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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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 Closes in Sepia


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Sepia sunset in Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
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Sepia Scenes meme #11
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To celebrate the passing of 2008, and the hush before the dawn of 2009, I chose to create a sunset sky in nostalgic sepia tones.
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Beyond the sunset
Tomorrow's sylphs in waiting
2009

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Garden Waterfall


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Small waterfall gracing a rocky front garden in Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
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Watery Wednesday meme #16
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Graceful waterfall
Imitating Nature's art
Small garden romance

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Symbols of Fortune


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ This Chinese dragon has lived with me on my front verandah for a number of years. He has travelled well through a couple of house moves.
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Two fer Tuesday meme
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Superstitious foams
Riding the breakers of hope
2009

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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ To celebrate our new home, the dragon now has a Chinese jade plant right beside it.
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Ruby Oasis


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Drifting and dreaming on Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
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Ruby Tuesday meme
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Ruby arc of shade
Like a burning crescent moon
Flaming oasis

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Walk On


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Walkers by unsettled seas and skies at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Blue Monday meme
Weekend Snapshot #69

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Discordant weather
Ominous play of strange light
Walkers keep walking
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White Bells


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ These creamy white flowers in a Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula front garden made a great subject for monochrome.
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Monochrome Monday meme
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Clusters of white bells
Sweet innocent garden chimes
Open air belfry

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Swinging Point of View


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Since moving here just before Christmas to the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula, we are finding out that cockatoos are frequent flyers round our world. They especially enjoy any ripening fruit. But sometimes, they don't quite manage to land elegantly in a selected tree. This guy missed his footing in the small apricot tree and decided to see the world from a different point of view. He looked very strange swinging there!
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Odd Shot Monday meme
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Swinging from a branch
Just another point of view
Wings set for balance

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Neighbourly Shadows


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Cockatoos feed on the back verandah of my neighbour's house. Late in the afternoon, they create wonderful shots on the white brick wall of the next house.
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Shadow Shot Sunday #32
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Afternoon shadows
Sunflower seeds are calling
Last wings of the day
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Friday, December 26, 2008

Variety of Skies on Christmas Day 2008


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Early Christmas morning on Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
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Skywatch Friday #24
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Soon, the skies over the coastline were filled with low, bright, white rolling cloud.
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Slowly the white deepened to wells of pearl grey
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ By the time I returned home mid morning, the view from my verandah of Port Phillip Bay revealed more and more blue sky.
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Bright Christmas Day skies
Whispering warmth of summer
Mellow happiness
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ And Christmas Day held a very special warmth and brightness
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Above the Shadows


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Late afternoon shadows cast by the back verandah and fruit trees of my new home
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Shadow Shot Sunday meme #31
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Network of dark shapes
Dappled and linear inks
Above the shadows

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Apricot-Loving Cockatoo


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ White cockatoo eating a peach.
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Camera Critters meme #37
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We have just moved into our new home in the Dromana Hills, right below the peak of Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula. Exhausted, we were slumped in chairs on the back verandah. But then, on turning around, we saw this white cockatoo on the upper small verandah railing, eating an apricot from a tree below. I was shaking when I took this shot, hoping he would not move. I was so shocked!
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Large white screech on wings
Cheeky curling golden crest
Child-like love of sweets

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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Another view
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Friday, December 19, 2008

My New Skies


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Late afternoon south-west skies, Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
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Skywatch Friday #23
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O it's good to be online again! The move was exhausting with just a couple of surpise hiccups like my pay didn't appear and I was told I could not have electricity switched on because the house must have been issued a defect notice! (The power guys couldn't reach the main power box! The carport roof covered it! How this possibly could happen I don't know!) But apart from that, I love my new world! We have seen the most glorious skies, including light that looked more like an aurora rather than a rainbow!
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Skies from the bottom of the steps to my upper mini verandah. At this stage, I was still too chicken to go up there! Now I am getting better, but I go up very slowly clinging to the railing! I so hate heights! What a woos!
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The seas are my dream
The lonely seas and deep skies
Tell me heaven lives

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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Looking north-west to Melbourne was this strange band of light, mainly pink and green. It was quite broad, and seemed to lead straight from sea to cloud above. There was no bow shape. And it's called?
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Unseen and Unseeable Wonders


Collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ Arthurs Seat skies and my favourite tree ~ the willow ~ at Balnarring, Mornington Peninsula
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Cafe Writing ~ 2008 Holiday Project ~ Option 6 ~ Timed Writing ~ Unseen and Unseeable Wonders
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The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
~Francis P. Church, “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus”
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Behind the veil
Mountains wing weary walkers to the skies
Clouds bring sunny rains in midnights
Seas cradle sailors to many homes
Any homes
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Above the veil
Earthy ochres paint pyramids for starred dreams
The moon tumbles joyfully down
A romantic waterfall
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Beneath the veil
The song of a willow smiling
A rose weeping
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Around the veil
An endless
Fairy ring
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

In a Sepia Garden


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Rolling garden at the back of Arthurs Seat Hotel dining area, Mornington Peninsula
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Sepia Scenes #9
PLEASE NOTE: This is a scheduled post.
I moved last Monday so I may not have internet connection to visit other blogs.
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Through the sunlit glass
Through serene garden beauty
Side road to my soul

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V is for Vitality


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The beach is a great place to see vitality. Some like to be a part of the vitality ~ like children ~ while others prefer to watch. This scene is at Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
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ABC Wednesday Round 3 ~ V is for Vitality
Watery Wednesday meme #14

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a scheduled post. I moved last Monday and may not be online to visit your blogs.
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Some people strike interesting poses when lost in their own regime of vitality. This is another beach scene at Dromana.
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Windsurfer at Dromana beach.
This must be an example of extreme vitality.
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Skimming blue waters
Walking skiing and flying
Fresh vitality

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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Sail in close-up
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Tasmania
View near Blackwood Park Cottages, Mole Creek

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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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