemma!

Sylvia

Kelly said...

The focal point for me is the trio of primary colors. I like how the red, blue, and yellows stand out for me!

Ralph said...

I like the patterns too! The lines fall over the sepia sand so well under the bright sun. The nearby people are awaiting a great time and that pier extends toward the horizon. A fun time and a view worth keeping!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

I like the illusion! Cropping up to the pier end would
have done it, but the shadows are the point here! A pleasant looking day for celebrating...

sarayutouched said...

gasp! never discard!! too cute! loving the pier. happy sss2 gemma!!

Catherine said...

Happy Australia Day - lovely beach shot...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Piers should rise to the skies if they want to, don't you think? Why should they remain beach-bound? :)

Carletta said...

It looks like it was a beautiful day for a celebration! The sun is shining warm and casting shadows that are probably being missed by the surf boat riders but not the photographer of shadows. :

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What a great picture...love how the pier is going up & up! Looks like a fun day on the beach :)

Paula Scott said...

So glad you didn't discard it! Sort of like saved by the bell, huh? Oh, that beach looks so inviting!

Joan said...

I like it too. Love the beach... a few more months! :)

Kathe W. said...

I'll enjoy your sunny shadow shot as it's pretty cold here! Cheers!

Leovi said...

Beautiful composition with beautiful shadows, I like the colors and of course the delicious light.

forgetmenot said...

Isn't it interesting how our opinion of something changes when we take a "second" look. Great shot--glad you didn't discard it. Mickie ;)

chubskulit said...

I miss walking in a sandy beach. Gorgeous!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shot of the beach.

Lighthousegal said...

Beautiful photo!! The clouds, the water, the brightly colored tent, and the shadow of the little trailer in the sand. The shadow looks like an "H" in the sand.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What a great shot, love the colour, the sea and the sand. And the yachts in the background gorgeous..there is so much going on when you look closely.

Susannah said...

Nice picture, lovely Haiku - and I love your quote about shadows! Wonderful. :-)

Doru said...

Beautifully composed shot!

LV said...

Your shadow scenes and words fit so well.

BLOGitse said...

aaaah, I'd love to walk on that sand...spring, come, come...
Have a great week ahead!

Costin Comba said...

A sunny day is a beautiful day and walking barefoot on the beach is very nice. Greetings.

Kay L. Davies said...

All the old rules about straight horizons seem to have been thrown out the window now anyway, Gemma. What matters in a shadow-shot is its shadow quality, anyway. Good work!
K

Cassie said...

Happy (belated) Australia Day! Love this beach ShadowShot!! Not sure why I don 't live on the beach since I do adore it. Thanks for the cool pic! Happy SSS.

Suzi said...

So bright and colorful! It's perfect to see in the middle of winter!!
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Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice shadows.

Regards and best wishes

Anne said...

It's cold, frosty and icy here, so your sun and sand is a wonderful antidote!!

Eden said...

Love the photo. Great shot.

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