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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Monday, March 31, 2014

sunny yellow...


many rides at the recent Westernport Festival at Hastings featured yellow...


sunny yellow
offers a ride
of joy


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

ferry shadows...


shadows on the deck of the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry as it leaves Sorrento...
Strangely, the lifebuoy identifies the names of Geelong and Sorrento.
Geelong is a city on the Bellarine Peninsula directly north of Queenscliff.


shadows by water
breaking the glare of
beauty



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Saturday, March 29, 2014

curled bark...


Autumn is bark shedding season...
Often small pieces grace my verandah...
This one is lying in rain soaked wood and casts a small shadow when the sun appears...


fragment of bark
jagged curl of
odd beauty


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Friday, March 28, 2014

struggling light...




struggling morning light 
reluctant to hasten
a new day


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tutankhamun exhibition...


3 years ago, this was a very popular exhibition in Melbourne...


old Egyptian worlds
fascinate
the modern mind


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Queenscliff pier...


view of a pier at Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula jutting out into Port Phillip Bay...


pier in three stages
angling beyond
the shallows 


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

little red sports car...


little red sports car parked at Hastings on Westernport Bay...


stylish wheels
little red traveller with
presence


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Monday, March 24, 2014

boat featuring yellow...


rarely have I seen a large boat featuring yellow.
I saw this one crossing Port Phillip Bay when I was on the Queenscliff Sorrento ferry.


sunny metals
lightening the grey mood of
a boat's hull


The white boat is another Queenscliff Sorrento ferry crossing the bay.


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

driftwood shadows...


driftwood shadows on Somers beach on Westernport Bay...


driftwood shadows
imitating some
desert cactus


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

mat and broom...


I was sweeping leaves from my pathways, and decided to take a break,
perched the broom on the mat and saw the contrast of tones and textures.
Another impromptu photo...


mat and broom
friends in
the clean scene


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Friday, March 21, 2014

autumn skies rush in...


early morning autumn skies over construction of a new 2 storey senior building at my school...


in the autumn light
ragged progress becomes
beautiful


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

blue magic...


Many fishing tours are offered at Hastings on Westernport Bay.
This is one of them.


blue magic
tempting taste of 
the charms of the sea




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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

pier and ramp reflections...


reflections from a small boat pier and ramp at Hastings...


reflections
imitating pieces
of life


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

little sailor...


Little boat moored at Hastings on Westernport Bay...

maybe small
but a long term sailor with
a strong spirit


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Monday, March 17, 2014

big tent...


dodgems are protected by a huge tent canopy at the Westernport Festival, Hastings.


striped with yellow
canopy sheds sunny light
in all weathers



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Sunday, March 16, 2014

flurry of shadows...


shadowy fence in Dromana Hills...


flurry of shadows
sun-blown treasures
of morning


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

kites slowly rising...


kites slowly rising at last weekend's annual Kite Festival on the Rosebud foreshore...


slowly rising
kite dreams
with strings attached



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Friday, March 14, 2014

soft clouds and odd kites...


kites and soft clouds over the Rosebud foreshore...
This photo was taken last Saturday when kite flyers were practising for the main annual festival on the Sunday...


kite dreamers
launching some fantasy
to share


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

nearly lift off...


a kite working on lift off at the recent annual Kite Festival on the Rosebud foreshore...


huge little dog
eager to be 
a kite


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

feathered beach wanderer...


little wanderer by Rosebud beach...
I think that this is an Eastern Reef Egret,
known to enjoy the water's edge, especially if vegetation is there...
But don't quote me...


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

little red dress...


Vintage Bazaar had a stall at the recent Kite Festival on the Rosebud foreshore.
This was on display at the front of the stall.


little red dress
silently humming
yesterday's dance song


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Monday, March 10, 2014

did you call me??


Sulphur-crested cockatoos are a common feature in my Mornington Peninsula world.
They are noisy and destructive but also great fun to watch their crazy antics.


white screech machine
always on a voyage of
fun destruction


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Sunday, March 9, 2014

padlocks...


padlocks on a Dromana boat shed...


rusting bolts and locks
stubbornly holding
guard


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Saturday, March 8, 2014

like a game board of shadows...


bold shadows beside the boating channel at Martha Cove marina...


shadow lines
enjoying
a waiting game



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Friday, March 7, 2014

skies over farm land...


View of farm land at Balnarring...


waving grasses
softly clouded blue skies
some heaven on earth


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

scaffolding...


Interesting caption on this scaffolding sign on a property in Dromana.
It seems to suggest that they use new ideas and they treat the danger in their work seriously.


from a maze of iron
emerges
design


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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

swirling water...


Water swirling beneath Dromana pier...


disgruntled water
seeking some quiet
sanctuary


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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

bike riders...


Bike riders are a common sight in my Mornington Peninsula.
Often, large bike riding events are held here.
This photo is of riders participating in the Round the Bay bike round last October.
The scene is the main street of Dromana.


pedalling
distance and energy
can be a challenge


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Monday, March 3, 2014

peeking blue tongue...


Little blue tongue lizard who appears now and again in my Dromana Hills garden...


peeking at life
a great way to measure
danger


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Sunday, March 2, 2014

pseudo pelicans...


pseudo pelicans fringe a children's playground on the Hastings foreshore, Westernport Bay...


seaside playground
pelican characters watch
bemusedly


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

pensive seagull...


Pensive seagull at Martha Cove marina


considering
the next wave of
the journey


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  • 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
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  • 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"
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  • 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
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