MORNING SPECTACULAR

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Friday 17 November 2017

A glorious morning at Anglesea, with the sky ablaze in sunrise colour. Reflections on the wet beach sand almost perfectly mirror the lightshow above, with only small piles of seaweed dotted around to shatter the illusion. The Anglesea cliffs in the distance look much smaller than their actual size, and they too are glowing red from the morning spectacular. (2234)

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AMAZING COLOURS

Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 16 November 2017

Amazing colours greeted me on a recent trip to Portarlington. It was late afternoon and the sunlight was bright and golden resulting in the pier looking orange. It was however bitterly cold and the wind was much stronger than I would normally like, but all in all, the image turned out ok. Keeping my camera and tripod still in fierce winds is a major problem, and when given the choice, I try to avoid taking landscape photos on blowy days. (2233)

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AN UNUSUAL GREEN RIVER

Trentham, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Just outside the small township of Trentham the Coliban River flows under the road leading to Daylesford. I stopped to take a photo of the bridge, with it's bluestone abutments, iron girders, wooden deck and unusual and ornate steel railings. What I found was an unusual green river, that on first sight could have been covered in algae, but was in fact grass that had been flattened by a recent surge in water. The green was almost unnatural in colour and certainly provided a challenge while processing the image. (2232)

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DARK OR LIGHT PATCHES

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 14 November 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 on a recent visit. 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. (2231)

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AT THE FOREFRONT OF LIFESAVING

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Monday 13 November 2017

'Torquay Surf Life Saving Club is at the forefront of lifesaving service with Torquay Beach being one of the busiest beaches in Victoria.

Torquay Surf Life Saving Club is recognized nationally as a premier competition club with many gold medals and many finalists at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships over the past 50 years. Torquay can also proudly boast of many Olympians for both aquatic and non aquatic events.

In 2016/2017, over 200 members and volunteers patrolled our beach from the last weekend of November until the end of the Easter period.' [torquayslsc.com.au] (2230)

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STILL FLOWING, BUT ONLY JUST

Sailors Falls, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 12 November 2017

'Sailors Falls is a locality in central Victoria, Australia. The locality is in the Shire of Hepburn, 108 kilometres (67 mi) north west of the state capital, Melbourne. The locality is named for the eponymous falls on Sailors Creek, a tributary of the Loddon River.' [Wikipedia] (2229)

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NATURAL BEAUTY

Hopetoun Falls, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 11 November 2017

'The Hopetoun Falls is a waterfall across the Aire River that is located in The Otways region of Victoria. Much attention has been given to preserving the natural characteristics of Hopetoun Falls while allowing ample access for visitors. The falls have a large set of well-built and maintained stairs that lead down a natural patio to a viewing platform very close to the foot of the waterfall. Hopetoun Falls plunges 30 m in a rectangular shape. Many visitors come every year to look at its natural beauty.' [Wikipedia] (2228)

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DEFIANT

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Friday 10 November 2017

It’s a cold and quiet morning on Corio Bay and fog blankets all of the boats resting at anchor, with the exception of one. The little blue and white vessel seems to float by itself, defiantly watching me while the other yachts are oblivious to my presence and the muted sounds of a camera recording the sight. (2227)

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AMAZING SUNRISES

Inverloch, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 9 November 2017

I have often spoken of the virtues of the Great Ocean Road, and the wonderful coast and beaches contained there on. But on the other side of the state of Victoria is the Gippsland region, and it has some wonderful coastal settings too. A recent holiday in Inverloch allowed me to sample some of these lovely, and at times rugged beaches that still showcase the amazing sunrises that I experience at home. (2226)

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VILLAGE SCENES

Sofala, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 8 November 2017

'Sofala is a village in New South Wales, Australia, 255 kilometres north-west of Sydney. Sofala came about as a direct result of the gold rush which had been spurred on when gold was discovered at Summerhill Creek on 12 February 1851. By June of that year, thousands of people had set up mining operations in the valley, and both the Royal Hotel and a general store were built in 1851 to handle the increased demand.

Russell Drysdale's painting Sofala, a depiction of the main street of the town, won the Wynne Prize for 1947. The 1974 Peter Weir film The Cars That Ate Paris was filmed in the town. Village scenes in the 1994 John Duigan film Sirens were also filmed in Sofala.' [Wikipedia] (2225)

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CONTENTED

Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 7 November 2017

'The name Mudgee is derived from the Wiradjuri term Moothi meaning 'Nest in the Hills' or 'mou-gee' meaning 'contented'. In 1851, the population of Mudgee was 200. However, the population exploded as the discovery of gold in nearby Hargraves led to a gold rush in New South Wales. While no gold was found in Mudgee itself, the town prospered as gold was discovered in nearby towns such as Gulgong, Hill End and Windeyer, and temporarily reached a population of 20,000. Mudgee was a centre for the local goldfields and grew rapidly as a result.' [Wikipedia] (2224)

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NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE LAND DOWN UNDER

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Monday 6 November 2017

I think that I’m incredibly lucky. I live at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, just down the road from the Bellarine Peninsula, around the corner from Corio Bay and next door to the Otway National Park. Today’s photo is from the Great Ocean Road, at Point Roadknight and shows the beauty that I can find less than a one hour drive from home. I’m so grateful that I live in Geelong and I strongly encourage you to come and visit down here, near the bottom of the land down under. (2223)

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VERY OLD

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 5 November 2017

The winding pathway through Maits Rest takes the walker past ancient rainforests and some much younger bushland. Along the way I was able to find the most amazing and huge tree ferns, like this one on the right that has possible fallen over and then started to grow up again. Given how slowly tree ferns grow, this one has to be a hundred or more years old. (2222)

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GOOD MORNING

Sandy Gully, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 4 November 2017

There isn't enough ways to say how beautiful Victoria's Surfcoast is. I have described it so many times that I'm beginning to repeat the same phrases, so perhaps today I will just let the image speak for itself as the sun rises over Sand Gully Beach. (2221)

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THE HERITAGE TRAIN SERVICE

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Friday 3 November 2017

'The Bellarine Railway, formerly known as the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, is a volunteer-operated steam-driven tourist railway located in Victoria, Australia. It operates on a 16 km section of a formerly disused branch line on the Bellarine Peninsula between the coastal town of Queenscliff and Drysdale, near Geelong. The railway currently operates a Heritage Train Service and is available on Sundays, most public holidays, as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Easter, June and September school holidays.' [Wikipedia] (2220)

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ALL THINGS MARITIME

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 2 November 2017

'Queenscliff Harbour gateway to Port Philip & Beyond. Just down the hill from the Historic Queenscliff township, the Harbour is a hub for all things maritime and houses shops, cafes, restaurants, eco and adventure tours, hairdressers and day spas as well as the fabulous 42 meter observation tower that offers 360 degree views across the bay, the heads, the Bellarine & the Mornington peninsulas.' [queenscliffharbour.com.au] (2219)

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AT THE END OF THE BARWON

The Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 1 November 2017

'Barwon Heads is a coastal township on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It is situated on the west bank of the mouth of the Barwon River near The Bluff, while it is bounded to the west by farmland, golf courses and the ephemeral saline wetland Murtnaghurt Lagoon. Fishing was the mainstay of the town in its early years. In the 1920s and 1930s the town became a popular holiday resort and a number of the richer families of Melbourne built houses here. The summer period today still sees a large influx of holidaymakers to the town. In 1959 the closing scenes of the film On the Beach based on a Nevil Shute novel about the end of the world was filmed in the town and during the late 1990s, Barwon Heads was the primary location of filming for the popular Australian television series, SeaChange.' [Wikipedia] (2218)

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