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)


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Oliver's Hill, Frankston

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ View of Oliver's Hill, Frankston on Port Phillip Bay, Mornington Peninsula
Scenic Sunday #107

High above the sea
Sweeping views of Port Phillip
Like dreaming from clouds

Scenic Sunday
Hosted by Aisha (Eugene, OR, US) of The Holleys and The Holley Herald

Art Show at a Yacht Club

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Advertisement for a public art show of Mornington Peninsula artists.
The venue ~ Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, Mornington Peninsula - is an unusual choice! Perhaps it creates the atmosphere of the area.
PhotoHunt #224 ~ Public

Peninsula art
Framed in yachting memories
Creative venue

Hosted by tnchick

Weekend Mailbox #16 ~ Why?

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mailbox in Dromana, Mornington Peninsula

Confused creation
Strange mix and match of ideas
Is that all there is?

Weekend Mailbox #16 ~ Why?
(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.

Window on Sorrow

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Reflections framed in a window at the old Quarantine Station, Point Nepean, Mornington Peninsula
Weekend Reflections #45

Neglected old worlds
Fragments of first settlers' lives
Chinks of tragedy

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

Friday, July 30, 2010

To Be Or Not To Be...

Pic by Gemma Wiseman
Friday Flash 55

They were just venetian slats evenly dissecting a window; a round, sealed, smeared window that somehow looked disturbingly like a porthole.
The view must be a little high because she could just glimpse the top of a power pole.
And tantalising breakfast smells drifted from somewhere below.
Was this her first or last meal here?

Hosted by G-Man aka MrKnowItAll

Wheels Friday #5 ~ Beach Buggy Wheels

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dromana beach buggy used by Dromana beach patrol, Mornington Peninsula

Zany beach transport
Nifty small people mover
Master of the sands

Wheels Friday #5 ~ Beach Buggy Wheels
Here you may post ANYTHING related to WHEELS!
You may offer some explanation OR you may simply let us enjoy the view!

cars - vintage and modern - exterior or interior
steering wheels
bikes - motorised or pushbikes
carts/wagons - vintage or modern
inner mechanisms - e.g. wheels of a clock
art based on wheels

Grab the badge for your post or simply link back with a permalink!
(LINKS will usually open Fridays at 2:05am Australian Eastern Standard Time)
PLEASE - Include your NAME + COUNTRY(initials will do!)
e.g. Gemma, AUS

Moody Winter Sunset

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Soft, moody winter sunset skies in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
SkyWatch Friday #96

Moody sunset tones
Like powdered winter colours
Mystic close of day

Hosted by Klaus Sandy Wren Fishing Guy Sylvia

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Elephant Beauty

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mum and baby elephant at Tyabb, Morningtonm Peninsula
Yard Art on Thursdays meme

A sweet trunk embrace
A precious moment in time
Garden enchantment

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nature's Rights

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Somehow these silhouettes of wintering branches seem to create an eerie, intimidating drama in the fading sunset light ~ Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
3WW #CXCIX ~ abuse + cramp + hatred

If we cramp Nature
We abuse caretaker rights
Cursed beyond hatred
NOTE: Humanity is driven to progress, to construct. That is our inner need.
But to ignore peripheral impacts on Nature, I feel, is our downfall.
Respect for Nature, her cycles, her systems should feature more highly on our agenda.
Science tells us that for every action, there is always a subsequent (and often equal) reaction...

Hosted by Thom @ Three Word Wednesday

Wintry Splash

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Wintry splash at Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
Watery Wednesday #98

Little bird near waves
Nonchalently occupied
Water splashes on

Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Just Fishin'

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Fishing on a winter morning at Stony Point, Westernpoint Bay, Mornington Peninsula
Ruby Tuesday meme

Fishing from the pier
Angling for bountiful fish
Dreaming beyond dreams


Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, July 26, 2010


Microfiction Monday #41 ~ 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.

JEN! What's this syrupy, starry stuff in the drawer near our tickets?
What's that? It's your drawing?
FIRST prize?
Our trip to Hawaii?
(140 characters)

Hosted by Susan (Ireland) @ Stony River

Under the Weather

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ One of my early blooming daisies feeling "a little under the weather"!
Mellow Yellow Monday #79

A winter daisy
Herald of an early Spring
Bent but not broken
Hosted by Drowsey Monkey

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Overland Track

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ My angel
One Single Impression #126 ~ Angel

As he trudged through the cold swirls of morning mist, (barely seeing trees and rocks), to pass the time, he found himself thinking about angels.
Traditionally, angels had wings and always wore a halo, like a kind of suspended golden crown.
He was pretty sure that the angel of death had wings too.
But he could not remember if anything was suspended above this angel's head...

Why was he thinking this way? Perhaps too much map reading before this bushwalking trip.
He remembered laughing at the names...
Walls of Jerusalem
Mt Achilles
Mt Pelion
Mt Ossa
and he saw other names...
Jupiters Moon
Promised Land
Eden River
Like a religious, sacred window on older, maybe utopian worlds.

And yet Tasmania's Overland Track sounded just so "outback Australian"!
Some outback! Where even in summer, he had been warned that there could be snow falls and icy winds!
Right now, in December, just before Christmas, he was tasting thick icy mist and his companion should be just ahead of him...should be!

The trek was meant to be a bonding experience...bonding with Nature...bonding with his companion. (He had never asked her to be his wife.
Strangely, he couldn't recall too many times that he even referred to her as a friend.)

Their lives together had wavered in recent years. She was a university lecturer and he was just a furniture removalist. Everyone called them the odd couple. Once he thought that he loved her for encouraging him to return to studies. He admitted to frittering away school days and really wanted to mend wasted time in his life. But her encouragement had insidiously transformed into nagging. His good intentions were slipping and he was beginning to see her as one of his former teachers - pushing deadlines and rules. He couldn't work under those tight conditions.

And now, here they were, trying to find common ground with Nature...
But she was a little closer to the ground than he was...

He looked up, wondering if something was suspended there...
and suddenly felt he had wings to fly

Time to mend wasted time...

Hosted by Andrée and SandyCarlson

Juice of Life

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Winter boughs in my garden in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Carry on Tuesday #63 ~ This week our prompt is a quote from the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran:
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.

NOTE: As much as I love the writings of Kahlil Gibran, I don't really agree with his thought.
I believe that leaves have a role to play in love.
They are the strength behind the seasonal beauty of blossoms and fruit!

Naked silhouettes
Cold seasonal skeletons
Like sleeping spectres

Leafy silhouettes
Fresh cyclical beginnings
New awakenings

Bright blossoms and fruit
Like gowns of bountiful love
Sweet juices of life

Trees locked in just leaves
A kind of lonely gypsy
Like partly living

But seasons roll by
Change is a part of living
Winter will return

In the darker times
Nurture the blossoms and fruit
Find strength in the leaves

Hosted by Keith's Ramblings

Endless Bad Hair Days

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadow has just been brushed but the winter coat still looks out of control.
Pet Pride meme

Winter means thick fur
Sacrifice well-groomed for warmth
Wise gems from Shadow

Hosted by Bozo and magiceye @ wingsandpaws

Beauty of Tree Trunks

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ One of my favourite "dreaming" walkways at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula.
It winds past farms, animals and rolling hills with glimpses of the waters of Westernport Bay.
AND I love all the textures of the tall tree trunks along the way!
SOOC Sunday #90

Beauty of tree trunks
Rough, ragged and smooth textures
Leafy characters


Hosted by Jan @


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ An old shed at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula.
The sign advertises "keys" and "joinery".
Haiku Heights #1 ~ Moments

Moments in the past
Keys can't unlock crumbling doors
Let closed rooms weather

Three Lines from Your Heart
A Haiku Art
Hosted by Leo

Weekend Nature #10 ~ Seagull Habitat

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Seagulls all doing their own "thing" at Sorrento beach, Mornington Peninsula.
This photo seems odd to me.
Seagulls are standing on rocks right near seagulls swimming - with only a small difference in height.

Seagull behaviour
Idiosyncratic ways
Well known scavengers

Weekend Nature #10 ~ Seagull Habitat
Here you may post ANYTHING - landscapes or macros - related to Nature

animals - wild or domestic
rural landscapes
birds - wild or domestic

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(LINKS will usually open Sundays at 7:00am Australian Eastern Standard Time)
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Cockatoo Competition

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Cockatoos on my verandah railing in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula.
Cockatoos are not known for fancy manners.
If another cockatoo is eating desirable food, it is quite OK to attempt to snatch it - even from the mouth!
Camera Critters #120

Snatch and grab critters
Cockatoos are not polite
All food is fair game
Camera Critters
Hosted by Misty + supported by Tammy

Shadow Shapes

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Verandah shadows in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Shadow Shot Sunday #114

Dark skeletal lines
Odd geometric outlines
Shadow enigma

The Shooters:1.SweetRepose 2.Generik 3. ctmott
4.Kitty 5. Gemma 6. Sam
8. Alexa 9. CafeByJW
Tracy's collage based on some of last week's contributing photos.
Thank you Tracy for including mine!

Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Footprints of Summer

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula in wintry light.
Scenic Sunday #106

Wintry coastal light
Sands engraved with summer's feet
Atmospheric beach
Scenic Sunday
Hosted by Aisha (Eugene, OR, US) of The Holleys and The Holley Herald



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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