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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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

time for a bite...


table feature at the Heritage Farm cafe on Churchill Island...
The island is just offshore from the Mornington Peninsula...
We enjoyed lunch there yesterday...
(The day was mostly sunny and warm - Yahooooo...)
I had the best fettucini and sun-dried tomatoes that I ever tasted...
My hubby said he had the best hamburger and chips he had ever tasted...
And, of course, we both had a great mug of cappuccino...


snack delights
tempting the most
fussy tastebuds


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Monday, August 29, 2016

banner markers...


 banners marking the walkway to the reptile exhibit at Melbourne Zoo...


sunlit banners
shining on
the journey


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

enchanted entrance...


shadows near the entrance to the Enchanted Adventure Garden, Arthurs Seat...


winter shadows
greedy for 
long spaces


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

unsettled colours...


winter skies over the Dromana Hills...


unsettled colours
troubled airs on
a winter's morning


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

station signs...


signs on Flinders Street station in Melbourne...


fixed sign language
suggests confirmation and
sells direction


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

surf rake...


surf rake at Dromana beach...


even in cold months
a surf rake monitors
beach sands


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

snake...


snake in the reptile exhibit at Melbourne Zoo under infra red lighting...


softly coloured
slender piece of
slippery life


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Monday, August 22, 2016

it's been raining... a lot...


rainy view of Dromana Hub carpark through the windscreen of my car...

blurred world
colours swim
erratically




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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

near the train station...


sunny winter skies over the entrance to Melbourne Zoo...
This is the entrance from the nearby Royal Park train station -


meeting wildlife
feeling connected with
wild spirits


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

All Smiles...


All Smiles cafe and kiosk overlooks Sorrento Ocean (or Back) Beach...


a happy place
where sea and sky
meet


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

small kiosk...


small kiosk by the African wild dogs enclosure at Melbourne Zoo...


some time out
a taste of delight and then
keep walking


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Monday, August 15, 2016

bike on a tree...


bike turned sculpture on a tree in a small reserve at Mount Eliza...


bike on a tree
quirky art of 
recycling


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

on the curtain


curtains closed on my bedroom window
produced this view from outdoors on a sunny winter's day...


elegance
glimpse of stylish character
on the curtain


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Saturday, August 13, 2016

new war memorial reserve...


view of the newly created war memorial reserve in the village of Red Hill...


war memorial
ensures brave souls
are never lost


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Friday, August 12, 2016

a silvered morning...


winter skies over the Dromana Hills...


a silvered morning
silhouettes of trees
etch character


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Giddy Bullfrog...


This tea room and art gallery is a tiny attraction tucked away in the beauty of Red Hill...
The artist is also an awesome scone maker here...


boutique tea room
brushed with crazy visuals
and dazzling tastes


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

new pond...


a new little pond being established at Seawinds, Arthurs Seat...


new patch of water
another little haven
for bird life


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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

fire danger sign...


a new version of fire warning signs appearing on my peninsula...
A light flashes on the appropriate colour segment
and any extra messages are lit up in the lower rectangle...
This sign is at Sorrento...


fire warning
extreme heat needs
extreme caution


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Monday, August 8, 2016

two yellow characters...


kites flying at the 2014 Kite Festival on the Rosebud foreshore...


yellow characters
mischievously
flying low


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

a rake...


rake waiting on my old verandah at Arthurs Seat...


faithful rake
willing to do
what must be done


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Friday, August 5, 2016

on a clear day...


view yesterday of the Port Phillp Bay coastline from Rosebud in the foreground to Point Nepean...
The photo was taken from Seawinds at Arthurs Seat...


many lives
visibly hugging the sea
on a clear day


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

sign enigma...


These signs are in the Hillview Community Reserve in Dromana...
The proposed leash free area for dogs has been on the council agenda for some years
(approx since 2010)
- though the sign is only about a year old...
(NOTE: the sign says off-lease and not off-leash... hmmm)
The second sign indicates that this area is utilised for bike riders and walkers
who wish to meet the challenge of climbing to Arthurs Seat
(highest point on the Mornington Peninsula)
via a rather steep track...
(It is a very popular track - especially at weekends...)
Meanwhile, there is also a BMX track on the drawing board - but no sign for that one...


signs
may mix facts
and maybes


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

caught...


heron at Balnarring beach has just caught a small fish...


heron skills
a sharp eye and speed
hook the prey


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

mechanical arm...


machinery on an oyster and mussel boat moored at Mornington...


mechanical arm
selects living treasures
from the sea


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Monday, August 1, 2016

cellar door sales...


sign at Merricks General Wine Store, Merricks...
The store was established in 1924...
More views of the store are HERE...


local wines
tasty spirit of 
the hinterland


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