Eastern Lighthouse at McCrae on the Mornington Peninsula was built in England in 1874
and transported to Australia.
It guides mariners through the South Channel on the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay.
when sailing is blind when seas are blackened with night trust in lighthouse rays
A colourful Melbourne tram travelling Swanston Street
If ever there were a 19th-century opera to have stood the test of time it is Verdi’s soaringly romantic and dramatic Aida. Its exotic, golden images of Egypt, spine-tingling arias, potent choruses, conflicting allegiances and cruel twists of fate make it one of the pillars of the grand opera repertoire.
- Aida is being performed now at the Arts Centre, Melbourne by Opera Australia
not a betrayal just conflicting loyalties tragic Aida
waterfall surprise no river or stream nearby coastal landscape art
The above photo is a section of the wondrous rugged coastline of London Bridge Ocean Beach on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula.
The coastline is festooned with mini mountains, valleys, waterfalls (when the tide rushes in) and fascinating rock pools.
Linking to: Haiku Heights ~ April Heights Haiku Month ~ Waterfall
Scottish Arthurs Seat extinct volcano system shaped by glaciers my Arthurs Seat world soars above Port Phillip Bay close to a fault line
There is an Arthurs Seat in Scotland.
It has a volcanic heritage.
My Arthurs Seat mountain is on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.
It does not have a volcanic heritage.
It was named by Acting Lieutenant John Murray when he entered Port Phillip Bay in the ship Lady Nelson in February 1802.
Murray thought that it resembled the hill of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh (which was his home city).
My Arthurs Seat mountain is close to the Selwyn fault line running along the ridge of the peninsula.
The photo above is a view from my Arthurs Seat of the bay, looking down on Dromana.
while vines are sleeping cooling skies and lonely art exchange their sad sighs
Montalto Vineyard, on the Mornington Peninsula near Red Hill, pictured above, has many unusual artworks scattered through the vineyards.
Somehow in the Autumn/Winter season, those artworks seem quite stark - with the leafless vines as a backdrop.
Sea mist envelops London Bridge Ocean Beach at Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula
when sea mists drift in do you yearn for distant lands lady rosemary
NOTE Rosemary is from a combination of 2 Latin words
(ros = dew + marinus = sea) which together mean dew of the sea.
Rosemary is a plant native to the seaside regions of the Mediterranean and North Africa.
do you feel unloved pariah of feathered worlds do you crave some love
In my peninsula world, the crow is chased away by kookaburras, magpies and even little wattle birds.
It is not only we humans who feel that the crow is far from acceptable to our psyche.
Many link the crow with death and sorcery.
And yet, legends suggest that the crow as a totem, could be the key to life's mysteries and the potential of energies within.
butcher bird songsters piping loud their magic flutes like dawn nightingales
Butcher bird territory spreads across mainland Australia.
The one pictured above is a youngster (photographed on my verandah rail).
All those brown tones will darken to black.
Their song impressed Olivier Messiaen, who incorporated pied butcherbird song into his last work, Éclairs sur l’au-delà.
More detail about the butcher bird and their musical range of song is HERE
(scroll down to just above the WARNING ad for their swooping habits!)
Linking to: Haiku Heights ~ April Heights Haiku Month ~ Nightingale