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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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Smiley Face


Office Choice began operation in 1993.
Two things amused me on their website.
They aim to make stationery "sexy"
AND
they sell toilet rolls.


a sense of humour
helps to sell
a smile


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

French Living


French Living is a tiny but enchanting shop at Red Hill


French inspired art
a touch of romance
from other worlds


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Saturday, December 28, 2013

blue-tongue


Eastern blue-tongue lizard on my garden pathway in the Dromana Hills


link to ancient times
fascinating creature
living memory


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Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Morning Skies


Christmas morning skies over Port Phillip Bay as viewed from my Dromana Hills verandah


gentle blues
patched with wishes
of white



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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Museum


Dromana and District Historical Society Museum is on the Nepean Highway in the Old Shire Offices in Dromana.
It has approximately 2000 historical photographs and 500 objects.


glimpses of the past
like remote fragments of
other lifestyles


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Table


Table at my work Christmas function.
(Selective colouring has been applied)


Christmas table
sharing relief after
a heavy year


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Monday, December 23, 2013

last beauty...


Dandelion's last beauty...


humble dandelion
leaves the world with
a star


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Sunday, December 22, 2013

whispers of Christmas...


An old hanging feature on my wall that I still love...


a little ribbon
some dried gifts from Nature
whispers of Christmas


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hydroterra


Strange looking contraption on this car parked at Balnarring.
Hydroterra is involved in gas, groundwater, soil and marine monitoring - to name a few services.
Perhaps that odd contraption on the car roof is for weather monitoring - also one of their services.

earth and water
vital souls of
our planet


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I'm not looking...


Duck in the wetlands at Hillview Community Reserve


whirpool
my special place of
identity


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Muscovy


Muscovy duck at Hillview Community Reserve wetlands, Dromana


sometimes
it's good to pause and to think 
perchance to dream


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Monday, December 16, 2013

jus' hangin'


Cockatoos can be crazy characters.
One of their favourite tricks when they are in silly mode
is to hang and swing from tree branches.


I've turned my world
upside down
jus' for fun


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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Scruffy Feathers


Scruffy little kookaburra on the roofline


ruffled feathers
a sign of a busy day
rummaging


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

flowers ring flowers...


Big and bold flower at The Briars, Mount Martha


flowers ring flowers
synchronised dance of petals
circle of beauty


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Blue Ribbon Foundation


The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation was established in 1998 (merging several existing groups).
It perpetuates the memory of police killed in the line of duty.
There are 16 branches across Victoria, with the base at Moorabbin, an inner suburb of Melbourne.
A branch on my Mornington Peninsula is quite new - established 2011.
It is at Frankston Heights.


sweet memories
with care
need not fade


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

placid waters now...


Small beach at Point Nepean with a view across Port Phillip Bay


placid waters now
bury yesterday's tales
of tragedies


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ballet Symbol


A sculpture by a student at my school


a ribboned vessel
frozen 
mid dance


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Monday, December 9, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Happy Hedge


A hedge at the Enchanted Maze Garden, Arthurs Seat


fanciful sun
casting a smile
and shadows


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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Martha Cove Waters


View of the Martha Cove marina channel that leads out to Port Phillip Bay (on the lower right)


narrow waters
leading to 
a large playground


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Friday, December 6, 2013

Gold Near the Beach



shining petals
pots of gold glowing by
pale sands 


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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fishing Mural


Plain sign but a colourful mural brightens it at Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula


fishing colours
a spectrum of water world
beauty


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Slipping Coastline


Rugged coastline at Point Nepean, the furthest point south on the Mornington Peninsula.
The waters of Bass Strait are on the right.
The land is slowly slipping in to the sea.


fading coastline
Mother Nature gives her earth
new dimension




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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Blossom Magic




ruffled blossoms
holding sunlight and shadows
close


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tavistock House


Somehow the signs on this lovely old building in Melbourne don't seem to fit, don't seem right.
Tavistock House Past Names : Norfolk Hotel (1866), Ship Inn Hotel (1836)
It used to be a Coffee Palace and is now heritage listed.
Tavistock House was built for John Tighe as a hotel circa 1850. The architect was Samuel Marlow.
The building was extensively altered and extended during the nineteenth century.
In 1906 it was renovated again, giving its present Edwardian Freestyle form with Art Nouveau detailing.

art nouveau
like a fantasy
in architecture




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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Enjoying Life


Ducks enjoying life at a park in Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula


life's a water world
where splishing and splashing is
total fun


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Passing Reds


Passing container ship on Port Phillip Bay as viewed from my verandah.
(This was a zoomed shot on a recent rare sunny Spring day.)


heavy laden but
brightening the blues
of Spring


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Macro Solar Light


My little buddha's solar light in macro


where there is light
there always will be
shadows


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Friday, November 22, 2013

Wildflower Beauty



wildflower beauty
a common display of
enchantment


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  • 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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