Monday, April 29, 2013

Yellow legged Gull

Yellow-legged gull at Fisherman's Beach near Mount Martha.

a yellow legged gull
like bearing shafts of sunshine
to meet all weathers

Linking to:
Monday Mellow Yellows

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Walkway Shadows

Shadows on the walkway leading up to a Rosebud supermarket

scenic curves and lines
the art of fence line and shrubs
harmonic shadows

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club

Until the recent Kite Festival at Rosebud - where this sign was displayed - I had no idea that such a group would still be surviving in our internet world!
Apparently the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club began in 1979 and is still going strong!

reaching far programmes
amateur radio worlds
living connections

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

O is for Opportunity...

O is for opportunity...
(Continuing my series on the Mornington Peninsula)
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The Mornington Peninsula may be a wonderful world of beaches and wineries
but it is also a wonderful place to explore and develop the worlds of arts and crafts and unusual businesses.
Community noticeboards outside village shops are a great place to find the secret treasures of the peninsula.

The one pictured above is outside the Red Hill village General Store.

freedom to express yourself
freedom to be free

And as you wander the peninsula world, you may find some amazing art in unexpected places.
The knitting above is outside the Red Hill shops.
Somehow the peninsula world gives you the opportunity to express your inner self.

Linking to:
ABC Wednesday Round 12 - O is for Opportunity

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We both have wings...

Kookaburra and crimson rosella on my old verandah railing.

We both have two wings
We both fly the depths of skies
But we are diff'rent

Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2
Our World Tuesday

Monday, April 22, 2013

Market Line Up!

A view of all the little "tents" that gather in Mornington Main Street as part of the popular weekly markets each Wednesday.
This is an early morning photo before the crowds.

the spell of markets
imagination displayed
like a treasure hunt

Linking to:
Monday Mellow Yellows

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rocky Character

A view of some of the rocky textures and shapes round London Bridge Ocean Beach on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula.

in rocky sea worlds
eerie caves and crevices
wait for wanderers

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, April 20, 2013


It hasn't taken the kookaburras long to adjust to our new verandah.

The food train's running late today.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mothers Beach

These signs are on the cliff top at Mornington on Port Phillip Bay.
Mothers Beach is advertised as a safe swimming, sheltered (cypress trees), family friendly picnic area.
Why "Mothers Beach" I don't know. I've always found this name a bit odd.

Many bay beaches
From small to long to rugged
But each with a charm

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

N is for Nepean Highway

N is for Nepean Highway ...
(Continuing my series on the Mornington Peninsula)

The Nepean Highway was the first main road linking Melbourne and the southern beaches of the Mornington Peninsula.
It was built in the 1850's and has progressed through a range of names.
The original name was Arthurs Seat Road - named after the mountain rising above Dromana - because that is where the road ended, blocked by the spur from the mountain to Port Phillip Bay at Anthony's Nose.
This part of of the road was not opened till the 1920's when it became known as Point Nepean Road - the point being the most southern area of the peninsula.
As a well-used road by holidaymakers, it became known as the Nepean Highway in 1948.

This year, the Nepean Highway has been superceded by the freeway known as Peninsula Links.
The new freeway has scenic views of the hinterland, but I favour the Nepean Highway with all its wonderful views of the bay - and in spite of all the weekend bike riders!

The above photo is a view of the highway passing through Dromana in the quieter times of early evening.
Just behind the building (Sea Scouts Hall) on the left is the bay and the main shopping centre is on the right.

road with a history
winding round magical towns
and scenic sea views

A view of the little village style shops lining the Nepean Highway in Dromana.

Linking to:
ABC Wednesday Round 12 - N is for Nepean Highway

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Uluru Banner

One of many banners flying near the kite flyers at the recent annual Kite Festival on the Rosebud foreshore.
These banners represent other kite competitions where the kite flyers displayed their skills.
This banner represents Uluru, the large monolith in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Kite flyers' banners
Colourful scenic display
Window on journeys

Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2
Our World Tuesday

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fragmented Shell

A shell on Mushroom Reef beach at Flinders with just a touch of yellow on the inner swirl.

weathered ragged shell
cast blithely on sun bathed sands
still so beautiful

Linking to:
Monday Mellow Yellows

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mushroom Reef Rocks

Unusual rock formations at Mushroom Reef beach, Flinders

like large grey nuggets
rocks sculpted by winds and waves
like mini hoo doos

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Plastic Fantasies

A feature at the March Kite Festival on the Rosebud foreshore.
This photo was taken early in the morning before the crowds swarmed in.

children's adventure
a chance to roll in new worlds
plastic fantasies

Linking to:
Weekend in Black and White

Friday, April 12, 2013

Waking Morning

A view of an early Autumn morning by Dromana beach

autumn waking light
empty sands and sleepy sea
a magical hush

Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday
Scenic Weekends


Thursday, April 11, 2013

What a Diver!

I know this sign is more than a bit difficult to read, but, in actual fact, I was trying to photograph this older woman in a diving suit + extra layers for warmth on this rather brisk day.
She must have been about 70 or more, boldly stepping along Portsea pier, dodging the crowds of people who were enjoying a little Autumn sunlight on Easter Monday!
(My camera desperately dodged the crowds too, trying to get a photo of her!)
And that weight she was carrying must have been rather cumbersome!
Wow! What a woman!
And the sign on her tank stirred a couple of Googles.
The large words appear to be "Enriched Air Nitrox", followed by "International Association".

Apparently, reduced nitrogen and increased oxygen for divers enhances dive time and reduces the risk of decompression.

Diving for pleasure
With no tight age restrictions
My joy is watching

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

M is for Mornington...

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

Mornington is a colourful little township on Port Phillip Bay.
The main shopping street, laden with old and new buildings, is a popular shopping area for residents and holiday visitors.
Signs, like the one above, are scattered through the main street advertising art, music and drama productions.
Sometimes they simply display the joy of the season.

Every Wednesday, a street market fills the main street footpaths.

And the main street leads directly to a park on a cliff overlooking the waters of the bay.

Just behind the main street is a sign marking the place where the old Mornington railway station used to be.
The first train arrived here in 1889 and the last one arrived in 1981, when the area was closed to build a large shopping mall (directly in front of this sign).
Appropriately, there is a nearby cafe called Filling Station - just visible in the background.

Mornington has a very tragic piece of history.
Rev. James Caldwell, a loved Mornington minister, has two public histories.
One history involves being one of the longest serving ministers on the peninsula - about 28years from 1874.
The other involves an unbelievable tragedy.
In 1892 there was a football disaster.
At 6pm Saturday May 21st, 15 members of the Mornington Football Club (3 fishermen and the rest were members of the football team) were returning from Mordialloc to Mornington in a boat after a draw in a football match.
The boat sank and all lives were lost.
Three of the lives lost were the sons of Rev James Caldwell: James 21, William 19 and Hugh 17.
More details of this story are on my Greyscale Territory blog  HERE!
The above monument is at the end of the main street on the cliff overlooking the bay.

Mornington's sea world
Colour, art and tragedy
Grain her character

Linking to:
ABC Wednesday Round 12 - M is for Mornington

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Spirit Again!

I know I have posted views of the Spirit before, but this boat haunts me.
Some day, one day, I would like to be on that boat travelling back to Tasmania.
In the mean time, I take photos of it whenever I see it.
Usually I sight it on Port Phillip Bay.
But this is the first time I have seen it from London Bridge Ocean Beach on the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula.

More than just a boat
Spirit of Tasmania
My Tassie spirit

Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2
Our World Tuesday

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