LITTLE RIPPLES

Anglesea River, Australia

Wednesday 31 July 2013

Where the Anglesea River meets Bass Straight this sand bank had all but blocked of the water flow, but a small trickle managed to cross over the obstruction and make these wonderful patterns. The light from the sunrise caught all of the little ripples to make a lovely morning scene, and a very happy photographer. (669)

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WINE TASTING

Swan Valley, Australia

Wednesday 31 July 2013

I had the opportunity to visit a number of wineries this last weekend with friends. We called into a number of these great establishments including Lancaster Wines where they have this very rustic shed for wine tastings. (668)

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LUCKY SHOT?

Anglesea, Australia

Tuesday 30 July 2013

I don't know what to say about this image. Guess I was lucky to be there at the time when everything just worked … a beautiful sunrise, a shiny beach, rocks, water and sand. In the background there are cliffs and clouds and a seagul (can you see it?) in the foregound all add up to an image that I think might just make it over the line. (667)

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VIBRANT MARKET

Fremantle, Australia

Monday 29 July 2013

I was fortunate enough to visit the Fremantle market yesterday and had a wander through the wonderful market. There are stalls of fresh and cooked food, crafts and gifts, something for everyone! I normally don't like taking photos with people in them, but the vibrancy of this part of the market makes for an interesting image, what do you think? (666)

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WINTERSCAPE

Dromana, Australia

Monday 29 July 2013

Most people enjoy the beach and the seaside most during the warmer months of the year, but I love to look out over a seascape during winter. The light is more subdued and the clouds provide a totally different vista and there are also fewer people in the way of the landscape photographer! (665)

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ONLY A SMALL TRICKLE

Lorne, Australia

Thursday 25 July 2013

When I visited the mouth of the George River recently, a sandbar had all but blocked off the river with only a small trickle curving it's way through to the sea. (664)

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KEEPING WATCH

Geelong, Australia

Thursday 25 July 2013

The little pier on Western Beach watches over the yachts of the boat club with the single light pole looking much larger than it should in proportion to the structure. The reflections of the clouds in the near still water are my favourite part of the image and provide a nice contrast to the pier. (663)

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WHO'S BEEN WALKING ON MY BEACH?

Bells Beach, Australia

Wednesday 24 July 2013

I'm an early morning photographer, and usually beat other beach goers to my locations, so I don't know how this single set of foot steps could have possibly been made in the freshly smoothed sand! (662)

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE?

Southside Beach, Australia

Tuesday 23 July 2013

I'm not sure what I like about this image, the trapped tree branch that is marooned on the beach or the rushing wave that is blurred by the slower shutter speed. Perhaps it's the clouds and the orange tinge of the morning sun rising? What do you think? (661)

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THE STACKS

Port Campbell National Park, Australia

Monday 22 July 2013

'A stack is a geological landform consisting of a steep and often vertical column or columns of rock in the sea near a coast, isolated by erosion. Stacks are formed through processes of coastal geomorphology, which are entirely natural. Time, wind, and water are the only factors involved in the formation of a stack. They are formed when part of a headland is eroded by hydraulic action, which is the force of the sea or water crashing against the rock. The force of the water weakens cracks in the headland, causing them to later collapse, forming free-standing stacks and even a small island. Without the constant presence of water, stacks also form when a natural arch collapses under gravity, due to sub-aerial processes like wind erosion. Stacks can provide important nesting locations for seabirds, and many are popular for rock climbing.' [Wikipedia] (660)

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MORNING GLOW

Anglesea, Australia

Sunday 21 July 2013

The cliffs along the shoreline near Anglesea are colourful in parts and with the early morning sunlight shining on them simply glow. It amazes me how different each of the beaches around Geelong are and of course they all change depending on the time of day and the weather. (659)

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FOGGY WATER

Bells Beach Southside, Australia

Saturday 20 July 2013

I took a trip down to the Southside of Bells Beach, a beach I haven't been to before. Unfortunately the tide was high and still had an hour to go until it's peak, so I had to be careful not to get trapped without a quick way back. As it was, I nearly got wet feet, but the lovely sunrise was well worth it.

This image (several more will come over the next week or two) shows what looks like fog covering the beach, but in fact it is water, the result of a very slow shutter and a very fast wave! (658)

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THE GROYNE

Torquay, Australia

Friday 19 July 2013

'A groyne is a rigid hydraulic structure built from an ocean shore (in coastal engineering) or from a bank (in rivers) 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. In a river, groynes prevent erosion and ice-jamming, which in turn aids navigation. 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] (657)

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UNIQUE PATTERNS

The Bluff, Australia

Friday 19 July 2013

There is something magical about the swirl of water caused by waves crashing around rocks and hitting the beach. The froth creates lovely soft patterns that are unique every few seconds and unfortunately this photo shows only one! (656)

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FACTOR'S ISLAND

Loch Katrine, Scotland

Thursday 18 July 2013

In the course of his long-running dispute with the Duke of Montrose, the well-known historical figure Rob Roy once imprisoned the Duke's factor (who acted as agent and rent collector) on this island, also known as Eilean Dharag. The stone wall was added to protect the island when the water level in Loch Katrine was raised in connection with its use as a water supply for Glasgow, which it has been since 1859.' [www.geograph.org.uk] (655)

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WINDOW CLEANER'S NIGHTMARE

Federation Square, Australia

Wednesday 17 July 2013

I wouldn't like to be the window cleaner here! The buildings at Federation Square in Melbourne are very unique in design, including this glazed wall outside the NGV Gallery. (654)

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NOT ANOTHER BEACH!

Point Addis, Australia

Tuesday 16th July 2013

I'm sorry for posting another beach scene, but Geelong has so many beaches within a short driving distance, that it's hard not to keep showing them. You might be aware that morning shots are my normal fare, but this is an late afternoon scene with the sun going down behind the sand dunes and the reflection of the sky showing in the wet sand on the beach. (653)

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WATCH THE BIRDIE

Point Addis, Australia

Monday 15 July 2013

I couldn't believe how game this little bird was. It sat on the rail overlooking Point Addis warming itself in the final rays of light for the day and let me walk close enough to take this photograph. (652)

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PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Sunday 14 July 2013

I'm hoping that you aren't getting sick of seeing my images from Loch Lomond. It was totally amazing when I was there, nearly every turn of the road revealed another great photo opportunity, many of which I availed myself of! (651)

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THE PIER

Geelong, Australia

Sunday 14 July 2013

I love this little pier adjacent to Geelong's Carousel. It is the smallest of a number of piers along the waterfront but it commands a great view of the city and the bay.

Hope you get a chance to stand out at the end someday and take in the view! (650)

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TRANQUIL

Inveruglas, Scotland

Friday 12 July 2013

When I visited Loch Lomond a few months ago I was taken by the calmness of this beautiful body of water. I assume it can turn into a beast with bad weather but I didn't see that side of her (I'm assuming a Loch is female and not male!) and what I was able to capture was a soft and tranquil image. (649)

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KEEPING AN EYE ON THE RIVER

London, England

Thursday 11 July 2013

The London eye is certainly a great landmark in this wonderful city! As you can see from this view of it, the wheel is almost hanging out over the river and the footpath that the public use actually passes underneath the structure.

I posted a photo a few months back showing an image from the top of the eye if you want to see how spectacular the view is. (648)

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TREE ON FIRE

Point Addis, Australia

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Point Addis is on the Great Ocean Road and is within a Marine National Park. The views from the lookout are stunning although the wind from the Southern Ocean can be a bit cool!

I took the short walk from the car park to the beach on the Anglesea side of the Point just as the sunset started and was lucky enough to pass this tree being backlit by the golden sun. When I processed the shot back in my office, it almost appeared like the tree was on fire! (647)

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IDYLLIC SCENE

Geelong, Australia

Tuesday 9 July 2013

While driving past Geelong's waterfront late last week I noticed how still the water was and how the masts on all of the yachts were perfectly reflected below them. Because I always carry my camera with me, I had to stop and take a photo or two or this idyllic scene. (646)

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THE BLUE AND YELLOW SHED

Dromana, Australia

Monday 8 July 2013

Don't you just love the beach sheds along the eastern coast of Port Phillip! The bright colours of these historic little buildings, which fetch incredibly high prices when sold enhance this beautiful coastline. (645)

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LIGHT BEAM

Warrnambool, Australia

Sunday 7 July 2013

What struck me with this image is what appears to be a beam of light across the morning sky. It is in fact a slim cloud that has caught the rising sun.

In the foreground is a group of tiny boats moored on the beautiful Hopkins River. (644)

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BURNT ORANGE

Barwon Heads, Australia

Sunday 7 July 2013

This little track wanders from the Bluff back towards Barwon Heads. It is used by daily walkers and by people who want to access the beach for fishing or surfing.

I particularly like the burnt orange coloured grasses that line part of the track and catch even the slightest breeze on this exposed part of Australia's coastline. (643)

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DIFFERENT BEACH

13th Beach, Australia

Friday 5 July 2013

The rock formations along 13th Beach give a unique aspect to this stretch of coastline. I expect that it is a bit dangerous for the surfers who frequent this area, but it possibly makes for a better wave? In any case, it makes for a different image from the normally sandy beaches that are seen in other parts of Australia. (642)

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GOOD MORNING

Melbourne, Australia

Thursday 4 July 2013

Another spectacular sunrise over Melbourne's Docklands. These boats are moored and waiting for a lovely day of sailing along the Yarra River or perhaps out into Port Phillip Bay.

So, if you live in Australia, good morning, or else where in the world, good afternoon, good evening, and good night! (to paraphrase Truman Burbank.) (641)

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SAILS IN THE LIGHT

Geelong, Australia

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Next to Geelong's Carousel you will see these sculptures depicting 'sails'. At night they produce the most wonderful earthy colours being lit from lights in the ground and from the street lights.

This image was taken with the spectacular super moon last week which provided even more light on our lovely waterfront. (640)

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GEELONG'S PARADISE

Breamlea, Australia

Tuesday 2 July 2013

I went for a long walk along the Breamlea beach and arrived at this rocky section. I thought the contrast between the sandy beach and these rocks was interesting.

The coastline around Geelong is tremendous and a photographers paradise ... why don't you come down here and see for yourself! (639)

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HANGING ON

Killin, Scotland

Monday 1 July 2013

The Falls of Dochart are situated on the River Dochart at Killin in Stirling (formally in Perthshire), Scotland at the western end of Loch Tay. A bridge crosses over the river just as you enter Killin giving a fabulous view of the falls as they cascade down over the rocks and around the island of Inchbuie, which is the traditional burial place of the MacNab clan.' [Wikipedia]

This tree seems to be hanging on for 'grim death' at an impossible angle across the falls. I hope it survives until my next visit to Scotland and to Killin. (638)

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