WATERFRONT

Geelong, Australia

Monday 31 December 2012

Waterfront Geelong is a tourist and recreation area on the north facing shores of Corio Bay in Geelong, Australia. The area was once part of the Port of Geelong, falling into disuse before being redeveloped during the 1990s'. [Wikipedia] (449)

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BAD WEATHER

Warrnambool, Australia

Sunday 30 December 2012

Sometimes the best weather for photographers is bad weather. An approaching storm can make clouds and a sunset look wonderful and the wind can make lots of white water that reflect the orange colours in the sky.

Warrnambool is a great place to visit in the summer, but it is also good in the winter ... if you like 'bad weather'. (448)

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ICY STEPS

Mount Cook, New Zealand

Sunday 30 December 2012

An early morning rise was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise at Mount Cook. There was ice on these steps heading down the garden towards the roadway below. The sun had just crested the mountains behind me and was beginning to illuminate the mountain in front, while the valley below was still waiting for the warmth of the day to reach it.

Early morning photography is my favourite, mostly because there is nobody else about, it is usually very still and the cold air ensures that you wake up quickly! (447)

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OCEAN STACKS

Great Ocean Road, Australia

Saturday 29 December 2012

A stack is a geological landform consisting of a steep and often vertical column or columns of rock in the sea near a coast, isolated by erosion. Stacks are formed through processes of coastal geomorphology, which are entirely natural.

Time, wind, and water are the only factors involved in the formation of a stack. They are formed when part of a headland is eroded by hydraulic action, which is the force of the sea or water crashing against the rock. The force of the water weakens cracks in the headland, causing them to later collapse, forming free-standing stacks and even a small island. Without the constant presence of water, stacks also form when a natural arch collapses under gravity, due to sub-aerial processes like wind erosion.' [Wikipedia] (446)

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ANZAC SQUARE

Dunedin, New Zealand

Friday 28 December 2012

The gardens at the Dunedin Railway Station are spectacular and well worth a visit. ANZAC Square in front of the station was named to commemorate the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the 'ANZACs', who were New Zealand's main military force during the First World War.

Unfortunately some early morning photos are hard to take with the advent of yellow lighting that appears everywhere, and this photo is no exception, hence the unnatural colours! (445)

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THE "G"

Melbourne, Australia

Thursday 27 December 2012

Affectionately known by the locals as the 'G', Melbourne's Cricket Ground is the worlds best sporting arena (photographer's bias showing here!). Capable of holding 100,000 spectators for football in the winter and cricket in the summer, it also hosts music concerts and other attractions requiring a large seating capacity. It has huge lighting towers that allow night games to be played and has everything a modern sporting ground would need, except a roof.

This photo was taken today on my little Canon S90, so isn't quite as good as it could be. It shows only one third of the complete complex. (444)

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RETAILERS

Ballarat, Australia

Thursday 27 December 2012

This is another image from my recent visit to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. The 1850's township shows what it would have been like back in the gold rush, not only for the miners, but also for the retailers that serviced the needs of the public. Some of the shops are substantial with brick fronts, while others are only made from timber. If you get a chance to visit Sovereign Hill, do so, and allow a full day as there is a lot to see. (443)

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THE COUTA BOAT

Queenscliff, Australia

Wednesday 26 December 2012

A couta boat is a type of boat sailed in Victoria, Australia, around Sorrento and Queenscliff and along Victoria's west coast as far west as Portland. It was originally used as a traditional fishing boat around the coast there from around 1870 until the 1930s.

Fishermen chased such sought-after fish as barracouta (hence the name “couta boat”) but fishing co-operatives established quotas to control prices, and it was this that led to the added requirement of speed in a good fishing boat.

The working fishing craft’s perfect compromise between seaworthiness, speed and capacity has made it today a quintessential recreational sailing boat. Today, couta boats are sought-after and keenly compete in races. Many are built new from scratch, as the supply of originals has been exhausted. There is a couta boat club in Sorrento and one in Queenscliff. [Wikipedia] (442)

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ROLLING STOCK

Drysdale, Australia

Tuesday 25 December 2012

The Bellarine Railway runs from Queenscliff to Drysdale and is the only true Australian National Gauge (3'6") Heritage Railway Collection, with steam and diesel trains from every state in Australia. The Bellarine Railway is operated by volunteers of the Geelong Steam Preservation Society. [http://bellarinerailway.com.au]

This photo is of the Drysdale station showing rolling stock on the side tracks with the main track heading towards Queenscliff. (441)

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THANK YOU & SEASONS GREETINGS

Geelong, Australia

Monday 24 December 2012

I would like to thank all of you for allowing me to share my photographs and thoughts with you over the past year. It has been a great 12 months on Google+ and the encouragement I have received by way of wonderful comments and the occasional suggestion has given me an unbelievable boost and I think, improved my photography.

My quest to post 500 photos in 500 days on Google+ is also doing well with only 60 left to go, so I hope you will allow be to share more with you ... well at least for the next 60 days? (440)

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THE PORTUGUESE CARAVELA

Geelong, Australia

Sunday 23 December 2012

On a recent trip to the Geelong Waterfront I witnessed the unusual sight of a 16th century Portuguese Caravela along side Cunningham Pier. The replica boat was built by a Warrnambool man who sailed her to Geelong. It became quite a tourist attraction during it's visit! (439)

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CAUGHT MY EYE

Waimate, New Zealand

Sunday 23 December 2012

While travelling around the south island of New Zealand recently, I discovered this little church in Waimate. It's architecture is unusual which is why it caught my eye. Searching the internet I have discovered that it was first consecrated in 1873 with the Lynch Gate being added in 1902 and the Bell Tower being built in 1903.Sometimes it pays to divert from the normal tourist route and find little gems like this! (438)

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ROCKS AND RUGGED SEAS

Warrnambool, Australia

Saturday 22 December 2012

I was fortunate to visit Warrnambool recently and be able to watch the sea pounding the breakwater, as it does regularly in 'Windy Warrnambool'. The rocks at the end of the breakwater also provided an interesting photo opportunity with the small pools of water and the moss growing on the layered stone. (437)

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LONELY SIGHT

Modewarre, Australia

Friday 21 December 2012

I was asked to take a photo of this old church by a historian researching the life of a First World War VC recipient who attended Sunday School there. It is a mid 1800's building that was constructed for the 'Bible Christians', a group I had not heard of before this assignment. Unfortunately the building is now used to store stock feed and is badly damaged. It sits in a farm paddock and is now a very lonely sight. (436)

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HEAVY LOAD

Northern Victoria, Australia

Thursday 20 December 2012

It's hard to imagine that this was wagon was the means of freight cartage only a century ago. I guess that they would have only carried a tonne or two of goods compared to 70 or more tonnes carried by today's B-doubles! (435)

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WHO LOVES CLOUDS?

Torquay, Australia

Wednesday 19 December 2012

Who loves clouds? I think they are the most amazing thing, always changing and sometimes providing such an unusual scene that it almost looks unreal. Well this scene is all about the clouds on the beach at Torquay, hope you like it! (434)

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DOG ROCKS

Batesford, Australia

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Just outside Batesford is a large granite outcrop called the 'Dog Rocks' with one lone tree beside it. This small tree is one of the most photographed in the area by local enthusiasts, so why shouldn't I have a go at it too?! (433)

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GOLDEN PADDOCKS

Derrinallum, Australia

Monday 17 December 2012

One of the scenes that takes me back to my childhood is of a rural road, adjoining golden grass filled paddocks. When I was young I lived on a farm and walked to school on roads just like this, including the odd windmill along the way. I was lucky enough to take this photo yesterday on a long road trip on an overcast and rainy day. (432)

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THOUSANDS OF FORMATIONS

Cervantes, Australia

Sunday 16 December 2012

The Pinnacles are formations contained within Nambung National Park in Western Australia. They are limestone in composition but their origin is still subject to speculation, with at least three proposed theories as to how they were formed. There are thousands of the formations in a relatively small area which have become a large tourist attraction for the region. (431)

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STATE ROOM

Edinburgh, Scotland

Saturday 15 December 2012

The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the world’s most famous ships. Launched at John Brown’s Shipyard in Clydebank in 1953, the Royal Yacht proudly served Queen and country for 44 years. During that time Britannia carried The Queen and the Royal Family on 968 official voyages. [The Royal Yacht Britannia website]

This is a photo of the State Room onboard the Britannia which was the scene of official dinners where the Queen hosted many world leaders. (430)

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BEAUTIFUL FISHING VILLAGE

Crail, Scotland

Thursday 13 December 2012

Continuing on from my theme yesterday, when I think of cold (which I have been doing a lot of over the past few days!), I thing of Scotland. So I have found another image from just north of Edinburgh in a beautiful fishing village called Crail.

Hope you like it and better still, let me know if you have been there and whether or not it is a beautiful as I think! (429)

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RURAL LANE

Cardrona, Scotland

Thursday 13 December 2012

We are having a bit of a heat wave here in southern Australia with temperatures in the high 30 degree C yesterday and today. So I thought I would find and process a photo from my last trip to Scotland to cool me down. This photo is of a small rural lane with snow on the hills and in the fields ... wouldn't it be nice! (428)

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BEAUTIFUL BOAT

Pittwater, Australia

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Pittwater is a body of water extending south from Broken Bay, New South Wales, Australia parallel to the coast. Pittwater contains a drowned river valley of 17.5 square kilometres. [Wikipedia]

The area contains a vibrant community, some of which is only accessible by boat, particularly around the Scotland Island area. If you like boats, than you will find almost every type of vessel, including this beautiful one that caught my eye. (427)

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PHOTOGENIC MEERKAT

Mogo, Australia

Tuesday 11 December 2012

The Mogo Zoo on New South Wales South Coast has a large range of exotic species including a Meerkat clan. This little fellow was very photogenic and allowed me to take his picture. (426)

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INTRICATE MURALS

Bairnsdale, Australia

Tuesday 11 December 2012

The elegant St Mary's Roman Catholic Church is one of the Bairnsdale's landmarks located on Main Street. It's European inspired designs and artwork are the creations of Italian painter Francesco Floriani who was commissioned to work on the church's interior during the Depression. Floriani's fascinating and intricate murals, stations of the cross and decorated ceilings and walls remain a major attraction to this day.' [www.gumsquare.com] (425)

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UNDULATING

Korumburra, Australia

Monday 10 December 2012

I love the word, undulating! But when does a landscape go from being undulating to hilly? I suppose the same can be said for hilly to mountainous, although I'm sure I have seen some hills that have been called mountains, Mount Elephant in Western Victoria, for example!

Anyway, I hope you like my undulating (almost hilly) photo today! (424)

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THE CHAIN TREE

Bellarine Peninsular, Australia

Sunday 9 December 2012

Another photo from the quirky gardens of Oakdean Winery. This one shows a tree full of chains, all in various stages of rust, some with rings of steel attached, others knotted together, but all very interesting and requiring the observer stop and look at what would otherwise be an uninteresting tree. (423)

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CAPTIVATED BOY

Melbourne, Australia

Sunday 9 December 2012

In the Bourke Street Mall yesterday and couldn't help noticing this little bloke dancing to the great music of these buskers. I asked the child's dad if I could take the photo, which is an important thing to do with children.

Wouldn't it be great to be child like again, not worrying about people watching you dancing or feeling embarrassed to show your emotions!

The buskers have a Facebook page if you want to hear what captivated this little boy: http://www.facebook.com/WoodlockMusic (422)

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BUCKLEY'S CHANCE

Geelong, Australia

Saturday 8 December 2012

This photo is of Buckley Falls, named after William Buckley. 'William Buckley (1776 – 30 January 1856) was an English convict who was transported to Australia, escaped, was given up for dead and lived in an Aboriginal community for many years. Buckley's improbable survival is believed by many Australians to be the source of the vernacular phrase 'you've got Buckley's or none' (or simply 'you've got Buckley's'), which means 'no chance', or 'it's as good as impossible'. [Wikipedia] (421)

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VICTORIAN COASTLINE

Aireys Inlet, Australia

Friday 7 December 2012

Most people seem to like my photographs with water and or sunsets. Well this one has the water … no sun to be seen (sorry). The incredible rock formations on this beach at low tide show just how rugged it was and why the stretch of Victorian coastline through to Warrnambool in the west is called the 'Shipwreck Coast'! (420)

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NORMAL GARDEN?

Wallington, Australia

Thursday 6 December 2012

The gardens at the Oakdene Winery are fantastic and full of very interesting things. The owners have an eye for the unusual, including the tasting room that is built on it's roof (I posted this photo a few weeks back).

This photo shows an old underground water tank with the rusting pump on top and an old roller (possibly horse drawn) rusting away with colourful flowers surrounding it. Add a collection of old kettles and bikes and everything looks normal!? (419)

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SEA STACKS

Bay of Martyrs, Australia

Wednesday 5 December 2012

The Bay of Martyrs is an open, 2.5 km long, south-west facing bay containing numerous reefs and sea stacks. The shoreline is composed predominantly of 10 m high, red limestone bluffs. Within the bay are several smaller bays and beaches, two of which are named Massacre Bay and Crofts Bay. [www.beachsafe.org.au]

When I visited this location early in the year, it was so windy that even with my camera on a tripod, it was hard to get a sharp shot. But it is truly a wonderful spot on Victoria's coastline! (418)

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HUGE!

North Shore, Australia

Tuesday 4 December 2012

The Blue Marlin was in Geelong recently preparing to offload a ship that was on the back. The cargo was a half completed naval ship that the Blue Marlin carried halfway around the world. I'm not sure that this photo shows the scale of the ship, but it is huge! (417)

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THE RED COATS

Ballarat, Australia

Monday 3 December 2012

One of the most iconic images of Sovereign Hill is that of the marching redcoats. Daily they draw large crowds to their marching and firing demonstration.

These British Soldiers were members of the 40th Regiment of Foot. The Australian colonial authorities no doubt valued their presence in the rather chaotic and turbulent years at the beginning of the gold rush, when the population was rising at a staggering rate and the police force was outnumbered and ill-equipped. Then, when the civil unrest surrounding the events at Eureka began to unfold, the presence and power of the Regiment grew. Their expertise and experience during the Battle was no doubt a key factor in the Government’s victory. [www.sovereignhilleducation.wordpress.com] (416)

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FORT QUEENSCLIFF

Queenscliff, Australia

Sunday 2 December 2012

Fort Queenscliff dates from 1860 and underwent major redevelopment in the 1870s and 1880s to become the headquarters of an extensive chain of forts around Port Phillip Heads. Fort Queenscliff has been classified by the National Trust and entered in the Register of the National Estate. [Wikipedia] (415)

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LITTLE BAND ROTUNDA

Beaufort, Australia

Sunday 2 December 2012

The little band rotunda in Beaufort is the central focus of the township, set in a small three sided park adjoining the main street. It was built in 1903 as a memorial to Queen Victoria and restored in 1993. I particularly like the four-faced clock at the top and the iron-lace decorations. (414)

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TIME WARP

Hobart, Australia

Saturday 1 December 2012

The replica of Captain Cook's famous ship, 'HMB Endeavour' was in Hobart early this year. This early morning photo shows it sitting majestically at dock, almost as if in a time warp with the modern buildings nearby. I love the way the rigging is lit up by the security lights and the reflections in the almost still water. (413)

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