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)


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Unfurling Beauty

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A beautiful flower at the Atrium, Safety Beach, Mornington Peninsula
Flowers on Saturday #21
Today's Flowers #141


Bright and beautiful
Like an octopus flower
Like a living gem

Bluberry craft and hobby time
Hosted by Ewa



Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A seagull and a rain puddle in a Dromana carpark, Mornington Peninsula
Weekend Reflections #84

Seagull's feathers fluffed
Beak dramatically open
Indignant spirit

Hosted by James (Pennsylvania, US) at Newtown Area Photo

Friday, April 29, 2011

Where sky becomes sea...

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Autumn skies over Autumn waters of Port Phillip Bay as viewed from Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
In this light, it was difficult to separate sky and sea.
Sky Watch Friday #134

White clouds in water
Surfing ripples in the sky
Arty inversion

Hosted by Klaus Sandy Wren Fishing Guy Sylvia

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ruby Finch

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A strange little shop clasped between houses at Bittern, Mornington Peninsula has this banner in the tiny front garden.
Signs, Signs meme

Once known as Red Table
Homey shop on the main road

Signs, Signs is hosted by Lesley

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Odd Inspiration

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Not often do you find a board behind a hoop with a motivational illustration!
This odd feature was seen at the end of a driveway at Bittern, Mornington Peninsula
ABC Wednesday Challenge Round 8 ~ O is for odd

Aim high and aim right
Give it everything you've got
And think positive

ABC Wednesday Challenge Round 8 is hosted by Mrs Nesbitt

Drifting Home

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A boat coming in to Martha Cove from Port Phillip Bay, Mornington Peninsula
Watery Wednesday #137
Sensational Haiku Wednesday prompt ~ freestyle

Drifting in to home
Journeys quietly closing
A sad happiness

Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce

Join the fun!
Hosted by Jenn

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Where fields roll in greens...

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A view of the rolling countryside not far from my home in Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
Postcards From Paradise meme

Where fields roll in greens
Where skies seem to be endless
I wander smiling

Postcards from Paradise is hosted by Rebecca

Tiny Old Soul

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ On a recent walk around Bittern on the Mornington Peninsula, I met this dear little old lady with the sweetest smile!
Ruby Tuesday meme

A tiny old soul
Radiating warm beauty
A pleasure to meet

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, April 25, 2011

Watcher in Gold

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A volunteer coastguard boat at rest in the Martha Cove marina, Mornington Peninsula
Mellow Yellow Monday #117

A special small boat
A sign of safety in gold
Waiting and watching

Hosted by Drowsey Monkey

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Polished Gem

Picture pile collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ Here are views of the new look Dromana pier on the Mornington Peninsula.
To celebrate being gazetted as a town on the peninsula 150 years ago, a garden recreation area (more seats for viewing the bay) with a focal yacht "mast style" flag pole have been created near the entrance to the popular Dromana pier.
One Single Impression #165 ~ Place
Haiku Heights #40 ~ Born

Old and well loved place
Born to be new memories
Community gem

* Headlines in Micropoetry Review April 24

Hosted by Andrée and SandyCarlson

Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Living Art

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Just for a change of routine, sometimes Shadow likes to sleep under the coffee table!
Usually, she is right in line with the ornamental black cat above her!
Pet Pride meme

I'm no ornament
I'm a living work of art
Wise gems from Shadow

Hosted by Bozo and magiceye @ Pets Forever

Window on Light and Shadow

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A shadowy window on a home at Bittern, Mornington Peninsula
Shadow Shot Sunday #153

An attractive glimpse
Window on light and shadow
Outward and inward

Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Sky on Earth

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Watery reflections at Coolart, Mornington Peninsula
Weekend Reflections #93

Pretty water world
As if the earth holds the sky
A magic embrace

Hosted by James (Pennsylvania, US) at Newtown Area Photo

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Sky Watch

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ It seems ironic that we should be caretakers for Mother Nature, yet there are developments like this one emerging on reclaimed swampland.
Here is a view of Martha Cove, Mornington Peninsula
Sky Watch Friday #133

Her artwork
Her daily routine
Her seasons
We're her seeds
She calls for understanding
Our Mother Nature

Hosted by Klaus Sandy Wren Fishing Guy Sylvia



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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