THE DOMED READING ROOM

Melbourne, Australia

Friday 30 November 2012

The domed reading room at the State Library of Victoria was opened in 1913. 'Its octagonal space was designed to hold over a million books and up to 500 readers. It is 34.75 m in both diameter and height, and its oculus is nearly 5 m wide. The dome was the largest of its type in the world on completion.' [Wikipedia]. (412)

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STORM CLOUDS

Geelong, Australia

Thursday 29 November 2012

The Western Beach side of the Geelong Waterfront is the least photographed but it still has a beauty of it's own. There is a lovely walking path out past the Poppykettle gardens, the boat sheds and moored yachts and onto Rippleside park. The reward for making the trek is to be able to look back and see the whole bay and the city skyline! (411)

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ST ANDREW'S TOWER

Peebles, Scotland

Thursday 29 November 2012

This was originally the tower of St Andrew's Parish Church, which was consecrated by Bishop Jocelin of Glasgow in 1195. The church he consecrated probably stood on the site of an earlier church, or more likely a series of earlier churches, dedicated to St Mungo, which stretched back over five centuries to the establishment of Christianity in Peebles in the 600's. In 1548, during Henry VIII of England's Rough Wooing of Mary, Queen of Scots, an English army largely destroyed Peebles. St Andrew's was burned down and never rebuilt.' [undiscoveredscotland.co.uk] (410)

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THE BOILER HOUSE

Ballarat, Australia

Wednesday 28 November 2012

In the mid 1800's many of the larger mining companies could afford to extract quartz from underground using the best of equipment available at that time. Most of the hard work was done by steam which relied on a large boiler house with tanks of water, large supplies of wood and a keen boiler operator (see my photo 353 on 10th October). (409)

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MARKET TOWN

Peebles, Scotland

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Initially a market town, Peebles played a role in the woollen industry of the Scottish Borders up until the 1960s. The industrial composition of Peebles has changed; the town is now home to many people who commute to work in Edinburgh as well as being a popular tourist destination, especially in the summer. The oldest building in Peebles is the tower of St Andrew's Church. The church was founded in 1195. It was destroyed (along with many other Borders abbeys and priories) by the soldiers of Henry VIII. [Wikipedia] (408)

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RED ROCK

Alvie, Australia

Tuesday 27 November 2012

The Red Rock Volcanic Complex was the site of many violent volcanic eruptions which resulted in the craters and lakes found in the area. Around 40 ‘eruption centres’ have been identified in a small area adjacent to the township of Alvie. [www.otway.biz/redrock.html]

This is a beautiful area with so many craters to be seen, although the weather wasn't so kind when I visited and resulted in a less than bright image. (407)

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GONE SURFIN'

Fairhaven, Australia

Tuesday 27 November 2012

The surf along 'The Great Ocean Road', just south of where I live is some of the best with iconic names like Bells Beach & the Rip Curl company emanating from this region. The scenery along this famous shoreline isn't bad either and makes for a great backdrop to many of my photographs. Hope you enjoy this one! (406)

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BLUE SHED

Swan River, Australia

Monday 26 November 2012

Another shot of the 'Little Blue Boat Shed' on the Swan River. It really is photogenic and a lovely sunrise just tops it off! (405)

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RESTORED BEAUTY

Geelong, Australia

Monday 26 November 2012

If you have been following my photo adventure over the past year or more, you would have seen many images of the outside of the carousal at Geelong's waterfront. This is the inside of the building showing the fully restored horses and the beautiful paintings in the centre. (404)

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HUMAN ACTIVITY

Lancelin, Australia

Sunday 25 November 2012

You might have noticed my photo a few days ago called 'No Human Activity' showcasing the lovely Lancelin Sand Dunes. Well, this photo shows some of the hazards I was trying to avoid while taking the original shot. In fact, I was surrounded by at least four 4x4's and a number of off-road motor bikes. It felt like I was in a cowboy and indian movie, with all of these noisy machines surrounding my 'wagon train'. I got out of the firing line as quickly as I could, but not before capturing this buggy in full flight. (403)

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WINE BARRELS

Modewarre, Australia

Sunday 25 November 2012

A recent visit to Brown Magpie Wines http://www.brownmagpiewines.com as part of a wine weekend in the Geelong Region revealed these wine barrels temporarily stacked between the rows of vines, so as to allow room for wine lovers to have tastings inside. (402)

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THE PINNACLES

Cervantes, Australia

Saturday 24 November 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. (401)

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NO HUMAN ACTIVITY

Lancelin, Australia

Friday 23 November 2012

The Lancelin Sand Dunes are a magnet for off road 4x4's and motor bikes as well as sand board enthusiasts. In fact there was so much activity on the day I visited, it was almost impossible to take a photo without any human activity, or being run over! I managed to take this photo showing the wind blowing sand off the top of a sand ridge.

You might have noticed the numbers below. This is the 400th photo in my quest to post 500 photos in 500 days, only 100 to go! (400)

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THE BLUE BOATSHED

Perth, Australia

Thursday 22 November 2012

The little blue boatshed on the Swan River is a photographic icon (try Googling it!). My daughter & I took a very early drive especially to photograph it on the weekend and we were rewarded with this beautiful sunrise. (399)

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OLD HOME

Ballarat, Australia

Wednesday 21 November 2012

This old house in Ballarat is typical of early Australian homes, with a verandah around all four sides to keep the hot summer sun off the windows and walls. Gardens are also a prominent feature of Australian homes, although not always as formal as this one. Add a large Gum tree to complete a very Australian scene! (398)

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GREEN BACKGROUND

Lorne, Australia

Tuesday 20 November 2012

This is another photograph of the lovely falls on the Erskine River. Set amongst the Australian bush it provides a great contrast to the predominantly green background of tree ferns and eucalyptus trees. (397)

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THE BLACKSMITH SHOP

Sovereign Hill, Australia

Monday 19 November 2012

A blacksmith is a person who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal; that is, by using tools to hammer, bend, and cut (compare to whitesmith). Blacksmiths produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils, and weapons.' [Wikipedia]

This blacksmith shop is a static display at Sovereign Hill but gives an indication of the hard work that the 'Smithy' did to make tools for the goldfields in the mid 1800's. (396)

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LATE AFTERNOON GLOW

Melbourne, Australia

Sunday 18 November 2012

'Princes Bridge, originally Prince's Bridge, is an important bridge in central Melbourne, Australia that spans the Yarra River. It is built on the site of one of the oldest river crossings in Australia. The bridge connects Swanston Street on the north bank of the Yarra River to St Kilda Road on the south bank, and carries road, tram and pedestrian traffic. The present bridge was built in 1888 and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
,/br> Because of its position, Princes Bridge is often a focal point for celebratory events in Melbourne such as the Moomba Festival, New Years Eve and many celebrations taking place on the Yarra River where it flows through the city.' [Wikipedia]
,/br> This photo was taken late afternoon and I like it because of the way the sun is lighting up the underside of the bridge and the westerly facing facades of the buildings. (395)

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TOO MUCH?

Point Lonsdale, Australia

Saturday 17 November 2012

I really don't know what to say about this photo. It consists of ragged rocks, smooth beach sand, rock pools, surf, clouds and a colourful sunrise … a bit of everything but perhaps too much? (394)

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THE GOLD MINE

Ballarat, Australia

Thursday 15 November 2012

Ballarat owes it's existence to the discovery of gold in the mid 1800's. This photo is of an underground mining operation, which by today's standard is a bit primitive, but shows a lot of ingenuity on the behalf of the operators, considering the limited resources they would have had at that time. (393)

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OUTDOOR EATING

Geelong, Australia

Wednesday 14 November 2012

As the days lengthen and the temperature increases (Southern Hemisphere) people begin to take advantage of the various outdoor eating experiences available along the Geelong Waterfront. (392)

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PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST

Sovereign Hill, Australia

Tuesday 13 November 2012

I love the term 'Photographic Artist', it implies that the photographer isn't just a point and shoot person, but one who creates an image that is unique.

This lovely old horse drawn buggy at Sovereign Hill is an indication of what a travelling photographer in the late 1800's would have used as he moved from town to town when the art of photography was still out of reach for most people. (391)

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YOUR OPINION ... PLEASE?

Zenith Beach, Australia

Monday 12 November 2012

My initial reaction to processing photos is to under-saturate the image so that it looks natural. However, this image seemed to come alive when a made it more vibrant, so I would like to ask you … have I over done it? I love looking at the 'greats' of the photography world who are bold & more edgy with their work and wish I could be like them, but I'm never confident enough. I would really value your opinion please, too vivid or not? (390)

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ENOUGH PERSONAL SPACE?

Geelong, Australia

Monday 12 November 2012

The swimming enclosure at Geelong's Easter Beach was built in 1939 and covers an area of 3.5 hectares and at the time could accommodate 10,000 bathers [Wikipedia]. I don't think I would like to be in there with 9,999 other bathers today … I need a lot of personal space!! (389)

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SOFT WATER

Shoal Bay, Australia

Sunday 11 November 2012

I love the softness water gets when, because of low light, I select a slow shutter speed for my camera. This photo is such an example with the waves rolling in past the Shoal Bay jetty as the sun slowly rises. It was still dark enough for there to be lights on at the houses further around the bay while a handful of boats wait patiently for the day to begin. (388)

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LAZY SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Torquay, Australia

Saturday 10 November 2012

I was searching through my portfolio of work looking for something suitable for a lazy Saturday afternoon and came across this photo. What could be more appropriate than having a stroll along the beach, small waves tumbling in, some rocks to make the scene a bit more interesting and an unusual cloud formation to gaze at.

Hope you have a great weekend! (387)

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QUIRKY CELLAR DOOR

Bellarine Peninsular, Australia

Friday 9 November 2012

At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking this house has suffered from the ravages of hurricane Sandy, or perhaps fallen off the back of a house-removal truck! In fact it is the cellar door for Oakdene Winery on the Bellarine Peninsular, possibly the only wine tasting building in the world that sits on it's roof. There is also a lot of quirky art in the gardens and around the buildings, some of which I might post in the coming weeks.

The wines here are fantastic and the restaurant is superb, and I'm saying this without any payment or endorsement from the owners! (386)

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HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE

Wallington, Australia

Thursday 8 November 2012

Australia is very fortunate to produce fantastic wines and in my region there are dozens of wineries, most with cellar doors providing wine lovers with the chance to partake in tastings.

These vines caught my eye because they were head and shoulders above their neighbours and taking full advantage of the springtime sun. (385)

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FAVOURITE WATERFALL

Lorne, Australia

Wednesday 7 November 2012

This is the Erskine Falls, not overly large as waterfalls go, but located in a very pretty section of the Great Otway National Park. The walk down to the falls is reasonably easy, but coming back out was not so good for an unfit person like me!

Do you have a favourite waterfall that you like to photograph and whereabouts is it? (384)

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MOERAKI BOULDERS

Moeraki, New Zealand

Tuesday 6 November 2012

On Koekohe Beach you can find more than 50 large spherical stones called the Moeraki Boulders with the biggest one weighing 7 tons and measures 3 metres wide. It is very odd to see these boulders on the beach, and even harder to photograph them without capturing a tourist or two in the process. (383)

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CONSPIRACY THEORY

Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday 6 November 2012

During the summer, this part of Melbourne's South Bank is a water feature, with jets of water spraying from the small holes in various sequences and heights to amuse the passing tourists. It is also a favourite of young children on hot days, who try to dash from one side to the other while trying to avoid being hit by a rush of water, most times unsuccessfully!

The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that there are two operators of the water jets watching on CCTV and seeing how many kids they can each drench with water, and giving each other a 'high five' each time they are successful ... but then perhaps I over think things a bit? (382)

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TIME TRAVEL

Ballarat, Australia

Monday 5 November 2012

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to go back 160 years and see how the conditions were like in a fast growing gold mining town. New buildings being constructed to allow commerce to meet the demands of individual miners, companies with money building gold extraction equipment with huge steam engines and all this before electricity, telephone and the other luxuries that we take for granted today. Sovereign Hill in Ballarat provides a small glimpse of the hardship that would have been experienced in the 1850's and is well worth the visit if you are interested in time travel. (381)

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WORST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

Adelaide, Australia

Sunday 4 November 2012

Just a quick photo to finish off the weekend. Adelaide's worst vegetarian restaurant! I couldn't believe the sign, why would a publican put such a sign on the front of his own hotel? Then I read the small print and noticed that they were in fact known for their steaks! Australian humour!! (380)

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SERENE SUNDAY

Corio Bay, Australia

Sunday 4 November 2012

Normally my photographs are busy and have a lot to look at, so today I thought I'd post a more tranquil scene showing a channel marker and a seagull and not much else. The scene initially caught my eye because of the lovely cloud formation. I hope you have a quiet and restful Sunday and recharge your batteries for the week ahead! (379)

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ROTUNDA BEAUTY

Adelaide, Australia

Saturday 3 November 2012

The Rotunda in elder Park was given to the people of Adelaide by Thomas Elder and officially opened on 28 November 1882. It was fabricated by MacFarlane’s Saracen Foundry in Glasgow and shipped from London on 14 February. [www.sahistorians.org.au] I particularly like the fact that this rotunda has been lit to showcase it's beauty! (378)

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ANOTHER DAY OVER

Point Henry, Australia

Friday 2 November 2012

What is it about sunrises and sunsets. Everyone seems to like them, either in person or in photos. Perhaps it is the hope of the day ahead or the relief that the day is over … either way, here is another sunset. Hope you enjoy it, and have a great weekend! (377)

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LAND-LOCKED RIVER

Horsham, Australia

Friday 2 November 2012

The Wimmera River is the longest 'land-locked' river in Victoria … and I didn't know it. In the back of my mind I thought that all rivers somehow ended up in the sea. Being born only a 'stones throw' away from the river I did know that it played a major part in the life of the Wimmera and that from time to time it flooded parts of Horsham. Anyway, here is an early morning shot of the river with mist rising from the from the still surface and the reflection of Gum Trees from the opposite bank. (376)

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LEST WE FORGET

Perth, Australia

Friday 2 November 2012

In Australia, as I'm sure it is in most other parts of the world, we have memorials to fallen soldiers from various overseas conflicts, particularly the first and second world wars, but also the Koran and Vietnam wars. Each memorial is different and reflects the communities who built them and the local materials used. This memorial is in Perth's Kings Park and overlooks the river below and was built in 1929 with modifications to the precinct made in 1955 and 2000. Lest we forget. (375)

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WANNON FALLS

Wannon, Australia

Thursday 1 November 2012

As a child I grew up close by the Wannon Falls. It looked a lot different in those days with erosion eating away the edge of the rocks and many cave-ins resulted in the face of the falls moving further upstream. In 'my day' you could also walk down to the bottom and even walk behind the falling water. Sadly, or perhaps wisely the authorities have blocked the entrance to the path down to the bottom and a viewing platform has been erected to keep everyone safe. On the day I visited recently there was a reasonable flow of water, but when the river is full, the water covers the whole face of the falls. (374)

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