BEAUTIFUL CURVE

Angelsea, Australia

Wednesday 27 February 2013

I find it interesting the way some rivers and creeks flow into the ocean. Sometimes the water backs up because of a sandbar and either the river gets high enough or the tide rises sufficiently for the ocean and the river to connect. In this image, the Angelsea river weaves around the sandbar and creates a beautiful curve before finally emptying into the ocean. I thought the curve looked great with the rising sun reflected in it. (520)

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VERY BLUISH

Lorne, Australia

Tuesday 26 February 2013

The Lorne pier has become a bit of an icon in the region, partly because of the Pier to Pub swim that is held annually. As the name suggests, swimmers race between the two, and I suspect that the pub is a great incentive for some of the competitors!

The rocks along this section of the Great Ocean Road are unusual, I think they were originally lava flows (but I'm no geologist). The have created very interesting patterns and very bluish colours. So this photo isn't my normal colourful image. (519)

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THE SWING BRIDGE

Lorne, Australia

Monday 25 February 2013

I was in Lorne early this morning and was fortunate to capturing this image of the swing bridge at the mouth of the Erskine River. I would like to say that I was the first person to take a picture of this bridge, but a quick Google search reveals 1,000's of them. Not sure that this one will stand out from the crowd! (518)

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TRAMPLED BEACH

Gibson Steps, Australia

Sunday 24 February 2013

Access to the beach at the Twelve Apostles is almost impossible, except for the Gibson Steps section which allows close contact with two of the beautiful limestone stacks that stand apart from the high cliffs.

My visit there yesterday evening was at the end of a hot day and there must have been a million or so tourists that had trampled the beach (I might be exaggerating a bit), but I was rewarded with a wonderful sunset! (517)

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COLOURED SEAWEED

Queenscliff, Australia

Saturday 23 February 2013

Seaweed has always annoyed me, it messes up a pristine beach making it less attractive to photograph and also harder to walk along. When I visited Queenscliff a few months back, the beach was covered in seaweed, but what caught my eye was the different colours and thicknesses in the plant matter that had created a distinct line along the incoming waves.

Perhaps I should learn to take a closer look in future instead of dismissing something as being messy! (516)

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YET ANOTHER ONE!

Angelsea, Australia

Friday 22 February 2013

Here is another image from my Angelsea shoot. It was one of the best mornings I have had … it didn't matter where I looked, there was a great scene. Hope I'm not boring you with too many photos from this location? (515)

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AUSTRALIA IS GETTING SMALLER!

Angelsea, Australia

Thursday 21 February 2013

Australia is getting smaller. Here is the proof! I'm sure this happens on most coast lines around the world where the relentless sea keeps eating away at the cliffs, and in this case large rocks remain where there was once land. (514)

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RAN AGROUND

Torquay, Australia

Wednesday 20 February 2013

'The 'Joseph H Scammell' was built at Eatonville a small village in Nova Scotia. On May 7, 1891, when the vessel was on its voyage from New York to Melbourne bad weather and rough seas dragged the ship towards shores where it ran aground on a reef near Point Danger of Torquay.

There were 22 people aboard the Scammell, including the wife and daughter of the Captain. The following day after the seas had settled, the crew of the ship were able to lower a boat and evacuate all on board. Due to the incident, Captain J A Chapman had his master’s certificate suspended for 12 months for careless navigation and negligence.' [Wikipedia]

The anchor of the Scammell is now on display at the Torquay front beach. (513)

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COLOURS OF THE MORNING

Angelsea, Australia

Monday 18 February 2013

The Angelsea River meets the ocean at this spot and has created a lovely flat area where the waves gently cover the sand with a thin layer of water which provides a lovely reflection of the sky. I couldn't believe the view I was getting as the sun rose and the colours of the morning were displayed in the sky and on the ground! (511)

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SHED ON FIRE

Perth, Australia

Sunday 17 February 2013

The little Blue Boat Shed on the Swan River appears to be on fire as the sun rises behind it. This shed is much photographed because of it's uniqueness and the bright blue painted boards. (510)

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THE GREEN STEPS

Angelsea, Australia

Friday 15 February 2013

I came across these steps at the end of a walkway down to the Angelsea beach near the mouth of the river. They are covered in green moss, so I'm not sure how safe it would be to use them when wet! (509)

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SUNLIT CLIFFS

Angelsea, Australia

Friday 15 February 2013

I took a drive to Angelsea in the early hours of this morning and was greeted by a great sunrise. Angelsea is near the start of the Great Ocean Road and you can see in this image the cliffs that are the hallmark of this part of Australia's coastline. The rocks in the foreground are also one of the reasons that this region is known as the Shipwreck Coast. (508)

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FOR ANNE

Waikouati, New Zealand

Thursday 14 February 2013

My good friend Anne has been at me for months to post a photo of an animal on my daily blog, but most of my photos are landscapes or architecture. So how happy was I to find this photo I took In New Zealand, and it contains close to 20 animals! That should keep Anne happy for several months to come!

I actually liked the photo because of the shadows cast by a row of Poplar trees across the very green paddocks and was actually really upset by the cows intruding in the scene! (507)

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WARM LIGHT

Winchelsea, Australia

Wednesday 13 February 2013

I found this scene along a country road when the sun was beginning to set, throwing a beautiful warm light across the farm sheds. Some of the buildings have seen better days and I think that's what I like about the image. (506)

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WALKING BRIDGE

Jan Juc, Australia

Tuesday 12 February 2013

I've never been much of a walker, although my photography is making me be a bit more adventurous as I get out and see the sights. This walking bridge is part of a track that runs from Jan Juc along the coast, giving the walker a great view of Bass Strait.

It must get very windy here as the trees are short or bent over from the severe weather, but I was relatively lucky when I took this image and nearly everything stood still, except for the clouds! (505)

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MORE OF THE SAME!

Bells Beach, Australia

Monday 11 February 2013

Sorry to keep posting photos of this location, but I had such a great experience on the morning and the light was fantastic, so I captured a lot of great images.

Hope you like this one! (504)

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READY TO FLY

Geelong, Australia

Sunday 10 February 2013

I was fortunate to be a passenger in this helicopter last year, thank to a gift voucher from my children. I used the flight to take a number of aerial photographs of Geelong's waterfront. The pilot took the door off so I had an uninterrupted view of Geelong, but I was warned not to put my camera outside the line of the chopper's body, or risk loosing my camera, a warning I happily heeded!

This image was taken a few days ago during the visit of a luxury passenger liner in Corio Bay and the ship and helicopter together created a great shot! (503)

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PHOTOEXTRACT FEATURE

Sunday 10 February 2013

I woke this morning to the announcement that one of my photos had been featured on PhotoExtract, a website that is dedicated to showcasing some of the best images on the web. Jarek Klimek is the author of this website and posts a new group of photographs daily. Well worth a look everyday!

See the feature here


AREA 81W

Bells Beach, Australia

Saturday 9 February 2013

I'm guessing that every surfer worth his/her salt knows that emergency area marker 81W equates to Bells Beach. These markers are dotted all along the coast to assist emergency services locate those in need.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and if you are swimming or surfing in the sea, please be safe! (502)

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STEPS TO PARADISE

Torquay, Australia

Friday 8 February 2013

Australia's coastline is a fantastic environment for landscape photographers. I find that the early morning light is wonderful for showing off the range of colours . This image is of the Torquay surf beach looking towards the Surf Club. (501)

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500 IN 500!

Bells Beach, Australia

Thursday 7 February 2013

Another beautiful morning shot of Bells Beach, home of the Bells Beach Surf Classic. The Classic has been held annually since 1961 and has been a professional competition since 1973.

This image is my 500th photo in 500 days! I have really appreciated you viewing my work and providing encouraging comments. It has been a great learning experience and hopefully my work is a little better than when I started. (500)

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CLOUDY WATER

Geelong, Australia

Wednesday 6 February 2013

There is nothing like the sight of water to make one feel cooler on a hot day, and boy today is hot here in South Eastern Australia. I especially like the reflected clouds in the water with just the hint of the floor of Corio Bay showing through in this image. (499)

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SQUINT A LITTLE!

Geelong, Australia

Tuesday 5 February 2013

This morning I heard that the Seabourn Odyssey passenger liner was visiting Geelong, so I made a quick dash down to the waterfront to take a picture (as you do!). Unfortunately she didn't dock at Cunningham Pier, but anchored out in the middle of Corio Bay and ferried passengers into Geelong on smaller boats. So if you look really closely and squint a little, you can just see the ship in the middle of today's image (498)

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DON'T LIKE THE WEATHER?

Melbourne, Australia

Monday 4 February 2013

Today's photo is a view of the Princes Bridge looking towards Southbank with a moody sky that is threatening rain. As you may know, Melbourne has a reputation for having four seasons in a day, and not long after this photo was taken, it was sunny! If you don't like the weather in Melbourne, just wait a short while. (497)

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AQUA WATER

Clifton Springs, Australia

Sunday 3 February 2013

I'm so close … I've almost reached my goal of 500 photos in 500 days! This coming week will see me reach the milestone. While not all of the photos have been great, the discipline of having to produce one every day has been great for my photographic skills and I have met some wonderful people along the way who have given me the encouragement to keep on going.

Anyway, here is another, number 496 to be exact. It was taken early in the morning and you can see the golden tones of the sunrise as it lights up Corio Bay and the old Clifton Springs Pier. The aqua water of the very still bay is unusual and contrasts well with the other colours. (496)

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THE GROYNE

Torquay, Australia

Sunday 3 February 2013

Until today I thought this photo was of a wooden fence on the beach. It turns out that it is actually called a 'Groyne' ... thanks Wikipedia!

'A groyne is a rigid hydraulic structure built from an ocean shore that interrupts water flow and limits the movement of sediment. In the ocean, groynes create beaches, or avoid having them washed away by longshore drift. Ocean groynes run generally perpendicular to the shore, extending from the upper foreshore or beach into the water. All of a groyne may be under water, in which case it is a submerged groyne. The areas between groups of groynes are groyne fields. Groynes are generally made of wood, concrete, or rock piles, and placed in groups.' [Wikipedia] (495)

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LOVELY MORNING

Bells Beach, Australia

Saturday 2 February 2013

It's funny how something bad can turn into a good experience. I was awake at 5am this morning after a bad nights sleep. So instead of just laying there I decided to go down to Bells Beach and take a photo of the sunrise. Well, this is what I captured. I've pretty much forgotten about the bad night because of the lovely morning I experienced! (494)

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INGREDIENTS FOR A GREAT SCENE

Clifton Springs, Australia

Friday 1 February 2013

A boat, water, reflected clouds and a great sunrise. All the ingredients for a scene that is both pleasing to the eye and makes you yearn to own the boat, ditch the job and lead a life of sailing from one interesting place to another! (493)

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