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)


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Moving Forward

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Statues of an old couple reading and chatting at a book store in Tyabb Antique Village, Mornington Peninsula.
The final outline is a neon effect created in Picnik
3WW #CXCV ~ hassle + inject + wealth

Dreams inject visions
Stealth of tears becomes wealth of years
Hassle claims wisdom

Hosted by Thom @ Three Word Wednesday

Blue Heaven

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ This "blue" resting in the front of a Safety Beach home on the Mornington Peninsula would normally be used for jetskiing.
But when idle, someone else has found another use for it!
Midweek Blues meme

Please don't interrupt
I'm singing the blues in dreams
I'm in blue heaven

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ I refuse to smile for your camera!

Hosted by Rebecca Haegele @ The Dusty Cellar

Winter Sea Views

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A chilly view of a wintry low tide at Blairgowrie beach, Mornington Peninsula
Outdoor Wednesday #77

Colours laced with ice
Seagull walks with resting boats
Skewed reality

Hosted by Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer

I Wanna Be A Knight

Collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ including a photo of a travelling player who brought a taste of Medieval times to my school
Word Pool Wednesday #3 ~ dragon + fly + knight

I'm a homespun, wanna be knight yearning for battles beyond the stone dragon on my verandah. I perform tournaments for the school kids! But on weekends I fly a kite!

Hosted by Ellie Garrett (UK) at Diving in the Word Pool
*33 word story*

Beautiful Cold Waters

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Even on a somewhat grey and chilly day, this scene at Stony Point, Mornington Peninsula looks beautiful and peaceful.
Watery Wednesday #94

Lonely chilled waters
Weathered timbers struggling on
Sweet serenity

Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bold Car Museum Entrance

A racing vehicle displayed at the entrance to the Car Museum at Main Ridge/Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
A trip here last weekend, on a rainy, cold Saturday afternoon inspired me to start one more meme!
WHEELS FRIDAY starts this Friday 2nd July!
Grab a badge from my right sidebar!
Ruby Tuesday meme

Striking racing car
Exhileration of speed
Competitive dreams

Weekend Mailbox #11 is HERE!
Weekend Nature #6 is

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, June 28, 2010

Take Me Home!

Microfiction Monday #37 ~ where a picture paints 140 characters, or even fewer. Susan says:
Photos will be from my own archives; illustrations are from Dover Publications' free clipart sample newsletter.

The cruel ropes snake tidily around me. I kneel before wild churning waves. Oh I long to be one with you, Spirits of the Foam. Take me home!
(140 characters)

Hosted by Susan (Ireland) @ Stony River

Yellow Fantasy on Wheels

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ An unusual vehicle displayed at the entrance to the Car Museum at Main Ridge/Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
(Thanks to my visitors' comments, I now know that this is called a jeepney!)
A trip here last weekend, on a rainy, cold Saturday afternoon inspired me to start one more meme!
WHEELS FRIDAY starts this Friday 2nd July!
Grab a badge from my right sidebar!
Mellow Yellow Monday #75

More than just a car
Yellow fantasy on wheels
Travelling dreamers

Weekend Mailbox #11 is HERE!
Weekend Nature #6 is

Sunday, June 27, 2010

If you really want to hear...

Carry on Tuesday #59 ~ This week our prompt is from the first line of The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 1951:
If you really want to hear about it...

Opening thoughts...
(From my response to Carry on Tuesday #19 when I poetically reviewed The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - A book that carries on the spirit of Holden Caulfield, narrator of Catcher in the Rye...Notably, Chbosky's storyline refers to Catcher by name!)

There are those who dwell on
The fringes of life
Gently rocking
The sexual and mental cradle of identity ~
Painting the usual questions
(And answers) in
Luminous watercolours

The birth of fringe dwellers
Teenage flotsam and jetsam
Blessed with filmy second sight
No one understands
(Least of all themselves)

Free ignorance
Urban know-how

Their rite of passage is
Their right of passage

They explore their inner worlds
Catching their curious perks in
A sieve of understanding
Filtering select connections with the world
Partially adapting to civilised recipes
There are those who dwell on
The fringes of life
If you really want to hear
Look inside
And learn
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D.Salinger (1951) = 16 year old narrator
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky (1999) = a series of letters by a 15 year old narrator to an unknown recipient
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon (2003) = narration by an autistic 15 year old seeking sense of the world

Hosted by Keith's Ramblings

Cuteness is Paramount

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadow's special relaxation pose reserved for those moments when hanging near the edge of the verandah
Pet Pride meme

This looks like begging
But always aim to be cute
Wise gems from Shadow

Hosted by Bozo and magiceye @ wingsandpaws

Imagine the Universe

Writer's Island 2010 Prompt #9 ~ Imagine

Black holes
No escape for light

Evolutionary endpoints of stars
Imploding to
Zero volume
Infinite density

No escape for light

If the Sun transformed
Metamorphosed into
A black hole
The earth would still
Turn and
As before


No solar winds or
Magnetic storms


Climate change

Black holes
Chasms of cataclysmic
Darkness beyond darkness

And yet

Black holes light up
When galaxies


NOTE: Ideas are based on information gleaned from NASA's website!
(I am NOT a science guru but I love to learn and my imagination is boundless!)
For more detailed insights, click on NASA's banner above!

Hosted by Rob Kistner

Weekend Nature #6 ~ Neon Feathers

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Duck wandering the Enchanted Maze Garden at Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula.
I loved the touch of luminous green!

Dark textured feathers
Neonic green band of light
Drama on webbed feet
Weekend Nature #6 ~ Neon Feathers
Here you may post ANYTHING - landscapes or macros - related to Nature

animals - wild or domestic
birds - wild or domestic

Grab the badge for your post or simply link back with a permalink!
(LINKS will usually open Sundays at 7:00am Australian Eastern Standard Time)
*** PLEASE - Include your NAME + COUNTRY(initials will do!)
e.g. Gemma, AUS

Flurry of White Wings

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Cockatoos suddenly swing into the powerful winter winds in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
SOOC Sunday #86

Flurry of white wings
Like crazy white paper kites
Cockatoo mayhem


Hosted by Jan @

Winter Sands

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A chilled but beautiful view across Dromana beach looking toward Mount Martha
Scenic Sunday #102

Lonely winter sands
Icy light streams on the bay
Winter wonderland
Scenic Sunday
Hosted by Aisha (Eugene, OR, US) of The Holleys and The Holley Herald

Winter View of Summer

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Winter sunlight and shadows playing around a Dromana boatshed, Mornington Peninsula
Shadow Shot Sunday #110

Summery mural
Fun and crazy joys of sailing
Eye-catching boatshed

Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Purple Glass Mystique

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ I love purple glassware! Here are some of my purple pieces highlighted in morning light between wintry rain showers!
PhotoHunt #219 ~ Purple

Light through purple glass
Like gazing through mysteries

Weekend Mailbox #11 is HERE!

Hosted by tnchick

Gunpowder Mills

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Last week I posted an overview of the Penny Royal Museum in Launceston, Tasmania. Here is another perspective.
These replicas of 19th century gunpowder mills are set into a towering rocky cliff face.
(Maybe not a vintage postcard but represents a vintage scene!)

Pic by Gemma Wiseman
Postcard Friendship Friday #17
This pairs with my Weekend Mailbox meme!
See Weekend Mailbox #11

Old activities
Gunpowder mills museum
Eerie histories

Hosted by Beth Niquette (Oregon, US) @ The Best Hearts Are Crunchy

Memories of a Summer Rose

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ In February, one of the last summer roses at Seawinds, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
Macro Flowers Saturday #16

Lasting summer rose
Lemon sunlight and shadow
Lasting summer warmth

Weekend Mailbox #11 is HERE!

Macro Flowers Saturday badge 1
Hosted by Maia T (Romania) at Macro Flower Pictures

Swimming Buddies

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Black swan and duck swimming in the lake at Safety Beach Golf Club, Mornington Peninsula
Weekend Reflections #40

Unusual friends
Feathered harmonic swimmers
Peaceful water worlds
Weekend Mailbox #11 is HERE!

Hosted by James (Pennsylvania, US) at Newtown Area Photo

Weekend Mailbox #11 ~ Trunk Mail

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dromana mailbox, Mornington Peninsula

Message in a tree
Man and Nature connections
Stamp of approval
Weekend Mailbox #11 ~ Trunk Mail
(This pairs with Beth's Postcard Friendship Friday HERE!)
LINKS OPEN Saturday at 2:05am Eastern Australia time - Melbourne
A few introductory comments:
1. Post a photograph of ANYTHING that relates to mailboxes.
Here are a few ideas/subjects!

vintage cards/postcards
old letters
even VIRTUAL letters
postal vans
2. Your link must be a "permalink" and go directly to your Weekend Mailbox post.
3. Link back to Weekend Mailbox in your post tags.
4. You may like to use the Weekend Mailbox badge located in this post or on the sidebar! Right click and save it on your computer. When you add it to your post, ensure you click on the image and link it to Gemma's Greyscale Territory. Then others may follow the link here.
P.S. I am aware that U.S. has official mailboxes.
But anything related to mail is great for this meme!
It's OK to think outside "the mailbox"!!!
N.B. As I think of extra possibilities, I will add them to the list!
You may even like to suggest some!
***PLEASE - Add your NAME + COUNTRY (initials)
e.g. Gemma, AUS
and link to Linky Tools below.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Winter Sunset Mysteries

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Winter sunset in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Sky Watch Friday #91

Tapering dark stems
Etchings on sunset colours
Winter mysteries





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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