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)


Monday, June 30, 2008

Ruby Collage

Pic collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ My red coat for surviving icy chills, red flowers growing in McCrae, (determined to bloom in winter) and a red plastic bag, one of many I use for storing odd bits!
Ruby Tuesday prompt ~ red images

Pieces of red
On windy winter days
Always seem to warm the spirit
Pieces of red ~
Visual illusions
Of fire and heat
Like a hot spa

Rusty Illusions

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mirror on pole at Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
Odd Shots Monday prompt on Katney's Kaboodle ~ This week, Katney posted a very disturbing shot of many pipes loaded (precariously?) on the back of a truck. Imagine many slotted views through the pipes!

A little weather bent
Blurred with salt
But I can still reflect
Moods of the sea and sky
And the fragmented
Illusion of
A broken

Creative Photography # 3 ~ Tears of Light

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Apple Candlelight
Creative Photography Contest #3
This candlelight always fascinates me. It casts beautiful teardrop shapes. I placed the lit candle on my wooden stairway so that the shapes would be highlighted! Then created a rough edge on the pic to suggest that this is just a precious fragment of more light!

Flickering light
Is a pure song
Angelic choirs
The shadows

Bright Sunset Glow

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Glowing golds of sunset at Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
PhotoHunt prompt ~ Bright

Glowing heartbeats of a sunset
Can never really be seen
And felt
Without the dark leaves
And shadowy
Of night

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Doorway Profiles

Collage of Gemma Wiseman's pics ~ Doorways
One Single Impression prompt ~ Doorway

Some doorways are sealed tight
With wired grills and locks ~
Manufactured security
Some old doorways yield
A useful opening for mail ~
Filtered communication
Some doorways are partly
Glass eyes
And some only awaken
The colours
Of secrets
With a little
Night light

Silent Sentinels

Pic on Flickr by Gemma Wiseman ~ Ghostly sentinels
Simply Snickers prompt ~ secret + silent
Writer's Island prompt ~ Guardian

Springing from a tiny road ~
(Weaving away from
The gleam and sway of
Bay waters) ~
A secret
Leads to
The colours of dreams
A serene lake
Teeming with wildlife
Is wine for the eyes
And a cellar door ~
Laced with lemon trees
Ringed in casks ~
Offers boutique wine
For the spirit
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Casked lemon trees

But the silent sentinels ~
All comings
And goings ~
Seem like mystic
Bemused seers
Guardians of time
Who have seen it all ~
Watching a cast of actors
Play a part
Perform a moment in time
And leave with bubbles
Of memory
Tightly corked
In a bottle

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Trees lining the Stillwater Crittendon Estate driveway
NOTE: These trees almost gleam with a ghostly, grey-white glow. As I drove out of the beautiful Stillwater Crittendon Estate winery, (at Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula), there seemed to be quite an intense drama emanating from these trees. It could have been the chilly winter afternoon, broken only with brief bursts of rain and sunlight. It could have been the fact that I only came to the winery seeking new pics and felt a little over-awed with the beauty of the place ~ with its villa accomodation by a lovely lake and rather up-market restaurant and cellar door. It could have been I longed to stay a little longer, but felt like an intruder.

Sea and Shadows

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadows on shadows at Point Leo, Mornington Peninsula
Hey Harriet prompt~ Shadow Shot Sunday #6

Shadows of woods
Shadows of laced wire
Defiant bars
Sunlight with
Dark textures
But the cross shadow of
A humble wooden seat ~
Offering dreaming space
High above the sea ~
Creates the mathematical possibility that
Shadows are not equal to

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Sea beyond the shadows ~ Point Leo, Mornington Peninsula

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Hastings pier
Weekend Wordsmith prompt ~ It didn't happen

I longed to wander the pier
Right out into rippling waves and sea air
But there was lots of wire
Long and spiked
Dividing the official
From the casual
I longed to be free
It didn't happen

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Stony Point station, Mornington Peninsula
I longed to capture the train
With a sigh into
The end of the line
I waited
I waited
It didn't happen

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Pelicans at Hastings
I longed to forget finding
A precious digital moment
And just go home ~
But a surprise pose
From a photogenic pelican
It didn't happen

Natural Vision

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Nature's sculpture gallery at Somers beach, Mornington Peninsula
Sunday Scribblings prompt ~ Vision

Old limbs
Stark etchings
Resurrected beauty
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Nature's contorted limbs ~ Somers beach
Some beauty is
The process of
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Reaching out ~ Somers beach
Some beauty is poignant
To live
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Like a giant crab ~ Somers beach
Some beauty waits
For new carvings
Nature has a vision
To survive
~ Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Calling ~ Somers beach

Kookaburra Curiosity

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Curiosity begins with one watcher
Writer's Island prompt ~ Curiosity

Kookaburra curiosity is
Subtle curiosity
The play begins with
A lonely watcher
Who looks as if he is intrigued
With somewhere else
But just happens
To be in a tree
Overlooking your driveway
And just happens
To have landed there
When you drive home
Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ There are 2 of us here!
Kookaburra curiosity is all about
Keeping movements
In leafy shadows

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ 2 watchers in waiting
It is all about being

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Curiosity is tuned teamwork
It is all about being

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ 3 cosy Kookaburras
It is all about looking
Cute ~
Pretending your movements
Are of passing interest ~
But when you toss down
Some food
We will gracefully dive down
Just short of where the food lies ~
Watch you ~
And then hop over
To partake in your offerings
We will reward you with
A roll of hearty laughter
In some distant

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Powder Puffs and Liquids

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dromana walkway by the sea
Write on Wednesday prompt ~ What's your line?

My creative impulse
Always links to water
And clouds
Life always seems to be about
Liquid motions and
Fleeting powder puffs

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dromana beach, Port Phillip Bay

Summer Soul Food

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Pig and Whistle restaurant, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
Totally Optional Prompts ~ Summer

Think of summer
Think of cool blue waters
Tumbling onto hot gold sands ~
Think of summer
And think of shady forests
Circling mountain slopes ~
Summer is also
A time to dine outdoors
Enjoying a salad
A wine or two
At wooden tables
Beneath bright summer skies ~
It is a time to taste
Soul food
With nature
Today I glimpsed summer
In spite of the chilly breezes ~
The tables were empty ~
Almost hollow ~
But the huge umbrellas
Were still there
Waiting to blossom with
The lyrics of
A summer song

You watchin' me?

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ farm at Main Ridge, Mornington Peninsula

Camera Critters

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Morning Skies

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Morning light over Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula (I took a series of pics of this sky. It was just amazing. I have already posted one view of it earlier in my blog. It was called On the Edge of Night ~ June 9, 2008. Now this is a second version.)
Sky Watch Friday prompt

Crisp morning skies are
Streams of pastel gems
Sailing powdery rivers
Silver feathers
Dusting off sleep
The art of beauty
Nature's way

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Silhouettes in the morning light ~ Dromana beach
P.S. This is my first posting for Sky Watch. So many participate in this weekly event, I thought I should be well-prepared to post early. And thank you so much Bobbie for suggesting I enter!

For a more artistic view of the sky, see my posting Blurred Time on Auragem Songlines.

Crazy rear window shots

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Seagull with suitable components at Hastings
While I adore taking beautiful landscape shots, there is a quirky side in me that loves finding the odd, the weird and the pics with an extra message. Super Plus Race Components - right at the feet of a seagull, proudly viewing the world from a lofty height, amused me. I saw possibilities.
3WW Prompt #92 ~ rumour + shake + spontaneous

From high above ~
Ensconced on your precious
Hunk of metal ~
I view your world
With a touch of
Humour ~
You may wonder
On our racing prowess ~

You may believe
It is an urban rumour
Prime for an urban legend ~
But I know ~
Toss me a little food
And suddenly
You will see
The heat
The speed of
Seagull frenzy
From nowhere

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Car sign ~ Domana Hub carpark
And this is a throw down challenge. I kept the words in mind, even when I took the shot. Calmly, I strolled past the car once or twice - which must have looked suspicious in the first place - but I was waiting for the sun to stop glaring on the glass. I didn't walk further in case the owner returned to the car and drove it away. I would have missed my shot! So, like it or not, in no time I must have looked like a weirdo on the prowl. Finally, sun toned down, cars stopped passing by and I whipped out my camera! Snap!

Frustration is when
Magazines spell out
Healthy living guides
But money always filters the equation

Spontaneous reaction meltdown

Frustration is when

Impulse glowers
Like Cerberus eyes when
Keys shake within reach
But out of reach

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mornington Peninsula sunset
Writer's Island prompt ~ Awakening

Leaden limbs may sigh home
But when light slips into
The charged blush of dreams
And clouds are fired with golds
The spirit feels
A waking zest
Of sacred wings
On the wind ~



A place of beauty in the Western Tiers


View near Blackwood Park Cottages, Mole Creek

New Landscapes

New Landscapes
New Worlds

Archive of Blog Quotes

  • 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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