THE MOST NOTABLE FEATURE

Studley Park, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 17 December 2017

Yarra Bend Park is a 260 hectare (642 acre) park in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. Located 4 km northeast of Melbourne's CBD, it is the largest area of natural bushland left in inner Melbourne. Yarra Bend Park was officially reserved in 1877, and in 1929 it joined with Studley Park to the south to cover the whole of the area today. The most notable feature of the park is the Yarra River which flows for 12 km through it. The park hosts two golf courses, two historic boathouses, sheds and a number of cycle and walking trails.' [Wikipedia] (2264)

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SQUEAKY UNDER FOOT

Squeaky Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 16 December 2017

I was fortunate to be able to visit Squeaky Beach recently and walk along the track from the car park to this amazing scene. A number of huge rocks that are stained orange sit at one side of the beach and a small trickle of water flows from the nearby creek into the bay. The water from the creek has made amazing patterns in the sand that make this beach extremely attractive, albeit squeaky under foot. (2263)

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RANGER N

Echuca, Victoria, Australia

Friday 15 December 2017

Two steam powered paddle wheelers tie up against the bank of the Murray River overnight. Interestingly, they are moored on the Victorian side of the river, with the actual river belonging to the State of New South Wales. As the morning light begins to break through the fog and trees lining the river, the river will once again spring into life, including both native wildlife and river vessels. (2262)

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NO LONGER THE HIGHEST

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 14 December 2017

When the spires on St Paul's Cathedral were erected in 1926 (the cathedral was built in 1891), they would have been amongst the highest structures in the centre of Melbourne. Times have changed and they have been dwarfed by more than 700 other buildings, 41 of which are more than 150 metres tall and the Eureka Tower reaching 297 metres. The belfry of St Paul's has a ring of 13 bells, which can be regularly heard on Wednesday evenings, around 6pm. (2261)

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MORE INTERESTING

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 13 December 2017

I am constantly amazed and pleased by the variety of cloud covered skies that are presented along the Surf Coast of southern Australia. It is these ever changing natural occurrences that tend to make my photography more interesting and provide an interest above the horizon line. I know that the foreground is often more interesting, but a balanced image includes the foreground and a great sky and today's shot has amazing dark speckled clouds that prove my point. (2260)

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Just past this spot on the Queenscliff foreshore, I almost became trapped by the rising tide. I remember thinking that I shouldn't go any further, but the lure of the sunrise just around the corner was way too much. I kept going until I realised enough was enough and retreated back to the safety of my car. I really loath rising tides and try to plan my beach expeditions when it is receding, but this isn't always possible, unfortunately. (2259)

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NOT ON THIS OCCASION

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Monday 11 December 2017

One of my favourite things is taking photos into the sun. I have fantastic luck with the light that bends around rocks and trees and bursts into a large star on my camera's sensor. Just sometimes though, I turn around and catch the light as it is reflected off the scene behind my back, like these waves and sand dunes. I do prefer some clouds in the sky though, but one can't have everything, well not at least not on this occasion. (2258)

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TRIPLE-TAIL DESIGN

Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 10 December 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] (2257)

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NOT TOO EARLY FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 9 December 2017

I'm very blue this morning, well my image is at least. It is a lovely time of the day to be on the beach. Generally, it is calm with very little wind, and the anticipation or even the expectation of a lovely sunrise makes the photographer keep looking towards the east. This is the time of day when nobody else is on the beach. It is too early for the dog walkers or the fishermen, but it isn't too early for the photographer! (2256)

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USUALLY DRY

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 8 December 2017

'Silverton’s creeks are usually dry. They are home to big, beautiful gum trees, Silverton Gums, which are our very own species of River Red Gum. The seeds of the Silverton Red Gum have been harvested at various times for regenerating areas of high salt levels, as the trees are renowned for their salt tolerance. The trees are spectacular with beautifully coloured and textured trunks and are home to many species of birds, reptiles, bats, insects…you name it. The creeks are wonderful subjects for artists and photographers.' [silverton.org.au] (2255)

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THE WALKING BRIDGE

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 7 December 2017

The Barwon River cuts through Geelong, dividing the southern suburbs from the city centre and the northern suburbs There are a number of road bridges that spans the waterway and a single walking bridge that crosses the section used for rowing competitions. On a recent early morning walk across this bridge and looking back decided to take this image. (2254)

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THE CONTRAST IS DRAMATIC

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 6 December 2017

An incredibly unique experience is found just south of Beech Forest where a stand of Californian Redwoods were planted in 1939. The Redwoods are located alongside a small river and look across to the native bushland that is more typical in Australia. The contrast is dramatic with the Redwood bark and fallen foliage creating a dense mat on the forest floor and not allowing any other plants to survive. Across the river however, the bushland is lush and dense with ferns and eucalyptus trees making it almost impossible to walk through. (2253)

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NOT BORING

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 5 December 2017

Another boring morning at the Anglesea beach and with a dull sunrise (joke). It really was a crackerjack (adjective: Of excellent quality; top-notch; exceptionally fine) morning. The tide was out so there were wonderful reflections in the wet sand and the sky had just enough cloud to capture the colour from the vibrant red sunrise. Altogether, another successful photographic expedition, and certainly not boring! (2252)

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SOMETHING MAGICAL

Grassy Creek, Victoria, Australia

Monday 4 December 2017

There is something magical about the sun rising over the sea. The beach is already a wonderful place to be with the continuous wave action, but having the sun begin to light up the rocks and sand and provide a lovely golden glow makes it complete. I love the very early shadows cast by the rocks along this beach and the little pools of water left behind by the receding tide. (2251)

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INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 3 December 2017

'One of the earliest Broken Hill leases, Mineral Lease No. 39 was pegged in 1884 by Penglase and Carson. The Great Northern Junction Silver Company was registered in 1886. The site was worked almost continuously until 1972. Junction Mine is an important industrial archaeological site, showing the change in technology from steam to electric power.
The Mine Manager’s house, Browne’s Shaft, the concentration mill and other structures and ruins, all complete the picture of a traditional, self-contained 19th/20th century mining operation. ' [visitbrokenhill.com.au] (2250)

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IT REALLY DOES SQUEAK

Squeaky Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 2 December 2017

'The rounded grains of quartz on Squeaky Beach make a squeaking sound when you walk in the dry sand - hence its name. The rock formations at the north end of the beach create a maze of passages for exploration. Access from the Squeaky Beach car park. Surf lifesavers do not operate at this beach.' [visitvictoria.com]

I was fortunate to be able to visit Squeaky Beach recently and walk along the track from the car park to this amazing scene. A number of huge rocks that are stained orange sit at one end of the beach and a small trickle of water flows from the nearby creek into the bay. The water from the creek has made amazing patterns in the sand which you can see in this photograph (enlarge it and have a good look). (2249)

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MYSTERIOUS

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 1 December 2017

Today's photo is from the wonderful and mysterious Pirates Bay in Tasmania. This lovely little spot is very tranquil and contains a section that has tessellated rock formations. The blue sky and water were very inviting when I visited and made me wish I could live in the isolated houses that overlook this bay. (2248)

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