JUST TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 26 September 2017

This coming weekend is a long one, with a public holiday on Friday. So I thought that a colourful beach scene might put those who have the day off work into the long weekend mode, and for everyone else, it might just brighten your day and help you look forward to your next holiday! (2182)

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THE CRACKENBACK

Thredbo, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 25 September 2017

'Thredbo is a village and ski resort in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It is about 500 kilometres south of Sydney and accessible by the Alpine Way. The village is built in the valley of the Thredbo River, also known as the Crackenback River, at the foot of the Ramshead Range.

The town has around 4,150 beds, but a permanent population of only about 471 people. When the mountain is fully covered by snow, Thredbo has the longest ski runs in Australia, and this attracts around 700,000 winter visitors annually. In summer, Thredbo is a hiking and summer sport destination, including rock climbing and abseiling, fishing and cross-country cycling, and hosts a blues music festival, boasting approximately 300,000 summer visitors. [Wikipedia] (2181)

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FALLEN

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 24 September 2017

'This 30 minute walk along mixture of board walk and gravel paths takes you along a valley floor in part of the ancient rainforest. Giant myrtle beeches rise through the mists and create a canopy for the amazing array of tree ferns and moss on the forest floor. Many of the beech trees are hundreds of years old and form an important part of this cool temperate rainforest within the Great Otway National Park.' [greatoceanroad.info] (2180)

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THE LOST COMMUNITY

Harford, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 23 September 2017

'Originally called Heidelberg, Harford was a thriving agricultural community in the Port Sorell region. It was close to Green's Creek and the local port, at the intersection of roads that lead to the hinterland areas including Sassafras, East Sassafras, Paramatta, New Ground, Thirlstane and Latrobe.

A number of private dwellings and only a few landmarks provide clues to the size and significance of Harford as a community.' [lostcommunitiesnwtas.weebly.com] (2179)

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BIG GAME FISHING

Bermagui, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 22 September 2017

'In 1933, Bermagui hit the world stage with a black marlin being caught near Montague Island and a big game anglers club was established hosting big game fishermen from around the world. The warm currents in Spring and Summer still bring marlin and yellowfin tuna close to the coast but the practice of tag and release is encouraged today.

One of the most notable big game figures to arrive in Bermagui was American author of 'American Westerns', Zane Grey. Grey wrote of his experiences at Bermagui in many articles that he published world wide and in his book, 'An American Angler in Australia' (1937). ' [www.bermagui.net] (2178)

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WORTHWHILE

Moggs Creek, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 21 September 2017

I spent a considerable amount of time photographing Moggs Creek and the little foot bridge that crosses it, before heading up to the beach. By this time, the sky had turned from yellow and orange to pink, with the streaky clouds catching the light and making a wonderfully soft scene. The waves were reasonably flat, and although I managed to get my feet wet, I still enjoyed the effect of the rushing water as it advanced onto the beach. It's mornings like this that make the life of a photographer worthwhile. (2177)

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THE MAGIC TREE

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Deep into the Maits Rest rain forest, I found this very old and gnarled tree. The sun had found it's way through the dense canopy of the forest and highlighted the stunning beauty. Amazingly, the magic powers of this senior member of the reserve mystically drew all of the people who passed it to stand inside it's trunk and have their photo taken, much to my annoyance as I stood patiently with my camera and tripod waiting to get a clean shot. I eventually succeeded! (2176)

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SCORCHED

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 19 September 2017

The nearly abandoned township of Silverton, in outback New South Wales is a hot and dusty place to live. The handful of homes and other buildings like this stone church encourage tourists and photographers from nearby Broken Hill to make the journey further west into the desert. Even though I visited in winter, the sun still scorched the landscape and gave a hint at how unpleasant it would be in the summer months. (2175)

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VERY HAPPY

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 18 September 2017

One of the things I love when photographing beach scenes is having reflections in the foreground on the wet sand. A recent trip to Addiscot Beach, on the Great Ocean Road provided me with an opportunity to take such a scene with my camera. The other thing I love is big fluffy clouds in my images, and I was fortunate to have these also. One very happy little photographer! (2174)

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ABOVE FRAGILE ECOSYSTEMS

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 17 September 2017

'A boardwalk (board walk, boarded path, promenade) is a constructed pedestrian walkway along or overlooking beaches, usually built with wood boards; or as walking paths and trails over bogs and wetlands and above fragile ecosystems. They are frequently found in close proximity to piers.

Boardwalks along intertidal zones are known as foreshoreways in Australia. A boardwalk along a river is often known as a riverwalk and a boardwalk along an oceanfront is often known as an oceanway.' [Wikipedia] (2173)

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A BORING SCENE

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 16 September 2017

I generally love striking and sharp photographs, but every now and then, one of my images comes out a bit softer and 'prettier' then normal. Today's image is just such a photo. It doesn't have a great point of interest and isn't one that showcases an amazing scene, but it does have wonderful colours with the sky showing pinks and purples, and the water beautiful greens with white surf. I guess you could call it a boring scene that is pleasant to the eye. (2172)

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THE LAST REMAINING

Noojee, Victoria, Australia

Friday 15 September 2017

'The Noojee railway line is a closed railway line in Victoria, Australia. Branching off from the Gippsland line at Warragul station, it was built to service the timber industry in the upper Latrobe River area, transporting timber as well as providing a general goods and passenger service to townships in the area. The final section of the line between Neerim South and Noojee traversed increasingly hilly terrain and featured a number of large timber trestle bridges. Extensively and repeatedly damaged by bushfires over the years, the line was closed in the 1950s and dismantled. The last remaining large trestle bridge on the line has been preserved and has become a popular local tourist attraction.' [Wikipedia] (2171)

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DARK & MYSTERIOUS

Maites Rest, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 14 September 2017

A little bit of a moody image today. The Maites Rest forest has some dark and mysterious corners, with the large and ancient trees almost blocking out the sun. This is perfect for some of the understory of ferns and mosses that thrive on dark and damp places. In other parts of the reserve, there is more sunlight with the vegetation looking bright and different. I very much like the darker spots, as this photograph shows. (2170)

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ANALEMMATIC SUNDIAL

Benalla, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 13 September 2017

'The Benalla sundial was built to mark the centenary in 2005 of Rotary International. It’s called the sundial of human involvement because it relies on the shadow cast by a person to show the time.

You will find the sundial overlooking Lake Benalla, adjacent to the Walking Path and upstream from the bridge.' [enjoybenalla.com.au] (2169)

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SURROUNDED

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday 12 September 2017

'Palm Cove is located in Far North Queensland and is on the coast of Australia. It is guarded from the South Pacific Ocean by the Great Barrier Reef. Palm Cove is completely surrounded by the Daintree Tropical Rainforest and is close to Daintree National Park. Since Palm Cove is located in a tropical climate, the average summer temperature is between 24 and 33 degrees Celsius; average winter temperature is between 14 and 26 degrees Celsius' [Wikipedia] (2168)

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IT'S THE COLOURS

Sandy Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 11 September 2017

Nearing the end of the blue hour, the sky begins to warm up on Sandy Gully Beach. This time of the morning is incredibly peaceful with the wind generally at it's lowest and the purples and pinks providing a feast for one's eyes. This image isn't all that spectacular, with only a few rocks in the foreground, but the colours are the real highlight for today. (2167)

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A WONDERFUL BREAKFAST

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 10 September 2017

The beach at Barwon Heads was covered in seaweed debris when I walked it recently. I haven't seen this much mess on a beach for years. Perhaps the strong winds that we have had in recent weeks contributed to the untidy state of a normally beautiful swimming area.

The sunrise was a bit disappointing too, with thick cloud blanketing most of the sky, except for a small orange band along the horizon. I did however enjoy the walk, and of course the wonderful breakfast I had at a nearby café. (2166)

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UNPRECEDENTED CAPABILITIES

Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 9 September 2017

'The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). The result of the USAF's Advanced Tactical Fighter program, the aircraft was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but also has ground attack, electronic warfare, and signal intelligence capabilities. The prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, built most of the F-22's airframe and weapons systems and did its final assembly, while Boeing provided the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.

The aircraft was variously designated F-22 and F/A-22 before it formally entered service in December 2005 as the F-22A. The Raptor's combination of stealth, aerodynamic performance, and situational awareness gives the aircraft unprecedented air combat capabilities.' [Wikipedia] (2165)

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A RELAXING WALK

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Friday 8 September 2017

Fancy a relaxing walk under the green umbrella of tree ferns and ancient rain forest trees? Maits Rest in the wonderful Otways, just off the Great Ocean Road is an amazing spot to do just that. This would be the best forest walk that I have done in recent times and one I would recommend to anyone wanting to see nature at it's best. (2164)

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THE CHAMBERS

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 7 September 2017

'The Silverton Municipal Council was formed in 1886. While they worked for the betterment of the town, aldermen were uncertain as to whether a hall was necessary. In 1889 it was put to the vote and ratepayers decided that the chambers should be constructed.

Today, Silverton resides in the Unincorporated Area of NSW and so does not feature a City Council. It is run by the Silverton Village Committee, who to this day hold their quarterly meetings in the Silverton Municipal Chambers.' [silverton.org.au] (2163)

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CRATERS ON THE MOON

Wye River, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 6 September 2017

Almost resembling the craters on the moon, the ancient lava flows at Wye River, on the Great Ocean Road are amazing. They don't seem to have smoothed off over the thousand of year since being formed, with the smaller round holes having been created by bubbles in the hot lava. (2162)

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AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 5 September 2017

'The old Telegraph Station, a single storey structure with a square tower constructed in 1857 from Barrabool freestone with a slate roof, is one of the first buildings in Victoria constructed of Barrabool freestone and most probably an outstanding example of the work of the extremely important colonial architect Henry Ginn. The Telegraph Station was for many years the centre of communications for Geelong and district and is integrally associated with the history of shipping on Corio Bay. The structure is a finely proportioned axial composition of colonial Georgian style origin and an excellent example of early masonry construction in Victoria.' [vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au] (2161)

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I DON'T CARE

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Monday 4 September 2017

The wonderfully rugged coastline around the mouth of Port Phillip Bay is very photogenic and ever changing. I love it and have probably bored you to tears with my photos of it, but I don't care … here is another! This is an image of a small rock stack which possibly won't survive for many more years, except in the millions of photographs of this beautiful spot in the world. (2160)

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UNIQUE CHARACTER

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 3 September 2017

There is a huge contrast between the ground cover on the far bank of this little river, compared to the near side. The far side is covered with Australian native bushland, while the this side has been planted with Californian Redwoods. The Redwoods create a dense layer of coloured bark and leaves on the ground that inhibits the growth of plants. Both sides of the river have a unique character, and I suspect that this is possibly the only place in the world where these two can be seen together. (2159)

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ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 2 September 2017

Walking back from an amazing sunrise shoot at The Gulch, just outside of Anglesea, I turned around to take another last look. The little bridge I had just walked over looked good enough to photograph, with the speckled clouds providing a wonderful backdrop. There were also bushes growing in the sand dunes to add a little interest to the image . Sometimes it is good to look behind and see the view from another perspective. (2158)

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CAUTION

Freemantle, Western Australia, Australia

Friday 1 September 2017

'SS Wyola was a 306 GRT steam tug built in 1912 by LT Eltringham & Co of South Shields, England for the Swan River Shipping Company of Western Australia. She was fitted with a powerful salvage pump, making her one of the most powerful tugs in Australia at that time. In 1970 Wyola was dismantled at Robb Jetty, south of Fremantle. Her remains are buried in the sand at CY O'Connor Beach, with some of her stern still visible.' [Wikipedia] (2157)

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