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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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Nature's Summer Light and Shade


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Looking down into the beautiful summer waters of Port Phillip Bay from Mount Martha, Mornington Peninsula.
The grasses, the rocks, the sea and the sky always seem bathed in "happy light" in summer!
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Summer light is a time when magpies sit on the grass in the shade.
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Nature Notes #41
Signs of the Season
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Summer light and shade
The beauty of sharp contrasts
Joys of heat and cool

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jet Skis are Hot This Summer!


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Jet ski cruising in to the Martha Cove channel from Port Phillip Bay, Mornington Peninsula
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Watery Wednesday #68
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Excitement of speed
Adrenalin on water
Slows to arced fountain
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Last Glimpse of Santa


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ On Christmas Day, we had Christmas lunch at Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula.
While we were outside, after a brilliant lunch, enjoying the views across Port Phillip Bay, I turned to see Santa quietly coming down the stairs!
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Ruby Tuesday meme
Haiku Bones Prompt #3 ~ Regret
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Last glimpse of Santa
A touch of old fantasy
Last glimpse of Christmas
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If there's one regret
Christmas sadly spins on by
A moth round a flame
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Monday, December 28, 2009

Coast Guard Boat at Martha Cove


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Coast guard boat moored at the new development of Martha Cove, Mornington Peninsula
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Mellow Yellow Monday #49
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Tiny water craft
Yellow watcher of the sea
Important business

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Boxing Day Views 2009


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ View of Port Phillip Bay from Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula.
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SOOC Sunday meme
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Summer slowly creeps
Gingerly the crowds return
Sands slowly bristle
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Christmas Day Views 2009


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ View across Port Phillip Bay from the back of Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula on Christmas Day, 2009.
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Scenic Sunday #76
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Across the waters
Dreams linger on horizons
Boats bob in waiting
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Scenic Sunday

Fishy Seagull


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Buy my art
On Christmas Day 2009, we enjoyed Christmas lunch at the Portsea Hotel, overlooking Port Phillip Bay.
Seagulls were not too far away.
This particular seagull photo intrigued me AFTER I took it.
Look at the seagull’s shadow.
A fish?
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Camera Critters #90
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A common seagull
Feathered icon of the seas
Uncommon shadow
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Camera Critters

Detail of a Stage in Waiting


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Buy my art
Folds of a curtain create interesting shadow distortions!
The window ledge suggests a stage, waiting for the curtain to open on a performance!
Maybe a New Year performance!
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Shadow Shot Sunday #84
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Subdued shaded stage
New Year waiting to happen
Hope for peace and love

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Original Portsea Hotel


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Old image of the orginal 1850's Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula, hanging now in the entrance hallway.
It was just a cottage with a bar attached.
Below, the Happy New Year banner features the front of Portsea Hotel today!
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Monochrome Weekend
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Back in the old days
A lively drinking portal
Just a memory
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Twelve Cockatoos


Collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ Collage of 12 cockatoos on my verandah in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula.
(In the top photo, on the left, there is one cockatoo just visible behind the wings of another.
And there is one cockatoo in the distance on the higher railing.)
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PhotoHunt #193 ~ Twelve
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Twelve white cockatoos
Feathered personalities
Loud entertainment
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New Year in the Skies


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Yesterday, the Christmas atmosphere at Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula was waiting for the joy of celebration with a little sky for reflection.
I took this photo from the outside through the giant window!
For some strange reason, just the sky reflected in the right top corner.
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Weekend Reflections #14
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Christmas is over
The tables are silent now
New Year's in the skies
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Friday, December 25, 2009

The True Meaning of Christmas


Pic by Gemma Wiseman

The true meaning of Christmas lives on
Maybe a little like a fractured fairy tale
Maybe a little commercialised
Maybe a little painful
Lonely
Lost
For some
But
Like a still small voice
Buried deep in the sham and drudgery
There is still
A beautiful heartbeat
In Christmas

The goodwill of giving
The celebration of living
The breath of Christ within

Box a little of who you are
Wrap in the ribbons of your love
Tie with the bow of closeness
This is the gift of Christmas

Share time with the lonely
Share time with family
Just share loving time
This is the celebration of life

Feel the secret of namaste
Feel the spirit of the higher self
Feel the joy of being
Close to the first breath of Christ

The true meaning of Christmas lives on
Maybe a little like a fractured fairy tale
Maybe a little commercialised
Maybe a little painful
Lonely
Lost
For some
But
Like a still small voice
Buried deep in the sham and drudgery
There is still
A beautiful heartbeat
In Christmas

Feel the secret of namaste
Feel the spirit of the higher self
Feel the joy of being
Close to the first breath of Christ
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I wrote this poem The True Meaning of Christmas for Helium
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

And then it rained...


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Until a few moments ago, I didn't have a post for Watery Wednesday!
And then it rained!
Here is rainwater tumbling from my verandah steps in the Mornington Peninsula!
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Watery Wednesday #67
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Grey skied Christmas Eve
Cool summer winds are blowing
Then the gift of rain
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Window Magic


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A window ajar creates some unusual effects.
Here are reflections of flowers in my garden on the open window, shadows on the curtain behind and reflections of the open window on the fixed window.
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Window Views... and Doors Too!
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Pieces of the world
Like shards of reality
Odd window magic
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fleeting View from a Latticed Cage


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Buy my art
The circus has arrived at Rosebud, a small coastal township on the Mornington Peninsula.
One lion rests in a large cage with an electrified fence and a ball.
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Haiku Bones ~ Prompt #2 ~ Fleeting
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Summer by the sea
Wild soul in a latticed cage
A glimpse of freedom
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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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