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)


Monday, December 31, 2012

Scenic Tram

One of the many colourful Melbourne trams

Scenic worlds on wheels
Melbourne's many unique trams
Demand attention

Linking to:
Blue Monday
Ruby Tuesday 2

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wetlands Traffic

Life can be busy in the wetlands at Coolart, Somers

Life can be hectic
Our life's a communal nest
Sharing the moments

Linking to:
Weekend Reflections

Friday, December 28, 2012

Queenscliff Skies

Skies over Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula (on the opposite side of Port Phillip Bay from my Mornington Peninsula)
The black lighthouse is the only one of its colour in Australia and it is said that it's one of only three in the world.
The notorious The Rip, just beyond the headland, opens into Bass Strait.

A guarded headland
Watching journeys through The Rip
Like a caring guide

Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Divine Scents

Sign at a little restaurant at Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Love the chalk design even though locally is spelt incorrectly!

The scents of freshness
Foods brushed with Nature's magic
Tempting the senses

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Look!

Shadow always has beautiful appeal!

The long steady gaze
Those eyes communicate well
Her words in silence

Linking to:
Black and White Wednesday

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Cute little guy in red...

Christmas fantasy
Children believe in Santa
Adults yearn the dream

May joy be yours this Christmas Day

Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2

Monday, December 24, 2012

From a blue perspective...

Blue "deck" on a little boat shed at Dromana

From painted blue woods
A view of dreaming on blues
Sweet blue happiness

Linking to: Blue Monday

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Boats Together

A view of another boat from the Queenscliff Sorrento ferry as they cross Port Phillip Bay

A framed water view
A window without the glass
Reach for the moment

Linking to:
Straight Out of the Camera Sunday
NatureFootstep Waters

Shadow Street Art

Melbourne street shadows

Where sun meets pavement
Transitory art evolves
Where the shadows walk

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Dromana beach

Just watching the waves
Just feeling the charm of space
Just living my time

Linking to:
Weekend in Black and White

Friday, December 21, 2012


Summer morning skies in the Dromana Hills

Like roving ripples
Like murmurs of nearing storm
Like a soft warning

Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kidz Holiday Program

St Marks Anglican Church Dromana runs a lengthy holiday program each Christmas (through January) holidays.

Time for just playing
Finding the creative soul
A worthwhile past time

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Reeds are singing...

Wetlands at Hillview Community Reserve, Dromana

Etchings in wetlands
Reeds sing songlines of being
Memories shaping

Linking to:
Black and White Wednesday

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reality Recycled

I was fascinated by the strange melting of shadow and reflection on this car in a Rosebud carpark.

For just a moment
Odd shadowy reflections
Like wild swirling paint 

Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2

Monday, December 17, 2012

Rosebud Waters

A view of Rosebud beach

Art of water life
Waves and boats and scenic shores
Refresh hungry souls

Linking to:
NatureFootstep Waters
Water World Wednesday
Scenic Sunday

Stardust Horses

Horses waiting to perform in the Stardust Circus.
The travelling circus is a Christmas holiday attraction at Rosebud each year.
As I mentioned in my last post about the lion, I am not keen on using animals in a circus.
And I have never seen a circus performance either.

Special white horses
Travellers and circus stars
Fragile happiness

Linking to:
Blue Monday

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Stardust Lion

A lion waiting for the time when he performs in Stardust Circus, Rosebud.
This is a travelling circus that appears on my peninsula in the Christmas holiday season.
Strangely, I have never been to a circus.
I am not really fond of the idea that animals are used.

A kind of sad face
A wish to find some free breath
In open spaces 

Linking to:
Straight from the Camera Sunday
Haiku Heights - Wish

Gentle Light

In the gentle light
Life's locked in sleepy stillness
Like a calm aura

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Silky Reflections

Reflections at Martha Cove marina

Water reflections
Like a strange shuffling stillness
Like pale silky dreams

Linking to:
Weekend Reflections

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Sign on a boat shed in Rosebud.
Love the play on sounds and words.

Boat shed sign message
I have travelled far waters
Now the bay is home

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Red Pillar

In the white world of Martha Cove marina homes, the red stands out.
I am not sure why this particular home has a single red pillar.
It looks odd to me.

White marina worlds
Many white boats and white homes
Lonely red pillar

Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2

Monday, December 10, 2012

Marina World

A view of Martha Cove marina on Port Phillip Bay

A quiet Sunday
No sign of movement around
Just quiet waters

Linking to:
NatureFootstep Waters

Sunday, December 9, 2012

In the cockatoo days...

This photo of the sulphur-crested cockatoo was taken 3 years ago.
In those early days, their numbers were small.
But when up to 50-60 cockatoos chose to be fed here
- and they began destroying any wood around -
my husband was finally persuaded to stop feeding them.
I must admit, I miss taking their photo.

The pain of waiting
Waiting to be fed some seed
Waiting attention

Linking to:
Straight Out of the Camera Sunday
Bird D'Pot
Haiku Heights ~ Pain


Shadow shapes at the entrance to the carpark at the Dromana Hub shopping centre.

Plain carpark entrance
Like defined geometrics
In the shadow world

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Friday, December 7, 2012

Coastline Dreams

Rosebud coastline late in the afternoon

Sands and silvered seas
Like islands and waterways
Walkers' adventure

Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday



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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