in winter

courage is needed

for sailors


These yachts are moored at the Mornington Yacht Club down the Southern end of Port Phillip bay. I took these photos one freezing wintery morning when sailing was not a high priority for the owners of the owners of these yachts. The intensity of storms on the bay can be measured by the number of losses at this club. More than one insurance claim is usually made each Winter .  Unlike clubs further up the bay this one is not well protected by a  large breakwater. Behind the yachts in the images is the city of Melbourne CBD on the skyline about 40 kilometres to the North.

This is my contribution to the 52 week PHOTO CHALLENGE, with COURAGE this weeks word challenging a talented group of photographers from across the globe. Visit this challenge at and find this weeks sharing on Wild Daffodil’s Home page.

dog paradise


fading sun

mellowness of spring

dogs enjoy



Another magical sunset down on the dog beach near Sandringham Yacht Club last evening. The first two images are preparing for the setting sun, then suddenly we see the full glory of the disappearing star.

sunset over wine

Version 2

always shed a tear 

to the first sunset of spring

seldom for a wine

always shed a tear to the first sunset of spring 

to the first sunset of spring seldom for a wine

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Sunset over Sandringham harbour on the first of September. Beats a glass of wine any day?

This is my serious contribution to Ronovan’s weekly haiku prompt challenge. To see an amazing range of artistic haiku plus more visit this link

On a lighter  note of haiku this is my memory of a very expensive drink of wine

P1020633drifting down my throat

dream like tears of consciousness

grange hermitage wine

drifting down my throat dream like tears of consciousness 

dream like tears of consciousness grange hermitage wine



stranded on the beach

a reminder of winter

late insurance claim



A beautiful peaceful sunset over Sandringham harbour, (Sandringham  in Melbourne Australia, not the royal one). We had some strong winds towards the end of winter and its possible this boat didn’t hold on hard enough. It will be a costly exercise to re float it.Notice the masts of a few million dollars worth of yachts sitting inside the protected mooring area in the background,