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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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Sign


Part of a Halloween display at Woolworths supermarket, Rosebud


Halloween smile
dark mischief awaits for
the adventurous 


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bottoms Up


Magpie enjoying a bath in the Seawinds pond at Arthurs Seat


getting clean
can be 
fun time



And now drying out.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bottlebrush


Lovely red bottlebrush coming into bloom at Seawinds, Arthurs Seat.


feathered red plant
quietly heralding
summer days




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Monday, October 28, 2013

Jagged Beauty


Not sure what this plant may be, but I loved the jagged layered shapes as they unfold.
It was growing at Seawinds, Arthurs Seat.

jagged art
the beauty of
Nature's swords



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Sunday, October 27, 2013

invading the light...


Some of my figurines cast interesting shadow shapes in the morning sunlight


shadow shapes
invading the light with
mystery


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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Set in Stones


An unusual way to present the number of a house at Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula


identity
a numbered cage
set in stones


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Soft and Spikey


Interesting flower growing along the walkway by Dromana beach.

soft and spikey
the floral yin and yang
of touch



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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Holiday Sign


One of many signs on the Nepean Highway running through Dromana.
Before the summer even begins, already many are showing "No Vacancy" at weekends.


holiday fever
so many quench their thirst
by the sea


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Some Rock and Roll


Some wild Spring waters at Safety Beach on the Mornington Peninsula


a little water
a little burst of wind
some rock and roll


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Old Prahran Mailbox


Various scrawls on an old mailbox at Prahran, an inner suburb of Melbourne.


mailbox
scribbled with the sadness of
stale society


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Monday, October 21, 2013

Pale Yellow Beach Flower


It amazes me what flowers grow right on the edge of the beach where grass meets and mixes with sands.
This one I found at Safety Beach on the Mornington Peninsula.


pale yellow flower
dancing and twirling shapes
by the sea and sands


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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

shining garden sphere...


A sculpture near the entrance to Melbourne's Botanical Gardens.


shining garden sphere
like a world united
with Nature


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Friday, October 18, 2013

Pretty in Pink



palest of pink
quietly bathes in sunlight
gently folding


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kings Domain


The Kings Domain is part of the Domain complex in Melbourne.
Other areas include Government House Reserve, Shrine of Remembrance Reserve
 and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The sign is quietly useful.


like a pillar
like some guiding light
without the light


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rowers in Training


The Yarra River in Melbourne is a popular place for rowers to practice.


water skills
skimming the moods of the river
and learning


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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Model Tudor Village


One of the features in the miniature Tudor village displayed in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne.
The village was presented to Melbourne for her generosity in sending food to Britain during World War II.


Tudor connections
romance with yesterdays
and old ways





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Monday, October 14, 2013

enigmatic face...


Head of a strange figurine at the entrance to a Balnarring home on the Mornington Peninsula.


enigmatic face
like an inner alien
smiling in pain


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Balmarian


Front of a home at Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula.
The name Balmarian intrigued me.
It seemed to be an unusual name for a house.
When I Googled the word, the name seemed even more unusual.
Balmarians are a race of extraterrestrials from the Super Robot Wars series.
They are fictional aliens from a Japanese video game.
So now I am more puzzled just how it all connects with a house name.

a house of shadows
alien connections and
mysteries



This is a view of the shadows from the house steps.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Nespresso


Newly opened Nespresso at Federation Square, Melbourne.


aromatic scents
pumping the city's heart
with a coffee flow


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Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

ACMI - music video as an art form


This is the latest presentation at ACMI in Melbourne.
(ACMI is an acronym for Australian Centre for the Moving Image.)
The Music Video Exhibition spans 9 decades of over 300 music clips.


colours of sounds
romping through the decades
and the soul


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Garden Feature at Coolart


Garden feature at Coolart homestead, Somers

like an oasis
like a precious rock pool
waiting for wishes



After I had wandered the wetlands, I wandered past the garden area and found that the little fountain had been turned on.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Free Tourist Buses


One of the many free tourist buses in Melbourne.


The other free tourist bus style is a double decker bus as in this photo



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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Grand Final Flags


Flags celebrating the recent Football Grand Final in Melbourne.
It involved Melbourne's Hawthorn Hawks and Western Australia's Dockers from Fremantle.
The Hawks won.


football season
vocal rivalry fever
and team spirit 


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Friday, October 4, 2013

Pale Yellow


Part of the Spring display of flowers in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne.

pale tones of yellow
bursting with enchantment
and floral beauty




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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Melbourne Visitor Centre


The sign for the Melbourne Visitor Centre stands out boldly from the glass face.
The centre is at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne.


visitors welcome
sights are just limited by
imagination


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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Swallows in the Wetlands


Swallows in the wetlands at Coolart, Somers.

just tiny feathers
a splash of colour
in water worlds





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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

World of Children


Children enjoying time in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne on a beautiful Spring Sunday.
The little guy on the left is fascinated with noisy rosellas in the tree branches above him.


world of children
world of curiosity
and 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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