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, December 31, 2011

Shiny Chrome

In the summer season, many groups of bikies like to enjoy a weekend ride together down the Mornington Peninsula.
Often, groups stop in Dromana and they line up outside cafes.
I am always fascinated with all the different styles and the shiny chrome!
So many palettes for cameo reflections!

Excitement of bikes
Like sweet adventure resting
Like shining freedom

Hosted by James

Friday, December 30, 2011

Summer Skies Evolving

Yesterday we were driving along the Mornington Peninsula freeway from Mornington to Dromana.
The air was warm.
I could roll the window down to catch fresh breezes.
I could take photos of the passing countryside of fields and rising Arthurs Seat mountain just outside Dromana.

Joy of summer skies
Wonder of sun-bathed country
Delight of new warmth

Hosted by Sandy Wren Sylvia

Heavenly (Himmelsk) is hosted by Petunia

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fishy Mirror Sign

Sign scripted on a mirror at Portsea Hotel
On the left is an ice sculpture of a dolphin

Delights of the sea
A large basket of taste thrills
Banquet of seafood

Signs, Signs is hosted by Lesley

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Window Catalogue

This house at Rye on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula overlooks Port Philip Bay.
It looks like a layer cake of windows!

Bay architecture
Like layered levels of views
Eccentric cabin

Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors is hosted by Toby

Profiles of Shadow

Shadow loves to watch the world intently.
But the one she watches the most is my hubby.
She follows him constantly - just like a shadow.

A precious Shadow
Always like a loyal friend
Always close nearby

But when she sleeps outside, she blends so well into the grey of the verandah or the shadows of the garden.
You would hardly know that she is there.

Cats on Tuesday is hosted by Gattina

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cemetery With a View

Dromana cemetery is on the mountainside of Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula.
It overlooks Port Phillip Bay with Mount Martha in the distance.
Because of the steepness of the slope, there are several entrances at different levels.
As an alternative, there are steps and winding walkways.
On a historical note, the cemetery was first gazetted in 1863 and the northern slopes were added in 1942.
No new grave sites are available but a plaque may be created on a memorial wall.
Some people choose to buy seats along the walkway overlooking Dromana beach and create memorial plaques on them.
Others choose to have plaques on benches at Seawinds, a garden at the top of Arthurs Seat with views of the bay coastline.
This photo is taken at the main, middle level of the cemetery (entered from Arthurs Seat Road) where there are many children's graves.
I always feel especially sad here and find myself looking out to the view, far, far away!

Diaries of stone
To leave life before living
Young souls always young

P.S. In answer to Julie's question, the blue car on the left is actually a grave with children's toys and flowers inside the car.
There is also one grave that looks like a cot.

Taphophile Tragics is hosted by Julie

Christmas by the Sea

On Christmas Day, this couple strolled the Portsea pier on the Mornington Peninsula.
The photo was taken from the gardens of the Portsea Hotel.

A summer Christmas
Strolling by the bay waters
A touch of dreaming

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, December 26, 2011

Dolphin in Ice

This dolphin ice sculpture was part of the wonderful Christmas buffet at the Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula

Magical creatures
Smiling kings of the waters
Sweet spirit in ice

Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Time Out on Christmas Day!

If you are looking for a quiet corner of the world, away from the Christmas colours, here is a seat waiting for you.
It is by the waters of Port Phillip Bay at Dromana.
And the view travels forever!
Happy Christmas!

A little time out
Christmas is so beautiful
But it's time to breathe

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is hosted by Magical Mystical Teacher, Chubskulit + Gemma Wiseman

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Double Reflection

I was tired from gardening and shopping.
So my hubby wandered off to get a few items while I sat in the car.
Not good at just sitting, so I twisted around to see what I could photograph.
This is the result!
A reflection of Dromana Hub with an echo!

Double reflection
Like a layered shopping cake
Sure to put on weight

Hosted by James

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sunny Countryside

Countryside near the Boneo Maze and Wetlands on the southern end of the peninsula

Low happy white clouds
Singing a song of sunshine
On the smiling earths

Hosted by Sandy Wren Sylvia

Heavenly (Himmelsk) is hosted by Petunia

Thursday, December 22, 2011


A colourful sign for a dining experience at Mornington
(Very poor grey light on this day)

Like a red etching
An Eastern dining journey
An exotic touch


Signs, Signs is hosted by Lesley

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pretty in Palest Pink

Some gentle petals
A gentle kiss of colour
A gentle spirit

NatureFootstep Flowers is hosted by NatureFootstep

FloralFridayFotos is hosted by NixBlog

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Fishermen on Dromana pier overlooking Port Phillip Bay.
Amazing how that little red bucket seems to stand out!

Patient fishermen
Always seeking a fine catch
Strength for all seasons

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, December 19, 2011

In the Distance

A cargo ship plying Port Phillip Bay as viewed from Dromana pier

Carrying cargo
Sailing with weighted burdens
Valuable goods

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pier Shadows

Pier shadows at Martha Cove marina, Mornington Peninsula

Shadows by waters
A sense of calming beauty
A welcome vision

Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet until today!

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is hosted by Magical Mystical Teacher, Chubskulit + Gemma Wiseman

Saturday, December 17, 2011

In Profile

Macro detail of a little garden plaque

Sweet face cast in time
Memories of other days
Romance of legend

Hosted by Dragonstar



A place of beauty in the Western Tiers


View near Blackwood Park Cottages, Mole Creek

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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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