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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Friday, October 31, 2008

Broken Wings


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Cafe at the base of Arthurs Seat chairlift, Mornington Peninsula
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3WW prompt CIX ~ corpse + damage + knife
One Single Impression prompt #36 ~ Disguise

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Just a little rain dampening the boards ~
Just a few scattered leaves ~
A tourist display stand
Empty of glossy brochures
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Just a nonchalant disguise
Secreting deeper wounds
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Pic By Gemma Wiseman ~ Silent wheels of the chairlift
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You see before you
The corpse of an icon
The grieving
Vacant shell of
Old summer joys
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Strange how human error
Accidental human error has
The power to damage
Lifetimes of
Happiness
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The knife of circumstance
Wields
Relentless
Revenge
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Even the disguise of
Standing firm
Will be
No more
Soon
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Once they winged Arthurs Seat slopes. But now, they lie broken.
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Miracle of Prayer


Collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ Cows at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula + Milkmaid by Jan Vermeer ~ 1660
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Simply Snickers prompt ~ people + pose + port + pray or prey
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People feel moved to pray
When a port is bare of moored ships
When a cascading river is a memory
When a smile becomes a pose for happiness
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People feel moved to pray
Desperately
When the milk of human kindness
Curdles
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Wired Sunset


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Sunset at Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
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Sky Watch prompt #16
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Another view
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Wires in sunset glows
Yesterdays in tomorrows
Lines in lights of time
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Final view

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sepia Sanctuary


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Sanctuary in a Dromana garden, Mornington Peninsula
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Sepia Scenes prompt #2
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In a tiny space
Edged with haste, frowns and tensions
Lives a soul at peace
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Gift of Waters


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Early morning waters at Balnarring, Mornington Peninsula
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Watery Wednesday prompt #7
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The gift of waters
Swirling balm for the spirit
Heaven at your feet
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O is for Oneness


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mother and child walking in the Spring beauty of light and shadow at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
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ABC Wednesday Round 3 prompt ~ O is for Oneness
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If you wish to see marvellous works of priceless art
Wander the open galleries of Nature
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If you wish to hear new songs
Tune in to the air waves of the seasons
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If you wish to spend time
Wander the malls of the bushland
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If you wish to breathe
Share the breath of trees
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Nature's door is always open
For all those
Who wish to find
The freedom of
Oneness
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A sense of oneness with Nature at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Coastal World


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dromana pier on Port Phillip Bay looking north toward Mount Martha
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That's My World Tuesday prompt #2
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My world is a world of one mountain ~ Arthurs Seat ~ on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. Last week, I showed views from the mountain. And now here is the bay below at Dromana beach. The walkway you see wanders along the coastline to Safety Beach just below Mount Martha (really a hill) to the north, or far to McCrae and Rosebud in the south.
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The coastal Nepean Highway passes through Dromana village shopping centre. This is a shot taken very early on a Saturday morning. It is Spring. And, as yet, the summer crowds have not inundated the coastal caravan parks. When they do, this scene will look very different.
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Sleepy winter place
Lost in memories of warm light
Whispers by the sea
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Some love winter hush
Cold space of summer shadows
Beautiful freedom
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Close up of some of the shops on the Nepean Highway at Dromana. In the foreground are some bike riders in the recent Around the Bay cycling challenge. I enjoyed taking some candid camera shots at these main intersection lights.
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Entrance to the Dromana village main cluster of shops on the Nepean Highway
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Living Ruby Gems


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ One of Nature's precious "rubies" at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Ruby Tuesday prompt
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Where rubies flower
Scents of paradise linger
Living gems of Earth
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Can Mail


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mailbox at Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
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Mailbox Monday #13
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Battered old green can
Creative odd recycling
Eye-catching mailbox

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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Another view
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Facial Lights and Shadows


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ William Ricketts sculpture at Seawinds Gardens, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
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Monochrome Monday prompt
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In some shades of light
He may see old horizons
Remote happiness
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In some shades of light
He may see new horizons
Ominous sadness
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A closer view
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Over Striped?


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Is this taking colour-coding to the extreme? ~ Dromana beach hut, Mornington Peninsula
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Odd Shot Monday
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Striped red and white worlds
Cleansing fresh toothpaste heaven
Perhaps fire and ice
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Ghostly World


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Grey, drizzling morning at Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
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Manic Monday prompt ~ Ghost
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A cobwebbed grey morning
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Stark black silhouette
Cobwebbed threads lace grey damp mist
Cold ghostly feelings
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Cobwebbed silken threads
Stark black silhouette whimpers
Cold ghostly moonlight
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A touch of moonlight through cobwebs
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Blue Water Wings


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Early morning blues of water and skies at Flinders, Mornington Peninsula
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Blue Monday prompt
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Nature's blue landscapes
Blue skies and seas of morning
Wings of happiness
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Time to Walk and Talk


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Couple wandering Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
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Weekend Snapshot prompt #60
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Time to walk the dream
Time to talk out and around
Time to be inward
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Another perspective
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Luminous Living


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Summery Sunday on Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
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Scenic Sunday #15
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Sunday on the beach
Luminous light on the sea
Living for living
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Black and White Gifts


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Entrance to Dromana Primary School, Mornington Peninsula
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One Single Impresion prompt #35~ Gift
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The gift of knowledge
Priceless savings for the mind
Always in the black
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The gift of wisdom
Priceless savings for the soul
Always in the white
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dromana church in the rear vision mirror
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Golden Posies


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Golden flowers at Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
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Today's Flowers prompt #12
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Posies of gold light
Beaming orbs of welcome hope
Light in the shadows

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CALENDAR

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A place of beauty in the Western Tiers

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Tasmania
View near Blackwood Park Cottages, Mole Creek

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New Landscapes
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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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