END OF THE LINE

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 1 October 2016

'Although it is now operated as a branch from the main Werribee/Geelong line at Newport, the line was originally built from the city, with the Geelong line being the branch. The line officially opened in January 1859, but the section between the vicinity of the Newport workshops and Williamstown Pier was in use by Geelong-line trains from October 1857.

The line was electrified in August 1920, but little further change to the infrastructure took place until the section from Williamstown to Williamstown Pier closed in March 1987. Automatic Block signalling was provided in August 1997.' [Wikipedia] (1822)

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HERITAGE LISTED JETTY

Busselton, Western Australia, Australia

Friday 30 September 2016

'Extending 1.8 kilometres over the protected waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.

Construction of the Busselton Jetty began in 1865. Beginning as a mere 161 metres, sand drift resulted in an additional 131 metres being added in 1875. Further extensions were made throughout the following 90 years creating the remarkable 1.8 kilometre length.' [busseltonjetty.com.au] (1821)

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TIDAL RIVER

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 29 September 2016

A tidal river is a river whose flow and level are influenced by tides. A section of a larger river affected by the tides is a tidal reach, although it may sometimes be considered a tidal river if it has been given a separate name.

Generally, tidal rivers are short rivers with relatively low discharge rates but high overall discharge; generally this implies a shallow river with a large coastal mouth. In some cases, high tides impound downstream flowing freshwater, reversing the flow and increasing the water level of the lower section of river, forming large estuaries. High tides can be noticed as far as 100 kilometres (62 mi) upstream.' [Wikipedia] (1820)

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COMPLETELY DRY

Pine Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Today there are storms across much of the south east of Australia, with flooding being experienced in many places. This is in stark contrast to Pine Creek which I passed over on my way to Broken Hill, only a month ago. The river bed was completely dry and I was able to walk along the sandy bottom taking photos, of it and this bridge. (1819)

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SHALLOW AND DYNAMIC

Inverloch, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Anderson Inlet is a shallow and dynamic estuary where the Tarwin River enters Bass Strait. It forms a 2,400 ha almost enclosed bay next to Inverloch, for which it provides a popular and protected beach. At low tide its intertidal mudflats provide important feeding habitat for migratory waders. It is named after the Anderson brothers, the first Europeans to settle in the area. Anderson Inlet is classified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area. It supports internationally significant numbers (up to over 6,000 individuals) of red-necked stint. It has also been known to support the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.' [ Wikipedia] (1818)

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SUBJECT TO EROSION

Sandy Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Aireys Inlet Cliff Top Walk - This cliff top walk is a beauty, particularly early in the morning as you can see the sun come up over the sea, but there is lots to see at any time of the day and any season (although it can get a bit cold and blowy in winter).

The cliffs and beaches are subject to erosion so they seem to change with the seasons a little.

Look out for Echidnas and the threatened Rufous Bristlebirds which are ground dwelling birds that can sometimes be seen in the undergrowth. They eat ground dwelling invertebrates and seeds.' [walkingmaps.com.au]
(1817)

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TIDAL POOLS

Sandy Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 25 September 2016

At low tide, the beach at Sandy Gully reveals a large number of tidal pools. Each one is surrounded by unusual formations in the sand. If you look closely in some of the pools you can find little sea creatures that have been left behind, and haven't yet been eaten by the hungry birdlife. I love tidal pools in my photos, because they are generally still and reflect the morning sunrise on the clouds perfectly. (1816)

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A LOT OF NOTHING

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 24 September 2016

From the top of a hill, just outside of Broke Hill, you can see the edge of the world. There is nothing west of this point other than the horizon and a setting sun. The desert stretches from here across the South Australia border and even further to the Western Australia border. That is a lot of nothing! (1815)

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RELATIVE CALM

Sandy Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 23 September 2016

The beautiful Sandy Gully Beach provides lovely views of the nearby cliffs and of the nearby Split Point Lighthouse. I love the way the reflections of the cliffs show in the wet sand and how soft the water appears, thanks to a relatively calm morning. (1814)

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THE DOME

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 22 September 2016

Another image of the Dome in Geelong. This is the new library building which is only a year old. It cohabitates with a number of much older buildings in Johnston Park, and although completely different, I think it compliments our civic precinct. The Dome is five stories high and houses not only the library, but also the heritage centre, with the fifth floor used as an event space. If you are ever in Geelong, it is well worth the visit to this wonderful building. (1813)

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WITHOUT CONSIDERATION

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 21 September 2016

I travelled the short distance west from Broken Hill, late in the afternoon, to witness the sunset at the famous sculpture park. The park is situated on a small hill in the dessert and has sweeping views of the vast and empty countryside. When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised that there were only a few cars and a half dozen people wandering around the sculptures. I thought to myself that I could live with that and with careful shooting eliminate people from my images, at worst I could Photoshop them out. Ten minutes later a huge bus arrived with at least forty more people. They milled around the artwork without any consideration for the photographers! You can see now why I love isolated beaches at sunrise where I rarely see another soul. (1812)

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ONCE ABANDONED

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 20 September 2016

This wonderful old abandoned house looks like someone might be loving it again. There is a new verandah with shiny galvanised spouting along the front edge. Glass has been put back into the original windows and the whole structure is now weather proof. What caught my eye initially was the 'steam-punk' type scooter just off to the side. It looks like it is meant to run on a single rail line but on closer inspection it is made up of many parts that don't work together. The harsh landscape of Silverton has already started to grow over the sculpture. I will be interested to visit again in the future to see what else has been displayed at this lovely stone cottage. (1811)

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CARING FOR THE RIVER

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Monday 19 September 2016

'Parks Victoria is committed to keeping Victoria’s rivers and bays clean. Litter traps (shown here) have been installed along the Yarra to prevent litter entering the river from stormwater drains and ending up in Port Phillip Bay.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (1810)

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LAID UP IN WILLIAMSTOWN

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 18 September 2016

'The H.M.S. Nelson Flagship of Victorian Navy with a length of 244 feet, width of 53 feet, 5 inches and weighing 2,617 tons was the largest wooden sailing ship ever built in England. She had a complement of 875 men and 126 guns and required 25 feet depth of water to sail. The ship was launched on 4th July, 1814 at Woolwich on the Thames in the presence of the Royal family and over 20,000 spectators. Since the war was over before launching the ship was subsequently moved to Portsmouth, where she was there for more than half a century. The Nelson was masted and rigged for service in Australia on 7th February, 1867. In 1891 H.M.V.S. Nelson was laid up in Williamstown of Melbourne, Australia. In 1998 she was auctioned. Finally the aged veteran died and ripped apart plank by plank and beam by beam. One anchor of nelson is installed at Williamstown of Victoria of Australia.' [sofcon.org] (1809)

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THE ROYAL PREFIX

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 17 September 2016

'The Royal Flying Doctor Service, Broken Hill Base is steeped in Australian history, and very much part of the community it serves. As well as health services, they have educational opportunities, a medical centre, a museum and shop. Operations began at the RFDS Broken Hill Base in May 1936. It was here, over sixty years ago, during the Queen's 1954 visit that they received the “Royal' prefix.

From Broken Hill, RFDS provides 24 hour emergency retrievals, covering a land mass of approximately 640,000 km².' [flyingdoctor.org.au] (1808)

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BASKING IN THE SUN

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Friday 16 September 2016

Three little boathouses on the Anglesea River, basking in the morning sun. An idyllic scene captured on my way back from a shoot at the nearby beaches of this lovely seaside village. (1807)

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SHIFTING DUNES

Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 15 September 2016

'According to geologists, the Perry Sandhills were formed by wind erosion over thousands of years. The dunes are located just outside of Wentworth, and are a picturesque land formation of 400 acres of continuously shifting sand dunes.

Skeleton remains of giant mega-fauna (kangaroos, lions, emus and wombats) have been found in the sandhills. Replicas of these animals are now on show at the Pioneer Museum in Wentworth.

Aboriginal tribes once used this area to camp and hunt. Evidence of this is still being uncovered as the sands drift and alter the landscape.' [geomaps.com.au] (1806)

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GREEN LIFE

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 14 September 2016

From high above the water I witnessed the morning light in the east. Towards the south, not only was the sky black, but the weather was threatening. The surf wasn't good enough to ride, but the waves kept me on my toes as I ventured closer to capture some good images. The best part of the photo shoot was the wind, there wasn't any. So I was able capture some of the green life in the low light, without too much blur. (1805)

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THE PROM

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 13 September 2016

'Indigenous Australians occupied the area at least 6,500 years ago based on archaeological records.

The first Europeans to sight Wilsons Promontory are believed to be George Bass and Matthew Flinders in 1798.

Extensive sealing took place at Sealer's Cove during the 19th Century, such that seals are no longer found there.

Lobbying by the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and the Royal Society of Victoria (including Arthur Henry Shakespeare Lucas) led to the Government of Victoria temporarily reserve the area as National Park in 1898, made permanent in 1908. ' [Wikipedia] (1804)

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LITTLE WATERFALLS

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Monday 12 September 2016

I love the colours in this image. A great sunrise just popped in post production! The waves were breaking over the onshore rocks and creating little waterfalls as they receded, only to repeat the same thing, over and over. I got a little wet capturing the shot but it was well worth it. (1803)

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JUST PERFECT

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 11 September 2016

The morning I visited Point Roadknight was one of my best. Everything clicked, so to speak. It's not often that you one can say that everything was perfect, so I keep processing images from that morning to remind myself of how it can be. For me, a perfect morning isn't just about the weather and surrounding conditions, it has a lot to do with pre-preparation and my frame of mind. I find it also has a lot to do with the solitude and enjoyment of nature, without the need for others. (1802)

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THE HIGH LIGHT

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 10 September 2016

'The Queenscliff High Light, also variously known as the Black Lighthouse, Fort Queenscliff Lighthouse or Shortland Bluff Light, stands in the grounds of Fort Queenscliff in Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia. It is one of only three black lighthouses in the world, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. Together with the nearby white Queenscliff Low Light, it was built in 1862.

The light source is located 40 metres above sea level (focal plane). Depending on the tower's bearing it emits either a fixed light or an occulting signal with an interval of 15 seconds. The black lighthouse is one of four in Queenscliff that are used as a leading line to guide ships through the notoriously dangerous mouth of Port Phillip Bay.' [Wikipedia] (1801)

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CAPITAL OF THE OUTBACK

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 9 September 2016

'Broken Hill is an isolated mining city in the far west of outback New South Wales, Australia. The 'BH' in the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, refers to 'Broken Hill' and its early operations in the city. Broken Hill has been referred to as 'The Silver City', the 'Oasis of the West', and the 'Capital of the Outback'. Although over 1,100 km (680 mi) west of Sydney and surrounded by semi-desert, the town has prominent park and garden displays and offers a number of attractions, such as the Living Desert Sculptures.' [Wikipedia] (1800)

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DISTINCTIVE COLOUR

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 8 September 2016

While I was photographing the Anglesea River this week I notice the colour of the water. It was a distinctive aqua colour, unlike most of the coastal rivers I visit. A quick search of the internet gave me the answer why.

'The pH varies quite a bit, and when stream flow from the mid catchment persists, can be below six for extended periods. Turbidity can vary too, with extremely clear water often an indicator of elevated acidity, and aqua discolouration when acid water mixes with saline water' [ccma.vic.gov.au] (1799)

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EDGE OF THE WORLD

Mundi Mundi Plains, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 7 September 2016

'The Mundi Mundi plains lookout is on the edge of the world! From the top of the hill, the flat lands of the Mundi Mundi plains stretch out for an eternity. Take a self-guided walk and take a champagne picnic! Visiting at dusk and watching the sun dip behind the alluvial fans on the edge of the vast plains is an unforgettable experience.

Mundi Mundi plains lookout is located 29 kilometres north of Broken Hill or four kilometres north of Silverton.' [visitnsw.com] (1798)

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FANTASTIC COLOURS

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 6 September 2016

An early rise and into the car this morning, well before sunrise. I drove to a new beach (for me) called The Gulch, on the south west side of Anglesea to watch the morning begin and hope that there would be some colour in the rising sun. It wasn't too bad, although the cloud cover wasn't ideal. The sea was particularly nasty towards me and kept snapping at my boots as I tried to get some shots of these rocks with their small waterfalls caused by the waves receding. The colours turned out to be fantastic and all in all, a good start to the day. (1797)

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WONDERFUL PATTERNS

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Monday 5 September 2016

As you know by now, I love walking along beaches. No two beaches are the same, and there is always something to photograph that is interesting. For instance, this rock on the beach at Anglesea. It is sitting out there all alone. It has created a small moat for itself, caused by the wave action having to go around the immoveable object. There is green moss on the top of the rock that somehow hangs on against the relentless sea. The rock is wonderful but the patterns in the sand are what really caught me eye and made me want to capture this scene. (1796)

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BACK TO THE SCENE

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 September 2016

A narrow walking bridge over a quiet creek outside of the township of Bright is the only indication that man has ever stood on this spot. Of course, the main road behind me is another indication, but back to the scene! The area around this wonderful part of Victoria is so unique and beautiful, particularly during autumn. If you are a keen photographer it is a must see destination, and even if you aren't a photographer, still visit and be amazed at the scenery. (1795)

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A MINOR FACELIFT

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 3 September 2016

'The Holden EK series is a motor vehicle that was produced by Holden in Australia from 1961 to 1962. The EK was a minor facelift of the superseded FB series, with obvious changes limited to a new grille and body side mouldings. Other changes included a revised interior trim, electric wipers, a new heater unit and the addition of a bonnet lock as an option. The only significant mechanical change from the FB was the introduction of the first automatic transmission to be offered on a Holden. All EK models were powered by a 138 cubic inches (2,260 cc) inline six-cylinder engine having been bore out .061 inch over the earlier models 3 inch bore, producing 75 brake horsepower (56 kW).' [Wikipedia] (1794)

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THIS WAS THE LOCATION

Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria, Australia

Friday 2 September 2016

'The Loch Ard Gorge is part of Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, about three minutes' drive west of The Twelve Apostles. This was the location for a number of scenes of the 1982 film The Pirate Movie and also the 1999 TV series Journey to the Centre of the Earth with Treat Williams. The uncommon rufous bristlebird (Dasyornis broadbenti) is often observed around the Gorge.' [Wikipedia] (1793)

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THE BOATSHEDS

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 1 September 2016

'Lake Wendouree is a man-made recreational lake west of the Ballarat CBD. The area was established in the 1870s. As the lake became a recreational landmark during the land boom of the Victorian era which followed the Victorian gold rush days the area became popular with the city's wealthy. Parks circumnavigate the lake and have many recreational facilities including boats and rowing sheds. The most prominent park is the Ballarat Botanical Gardens at the west end of the lake.' [Wikipedia] (1792)

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