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, January 27, 2009

Australia Day ~ 26th January 2009 ~ That's My World


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Yesterday was Australia Day. A perfect summer's day with gentle, cooling breeze!
The focus for the day was community spirit and casual pleasure.
Celebrations in Dromana, Mornington Peninsula began early morning with a community breakfast at Dromana beach.
Then there were all forms of family entertainment beachside and the more formal citizenship ceremony held under a giant marquee.
Many school students' works were displayed like this mural.
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FORMAL CEREMONY

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The marquee was packed with standing room only. It was lovely seeing the waters of Port Phillip Bay and Mount Martha in the background.
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CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Small farm animals to enjoy
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SPECIAL INTERESTS

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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Local grower of strawberries ~Sunny Ridge~ set up their tent right next to the delightful aromas of coffee brewing.
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INTRIGUING CHARACTERS

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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Wearing the flag like a Batman cape.
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NEARBY, THERE WAS ALWAYS THE BLUE SEA

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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dromana pier was very popular
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My Great Southern Land
Bathed in blue seas and pale sands
Spiritual home

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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Many homes displayed flying flags!
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Australia Day ~ 26th January 2009 ~ Ruby Tuesday


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Yesterday was Australia Day.
It was a perfect summer's dream.
And entertainment by Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula drew the crowds.
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Ruby Tuesday meme
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Australia Day joys
Time to revel in mateship
Waltzing Matilda

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Australia Day 2009 ~ Long Weekend Snapshot


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Drawing opportunity at the Australia Day celebrations by Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
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Weekend Snapshot #73
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Australia Day fun
Friendly spirit in action
Community pulse

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Australia Day 2009 ~ Cockatoo Illusion for Odd Shot Monday


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Two wild cockatoos grooming each other on my verandah at Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula!
But their faces seem lined up in such a way that the eye of each one creates a new face?
Amazing what a photo may suggest!
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Two faces so close
Intimate cockatoo time
Surreal illusion

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Australia Day 2009 ~ Blue Monday


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ For many, Australia Day celebrations mean enjoying the blue beauty of an Australian summer's day on Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula.
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Relaxing by blue seas
Cooling summer breezes play
Australia Day bliss

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Australia Day 2009 ~ Today's Flowers


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Gentle rose growing in a Dromana Hills front garden, Mornington Peninsula
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Today's Flowers meme #24
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Whispering sweet rose
Universal perfection
Symbol of beauty

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Australia Day 2009 ~ Mellow Yellow Monday


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Close and personal with a wild cockatoo on my verandah in Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
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Mellow Yellow Monday meme #3
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Mellow yellow combs
Crowning glory of white kings
Cockatoo beauty

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Australia Day 2009 ~ Monochrome Monday


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Fisherman at Mornington
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Monochrome Monday meme
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Timeless loved past time
Magic aura of the sea
Fishing for dreamings

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Persistant Views


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Distant, calm view of Port Phillip Bay from Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
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Scenic Sunday #28
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There may be dark wires
Shameless ugly antennas
But the view breaks through

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Cockatoo Shadows


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The wild natives are getting more friendly and very photogenic!
(N.B. This shot is straight from the camera late yesterday afternoon!)
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Shadow Shot Sunday #36
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Cockatoo shadows
Strange reflections of white kings
Where darkness meets light
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If only I had time


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ My verandah stairway to a higher landing for a better view of Port Phillip Bay
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One Single Impression #48 ~ If only I had time
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Raw time is a weight
Fleeting time is my excuse
Cursed by perspective
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Dare to reach the rungs
If only I took my time
As a constant friend
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cockatoos With Personality


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Wild cockatoos on my verandah railing, Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula.
Now! About this beauty pageant!
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Camera Critters meme #42
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Look deep, deep into my eyes!
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O come now! That can't be true!
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It's an itchy spot right there! Can you see it?
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I think you've got it!
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I think I must try another brand of shampoo!
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Cockatoos meeting
Addicted to social bonds
Clear pecking orders
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Pardon me, but say that again!
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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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