PRISTINE BEACH

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Thursday 30 March 2017

The coastal regions of Queensland have had to endure the devastation of Cyclone Debbie over the past few days. Many families and businesses are beginning to clean up and will have to wait months to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. Tonight's photo is of the Far North Queensland beach at Palm Cove. This area was north of Debbie's damage (I think), so this pristine beach should look just as good today. (2002)

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TEACHING AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS

Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Peel Street in Tamworth was a wonderful experience during the recent country music festival. There were dozens of buskers, street stalls and street performers, like this one. The beautiful Red Kelpie dog was performing all sorts of tricks with it's owner, in front of lots of people. They all seemed to be enthralled by the act, and I particularly love the faces of the kids sitting around the perimeter as they eagerly wait to see what the Kelpie will do next. (2001)

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2,000 IMAGES! SHOULD I KEEP GOING?

Moggs Creek, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Today marks two thousand days of posting photos on Google+ and Facebook. My 2,000 daily images have not only showcased the Great Ocean Road, Bellarine Peninsular and the Geelong Region, but they have also included images from other areas of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, New Zealand, England and Scotland. I have been very fortunate to have more than 35,000 combined followers on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please accept my sincere appreciation for sticking with me. Thank you also to my family and friends who have had to endure my 'obsession', and the constant need to be up early, or stop the car for that all important shot. I am still considering the future, and whether or not to keep going, so please leave a message on Google+ or Facebook and let me know if I should. (2000)

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BARK SHEDDING

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Monday 27 March 2017

'Most trees shed bark as new layers develop under older, dead bark, but in eucalyptus trees the process is punctuated by a colourful and dramatic display on the trunk of the tree. The shedding bark on a eucalyptus tree is one of its most charming features. As the bark dries and peels, it often forms colourful patches and interesting patterns on the trunk of the tree. As the tree sheds its bark, it also sheds any mosses, lichens, fungi and parasites that may live on the bark.' [gardeningknowhow.com] (1999)

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ATMOSPHERIC OPTICS

Port Albert, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 26 March 2017

'Atmospheric optics deals with how the unique optical properties of the Earth's atmosphere cause a wide range of spectacular optical phenomena. The blue colour of the sky is a direct result of Rayleigh scattering which redirects higher frequency (blue) sunlight back into the field of view of the observer. Because blue light is scattered more easily than red light, the sun takes on a reddish hue when it is observed through a thick atmosphere, as during a sunrise or sunset. Additional particulate matter in the sky can scatter different colours at different angles creating colourful glowing skies at dusk and dawn.' [Wikipedia] (1998)

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BREATHTAKING BEACHES

Horseshoe Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 25 March 2017

'Horseshoe bay is a unique and picturesque location on the New South Wales north coast, nestled under shady pines with panoramic ocean, mountain and beach views. South West Rocks offers a selection of breathtaking beaches, rivers and National Parks and is perfect for family holidays, fishermen and those who want to explore or get away from it all.' [visitnsw.com] (1997)

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THE ORTON EFFECT

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Friday 24 March 2017

'Orton imagery, also called an Orton slide sandwich or the Orton Effect, is a photography technique which blends two completely different photos of the same scene, resulting in a distinctive mix of high and low detail areas within the same photo. It was originated by photographer Michael Orton in the mid 1980s. One image is sharply focused and the others are very out of focus. Orton has also experimented with similar techniques, substituting one of the images in the composition for one of a different subject, such as a texture layer, or combining a multi-colored image and a monotone one.' [Wikipedia]

(1996)

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WATERFALLS

Hopetoun Falls, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 23 March 2017

'Waterfalls are commonly formed in the upper course of a river. At these times the channel is often narrow and deep. When the river courses over resistant bedrock, erosion happens slowly, while downstream the erosion occurs more rapidly. As the watercourse increases its velocity at the edge of the waterfall, it plucks material from the riverbed. Whirlpools created in the turbulence as well as sand and stones carried by the watercourse increase the erosion capacity. This causes the waterfall to carve deeper into the bed and to recede upstream. Often over time, the waterfall will recede back to form a canyon or gorge downstream as it recedes upstream, and it will carve deeper into the ridge above it.' [Wikipedia] (1995)

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WELL RENOWNED

Turon River, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 22 March 2017

'The Turon River is well renowned because it was the site of one of Australia's first alluvial gold rushes. During the gold rush Chinese migrant workers built a water race to bring water to mining operations along sections of the Turon River. Many parts of the race can still be seen today, such as at Turon Gates. The Turon River was the site of violence between miners and licensing authorities during the gold rush.' [Wikipedia] (1994)

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WATCHING THE SUNSET

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 21 March 2017

The wonderful rock sculptures outside of Broken Hill were a fantastic find, on a recent trip to this part of the outback. Unfortunately, several hundred other people made the same discovery, and on the same evening as me. It was almost impossible to capture an image without dozens of people in the shot. That said, I thought this one with an older gentleman watching the sunset captured the essence of the sculpture park, which is after all, is there for people to experience. (1993)

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CLASSIFIED TOWN

Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 20 March 2017

'Carcoar was once one of the most important government centres in Western New South Wales. The town has been classified by the National Trust due to the number of intact 19th-century buildings. Carcoar is a Gundungura word meaning either frog or kookaburra.' [Wikipedia] (1992)

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SMOKY

Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 19 March 2017

'Smoky Dawson AM MBE (19 March 1913 – 13 February 2008) born as Herbert 'Herb' Henry Brown, was an Australian country music performer, radio star, entertainer, and icon. He was widely touted as Australia's first singing cowboy complete with acoustic steel string guitar and yodel, in the style of American Gene Autry: Dawson had an extraordinarily long and prolific career, releasing his first single in 1941 and his last album in 2005, aged 92, making him at the time the world's oldest recording artist (now surpassed by Dame Vera Lynn who released an album aged 97, in 2014).' [Wikipedia] (1991)

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DAPPLED EFFECT

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 18 March 2017

'You use dappled to describe something that has dark or light patches on it, or that is made up of patches of light and shade.' [collinsdictionary.com]

This description is apt for the path that led to Lake Elizabeth a few weeks ago. It was a bright sunny day, but walking along this path, the trees and tree ferns shaded much of the ground and produced a lovely dappled effect for my image. (1990)

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NOT TAKING ANY NOTICE

Moggs Creek, Victoria, Australia

Friday 17 March 2017

A quick photo tonight, as I am running out of time. The image is from my recent visit to Moggs Creek, on the Great Ocean Road. The sun hadn't yet made much of an impact on the beach, but I did like the large number of footprints in the sand, as I walked past this small sand dune. A little tuft of grass was hanging onto it's patch, and despite the signs asking people to keep off the dunes to allow the vegetation to grow, I could clearly see that people weren't taking any notice. Sad when this happens. (1989)

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THE MEMORIAL CLOCKTOWER

Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 16 March 2017

'Mudgee's two main streets in the CBD are Church & Market Streets and a memorial clocktower stands in the crossroads with two of Mudgee's most significant buildings adjoining - St Mary's Catholic Church & St John's Anglican Church.' [mudgeebusiness.com] (1988)

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A RICH HERITAGE

Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 15 March 2017

'Canada as a country is singularly indebted to aviation, which opened up our North and remains an essential lifeline to many areas of this vast dominion. From the moment Canadian airmen first flew with the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Canadian Air Force has continuously evolved to meet current and future challenges, resulting in a rich heritage and history.' [rcaf-afc.forces.gc.au]

This Royal Canadian Air Force Lockheed CC-130J Hercules 130601 visited the recent Avalon Airshow, where I captured this photo.

(1987)

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AS THE SUN BEGINS TO RISE

Moggs Creek, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Part way along the Great Ocean Road is a little bridge across a small creek. The water in this creek is very brown in colour, the result of tannin collected from the vegetation upstream. The sandbank across the mouth of this creek makes the water bank up before it finally wind its way into the sea. All in all, a very pretty place to spend an hour taking photos! (1986)

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LAKE OR POND

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Monday 13 March 2017

'The word lake comes from Middle English lake ('lake, pond, waterway'), from Old English lacu ('pond, pool, stream'), from Proto-Germanic lako ('pond, ditch, slow moving stream'), from the Proto-Indo-European root leg- ('to leak, drain'). Cognates include Dutch laak ('lake, pond, ditch'), Middle Low German lake ('water pooled in a riverbed, puddle') as in: de:Moorlake, de:Wolfslake, de:Butterlake, German Lache ('pool, puddle'), and Icelandic lækur ('slow flowing stream'). Also related are the English words leak and leach. There is considerable uncertainty about defining the difference between lakes and ponds, and no current internationally accepted definition of either term across scientific disciplines or political boundaries exists.' [Wikipedia] (1985)

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PRIVATE LUXURY

Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 12 March 2017

'Learjet was one of the first companies to manufacture a private, luxury aircraft. In the 1940s, with World War II still fresh in the public's mind, Lear's preliminary design was based upon an experimental American military aircraft known as the Marvel, substituting fuselage-mounted turbojet engines for ducted fan turboshaft engines. However, that preliminary design was abandoned and the final Learjet design was instead adapted from an abortive 1950s Swiss ground-attack fighter aircraft, the FFA P-16. The original Learjet 23 was a six- to eight-seater and first flew on October 7, 1963, with the first production model being delivered in October 1964.' [Wikipedia] (1984)

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HOPING FOR THE BEST

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 11 March 2017

This lone post in the water at Queenscliff was the only thing on the beach for me to photograph. The morning turned out to be a bit bleak, with no bright sunrise to make the scene pop. Unfortunately, this is the lot of an early morning photographer. You never know what the weather is going to be when you leave home in the dark, and you drive hoping for the best. Even without a good sunrise, the walk along the beach in the brisk morning air was still worth the effort. (1983)

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A CONSTANT CHALLENGE

Moggs Creek, Victoria, Australia

Friday 10 March 2017

I drove to Moggs Creek, on the Great Ocean Road today. This was a sunrise shoot and after driving for forty minutes to the location, I had to wait another half hour for the sun to begin to rise. This is a constant challenge, timing the distance along winding roads that take longer or shorter than expected. I always overestimate the time needed, because there isn’t anything worse than seeing a spectacular sunrise taking place while still driving to location. Moggs Creek wasn’t flowing into the ocean, due to a sandbar across the entrance, but the sunrise was beautiful and well worth the visit.
(1982)

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THE ELUSIVE PLATYPUS

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 9 March 2017

'Look out over the peaceful waters of Lake Elizabeth, hidden deep in the Otways near the township of Forrest. The trunks of dead trees punctuate the waters of the lake, which was drowned when the valley was flooded during a landslide more than 50 years ago. Come for the day or camp out overnight at the nearby natural bush camping area. Join an early morning canoe tour to catch a glimpse of the elusive platypus in the wild.' [visitvictoria.com] (1981)

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THE SLOW PASS

Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 8 March 2017

'The Boeing F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet are twin-engine carrier-capable multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. Designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas, the Super Hornet first flew in 1995. Full-rate production began in September 1997, after the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing the previous month. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which has operated the F/A-18A as its main fighter since 1984, ordered the F/A-18F in 2007 to replace its aging F-111C fleet. RAAF Super Hornets entered service in December 2010.' [Wikipedia] (1980)

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TREACHEROUS

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 7 March 2017

One of the many beaches around Anglesea, The Gulch is a summertime favourite of holiday goers. The rocks on the part of the Great Ocean Road make it a little treacherous for swimmers but there appears to be plenty of surf. I particularly loved the clouds in this shot as the sun rose to start the day. (1979)

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BUSHWALKING

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Monday 6 March 2017

'Bushwalking is an Australian activity. You may know it by a different name such as hiking, tramping, hill walking, rambling or trekking. Bushwalking covers a wide spectrum of walking experiences in natural or green areas. A bushwalk might be a walk along a trail through urban parks or forest near where you live, or it could be a full day walk or camping trip to a national park or reserve. At the other end of the spectrum a bushwalk can be a multi-day expedition where you are self-sufficient carrying a tent and food. No matter which option you choose it is all bushwalking and because Australia has such a great network of natural areas and a wide variety of land forms there are many opportunities to get into bushwalking whether it be on designated trails or in remote wilderness areas. [bushwalkingaustralia.org] (1978)

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VIEW FROM THE BLUFF

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 5 March 2017

'The Barwon Heads Bluff and surrounds is a special place. It is a place where the Barwon River enters the cool waters of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. It is a place where tides and waves have shaped the rocks over time and created a wide diversity of places for animals and plants to live. To find an Elephant Snail hidden beneath a rock, to watch the kelp sway back and forth with the waves, or to explore the magic gardens in the rockpools is to glimpse the beauty, complexity and uniqueness of the Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary.' [barwonbluff.com.au] (1977)

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CONNIE

Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 4 March 2017

'The Lockheed Constellation ('Connie') was a propeller-driven, four-engined airliner built by Lockheed Corporation between 1943 and 1958 at Burbank, California. Lockheed built 856 in numerous models—all with the same triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage. Most were powered by four 18-cylinder Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclones. The Constellation was used as a civil airliner and as a military and civilian air transport.' [Wikipedia] (1976)

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SEA PEOPLE

Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia

Friday 3 March 2017

'The South West region of Australia, within which Dunsborough sits, is recognised as being one of the oldest continually occupied human habitats anywhere on Earth, with a history dating back approximately 40,000 years. Dunsborough itself shares in this history, with multiple sites of Aboriginal importance in and around the town. Prior to European colonisation, several distinct tribes inhabited the land and utilised the waters around Dunsborough. Those living on the coast were called Waddarn-di (sea people), and their language recorded as Burron Wongi.' [Wikipedia] (1975)

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BROUGHT TO FRUITION

Ootha, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 2 March 2017

'Utes in the Paddock was a concept brought to fruition by Jana and Graham Pickles of Burrawang West Station which has significantly increased visitation to the Central West region over the last eight years. It has been eight years since the first Ute began the outdoor gallery near Ootha and four years since the last of 20 “Ute works” was installed and still today, Utes in the Paddock attracts thousands of visitors to view the collection for the first time or to revisit this unique Australian bush attraction.' [condobolin.nsw.au] (1974)

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SEA FOG

Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 1 March 2017

'Sea fog (also known as haar or fret) is heavily influenced by the presence of sea spray and microscopic airborne salt crystals. Clouds of all types require minute hygroscopic particles upon which water vapour can condense. Over the ocean surface, the most common particles are salt from salt spray produced by breaking waves. Except in areas of storminess, the most common areas of breaking waves are located near coastlines, hence the greatest densities of airborne salt particles are there. Condensation on salt particles has been observed to occur at humidities as low as 70%, thus fog can occur even in relatively dry air. Typically, such lower humidity fog is preceded by a transparent mistiness along the coastline as condensation competes with evaporation, a phenomenon that is typically noticeable by beachgoers in the afternoon. [Wikipedia] (1973)

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