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)


Monday, August 31, 2009

Mailbox on Ivy Mountain

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mailbox at Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
Mailbox Monday #30

Small mailbox chalet
Deep in an ivy mountain
Hidden messages

Raindrops on Leaves

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ I know I have posted one version of rain on leaves before!
But I am fascinated by the artistic patterns of raindrops!
I had to post another!
Macro Monday meme

Beauty of raindrops
Bright leafy jewelled bubbles
Tiny silvered tears

Blue Sky and Blue Cloud

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Even the clouds are blue!
Blue Monday meme

Blue sky and blue cloud
An ocean of blue heaven
Like singing the blues

Pic by Gemma Wiseman

Spring Rains on Spring Blossoms

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Blossoms damp with Spring rain in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Mellow Yellow Monday #34

Damp mellow yellows
Drinking fresh wine of Springtime
Glistening jewels


Mosaic of Blossoms

Collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ Lots of white Spring blossoms in my garden and just a hint of pale mauve blossom ~ Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Mosaic Monday meme

Blossoming beauty
Nature's fragile jewellery
Crucibles of Spring

Winter Water Chaos

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Rough winter seas at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
Monochrome Monday/Monochrome Maniacs

Chaotic waters
Swirling icy energy

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Patch of Blue

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Just one sky in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
One Single Impression #79 ~ Blue

A patch of blue hope
A little ragged and pale
But alive with light

Three Bells

Multiple exposure collage of phone at Tyabb Art and Craft Village + night lights in Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Carry on Tuesday #16 ~ It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night ~ Opening to Paul Aster's City of Glass (1985)
Monday Poetry Train Revisited #43


In the dead of night
Telephone ringing three times
Like the dead walking
Heavenly chaos
First love was a swirling place
No rhyme or reason
Far away island
Just clumps of rhododendrons
Coloured packaging
Island castaway
Eden was a savage place
Second chance crumbled
Skimped reality
Cold telephone reminders
Wrong number wrong place
Three chances to love
Last life is ringing now
For whom the bell tolls

White Blossoms in the Rain

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Spring is near ~ Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Today's Flowers #55

Blossoms in the rain
Fresh arrival of Springtime
Welcome dear Stranger

Watcher on the Shore

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Rough seas at Anthony's Nose near Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
SOOC Sunday meme

Churning wintry foam
Like seething inner turmoil
Some watch in wonder

Bowl It To Me!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadow loves to play with his "all star" ball!
Pet Pride meme

Let them bowl the ball
Be a serious goal keeper
Wise gems from Shadow

Pic by Gemma Wiseman

Poetic Waves in Motion

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Rough seas at Dromana, looking toward Mount Martha, Mornington Peninsula
Scenic Sunday #59

Tirade of waters
Jostling and tumbling to shore
Natural drama
Scenic Sunday

Nearly Spring Sunlight and Shadows

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Nearly Spring sunlight and shadows in my Dromana Hills world, Mornington Peninsula
Shadow Shot Sunday #67

Squiggly shadow shapes
Waiting for the flesh of Spring
Gaunt hunger and thirst

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Flight of Seagull Wings

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Seagulls in low flight over a chidren's playground area at Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
Camera Critters #73

Flock of white seagulls
Instinctive birds of the sea
Pattern of sea wings
Camera Critters

Surprise Performance

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Programme cover of my school's musical performance.
Last night, after a long and weary Friday of teaching, I attended my school's performance of Grease.
The performance was professional!
Talented dancers and singers created a "feel good" atmosphere.
The musical score was beautifully presented, adding some quirky extras to the original.
There was a real old car on stage for the well known song "Greased Lightning".
Brilliant choreography, costuming and lighting effects!
It was uplifting!
I felt proud to be a part of Casey Grammar School!
PhotoHunt #177 ~ Surprise

A new Greased Lightning
Surprise bolt of energy
Brilliant drama storm

Reflections Beyond Reflections

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Reflections in Rosebud carpark, Mornington Peninsula
Six Word Saturday meme

Sometimes swirling reflections clutter my world.

Friday, August 28, 2009

More Late Winter Beauty

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Another late Winter sunset, Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
SkyWatch Friday #59

Final ember glows
Just Winter offers cold fires
But they appear warm

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dogs in a Beer Garden

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Sign at Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula
This Way Thurs-Way #23

Strange place to find dogs
Hanging round a beer garden
Dog's tipsy curfew
This Way Thurs-Way

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Folded Summer

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Buy art
Tables and umbrellas waiting for summer warmth at Portsea Hotel ~ overlooking Port Phillip Bay, Mornington Peninsula
3WW #CLII ~ fracture + noise + vanish

Umbrella army
Summer noise and sights vanish
Like a wrapped fracture


Portsea Hotel

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Side view of Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula
This hotel is huge with many dining areas.
Old and new window styles blend to create a charming mix of worlds.
On the terrace you can enjoy sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay.
Sepia Scenes #45 + Window Views #19

Multi-framed windows
Nostalgic views are within
Seas from then till now

Dive Victoria

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dive Victoria boat leaving Portsea pier, Mornington Peninsula
Buy art
Watery Wednesday #50

To dive into worlds
To swim in magic silence
View gifts of the deep



A place of beauty in the Western Tiers


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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