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, September 2, 2012

Shadows by the Yarra

Some shadows relaxing by the Yarra River in Melbourne

Art by the Yarra
A story board of shadows
Like abstract thinking

Realms of loneliness
Dark corners and emptied space
Violate daylight

The pigment of guilt
Like black wells slashed with red blood
Like secret chasms

The palette of peace
Like gentle ripplings of blues
Tones to soothe the soul

The concept of love
Rainbow of passions and dreams
Colour coded worlds

Pandora's legend
When colours take flight from life
There is always hope

NOTE: For me, hope is like a transparency, picking up the colours you wish to be in your life.
Hope may transform into colour, yet is itself not a colour.
It is like a prism waiting to capture the colours of light.

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2
Haiku Heights ~ Colour
One Single Impression ~ Violate
Sunday Scribblings ~ Soothe


Sylvia K said...

Terrific, sharp, crisp shadow shot for the day, Gemma! Your composition is wonderful! I like seeing the legs and feet of the people sitting on the bench -- looks as if they're trying to get acquainted!! Delightful!

Ralph said...

Nice view - the inanimate bench leaves shadows straight and true. The people shadows are organic (except for those heels "). It is time for the urban walkers to relax for a bit...

Rajesh said...

Fantastic composition of shadow shots.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

What an intriguing shot this is!

Anonymous said...

Love the high heels showing.
Perfect capture.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I've never thought of shadows relaxing before, but I suppose they need a break just as we do!

Recipe for Shadows

EJ said...


Come see my shadow

Margaret Gosden said...

I like the heels!

Anonymous said...

Pandora's legend....I must look up again now. I like the last two lines you've written, but I don't understand the link to Pandora (and her box, releasing too many colours for me to cope with...!).

Old Egg said...

For all their busyness cities can be lonely places with people and activity not translating into friendliness. Pandora's legend of hope in any circumstance is well applied to cities where their alien nature may indeed be relieved by a meeting with someone you know. Great poem.

Ellecee said...

A lovely poem, inspired from an interesting photo. Both are very well done. They made me feel reflective about many things.

LV said...

You found lots of great shadows just sitting around.

Barbara said...

Each one is brilliantly colored with images. Wonderful!

Unknown said...

great set, i love it!

Chèvrefeuille said...

What a delight ... this picture of shadows and the haiku series along to it ... very well done. This makes the true poetist (poet and artist).


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I wonder...does hope too have a colour?

The Color of Fire

Lighthousegal said...

You captured some very lovely shadows and so many in one shot. Well done!
Happy Sunday!

You know who said...

That's colorful indeed, with hues of Lonliness, Guilt, Peace, Love & Legend.

Gaelyn said...

Nice contrast of shadows with the straight lines of the bench and curve of the leg and heels.

Harshad Mehta said...

Brightest of all colors in this set of Haiku is color of Hope. So beautiful!

Altonian said...

This great photograph suggests its own story (whether intentional or not). The bent shadows form shallow arrows pointing from the woman to the man, whilst the angled woman's foot indicates the same direction. A connection coming up, I think. The fine poem augments the picture.

Catherine said...

fantastic shot - wonderfully framed - and love those high heels!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Is hope colorful?
Are shadows lonely?
So many question
Delicately asked.

NAWAL said...

The last line there is always hope was peaceful and yetso moral to all above...

beautifully crafted!

Chubby Chieque said...

What a nice shot.

Seems she's waiting for a great date. Ohhh... missed my days when I was in Melbourne.

Yarraville was where I used to had the rendevouz.

Happy SSS, Gem.

Greetings from rainy Stockholm,

Josie Two Shoes said...

What a beautiful sharing of shadows, color and depth. I leave with a feeling of peace. You are so right that hope transforms!

Gillena Cox said...

terrific i like the stripping of hope and the reabsorbing of colour

much love...

Anonymous said...

Gemma -- great photo capture as well as your set of Haiku ... I enjoyed reading. Thank you for sharing.
September Heights - Ink Skies

PattiKen said...

These are such beautiful thoughts, Gemma. Color always makes me feel hopeful, so you may be right.

NatureFootstep said...

nice choice for a shadow shot. I especially liked the ladys legs and shoes. :)

genie said...

This is one of those wonderful linear black and white shots to which I am so attracted. It is a great capture. The legs with the high heels add so much to the overall capture. Both sets of feet add a humanistic quality to the picture. genie

kaykuala said...

It gives a special meaning to contrast. Nicely done Gemma!


Anonymous said...

beautiful interesting images!!

Pratibha said...

beautiful art. Ditto for the words
good to be reading youa fter such ages !

Anonymous said...

What a great series of haiku. I love the drama of the third.

Berowne said...

A storyboard of shadows - nice writing...

Someone is Special said...

that's colourful Gemma! back here after a long gap.. Hope you are good :)

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