STAINLESS STEEL SUNRISE

Hopkins River, Australia

Tuesday 30 April 2013

I love the way the sun shines on the stainless steel railing of this photograph! The rail creates light lines that point towards the beautiful Hopkins River as the morning sun rises above the bank. (576)

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RESCUE BOAT SHED

Queenscliff, Australia

Monday 29 April 2013

The old rescue boat shed at Queenscliff is an unusual shape, but very practical for launching a boat quickly in the event of a tragic accident at sea. I have seen similar shaped sheds in England also, but do other countries have the same buildings in their maritime history? (575)

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ONE FOR THE BUCKET LIST

Warrnambool, Australia

Sunday 28 April 2013

I had the most amazing comment left on one of my photos today from a lady in New England, USA. She said 'I like all your work. I appreciate the descriptions also. I've never travelled and at 84 I've pretty much given up my 'bucket list'. It's OK, because we widows have you to enjoy!' It made me feel all warm and fuzzy!

So for my new friend, here is another image taken yesterday when I was in Warrnambool. They have two rivers at either side of their city and this is the Hopkins River and the iconic Boathouse. I couldn't get the boats to keep still, so they are a bit blurry, but perhaps this gives an indication of movement for the viewer? (574)

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THE ANCHOR

Williamstown, Australia

Friday 26 April 2013

Williamstown is known for it's maritime and ship building history. In fact, if you look at the background of this photo you can see a naval ship on the dock being built for the Australian Navy.

While this photo isn't all that great, the clouds on this particular morning were spectacular! (573)

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ON TOP OF THE WORLD

London, England

Thursday 25 April 2013

This is an image from my recent trip to London. On top of the London Eye provides a panoramic view of the city and even thought I'm not good with heights, I wasn't worried about the ride until I saw the neighbouring gondola hovering above 'Big Ben' and realised how vulnerable they looked. This is a must do attraction for anyone visiting London! (572)

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ROCKY OUTCROP

Anglesea, Australia

Wednesday 24 April 2013

This rocky outcrop is at the end of Point Roadknight. The rocks are very pointy and rugged, not what you think of with stone that is in contact with the sea. Perhaps it is the type of stone? (571)

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ARE YOU A MORNING OR EVENING PHOTOGRAPHER?

Portarlington, Australia

Tuesday 23 April 2013

My favourite time of the day to take photos is the morning. I like the freshness of the air, the usual stillness and the quiet. I know that other photographers prefer capturing images in the evening, so let us know what time of day you are at your best. (570)

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THE BLUFF

Barwon Heads, Australia

Sunday 21 April 2013

These incredible rocks show the ravages of waves upon them over many years. You can see almost perfectly round holes and other shapes caused by constant sea action.

At the end of this beach is The Bluff which marks the mouth of the Barwon River. (569)

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THE COACH IS HERE!

Ballarat, Australia

Saturday 20 April 2013

The Sovereign Hill historic park boast many working exhibits, including this stage coach that takes tourists for rides around the site. It is a hit with the younger ones who can get a better understanding of a life that was a little slower in pace than today. (568)

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VOLCANO?

Point Roadknight, Australia

Friday 19 April 2013

You might be forgiven for thinking this is a volcano photo. In fact it is the sun rising above a rocky outcrop on the Point Roadknight beach early one morning.

I am very lucky to be living in a very interesting part of the country where I can see pristine white beaches, right through to spectacular rocky cliffs and protrusions all within an hours drive. (567)

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FEDERATION SQUARE

Melbourne, Australia

Wednesday 17 April 2013

This is another image I shot just prior to Trey Ratcliff's Melbourne Photowalk. The CBD side of the Yarra River has come alive in recent years as a result of the development of Federation Square. Dozens of cafes and bars attract residents and city workers and add to the life of a vibrant city. (566)

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ATTRACTED BY THE SEA

13th Beach, Australia

Tuesday 16 April 2013

What is the attraction with the sea? It seems to be a natural attraction for people, both active people surfing, swimming and even kite surfing and more passive activities like beach walkers with dogs.

I saw all of these people while on this photo shoot and I guess you could add photographers to the list of activities that are attracted by the sea! (565)

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NO GHOSTS!

Melbourne, Australia

Monday 15 April 2013

Melbourne is a beautiful city, particularly at night. I took this image on the night of Trey Ratcliff's Photowalk, and because of the huge numbers of fellow photographers, I had to do a bit of Photoshopping to remove the odd ghostly image. (564)

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NOT HIGH & DRY!

Barwon Heads, Australia

Sunday 14 April 2013

This image, taken tonight is dedicated to Tim Butler … I can see him laughing now! Yes, I got wet, right up to my knees. My first though was to scamper to higher ground, but the ferocity of the waves would have meant my camera atop of the tripod would have most certainly been toppled and destroyed. So I stood my ground.

Earlier I did all of the right things, worked out when the golden hour was (see www.golden-hour.com) and before getting in the car I double checked the tide times and confirmed that the tide had peaked 2 hours earlier and was falling to well after dark. When I arrived the sea was very angry so I kept watching the waves and was confident that the next of the bigger ones would be further out, as you would imagine with a falling tide! Perched on a low rock I thought I was 'high and dry' but my theory wasn't very sound as this picture proves! (563)

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THE BEAST

Hobart, Australia

Sunday 14 April 2013

This restored 19th Century waterfront crane is a static display at Hobart's Constitution Dock. It would have once been state of the art industrial machinery, but now looks a bit primitive, and for those of you who love old mechanical devises, this old beast is for you. (562)

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SCAMPERING TO SAFETY

Anglesea, Australia

Friday 12 April 2013

Walking across the rock pools at Point Roadknight was an interesting experience. Watching out for deeper than expected pools was the main concern, but the feeling underfoot was amazing as there were small water filled plants that exploded with the weight of my feet.

Another concern was the increasing tide that threatened to send large waves across the rock ledge, so I quickly took this photo and scampered off to safety. Some of us photographers aren't all that brave, but I think a pair of fishing waders might be a good idea to keep with my kit. (561)

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LAKE OR LOCH?

Port of Menteith, Scotland

Thursday 11 April 2013

Sometimes I get lucky with reflections in water, like this photo I took of Lake Menteith.

'Until the early 19th century, the more usual Scottish name of Loch of Menteith was used. The Lake of Menteith is often thought of as the only body of water in Scotland that is referred to as a lake. This unusual name is believed to be due to a corruption by 16th C. Dutch cartographers of the Lowland Scots Laich o Menteith, where 'laich' simply means 'low place'.' [Wikipedia] (560)

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VISIT THE TOWER

London, England

Thursday 11 April 2013

This is a bit different for me, a view of the Tower of London through the side of the Tower Bridge. You can see tourists going in and out of the Tower and in the background the top of 'the Gherkin' shows the modern side of the city.

I didn't go into the Tower of London this visit, but it was a wonderful experience the last time I was in London. (559)

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A LITTLE BIT OF ORANGE

Point Roadknight, Australia

Wednesday 10 April 2013

I walked out to the end of Point Roadknight yesterday morning hoping for a great sunrise. It wasn't the best I've seen, but there was a little bit of orange on the horizon which was hidden in the rest of the sky by a thick cloud cover.

This area of the coast line has very unique rocks that provided a great backdrop to my sunrise photo The wave at the bottom of the photo almost got me as I left the tripod and camera and scrambled up the beach. Never sure if I should leave my equipment in the water for fear of it being washed over, but all went well this time! (558)

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THE WALKING BRIDGE

London, England

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Back to London with today's photo. The Millennium Bridge is a striking modern bridge that crosses the Thames River. I walked across the bridge in my daylong trek along both banks of the river and this image of the bridge is looking back towards St. Pauls. (557)

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DRIFTWOOD

George River, Australia

Monday 8 April 2013

At the mouth of the George River the tides have washed up a lot of bits and pieces, including this driftwood. (556)

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THE METHODIST CHAPEL

James Junction, England

Sunday 7 April 2013

This is the James Junction Methodist Chapel which overlooks the Garsdale Head railway viaduct. The chapel is very small and is surrounded by farmland. I'm not sure if it is still used, but it reminds me of the small Methodist church I went to as a child. (555)

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CASTLERIGG STONE CIRCLE

Keswick, England

Friday 6 April 2013

The Castlerigg stone circle is just outside Keswick in the Lakes District of England. It sits in a stone walled field and consists of 40 stones that have been there for more that 2,000 years. (554)

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LAKE VIEWS

Melbourne, Australia

Friday 5 April 2013

This is another image from the beautiful gardens at Rippon Lea. The lake is set in the bottom corner of the property with a walking track around it's perimeter. A bridge crosses onto a small island and there is a hill at the bottom with a lookout tower ... something that all children (including this older one) would enjoy. And there are lovely trees everywhere, some of which must be almost 150 years old. (553)

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COLD ARCHITECTURE

London, England

Thursday 4 April 2013

Don't let the blue sky fool you, this is a very cold day in London. Right next to the Thames River, the wind was blowing in between all of these new buildings with considerable force. At one stage I couldn't feel my nose, but what the temperature lacked, the scenery made up for! I really love the different shapes and textures in this part of the city. (552)

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MELBOURNE MANSION

Rippon Lea, Australia

Wednesday 3 April 2013

In the mid 1800's a wealthy Melbourne family built a beautiful mansion and developed a large garden that has become a great tourist attraction. Now owned by the National Trust, it is open to the public and well worth a visit.

This image is the first view you will get of the mansion as you walk down the entrance driveway. (551)

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THE QUIRKY DOORWAY

Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday 2 April 2013

Some of Melbourne's laneways can hold treasurers for inquisitive people and photographers alike. I've got no idea what is behind this door, but around it have been place a number of picture frames and trinkets that invite the viewer to stop and take a good look. And then you notice the pipe work and even the places where pipes were once located but now have only left a reminder of their existence with lines on the brickwork. Throw in a few metres of barbed wire to stop people climbing and I think you could easily title this photo 'The Quirky Doorway'! (550)

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BOATS AT THE BACK DOOR

Godmanchester, England

Monday 1 April 2013

How cool would it be to have a boat ready to go at your back door! In Godmanchester a row of houses have just that. And not only that, the view out their back yard is very attractive.

The only complaint I had when I visited this pretty town was the temperature, about 1 degree C ... very nice (not!). (549)

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