Sunday, March 31, 2013

Foreshore Shadows

Part of the coastal walkway along the Rosebud foreshore.

Foreshore enchantment
Winding delight of shadows
Some scenic soul food

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Peninsula Hospital

An old cottage that has now been incorporated into the small Rosebud Hospital complex on the Mornington Peninsula.
Rosebud Hospital is a public hospital which opened in 1961.
It is the only public hospital on the southern end of the penisula.
The rambling Frankston Hospital stands at the gateway to the peninsula.

A small hospital
Yearns to find identity
To find some presence

Linking to:
Weekend in Black and White

Friday, March 29, 2013

At this time last year...

At this time last year, early Autumn skies were blue and sunlight still lingered with warmth.
(This year, days of heavy winds, grey skies and rollercoaster humidity play havoc with the psyche.)
This is a  view of Dromana beach looking toward Mount Martha.

a naked beach
charm of empty beauty

Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday
Scenic Weekends


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sign of Old Times

I love signs that give a thumbnail glimpse of the history of an immediate area.
And there are plenty of such signs at Mornington on Port Phillip Bay.
Love how this one includes the original cost of the post office.

Back in the old days
Before the birth of emails
Words were sent for you

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

K is for kites...

K is for kites...
(Continuing my series on the Mornington Peninsula)

Recently, the Mornington Peninsula celebrated the annual Kite Festival on the Rosebud foreshore on Port Phillip Bay.
The day of the main festival - Sunday - drew huge crowds on a hot day, but there was little wind.
(Fortunately, there were many other attractions for the huge crowd!)

The best viewing of the kites was on the Saturday - when the kite flyers were practising and there were few people.

Colours in flight
Like toys flying freely
Magic moments

Linking to:
ABC Wednesday Round 12 - K is for kites

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I think of toothpaste...

I think of stripey toothpaste when I see this red Dromana boat shed.
The blue neighbour has some toothpaste connections too!

stripey boatshed
permanent side show of
carnival colours

Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2
Our World Tuesday

Monday, March 25, 2013

Yellow Bike

This bike was parked on the Rosebud foreshore.
Perhaps the owner was participating in the Kite Festival 2013 activities!
But the numberplate is interesting.
VIC - registered in Victoria Australia
NZCHK - implies New Zealand chick - a girl from New Zealand who likes to keep her ties alive!

shiny wheels
motoring through worlds
and lifestyles

Linking to:
Monday Mellow Yellows

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Even robots have shadows...

One of the alternative attractions at the recent Rosebud Kite Festival on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay.
And this particular robot is proudly showing off a baby robot - not easy to capture with the milling crowds!

robot character
shares some baby pride
metal with a heart

But baby is there!

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, March 23, 2013

In her own space...

One of many characters wandering the recent Rosebud Kite Festival on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay.

in my universe
roving my own planet
I am out there

Linking to:
Weekend in Black and White
The Human Condition

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Nielsen's Nursery

A sign for an unusual nursery at Red Hill.
Nielsen's Nursery specialises in plant frames in response to shrinking urban garden space.

A garden heartland
Like a candelabra sign
A sacred symbol

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

J is for jet ski...

J is for jet ski...
(Continuing my series on the Mornington Peninsula)

Whether we like it or not,
jet skis are a feature of the water worlds of Port Phillip Bay, right along the Mornington Peninsula.
The one captured above was trailing the wake of the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry.
He fell off a number of times, but righted the skis and continued on.

The waves were hardly smoothe!

At times, the skis seemed to submerge beneath the waves.

Water power
Just a stubborn engine and
Risky guts

Right after this stunt, he fell off!

Linking to:
ABC Wednesday Round 12 - J is for jet ski

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Strange Shed

This shed is strange.
It does not fit the mould of the other boat sheds along Dromana beach.
Unlike the other boat sheds facing the sea, this shed's door faces away.
The other boat sheds are rectangular, while this one is a chunky square.
I have never seen it open.
But it has been re-painted in recent years.
It used to be a grotty, peeling pale yellow.
In old records, it states that there used to be a small lock up by Dromana beach, away from the main village.
But I can't find any trace of exactly where.
Could this be?
The police station is not far...but then, is that the original siting of the police station?

questions breed questions
frustrating joy

Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2
Our World Tuesday

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pelican Pantry Cafe

A side view of Pelican Pantry Cafe near the waterfront at Hastings.
This is an unusual cafe because it is a training facility for disadvantaged and long-term unemployed youth.
The Pelican Pantry Cafe boasts a 95 percent success rate for its nearly 400 graduates.
Pelicans were once a major feature of the waterfront, but now the old fish shed is closed, their numbers have declined.

A casual place
Graced with magnificent views
A cafe with soul

Linking to:
Monday Mellow Yellows

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Shadow Moves

Autumn shadow art on boat sheds at Dromana beach

geometric chess
 shadows ponder
moves beyond moves

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, March 16, 2013

After summer...

A view of Port Phillip Bay from the boat ramp and Anthony's Nose.
Mount Martha is rising in the background.

waking light
fragments of summer
silken stillness

Linking to:
Scenic Weekends

Friday, March 15, 2013

Kite Festival Rehearsal

On Saturday 9th March, these kites were having a rehearsal before 10th March's big event on Rosebud foreshore.

in kite worlds
zany shapes and faces
light up the sky

Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Kite Signs

Last weekend was the Victorian Labour Day long weekend.
And on that weekend, the Mornington Peninsula celebrated the annual Kite Festival at Rosebud by the beach.
The actual festival is on the Sunday.
But Saturday is a great day to get photos of the kites without jostling crowds
- because on Saturday the kite flyers take their kites for a test run.
That is when I took this photo of some banner signs identifying a kite flyer's experience.
Dieppe Kite International is held in North America in August each year.

Bright banners flying
Signs of loving kite making
And showing the world

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I is for islands...

I is for islands...
(Continuing my series on the Mornington Peninsula)

Phillip Island
Just offshore from the peninsula, in Westernport Bay, are two islands.
One is French Island - accessed by ferry from Stony Point on the peninsula
- and the larger one is Phillip Island
- acessed by ferry from Stony Point or car via the bridge from San Remo on the mainland.
Highlights of Phillip Island include an extensive conservation park - with an area where fairy penguins may be viewed + a grand prix circuit + shopping wonderland at Cowes near where the ferry docks + extensive holiday accommodation.
My photo above is a view of the coastline round the island as viewed from the popular penguin parade viewing area at Summerlands (where Ventnor and Back Beach Road meet).
(I still have not been to French Island, but I have been to Phillip.)

Here is the bridge linking the mainland and Phillip Island.
As can be seen in the photo, the island is quite close to the mainland.

Part of the San Remo marina with Phillip Island in the background.

Fairy penguins are best viewed in the evening hours as they wander in from the sea to their burrows.
But during the day, their busy activity can be heard under these boardwalks.

Interesting warning sign near the boardwalk.
The hand written element is updated each season.
This is information for March - beginning Autumn.

Part of the landscape round the fairy penguin information centre.
This area once had homes on properties.
But the government reclaimed them to preserve the nature of the area and has begun plantings representing original plants here.

Intriguing haven
Island of many faces
And many lifestyles

Apart from penguins, other characters live here.
This is a Cape Barren Goose.

Linking to:
ABC Wednesday Round 12 - I is for islands

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