PATIENTLY WAITING FOR PASSENGERS

Ballarat, Australia

Wednesday 31 October 2012

This is another photo from my 'Sovereign Hill Series', showing the Ballarat to Geelong coach waiting to pick up tourists for a ride around the tourist park. I admired the patience of the horses who just stood there waiting for the coach driver to encourage them to do another round of the park. I have lots more photos from this visit which will be progressively shown over the next month or so. As you can see the clouds were fantastic (from a photographers point of view) so you can see why I'm a little excited by this series! :-) (373)

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THREE RIVERS FOUNTAIN

Adelaide, Australia

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Victoria Square is a beautiful public area in the middle of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Named after Queen Victoria (she was actually Princess Victoria at the time) with her statue now overlooking the square. This fountain was added in 1968 and represents the three rivers that providing water to the city and was designed by Adelaide artist, John Dowie. (372)

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HAPPY SCENE

Harrow, Australia

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Driving through the Victorian countryside on my trip back from Adelaide, I encountered many paddocks of canola crops with their distinctive yellow flowers, and yet other grazing paddocks full of capeweed flowers, also a mass of yellow. These contrasted well with the lush green grass and the beautiful blue sky of early spring. My only problem with this photo is the lack of clouds that I love to have to make a moody scene ... guess we will just have to settle for a happy scene today!! :-) (371)

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PIGGYBACK

North Shore, Victoria, Australia

Monday 29 October 2012

You might have heard about the 80,000 tonne 'Blue Marlin' ship that entered Port Philip last week carrying another ship on it's back! The plan is to partly sink the Blue Marlin and float the other ship off. It visited the North Shore docks to remove the sea fastenings that have held it's cargo on the trip from Spain to Australia. From this picture it is hard to see just how large the two ships are, but they certainly dwarfed the other ships at dock! See http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2012/10/16/353131_news.html for more information. (370)

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VICTORIAN ROTUNDA

Adelaide, Australia

Sunday 28 October 2012

The Victorian rotunda in Elder park stands out against the modern buildings of Adelaide's skyline. It is also a colourful contrast to the dark trees as the morning light begins to rise over South Australia's capital city. I think it is these type of contrasts that make photography interesting, and I hope you find that this one works in that regard? (369)

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STREET ART & FASHION

Melbourne, Australia

Sunday 28 October 2012

Melbourne laneways have become an attraction for food and wine lovers, not to mention shoppers in general! Stencil art, graffiti and posters seem to coexist with fashion and coffee and there are those who sit and watch while others appear to be busy. You have to love Melbourne!

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STIPPLED LIGHT

Hamilton, Victoria, Australia

Friday 26 October 2012

The Botanical Gardens in Hamilton are beautiful! The first plantings took place in 1870 and the gardens were developed to a plan by William Guilfoyle. The gardens have been included on the Victorian Heritage Register and are one of the State's most intact examples of a 19th century regional botanic garden. (More information at hamiltonvictoria.com.au). The stippled light from the trees on a bright afternoon were a bit of a challenge with this photo, so I hope you get a bit of a feel of how grand these gardens are! (368)

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NOT MUCH OF A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!

Hamilton, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 25 October 2012

I was very fortunate to be the photographers assistant at the wedding of Sarah and Tom this past weekend. The photographer was Emma Dunbar, from www.emmakatephotography.com and I learned a lot, particularly that I don't think I would stand a chance in the wedding photography game! I did however take this photo from 'behind the scene' because I loved the floating lily pads with reflections of the clouds in the water. The photo would have failed as a wedding shot because you can hardly see the bride and groom, so it was just as well that Sarah & Tom didn't engage me as their photographer!! (367)

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STATE LIBRARY

Adelaide, Australia

Wednesday 24 October 2012

The State Library in Adelaide has an older section called the Mortlock Wing which was opened in 1884. I love the dark look and feel of this room with it's beautiful timber and decorative iron, along with the round lights and very old books. It was quiet, as you would expect with only a few students working in the alcoves between the bookshelves. (366)

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LONG JOURNEY!

Geelong, Australia

Thursday 11 October 2012

Well, today marks the end of a long journey for me, posting a photo every day for a year. I didn't manage a photo every single day, but I came very close and today's photo is 365. I know the purists out there will say that this year is a leap year and I should be up to 366 before I brag about my achievements ... I don't care, 365 is the traditional mark!

Today's photo is of my home town, down at the waterfront with what looked like a retired Sydney ferry tied up at the quay, it would have been a long journey from Sydney to Geelong.

I hope you have liked some of my photos over the year, I'm certainly not retiring from posting photos, but the pressure to put one up every day is now much less. Thanks for coming along on my journey - Lynden. (365/365)

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THE OLD CODGERS

Ballarat, Australia

Wednesday 10 October 2012

These 'old codgers' were singing humorous Irish drinking songs with completely dead pan faces, particularly the middle one who's expression remained unaltered for the entire performance. The audience were all laughing at the lyrics to the song, and the way in which it was delivered! (364/365)

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PRETTY AKAROALE

Akaroa, New Zealand

Wednesday 10 October 2012

This photo is another from my Akaroa series showing the short lighthouse in the background and the small yachts all lined up as the tide goes out. I hope you get a chance to visit Akaroa, if you haven't already, it is a very pretty part of New Zealand. (363/365)

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HUMAN EXISTENCE

Borders District, Scotland

Tuesday 9 October 2012

I was quite surprised to see most of the hills in Scotland without trees. I don't know if this is because of the impact that snow has on the landscape, perhaps it is too rocky or whether over the centuries, humans have cut them all down for firewood? Perhaps some of my Scottish friends could help me out. It certainly looks great when snow covered though, with only stone fence lines and the occasional road giving a hint that there must be human existence close by. (362/365)

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POSING FOR THE CAMERA

Hobart, Australia

Tuesday 9 October 2012

These bronze sculptures depict the 1898-1900 Antarctic Expedition and in particular commemorate the life of scientist, photographer and writer Louis Charles Bernacchi (1876-1942). The background of my photo is the well known Constitution Dock and harbour area of Hobart. (361/365)

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CAN'T HELP MYSELF!

Ceres, Australia

Monday 8 October 2012

The unusual lines created by a farmer ploughing his paddock caught my eye recently so I took a photo of it … couldn't help myself! (360/365)

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SOUTHBANK SKYLINE

Melbourne, Australia

Monday 8 October 2012

When I was a child, Southbank in Melbourne was pretty much an abandoned port area and very unattractive. Today it has been transformed into a vibrant part of the city, with dozens of cafes and restaurants, hotels and the casino. It even boasts one of the southern hemisphere's highest residential towers. (359/365)

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COME VISIT US!

Geelong, Australia

Monday 8 October 2012

I'm very proud of my home city, and never more so than at night. The lighting on the waterfront and along Moorabool Street (the main street) is spectacular and creates a whole new feel for the city. Come and visit us and see for yourself! (358/365)

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BEAUTY BY NIGHT

Queenstown, New Zealand

Sunday 7 October 2012

Queenstown is one of the prettiest towns in New Zealand's South Island, with a beautiful lake and surrounded by mountains. Even at night it is very attractive, and although this photo is a bit dark, you get the idea of it's beauty! (357/365)

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THE FIRE BRIGADE

Ballarat, Australia

Sunday 7 October 2012

It was interesting to see the old fire station at Sovereign Hill at the top of the main street. I guess it made sense because the hose reel was probably pulled by the firemen themselves and being able to travel down the hill had an advantage. (356/365)

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ALMOST A SUMMERS DAY?

Peebles, Scotland

Saturday 6 October 2012

The Tweed River flows through the middle of Peebles. When I last visited it was at the end of winter and there was still snow on the ground and on the banks of the river. Most of the trees were still without leaves and it was cold. But looking at this image, you would think it was a summers day, well almost! :-) (355/365)

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TOO PERFECT!

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Saturday 6 October 2012

When I visited Lake Wanaka, I was totally disappointed … the day was too perfect and there wasn't a cloud in the sky!!! Clouds aside, it was actually a beautiful town and lake surrounded with rugged mountains, and the drive from here to Queenstown was spectacular. (354/365)

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THE BOILER OPERATOR

Location

Friday 5 October 2012

In the 1800's and first half of the 1900's the 'high tech' job in any factory was that of the boiler operator. It was his responsibility to ensure that there was sufficient steam to operate all of the machinery and to guarantee the safe & efficient operation of the state of the art equipment. This man was very generous with his time when I visited and explained how everything worked and what could go wrong if he wasn't vigilant! (353/365)

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SHIP SAFETY

Point Lonsdale, Australia

Friday 5 October 2012

The Point Lonsdale lighthouse guides ships through one of the most dangerous port entrances in the world. The 'Rip' has a shipping channel that is very narrow and fast flowing and local shipping Pilots need to board before going through to ensure ship safety. (352/365)

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MAKESHIFT DWELLINGS

Sovereign Hill, Australia

Friday 5 October 2012

It is hard to imagine the conditions on the Australian gold fields in the 1850, although a visit to Sovereign Hill gives a small glimpse. Living in makeshift dwellings with very little protection against the elements would have been very tough for the miners and, in many cases, their families. (351/365)

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SEACHANGE

Barwon Heads, Australia

Thursday 4 October 2012

Where the Barwon River meets the sea is a lovely café and restaurant that has been featured in and Australian TV series, 'SeaChange'. It provides the backdrop for today's photo with it's white lights reflecting in the river. (350/365)

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TREE TOP BRIDGE

Perth, Australia

Thursday 4 October 2012

In the beautiful Kings Gardens there is a walking trail that has this unusual bridge, taking the walker up into the trees as it crosses an undulating section of the terrain. The bridge is made of steel and glass and provides a view back across the city and along the Swan River. (349/365)

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FERRIS WHEEL

Geelong, Australia

Thursday 4 October 2012

Every summer, the owners of this Ferris Wheel bring their wheel to Geelong and it becomes an attraction at the Eastern Beach, and because of its size, a feature of the skyline for most photos of the waterfront. (348/365)

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ERODING SHORELINE

Warrnambool, Australia

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Along the great ocean road, there are many areas that have columns and islands created by the relentless waves eroding the shoreline. This photo shows some of this erosion during heavy seas and wild winds that battered the cost just east of Warrnambool. (347/365)

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EXTREME CONTRASTS

Lindis Pass, New Zealand

Wednesday 3 October 2012

The South Island of New Zealand has extreme contrasts, from huge snow covered mountains to these barren hills which almost look like a desert-scape, and that was all within a one hour drive! It is certainly a photographers paradise. (346/365)

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TWEED BRIDGE

Peebles, Scotland

Wednesday 3 October 2012

This is another photo of the stone bridge over the Tweed River in Peebles. 'The original bridge structure dates from the 15th century, succeeding many wooden structures before it. Rebuilt in 1663 using stone from the ruined St Andrew's Church, it had additional arches added in 1799.' [Wikipedia] (345/365)

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COMPLICATED LANE

Ballarat, Australia

Wednesday 3 October 2012

This laneway at Sovereign Hill caught my eye because of the different textures, the old brick wall, painted & unpainted boards, gravel paving, soft clouds and the fact that the whole scene draws your eye to the shop at the end with only half of the sign visible, so you are left guessing what it is. I think I might have over complicated the reason why this photo works! (344/365)

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PATCHY HEDGEROWS

Peebles, Scotland

Tuesday 2 October 2012

The Scottish lanes are (as are the UK ones) wonderful, usually very narrow, often with hedgerows and sometimes lined by trees. The hedgerows are neatly trimmed and during the winter months seem a bit patchy, with some sections just twigs, and others with brown leaves. I must go back in the spring to see what they look like then!! (343/365)

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UPSIDE DOWN RIVER

Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday 2 October 2012

The Yarra River has changed dramatically over the past few decades. The western end now boasts both a very large convention centre and an exhibition centre. The one thing that hasn't changed though is the colour of the water … as all Melbournians can attest, the river still flows upside down! (342/365)

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WHEELWRIGHT

Ballarat, Australia

Monday 1 October 2012

The Sovereign Hill tourist park has a wheelwright that maintains their fleet of horse drawn vehicles. It is great to see this old craft and the equipment that was from a past era still being used on a daily basis, and providing the younger generation with an insight into how to change a tyre in the 'olden days'. (341/365)

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SUNLIT LAMPS

Peebles, Scotland

Monday 1 October 2012

I love this stone bridge across the Tweed River in Scotland. The sun on the afternoon of this photo caught the lamps on the bridge with a group of older citizens beginning to cross. (340/365)

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THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS

Beaufort, Australia

Monday 1 October 2012

The CFA (Country Fire Authority) has small fire stations all over the rural areas of Victoria and similar organisations operate in the rest of Australia. These buildings often only house one truck and are run by volunteer men and women who are a credit to their towns and districts, and because of their selfless bravery on hot and windy bushfire days, many lives and countless properties are saved every summer! This little fire station in Beaufort is very different to the normal CFA shed and was worthy of a photo when I visited recently. (339/365)

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