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)


Sunday, August 31, 2008

No Contest

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Tootgarook sunlight, Mornington Peninsula
Matinee Muse prompt #7 ~ Undying Optimism

Clouds filled with white light
Seas jewelled with glittering stars
Dark shapes cringe in awe

Time to Leave Mourning

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Last day of winter at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
Totally Optional Prompts ~ Time to Leave

My wings find the light
Beyond grey waves of winter ~
Changing of the guard
Spring colours strengthen
Spring rains dance in new sunlight
Time to leave mourning

Flowers from Sorrento

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Flowers at the entrance to a Sorrento park, Mornington Peninsula
Today's Flowers #4

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Sorrento blues

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Colours gracing both sides of the Sorrento park entrance

Bright jewels of earth
Living lights of early Spring
Falling stars re-born

White Lady on Blue

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The Queenscliff- Sorrento ferry daily plies the waters of Port Phillip Bay between the southern regions of Mornington Peninsula and Bellarine Peninsula. (Sorrento and Queenscliff represent the oldest settlements pre-Melbourne). She is a car ferry.
One Single Impression prompt #27 ~ Spectacle

White lady on blue
Sailing her routine of tides
Spectacle of grace

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The ferry docked at Sorrento pier

Greyscale Memory

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadows along the beachside walkway at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
Hey Harriet's Shadow Shot Sunday prompt #15

Shadows and lights
Zebra the walkway of
The place where I used to be
All I have left is
Greyscale memory
Since the day
Ceased living
The walls I built were
High and cold
But you changed
My Winters to Springs
And now I stroll in
A world edged with colour
How I wish
You could always be
P.S. Apology ~ This is a bit cheesy, but I felt like indulging in a little for once! Spring is here, and I was just reflecting on how lucky I am to have my beautiful partner!

Spring Light

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Bright Spring light at Tootgarook, Mornington Peninsula
Scenic Sunday prompt #7

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Strange rippling cross-currents at Tootgarook in Spring light

Not a bud
Not a blossom
Not a flower
To be seen
And yet
There is a certain
Dazzle in
Light by the sea

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wild Freedom

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Bird on the seashore at Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula
Camera Critters prompt #21

freedom in the wild
wild freedom
freedom's child

P.S. This bird looks like some kind of heron. But in truth, I have no idea what it is called. It has an unusual grey, smokey-blue tone to its feathers just as the pic shows. But there seems to be an extra layer of stiff feathers standing up at the back over the smooth ones below. It looked quite weird. If anyone can tell me the name of this bird, I would appreciate it.

Pink Coat

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Pink doored beach house at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
Pink Saturday prompt
I was taking a pic of a pink doored beach house. But, from a distance, heading toward me, was an image that would be far more interesting for Pink Saturday.

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dark clothed adults and a little girl in a pink coat
As a little family of three drew closer, I saw that the man and woman only had adoring eyes for the little girl as she walked.

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Little girl in a pink coat at play before Mum's smiling eyes
Then the man drew out a very large camera and was intent on photographing the sea and sky. Mum, however, simply watched with quiet pride as her little one enjoyed just being alive on a winter beach.

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Little girl in a pink coat and her Mum watching the sea together at Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
Finally, a magic moment! Little girl and Mum stood side by side and watched the tiny waves rippling onto the beach!

Pink moments are
A little like happiness
Tied up with
Radiance in
A delicate bow
But when a child is
Coated in pink
The innocent
Blossoms of Spring have

And I have taken the liberty of posting a quote from Emily Dickinson on How Sweet the Sound, the home of Pink Saturday. It seems to fit these pink reflections.
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without words,
And never stops at all.

Beautiful Muted Freeway

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Beautiful morning sky over my mountain, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
PhotoHunt # 125 ~ Beautiful

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Morning view from the top of Arthurs Seat, overlooking Port Phillip Bay

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A little Bay beneath a huge canvas of moody morning lights

Moody morning lights
Hang from
Foamy puffs of wonder
High on a mountain
Morning dreams
Delight in
Freeway chatter
Far below
With the volume

Friday, August 29, 2008

Lost Footprint

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ On the rail with just a shadow
Weekend Wordsmith prompt ~ Lost Sock

I am just
A lonely
Piece of colour
Destined to dream of
Old journeys
I was
A necessity
Maybe loving
The very tips of humanity
I was a seasoned traveller
Walked and
Washed ~
Always presumed
To be there
But there are
(Should be
Must be)
Two of us ~
Inseparable twins ~
We were
The music of
Your song
(Not that you ever really knew)
But now
You will never know ~
For my other
Sole is
Lost in
The footprints of
Somewhere ~
And I can only dream
Of of my other days
In the silence of
My shadow

Pic by Gemma Wiseman

Sea of Clouds

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Some sunlit skies and gathering cloud at Tootgarook, Mornington Peninsula
Sky Watch prompt #7

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A hint of shadow in chameleon clouds at Tootgarook

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Walking in gentle light beneath soft rippling clouds at Tootgarook

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Clouds become like rippling waves at Tootgarook

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Rippling clouds over a smooth sea at Tootgarook

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ More rippling clouds at Tootgarook
The sea of clouds is
A moody place ~
Where the waves of light
A strong
Undertow of
But somewhere
There is
A patch of blue
To find your wings

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Blue space in a sea of white cloud at Tootgarook

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Past Lives

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Behind the wall
3WW prompt #CI ~ desperate + lapse + travelled

There is something
Desperate about
The reject nook ~
That corner almost hidden
The facade of
Glorious shopping worlds ~
Where well-travelled trolleys and
Forgotten wrappers
Lapse into
Semi-conscious limbo ~
Waiting for
The great yawn of
The dumpster

One Way Poetic Justice

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mailbox in Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula
Totally Optional Prompts ~ One way poetry

A mailbox demands
Stamp duty on
Headed for
The chamber of
This is
One time when
One choice
One action
One way
And once
The move is
Some other
The key to
Treasure or
The moment
One way

F is for Feisty

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ On the outside looking in ~ Dromana
ABC Wednesday prompt ~ F is for Feisty
I love to wander Dromana at the weekend. There is always something to notice.
And here begins a mini story.

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A feisty You watchin' me? look was flung my way

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ More feisty ~ And you're still there?

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Still more feisty ~ This could be war!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ And please note! I have a feisty rear guard waiting for some action!

At times
Animals perform
Wonderful skits of
Our all too human
Personalities ~
Feisty in a
Kinda way

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Crackers from Polly

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Cockatoo in a Dromana street
Heads or Tails prompt #53 ~ Heads ~ Talk

Train a bird to talk ~
Expect cracker scraps from
Old chit chat



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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