THE LIGHTS ARE STILL ON

Drumcondra, Australia

Monday 30 December 2013

The lights were still on when I visited … it was that early in the morning! I like the way this single light stands proud along the walkway past Drumcondra and onto Rippleside. I also like the reflections of the clouds in the still water of the bay. (820)

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NEGLECTED BY TIME

Mt Duneed, Australia

Sunday 29 December 2013

A recent visit to the Mt Duneed Cemetery was rewarded with a great sunset. I find cemeteries interesting, reading headstones, looking at the different styles of memorials and lamenting the disrepair of some of the older graves, neglected by time. (819)

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ART DECO STYLE

Geelong, Australia

Saturday 28 December 2013

'Eastern Beach is a popular swimming and recreation area in Geelong, Victoria on the shores of Corio Bay. Built during the 1930s in the Art Deco style, a shark proof sea bath is provided, as well as a children's swimming pool, kiosk, and dressing room pavilion. A number of Art Deco buildings in the area are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.' [Wikipedia]
(818)

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RIVER REFLECTIONS

Breakwater, Australia

Friday 27 December 2013

The beautiful Barwon River runs through the middle of Geelong and out to Bass Straight at Barwon Heads. Where it passes under the railway viaduct at Breakwater you would almost be forgiven for thinking that this was a rural scene. I was taken by the reflections of the clouds in an almost still water yesterday morning. (817)

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YELLOW MOSS

Limeburners Point, Australia

Thursday 26 December 2013

It is Boxing Day here in Australia and I decided to get out and work off some of the Christmas cheer of yesterday. I ended up at Limeburners Point at sunrise and captured this image. I loved the yellow moss on the rocks that matched the warmth of the sunrise perfectly. (816)

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THE COUNTRY TRACK

Newtown, Australia

Wednesday 25 December 2013

While out taking photos of an old railway bridge, I followed this little country track on foot down into the valley. I passed by a number of old crooked telephone poles ... no longer used but still upright and a small tree on the edge of the hill also on a lean. (815)

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ANGULAR CONSTRUCTION

Geelong, Australia

Tuesday 24 December 2013

This steel structure is part of the City Council's skate park on the Geelong Waterfront. It provided me with a great foreground interest in my photo of Cunningham Pier … a dramatic angular construction against the more beautiful buildings at the end of the pier. (814)

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WAITING FOR THEIR OWNERS

Western Beach, Australia

Monday 23 December 2013

I've often wondered about the amount of use that yachts have. They seem to spend a lot of time sitting at anchor waiting for their owners, and I'm guessing that only once or twice a month they get their sails hoisted to the top of the mast and are allowed to speed around Corio Bay doing what they were designed to do. (813)

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IT RUNS DIAGONALLY

Melbourne, Australia

Saturday 21 December 2013

'The Sandridge Bridge is a historic former railway bridge over the Yarra River in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The 178.4 metres (585 ft) long bridge which runs diagonally to the river's banks was redeveloped in 2006 as a new pedestrian and cycle path featuring public art. It is the third bridge on the site and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.' [Wikipedia] (812)

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NUNS AT SUNRISE

Drumcondra, Australia

Thursday 19 December 2013

'The Geelong Bollards are painted wooden bollards representing over 100 historic Geelong characters, and are one of the main attractions for people visiting Geelong.

Located along the waterfront beaches from Limeburner's Point to Rippleside Park, the 100+ bollards are situated at 48 sites and consist of lifesavers, families, footballers, sailors, town bands, fishermen and more.

Artist Jan Mitchell was commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong in 1995 to transform reclaimed timber pier pylons into these remarkable works of art.

The Sisters of Mercy, of The Sister House located in St Helen's, played an important role in educating residents of early Geelong. Sister Mary Aloysius and Sister Mary Bernadette were two such nuns.'
[http://www.onlygeelong.com.au/sights-sounds/day-trips-walks/geelong-bollards-trail#.UrKoFdIW3HQ] (811)

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INTRICATE PATTERNS

Lorne, Australia

Wednesday 18 December 2013

I love the intricate patterns in these lava flows at Lorne, caused by air bubbles in the molten material when it hardened, I presume. The coloured seaweed adds a great contrast to the rocky scene! (810)

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THE SHINE DOME

Canberra, Australia

Tuesday 17 December 2013

'The Australian Academy of Science's Dome has been a Canberra landmark since its construction in 1959. Located on Gordon Street, it is the first building in Canberra to be included on the National Heritage List. The Shine Dome has received numerous awards and is one of seven projects the Royal Australian Institute of Architects has nominated to the World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture.' [www.science.org.au/dome] (809)

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AVOIDING THE CRUMBLING CLIFFS

Drumcondra, Australia

Monday 16 December 2013

This image is of the curved walkway that has been built along the waterfront at Drumcondra. Besides being so beautiful, it serves the purpose of making an alternative way to pass by the crumbling cliffs above the old walkway. Lucky for me there was a lovely pink sunrise and a super still morning that created a lovely reflection of the structure. (808)

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GLASSY BAY

Drumcondra, Australia

Sunday 15 December 2013

A beautiful morning this morning … were you awake early enough to see the amazing sunrise? I took a trip down to the foreshore at Drumcondra, an area I hadn't photographed before and was rewarded with a glassy bay reflecting the lovely warm clouds. (807)

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THE NEW GROYNE AT ST LEONARDS

St Leonards, Australia

Saturday 14 December 2013

Walking along the beach at St Leonards (in Victoria) I found this newly reconstructed Groyne which was warmly lit by the morning sun.

'A groyne (groin in the United States) is a rigid hydraulic structure built from an ocean shore or from a bank (in rivers) that interrupts water flow and limits the movement of sediment. In the ocean, groynes create beaches, or prevent them being washed away by longshore drift.' [Wikipedia] (806)

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CASTING A SHADOW

Melbourne, Australia

Friday 13 December 2013

The golden light of an early morning on the Yarra River lights up the aquarium building and the multi-coloured buoys. I couldn't figure out why the tall Crown Hotel wasn't experiencing the same effect until I looked at other images from the morning and saw that a neighbouring building was casting a shadow on it. (805)

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NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT THIS IMAGE

St Leonards, Australia

Thursday 12 December 2013

Some days I sit looking at my latest photo and can't think of anything to say about it (I'm not much of a wordsmith) … today is one of those days. There's nothing special about this little image, taken just after sunrise at St. Leonards here in Victoria although I do like the warmth in the sky which is reflected on the water of Port Philip Bay. (804)

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NOTHING LIKE MELBOURNE

Port Melbourne, Australia

Wednesday 11 December 2013

I had the opportunity to walk along the foreshore at Port Melbourne on a very warm Sunday evening this week. It made me feel like I could have been in Queensland, the palm trees, the expensive waterfront apartments and the higher than normal temperature all added up to nothing like what most people think of Melbourne. (803)

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WORTH BREAKING THE RULE?

Geelong, Australia

Tuesday 10 December 2013

There are a lot of rules in the photography world (most of them possibly come from the painting world), including the one that says the main object of an image shouldn't be in the centre. Rules are there to be broken (occasionally) so I submit this photo of the pier at Western Beach which is straight down the middle of the frame. I like the symmetry of the structure in the middle of a near perfect reflection of the sunrise clouds. What do you think? Worth breaking the rule? (802)

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EXPOSED PYLONS

Port Melbourne, Australia

Monday 9 December 2013

Many thanks to fellow Geelong photographer Phil Thomson for alerting me to the old Princes Pier which has been partly restored leaving the piles from the second half of the pier exposed. I'm not sure if this is the way it will be left, but it makes for a great photo! (801)

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ASK A HUGE PRICE

Dromana, Australia

Sunday 8 December 2013

This is another image of the famous bathing sheds around Port Philip Bay. They are all painted individually (I presume so that their owners can find them!) and overlook the beautiful waters of the bay. I would love to own one but on the very odd occasion that they come up for sale, they ask a huge price. Pity! (800)

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CHILL OUT

Moggs Creek, Australia

Sunday 8 December 2013

I love this image because of it's peaceful & soft feel. The Moggs Creek area of the Great Ocean Road is a treasure and a great place to fish, walk or just chill out during this busy time of the year. (799)

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SPECTACULAR COLOURS

St Leonards, Australia

Saturday 7 December 2013

On the western side of Port Philip Bay is the small township of St Leonards. It has a great pier and beautiful beaches. Not a bad spot to visit if you are down on the Bellarine over the Christmas season! Of course, if you want to see it at it's very best, take a look at sunrise and you can also see some spectacular colours in the sky as I did this week. (798)

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SUNRISE SUPERLATIVES

Torquay, Australia

Friday 6 December 2013

I'm beginning to run out of superlatives for lovely sunrises, how about gorgeous, spectacular, fantastic, colourful, unbelievable and even warming,. Have I missed any? (797)

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SPINDLY STRUCTURE

Newtown, Australia

Friday 6 December 2013

This beautiful old railway trestle bridge spans a small valley and creek and is now used by walkers and cyclists who travel between Ballarat & Skipton. I don't know what the original load capacity was for this type of bridge, but looking up from down here, the early train drivers must have been a brave lot to take their heavy machines across these spindly wooden structures. (796)

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THE SHED ON THE PIER

St Leonards (Victoria), Australia

Thursday 5 December 2013

The little shed on the St Leonards pier is passed by hundreds of fishermen who use this pier everyday. The shed ensures that this pier is unique in the Geelong region and makes identification easy when looking at images of the Bellarine's great photographers. (795)

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TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY

Dunedin, New Zealand

Wednesday 4 December 2013

The historic Dunedin railway station is the home of the Taieri Gorge Railway. I visited very early in the morning with the objective of taking photos, not a ride on the railway and I was rewarded with beautiful scenes without the crowds of peope! My ideal situtation. (794)

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MAJESTIC

Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday 3 December 2013

The beautiful & historic Riponlea mansion sits majestic in a huge garden and is now a fantastic tourist attraction. This view of the mansion shows the side entrance, complete with portico over the door and curved roof conservatory at the back. (793)

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OVERLOOKING FRENCH BAY

Akaroa, New Zealand

Monday 2 December 2013

A lovely image of the yachts moored at Akaroa with the hills overlooking French Bay in the background. The clouds were particularly low on the day I took this photo and were resting on the hills and creating a lovely light over the entire scene. (792)

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SO TYPICAL

Anglesea, Australia

Sunday 1 December 2013

Another image from my Anglesea series, showing an exposed rock with a flat top that is covered by moss and lit by the early morning sunrise. In the background you can see the cliffs that are so typical of this part of the Great Ocean Road coastline. (791)

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