ENHANCED BY REFLECTIONS

Geelong, Australia

Saturday 30 November 2013

Shot at Geelong's Western Beach, this image of a beautiful sunrise over Corio Bay is enhanced by the reflections of the pier in the glass finish of the water. (790)

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I LOVE THE YARRA!

Melbourne, Australia

Thursday 28 November 2013

I love the Yarra river, it flows through the centre of Melbourne and with the development of Southbank over the past 30 years (or so) it has become the centre of the most vibrant city in Australia (I'm going to get in trouble for this comment!). In the foreground of this photo, the island in the middle of the walking bridge has become a great café with the best views of the river. (789)

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KEEP IT FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Shoal Bay, Australia

Wednesday 27 November 2013

This rickety old pier on Shoal Bay is closed to the public because of it's state of disrepair but it makes a great backdrop to a colourful sunset. I hope the authorities don't remove it, if only for the benefit of photographers! (788)

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SYMBOL OF THE CITY

Canberra, Australia

Tuesday 26 November 2013

This is another view of Australia's National Parliament building in Canberra. Built into the top of a hill, it can be seen from miles around and the large flagpole at the apex has become the symbol of the city.

I was lucky enough to capture the setting sun as it passed the side abutment resulting in a great sunburst although covered in lens flare. (787)

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TRACK TO THE SECRET BEACH

Aireys Inlet, Australia

Monday 25 November 2013

This is the track down from the cliff top to my new secret beach (somewhere near Aireys Inlet!). It was a bit of a hike and the walk back was far worse which made me wonder if the experience had been worth it, but back in the office (and after I had caught my breath again) the photographic results have left me wanting to go back again. (786)

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BUILT IN 1959

Dromana, Australia

Sunday 24 November 2013

I'm guessing that this bridge was built in 1959! Each of the piles has a date and number near the top. I'm a bit confused though because the piers are consecutive numbered, the closest ones are numbered 15, the next pair are 16, then 16 again before continuing on with 17, 18, 19 etc. Not sure why there are two pairs of 16's? (785)

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REFLECTIONS OF THE SKY & TRESTLES

Newtown near Scarsdale, Australia

Saturday 23 November 2013

The old Nimons Trestle Bridge on the Ballarat to Skipton rail trail was an unexpected find early this morning. I walked down the track next to the bridge and found the Woady Yaloak Creek at the bottom showing great reflections of the sky and the trestles. The only downside to the whole experience was that it rained before I could get back to the top and I was soaked to the skin ... note to self to take the umbrella next time! (784)

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DUAL SUNBURSTS

Geelong, Australia

Friday 22 November 2013

How often do you see two sunbursts in one photo? I certainly don't create images like this very often … if at all. I love the sun reflected in the shallows of the low tide with dozens of yachts moored in silhouette. (783)

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NOT PHOTOSHOPPED CLEAN

Geelong, Australia

Thursday 21 November 2013

This is a view of Geelong from the Griffin Gully Pier showing some of the yachts at the Western Beach Boat Club as the sun rises over the city. I presume that the stains on the pier's deck are from fishermen cleaning their catch … I was very tempted to Photoshop it a bit cleaner, but thought the rugged look contrasted well against the smooth water of the bay. (782)

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RUGGED & IMPASSABLE

Sunnymeade Beach, Australia

Tuesday 19 November 2013

This area of the Great Ocean Road coast is so rugged and impassable at high tide. Next time a go back I will make sure the tide is lower so I can get some more shots of these wonderful rocks, perhaps with a full sunrise as a backdrop. (781)

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UNEXPECTED COLOURS

Steampacket Quay, Australia

Tuesday 19 November 2013

At the end of Geelong's main street, Moorabool Street is Steampacket Quay. It is the spot where boats and seaplanes pick up passengers and in the past ferries bound for Melbourne departed.

I was attracted to the unexpected colours of the scene, green moss on the rocks and pillions and the rusty colours on the exposed steel supports underneath. (780)

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SHARE MY ENTHUSIASM

Rippleside, Australia

Monday 18 November 2013

There is something irresistible about warmly lit clouds reflected in the smooth waters on a calm morning. So I'm showing this image to you so that you can share my enthusiasm for such a scene! (779)

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GOOD MORNING

Torquay, Australia

Sunday 17 November 2013

Good morning! A shot of the sunrise over Torquay's foreshore on this beautiful morning seems appropriate. Hope you have a great Sunday and an even better week ahead. (778)

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LOVELY WARM LIGHT

Geelong, Australia

Saturday 16 November 2013

I had a wonderful time this morning walking along Western Beach watching the sunrise. There was very little wind so the water was still and provided great reflections of the sun as it burst through the clouds and giving off a lovely warm light. The tide was out so the green moss was showing along the edge of the retaining wall. All in all at colourful image! (777)

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ICONIC EUCALYPTS

Canberra, Australia

Friday 15 November 2013

When I was in Canberra recently I couldn't wait to visit our National Parliament building late in the afternoon. I had in mind a number of shots I wanted to take based on what I had seen others take. After taking the usual images of this amazing building, I went for a walk around to the side and came across this view with these fantastic eucalypt trees that are so iconic to Australia. (776)

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NATURES ATTEMPT AT ART?

Dromana, Australia

Thursday 14 November 2013

Two things attracted me to this image, firstly the quaint bathing boxes all painted in various bright colours, but secondly the red lines on the beach where the waves have lapped against the shore and deposited a different colour sand on the white sand below. Nature's attempt at art? (775)

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THWARTED ATTEMPT

Sunnymeade Beach, Australia

Wednesday 13 November 2013

The high tide thwarted my attempt to walk the full length of the Sunnymeade Beach. The rock formations ahead were fantastic but I couldn't get to them! Another trip down the Great Ocean Road is in the planning, although the wintery blast of weather being experience here is delaying my return. (774)

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MOSS COVERED ROCKS

Geelong, Australia

Tuesday 12 November 2013

This is a different angle of the Geelong Waterfront, for me. Normally the foreground in covered with water so I've never been able to get down onto the moss covered rocks and take a shot. I'm really pleased that I was able to this time, the lovely green moss was a great bonus! (773)

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INTRICATE PATTERNS

Sunnymeade Beach, Australia

Monday 11 November 2013

The first thing to strike me with this 'secret beach' (see yesterday's post) was the rock formations. Intricate patterns carved in the rock by the sea over the years make for an different experience, and unique scenes at every turn to make my photographs more interesting. (772)

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WHAT A MORNING

Aireys Inlet, Australia

Sunday 10 November 2013

What more could be uplifting to one's soul than and early morning stroll along a beach, the waves coming onto shore and crashing over the rocks underfoot, with the sun rising and lighting the whole scene with a beautiful orange glow. There you go … I've waxed lyrical again, hope you don't mind? (771)

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ROCK STACK

Sunnymeade Beach, Australia

Sunday 10 November 2013

The rock stack might be man made, but the rest of this scene is pure nature, including the most beautiful sunrise.

This is a new beach for me, having stumbled across it in a newspaper article on the 10 most beautiful but secret beaches in Victoria. Sunnymeade Beach is only a 40 minutes drive from home so I took off this morning at 5am and discovered the most amazing spot along the Great Ocean Road. The only thing that spoilt the morning was the almost high tide which blocked my journey along the full length of the beach, but this just gives me a great excuse to go back another time.

I'm going to apologise in advance ... I captured so many great shots this morning that you will most probably get bored with my posts over the next week or so! (770)

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ANYTHING BUT TROPICAL

Geelong, Australia

Saturday 9 November 2013

The Cunningham Pier on Geelong's Waterfront is iconic to our city and much photographed by amateurs and professionals alike. So here is another one from me!

Under the palm tree this could be a tropical scene, but Geelong is anything but tropical, particularly the cold and wet day we have had today. (769)

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TIME OF THE DAY!

Point Impossible, Australia

Friday 8 November 2013

The most beautiful time of the day (in my opinion) is when the sun starts to peep over the horizon and the sky lights up with pink and orange colours that are defused by the clouds. Usually the wind is low or non existent, there isn't a soul to be seen (except the odd pesky fisherman) and all is at peace in the world. (768)

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GOLDEN GLOW

Gibson Steps, Australia

Friday 8 November 2013

The cliffs at Gibon Steps have a golden glow in the afternoon sun and contrast nicely against the blue of the ocean. I was able to capture some reflections of the cliff in the smooth water that covered the sand at high tide. (767)

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HE WAS RIGHT!

Torquay, Australia

Thursday 7 November 2013

Walking back from another great morning exploring a beach sunrise I remembered what a great photographer (can't remember who just now) said 'when preparing to take a shot, look over your shoulder because there might be a better scene behind you'.

It turns out that this guy was right! (766)

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ARE PHOTOGRAPHERS MORE HARDY THAN FISHERMEN?

Warrnambool, Australia

Tuesday 5 November 2013

The Lyndoch Boat House catches the first rays of sunlight of the day on the Hopkins River at Warrnambool. I believe it is a good place to catch fish although there was only me and another photographer braving the cold on the morning I took this shot. This could prove my theory that photographers are more hardy than fishermen, but saying this might raise a few eyebrows in the other camp! (765)

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STUNNING VIEWS

Eastern View, Australia

Monday 4 November 2013

'Eastern View is regarded as part of the Aireys Inlet area. It is a small strip of properties that are set directly opposite the beach and are land locked by the Great Otway National Park.

The views available from each property are stunning and mostly uninterrupted. To ability to walk straight across the road and be on the beach sometimes in seconds is one of its best loved features. The beach is long and uninterrupted making it perfect for a beach walk or run.

The historic and world famous arch over the Great Ocean Road is located at Eastern View and is a popular stop for tourists on the way down the coast.' [www.greatoceanroad.com] (764)

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WORTHY OF A PHOTO

Ceres, Australia

Sunday 3 November 2013

Driving through the hills at Ceres I noticed this plantation of Cypress trees along a driveway into a farm. A very unique sight, worthy of a photo … I thought to myself! (763)

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THE NATIONAL LIBRARY

Canberra, Australia

Saturday 2 November 2013

The National Library of Australia is the largest reference library of Australia, responsible under the terms of the National Library Act for 'maintaining and developing a national collection of library material, including a comprehensive collection of library material relating to Australia and the Australian people.' The Library contains a collection totalling 10,416,119 items.' [Wikipedia]

I took this image early in the morning as the sun rose over Lake Burley Griffin and the incredibly smooth water ensured wonderful reflections. (762)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Sydney, Australia

Friday 1 November 2013

Happy Birthday to the Sydney Opera House … it celebrated its 40th birthday recently with a week long party. I was unfortunately not invited to the party, but saw some of the events on TV and thought that the iconic structure still looked wonderful for its age. I'm not sure that I'll see all of the next 40 years, but hope I will be asked to come to her 50th in 10 years time! (761)

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