THE MEANING OF AUTUMN

AUTUMN whispers the tones of yesterday in a minor key ~ Gemma Wiseman

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)

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ruby Art


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Art room mosaic sign at Red Hill Consolidated School, Mornington Peninsula
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Ruby Tuesday prompt
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Art is a passion
A red volcanic passion
Rumbling and bursting
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Monday, September 29, 2008

Flashback Fashions


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shop window of retro fashions and accessories (pre-loved) at Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula
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Totally Optional Prompt ~ Revisitation
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When I was quite young
Lovely dresses floated by ~
I remember gloves
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When I was quite young
Dainty high heels clicked and clacked ~
I saw dancing feet
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When I was quite young
Tall, netted and saucer hats ~
I loved their parades
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When I grew older
I knew bold coloured mu-mus
Shifts and bright sandals
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The glow was still there
But elegance slipped away
Until today's flash
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Phoenix Rising


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A rather unique car in Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Weekend Snapshot prompt #56
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My bikey spirit
Flying roads in black freedom
Harley ride heaven
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ This is more than a unique car. It has a message!
It advertises Harley tours!
What a great idea for a weekend escape!
More details of Phoenix Rising services are here!
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Whispers in the Willow


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mailbox in the weeping trails of a willow tree, Balnarring, Mornington Peninsula
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Mailbox Monday prompt #9
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Invisible inks
Tucked in weeping willow trails
Like poignant dreamings
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A more distant view of the Balnarring mailbox in the willow
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Melting Moments


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Pink Spring blossoms at Balnarring, Mornington Peninsula
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Today's Flowers prompt #8
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Like melting moments
Waiting for some soul to feast
Pink manna on boughs
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Garden Warning


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ You would be nuts to ignore this sign at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, Mornington Peninsula
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Manic Monday prompt ~ Nuts
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Earth's secret weapon
Lingering in quiet space
Be wary of snakes
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Snakes would love to hide in tall grasses like this at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens
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Arch of Posies


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Spruce-like plant growing in the front garden of a Balnarring home, Mornington Peninsula
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Odd Shot Monday prompt
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Posies of blue-grey
Sinuous plant oddity
Nature's unique art
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Scavenger Beauty


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Black bird (crow) by the roadside at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Monochrome Monday prompt
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Sleek black bold cunning
Talented cold scavenger
Beauties of black birds
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wine Shadows


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Strolling the early morning Dromana shoreline, Mornington Peninsula
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Creative Photography Contest #13 ~ Week 4
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Walking in one life
Shadows of distant dreamings
Wine for the spirit
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Shaken Not Stirred


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Spring blossoms at Balnarring, Mornington Peninsula
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One Single Impression prompt #30 ~ Fleeting
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Heads or Tails prompt #58 ~ Shake
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Sweet fragile blossoms
First breath of Spring light and warmth
First kiss of new days
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But like a secret
Cast to the whimsy of winds
The time is fleeting
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Cocktail of blessings
Winged hope of bright happiness
Shaken but not stirred
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Shadow Landscape


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadows on a bush track at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
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Hey Harriet's Shadow Shot Sunday prompt #19
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Flung shadow landscapes
Quivering leaves filter struts
Dancing shadow arts
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Generation Wedding


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Couple on a morning walk by Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
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Sunday Scribblings prompt #130 ~ Wedding
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Generation gap
Clothing marries old and young
Wedding in progress
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Early Morning Views


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ First light at Balnarring Beach, Mornington Peninsula
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PhotoHunt prompt #129 ~ View
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Battered crumbling piers
Some plain blue gentle breakers
Lovely in first light
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ First light view north-east at Balnarring Beach
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Add some random rocks
Soft fan of gentle breakers
Stunning in first light
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Trainers exercise their horses in the early morning at Balnarring Beach
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Horses walk the surf
Cooling after race training
Magic in first light
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Lone rider comes in to shore
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Llama/Alpaca Curiosity


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Lovely woolly critters at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
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Camera Critters prompt #25
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Curious llama (or Nosey alpaca)
Tall soft woolly elegance
Smirking fluffy toy
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Many llamas/alpacas watching me! (Yes! They are actually alpacas. But not all are short hairs like these! Some alpacas have very long hair. There are 2 major alpaca farms ~ that I know of ~ on the Mornington Peninsula. This farm (Alpacas on the Hill) at Red Hill is quite a large farm on rolling hillside with distant views to Westernport Bay. Technically, there is a difference between llamas and alpacas. For starters, llamas rarely weigh less than 110kg while alpacas rarely weight over 100kg. More information on the differences can be found here. )
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Embroideries


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Beautiful landscape at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
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Poefusion Friday 5 prompt ~ fatigue + embroidery + secluded + monotonous + thaw
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Secluded landscape
Waiting for chill winds to thaw
Springtime beauty dawns
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Old winter fatigue
Magically slips into dreams
Monotonous days
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Fence embroidery
Nature knits life from nothings
New face in mirrors
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Blue on Blue


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Spring skies at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Sky Watch Friday prompt #11
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Blue worlds are sweet worlds
Watered with sparkling lighting
Blue heaven on Earth
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ More Spring skies
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ And more!
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Blue Spring sky meets blue sea at Dromana
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Meeting Place


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Young boy dreaming by the sea ~ Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Haiku Friday prompt
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Young boy dreaming dreams
Seas waiting for dreams to sail
Horizon meeting
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cameo Trinket


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A bearded figure passing through the trees near Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
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3WW prompt #CIV ~ dissolve + trinket + zest
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A passing figure
Flowing beard and bright head scarf
Like an old wizard
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Cameo trinket
A moment framed with zest till
Fairytales dissolve
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CALENDAR

Tasmania

Tasmania
A place of beauty in the Western Tiers

Tasmania

Tasmania
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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