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)


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Passing Thoughts #6 ~ A Special August 2010

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Highlighted in Picnik
Passing Thoughts #6 ~ A Special August 2010

ABC Breakfast Announcer Emma Ayres commented on how special this August 2010 has been.
There are:
5 Sundays
5 Mondays
5 Tuesdays
And this phenomena has not occurred for 823 years!

Sunday to Sunday
August of special numbers
Odd days of our lives

Rest and Breathe the Sea Salts

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ During a break in cold and rainy days, it is good to rug up and wander Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
Ruby Tuesday meme

Red jumper means warmth
Waves invite a space to dream
Wintry spirits sing

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Not Coolville

Microfiction Monday #46 ~ 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.

He ignored the jumble of buildings at Coolville.
Belpre was his ritual destination every Spring.
Tiny Hannah was his real Spring, always.
(140 characters)

Hosted by Susan (Ireland) @ Stony River

Ruffled But Still

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Seagulls lined up on a wall at Fisherman's Beach, Mornington Peninsula.
As I only focused on the first seagull, the others look like a strange, fading echo!
Macro Monday #101

The wind chill factor
Soft feathers may seem ruffled
But the soul is calm

Hosted by Lisa @ Lisa's Chaos

Floral Waves of Early Spring

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A fresh early Spring bloom in my Dromana Hills garden, Mornington Peninsula
Today's Flowers #108

Like early Spring waves
Gently awakening swirls
Soft kiss of beauty


Between Yellow Walls

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ View of Port Phillip Bay between two yellow boatshed walls at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
Mellow Yellow Monday #84

Between yellow walls
Glimpses of beckoning tides
Fragment of magic

Hosted by Drowsey Monkey

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I Know I Stand in Line...

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Figurines lined up for sale at Tyabb, Mornington Peninsula
Carry on Tuesday #68 ~ This week our prompt is
the first words of Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s song Something Stupid:
I know I stand in line......


We may look the same
We may be shaped from one mould
But I am unique

And I know I stand in line
Waiting for your eyes

I may seem quiet
But I will bring art to you
I'll bring you new life

Yet I know I stand in line
Waiting for your touch

Take me to your world
And I will give you spirit
I'll share your dreamtimes

But I know I stand in line
Waiting for your smile


Hosted by Keith's Ramblings

Empty Vessels Are Empty?

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A new Science room at my school in waiting for the trappings of Science!
One Single Impression #131 ~ Empty

Without furniture
A room's empty of purpose
Speechless dialogue

Without energy
Life's empty of sweet songlines
The soul's in limbo

But dreams awaken
Creative light prisms dance

Hosted by Andrée and SandyCarlson

On the Edge

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadow chooses some rather odd places for meditation time
Pet Pride meme

Value adventure
I'm on the edge of somewhere
Wise gems from Shadow

Hosted by Bozo and magiceye @ wingsandpaws


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Old view from inside a new Science building at school
Haiku Heights #6 ~ Resurrection
Today's prompt Resurrection is suggested by Mia Mirza of
Fantasy Front.

Same tree lined sport field
Resurrection of a view
Old worlds new window


Three Lines from Your Heart
A Haiku Art
Hosted by Leo

Weekend Nature #15 ~ Stony Point Wanderer

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A glimpse of a tranquil water bird wandering the shores of Stony Point, Westernport Bay, Mornington Peninsula

Quiet wanderer
Shallow waters by the beach
Lovely sense of peace

Weekend Nature #15 ~ Stony Point Wanderer
Here you may post ANYTHING - landscapes or macros - related to Nature

animals - wild or domestic
rural landscapes
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

Misty Beauty

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A glimpse of Dromana pier from the coastal park, Mornington Peninsula in early morning misty sunlight!
Scenic Sunday #111

Quiet silhouettes
Sweet mystic reality
Magic by the sea
Scenic Sunday
Hosted by Aisha (Eugene, OR, US) of The Holleys and The Holley Herald

Cars by Sea

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Yesterday morning, I photographed this liner sailing Port Phillip Bay.
Never have I seen a ship travelling with what appears to be a cargo of cars!
It was an awesome sight from Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula!
SOOC Sunday #95

Cars on the high seas
New ideas swept in by tides
Tomorrow's fashion

Hosted by Jan @

Another Shadow View of That White Wall!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ My neighbour's white wall in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula generates an interesting shadow gallery!
Shadow Shot Sunday #119

Thoughts on a blank page
Dramatic shadow parade
Golden performance

Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rosellas of Many Designs

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Two rosellas on my back lawn, Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Camera Critters #125

Rosella wonder
Brightly coloured characters
Sprightly chatterers
Camera Critters
Hosted by Misty + supported by Tammy


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Our little treasure Shadow framed in her favourite verandah chair!
PhotoHunt #228 ~ Framed

Framed in comfort
Framed in the arms of her chair
Framed in a moment


Hosted by tnchick

Floral Bells

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Strange, waxy, shiny flowers that grow in two tones of gold and reddy orange.
Macro Flowers Saturday #25

Buttered red and gold
Shiny pretty floral bells
Early Spring wonder

Macro Flowers Saturday badge 4
Hosted by Maia T (Romania) at Macro Flower Pictures

Weekend Mailbox #20 ~ Scaled Mailboxes

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mailboxes in Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
Weekend Mailbox #20 ~ Scaled Mailboxes

Like balanced boxes
The Libra sign in action
Like a pigeon pair

(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.

Through the Looking Glass

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ It looks like a small lake with a mini pontoon creating a delightful reflection.
Actually, this is a puddle - just an extract of a giant puddle - outside the brand new Science block at school.
And the pontoon is really stranded crates!
(We have had more rain over the last several weeks than I have seen in my lifetime!
This day saw a little sunshine that lasted about an hour!)
Weekend Reflections #49

Water so precious
Why must treasures be wasted
Reflections needed

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

Friday, August 27, 2010

Under Contract

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ neonised in Picnik
Friday Flash 55

Too often I feel that I am the postscript in your life.
While you shop around for gambles, I walk the other way.
I pass you in some carpark, but you are too busy marking your determined footsteps to notice.
Remember that I am the one who pays for it all, for better or worse.

Hosted by G-Man aka MrKnowItAll

Wheels Friday #9 ~ Shopping Wheels

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Motorised cart for trolleys in the Rosebud carpark, Mornington Peninsula

Chrome and red battlers
Practical rattling demons
Motorised sergeant

Wheels Friday #9 ~ Shopping 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/ornament 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)
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e.g. Gemma, AUS

Romantic Sunset

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Another sunset in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Sky Watch Friday #100

Romantic sunset
Pools of shimmering colours
Pale whispers of gold

Hosted by Klaus Sandy Wren Fishing Guy Sylvia

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Just Somewhere...

Mag 29 ~ Image by Willow

In another life
Dreams swirled with limping laughter
Rooms curled with secrets

Leafy sweet facade
Tall windows stare with sad eyes
Now steps to somewhere


Hosted by Willow



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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