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, February 28, 2013

Market Day


Once a week recently, this sign appears outside our local IGA supermarket.
It does not mean that there are market stalls.
Rather, it refers to special prices available on a wide range of basic items!


Market day specials
For those on a tight budget
This day means heaven


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Beyond the mangroves...


Mangroves are in the foreground.
Beyond the mangroves is a gracious white yacht.
Beyond the yacht are the not so gracious white shapes of industrial plants at Long Island Point.
Large oil tankers dock there.
It is the home of Esso and Bluescope Steel.
This is the view of Westernport Bay at Hastings.


Westernport Bay view
Nature softens industry
Unsettled partners


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Young Riders


Young mini bike riders in the Westernport Festival parade last Saturday.
This is an annual event featuring highlights of the community.
It is the 45th year of the festival.


Daring young riders
Add colour to the parade
Sometimes on one wheel


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Little Yellow Train


One of many attractions at the Western Port Festival 2013 last Saturday.
Amusements like this were on the foreshore of the bay at Hastings.
The festival is an annual event celebrating the community.


Yellow carriages
Circle round on mini tracks
Like a mini train


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Shadow Grid


Shadows from a mini deck outside a Dromana boat shed


Shadows in gridlock
Like controlled lines of sunlight
Like Nature's game board




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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Music in Black and White


My teacher friend Ree Liddell (samples of her music are on her new blog)
sings and plays with the local Mornington Peninsula group MoJo Pearls.
Here she is playing at the Heritage Tavern, Balnarring last Friday night.


Music of friendship
Seasons may ring dry or damp
Our music plays on


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Friday, February 22, 2013

Beyond the stairs...


My viewing deck is a great place to view skies and Port Phillip Bay.
This view is looking south west.


Beyond the stairway
Invitation to heaven
Like a dream close by


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

There is a way nature speaks...


Sign outside the restaurant/cafe at the Hummingbird Eco Retreat, Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula.
Set in a beautiful gullly, this is a wonderful place to revive body and soul.


Birds freely gather
Old earths awaken freely
The spirit can breathe


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mangrove Worlds


Mangroves at Hastings on Westernport Bay - the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula.
Australia has the third largest area of mangroves in the world after Indonesia and Brazil, totalling around 11,500 km2 representing approximately 6.4% of the world’s total mangrove area.
Ref: HERE


The humble mangroves
The beauty of adaptation
Some great role models


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Red Earths


Red earths/sands are a feature of Cranbourne Botanical Gardens to symbolise the outback, central Australia areas!
The garden specialises in native plants.
This particular area is referred to as the Red Sand Garden, a design feature of the Australian Garden opened in 2006.
More details HERE!


Some natural reds
Like sands from old surfaces
Dry beauty's presence


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Monday, February 18, 2013

At the end of the aisle...


Peeking down an aisle in a Rosebud Woolworths supermarket and noticed this line up of yellows!
The yellow boxes were actually at the end of the aisle and the mango display was just beyond.
But my perspective created a combination of the two.


The yellow display
Like a smidgeon of sunshine
In a crowded aisle


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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Street Musician


Street musician in Melbourne


Music of shadows
Dappled with haunting sunlight
Waiting on your street


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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Letting go...


Wandering Dromana beach


Surf rolls in to shore
Like tight energy tumbling
Like my stress released


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Friday, February 15, 2013

Moody Evening


Moody summer evening skies over Dromana beach


Like blues filmed in grey
Chameleon evening
Like summer questions


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Long summer days...


Sign in the Main Street of Mornington on Port Phillip Bay


Tantalising sign
The dream of dreaming by seas
Close as a heartbeat


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Touch of Chinatown


Attractive entrance area of a Chinese shop in Melbourne's Chinatown


Fragmented window
Etched in drifting spheres and lines
Teases the senses


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Monday, February 11, 2013

The Boxing Kangaroo


Fun feature outside a shop in Melbourne.
This character is known as "the boxing kangaroo"!


Boxing kangaroo
A mascot for sport events
Just a bit of fun


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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Shadowy Carriage


Carriage and shadows waiting to take passengers on a scenic ride through Melbourne streets


Take a new journey
Ride out of dappled shadows
Your carriage awaits


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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Storm the Sky


Storm the Sky is a Melbourne band


Breathe in your own space
Sheep have their place in the fields
You cannot be one


NOTE
Haiku based on the lyrics of Breathe



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Friday, February 8, 2013

Silver Evening


Silvered evening skies over Dromana beach.
Strange how our summer evenings this year are so varied - both in colour and temperature.
This was an evening of constantly changing colours.


A silvered ev'ning
Hushed waves in whispering greys
Peace for the spirit


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Wunday


Car number plate!
Someone's a dreamer!


Wunday will be mine
When all the stars are aligned
So I'll be waiting


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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Unknown Flower


I have no idea what this flower may be.
It grows on a small tree and lasts for just a few days.
Perhaps wild, changeable weather may have contributed to its short life.


Soft furling petals
Gently brushed with creamy tones
Fringed with wavy browns 


UPDATE
I have been told that this is a hybrid magnolia.
Our school gardener said that this is the first time he has seen it flower in 5 years!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Icecream Sign


A very popular place in the summer time or the autumn or the spring
and even, on long weekends, in the winter.
This shop is in Dromana, on the main street, facing the beach.
Icecream styles from the cold northern worlds of Scandinavia have made their mark in the warm southern worlds of Australia!
It's good to see features of other cultures on parade!


On a hot evening
The glow of icecream heaven
Always draws a crowd


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Monday, February 4, 2013

Like a pool of sunlight...


Three night lights highlight this patterned balcony feature on the Dromana Hotel.
The lights usually switch on as evening begins.


Pale yellow hotel
Like a small pool of sunlight
Glows on bubble art




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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Evening Blues


Cool summer evening light over Dromana beach


Summer evening
Filtered with cool sea breezes
And a patch of sun


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The Long Table


Shadows outside a restaurant at Red Hill called The Long Table.
The ambience of this place is a delightful bonus to the wonderful food!


At a long table
Enjoy sweet local delights
Fresh food and fine wine


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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Window within a window...


A window of the Mornington Museum (Old Post Office) in Main Street, Mornington.
I found it scenic because the reflection of the skies at the time seems to enhance the ambience of the post office poster featured in the window.
And then there is the overlay of the second poster announcing a Heritage Walk - part of the Australia Day celebrations last Saturday.


Mornington echoes
Window within a window
Now and yesterday




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Friday, February 1, 2013

Like teased skeins of wool...




Strings of fluffy clouds
Like lingering smoke signals
Like teased skeins of wool


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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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