J515

Maldon, Australia

Monday 30 September 2013

I visited Maldon on the weekend, and while walking down the historic main street, I heard the sound of a steam train whistle. I rushed down to the railway station and watched as J515 and it's volunteers hitch up a number of odd carriages for the tourists to travel down the crocked and rusted line. Just before it left the station, I drove down to the first railway crossing and took a shot of J515 coming around a curve. (728)

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CAFÉ - BAR - GALLERY

Castlemaine, Australia

Sunday 29 September 2013

Castlemaine is a township in Central Victoria, created during the gold rush of the mid 1800's. I took a walk around town this morning … it was so peaceful and not too cold. This mural on the side of a café caught my eye, so I hope you like It also. (727)

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MOON REFLECTION

Canberra, Australia

Thursday 26 September 2013

I've just arrived home from Canberra with a handful of photos from there, that I think might make it into the public realm.

This image shows Black Mountain and it's communication tower overlooking the central business district of the city at sunrise and as a small bonus, the moon was still visible in both the sky and the reflections!
(726)

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THE NATIONAL CARILLION

Canberra, Australia

Wednesday 25 September 2013

An early morning image of the National Carillion in Canberra with reflections in Lake Burley Griffin.

'The carillon was a gift from the British government to the people of Australia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Capital, Canberra. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the National Carillon on 26 April 1970.' [Wikipedia] (725)

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THE FRONT ENTRANCE

Canberra, Australia

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Australia's national parliament is located in a purpose built city that was founded only 100 years ago. This image shows the front entrance of the parliament building in Canberra that I took tonight with a beautiful sunset. (724)

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NOT A BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE

Canberra, Australia

Monday 23 September 2013

I'm sitting here in my hotel room after a full day in Australia's Capital, Canberra. The day started at 5am with a stroll down to Lake Burley Griffin to see if I could catch a few reflections from the sunrise. I didn't get very far before the bridge on Commonwealth Avenue caught my eye and the beautiful landscape I had imagined turned into a striking architectural shot! (723)

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WHAT'S YOUR RURAL IMAGE?

Derrinallum, Australia

Sunday 22 September 2013

There is nothing more rural than a windmill in a grass filled paddock, particularly if you live in Western Victoria. Other parts of the country might consider herding cattle or planting a crop of wheat to be their rural image, but this photo takes me back to my childhood on the land. What do you think of as rural? (722)

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FLYING ROCKS

Red Rock, Australia

Saturday 21 September 2013

I'm thinking that these rocks started off down in the depression below. Off course, this was a few thousand years ago when the depression was a volcano, and had I been anywhere near this spot, I would most certainly have been killed by flying rocks! (721)

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ALL IN A ROW

Portarlington, Australia

Saturday 21 September 2013

While I was taking a photo of the Portarlington Pier for a client, I was pleasantly surprised by a flock of seagulls who wanted to be a part of the action. A number of them lined up on the handrail while the rest strutted their stuff on the pier. (720)

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DIFFERENT APPEARANCE

Melbourne, Australia

Friday 20 September 2013

The Yarra River is known for it's brownish colour, but in the morning light, the reflections of the clouds give it a much different appearance. This view of Melbourne's South Bank precinct shows what is known locally as 'Jeff's Shed', it is used as the major exhibition building for the city. (719)

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SCOTTISH HILLS

Moffat, Scotland

Friday 20 September 2013

A drive from Peebles to Moffat in the Scottish Borders reveals these beautiful hills and valleys. When I made this drive it was at the start of spring and there was still lingering snow littering the ground. This scene is so different to what I'm used to here in Australia. I think the biggest difference is the lack of trees on the Scottish hills. A Scottish relative visited us here in Australia and comment on how many trees we had ... I don't think we have too many, it is more that she wasn't used to seeing them. (718)

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ANOTHER DESERTED BEACH

Dromana, Australia

Thursday 19 September 2013

Another deserted beach which is a delight to photograph at this time of the year, but will be impossible in a few months time when it covered by people wanting to cool down in the clear water of Port Phillip Bay. (717)

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CLOUDS FOR DREAMERS

13th Beach, Australia

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Looking back along the cliff after a beach photo shoot near Barwon Head, I thought that the clouds were worthy of a final capture.

The Cloud Appreciation Society's Manifesto states: 'We believe that clouds are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul' So this image is for your contemplation! (716)

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SEAFARERS BRIDGE

South Wharf, Australia

Tuesday 17 September 2013

This image is of another beautiful walking bridge across the Yarra River. Called Seafarers Bridge, the lovely arches are held in place with cables that produce a structure which is not only functional, but also very pleasing to the eye! (715)

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BONUS STARBURSTS

Portarlington, Australia

Monday 16 September 2013

The sun rises over the fishing fleet at Portarlinton a week or so ago. The sun created a beautiful starburst as it rose over the pier, and it also reflected in the windows of the house above the cliff giving an additional three start bursts … what a bonus! (714)

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THE LEAVES ARE BACK

Melbourne, Australia

Sunday 15 September 2013

Another spring early morning in Melbourne. The leaves are back on the trees and the golden glow of this time of day make the city look great. The Yarra River always adds to an image of the city with the buildings of the southbank overlooking the scene. (713)

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BRIDGE TO THE OTHER SIDE

Melbourne, Australia

Saturday 14 September 2013

Melbourne has a number of bridges across the Yarra river, joining the central business district to the exciting southbank precinct. This is one of the walking bridges which runs from the Flinders Street Railway Station to the south side. While I was taking this photo there were hundreds of people crossing this bridge ... I got lucky with this shot and didn't have any blurry images in the low light of the early morning. (712)

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THE SPIDERS WEB

South Wharf, Australia

Friday 13 September 2013

The iconic Webb Bridge across the Yarra River in Melbourne gives the feeling of walking into a spiders web. I visited there yesterday morning, a location that I have wanted to shoot for a long time. The sunrise wasn't as spectacular as I had hoped for, with very little cloud cover, but there was still enough colour to make the shot worthwhile. (711)

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NON ERODING GREEN LIFE

Portsea, Australia

Thursday 12 September 2013

It's amazing how moss and seaweed can live on rocks that have been obviously eroded away with thousands of years of wave action. Why hasn’t the green life eroded away too?

Most people think about important issues … I lay awake at night thinking about this sort of thing! (710)

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WAITING FOR SUMMER

Hastings, Australia

Wednesday 11 September 2013

We have just started spring here in Australia so only a few more months and these bathing sheds will be once more fully utilised by their owners. (709)

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THE FISHERMAN AT SUNRISE

Grass Creek, Australia

Tuesday 10 September 2013

I've often lamented the fact that fisherman beat me to the 'good spots' first thing in the morning … and here is the proof! This bloke actually followed me onto the beach but walked a lot faster than me and arrived at his favourite spot and got in the way! I actually had a long chat with him and he wasn't as bad as I thought fishermen were. :-) (708)

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IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE

Bells Beach, Australia

Monday 9 September 2013

Early in the morning when the sea is flat and there isn't anyone around, it is hard to imagine that this is the home of the Bells Beach Surf Classic. Thousands of people and huge waves is what you would normally see every Easter … I prefer it when it's just me on the beach! (707)

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WHITE SANDY BEACH

Lancelin, Australia

Sunday 8 September 2013

I am always amazed at the variety of different beaches and more particularly the colour of the sand that can be found around Australia.

This beach in Western Australia has an incredibly white sandy beach and has a wonderful green coloured water as a contrast. (706)

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MOONSCAPE

Point Road Knight, Australia

Saturday 7 September 2013

I've been sitting here trying to think what to say about this image and have drawn a blank! Most times a photo tells a story and I don't have any writers block (I don't really consider myself a writer though) but this one isn't talking to me. The best I can do is call it a moonscape ... at least something out of this world. (705)

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THE LITTLE THINGS

Eastern View, Australia

Friday 6 September 2013

One of the things I always find on beaches that have rocks and sand is the small pools left around the larger rocks. I presume that the wave action with the water bouncing off the rocks and washing away the sand causes this phenomenon. Sometimes in this over complicated world it is nice to wonder about the little things in nature that we take for granted. :-) (704)

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COURT OF CONTEMPLATION

Perth, Australia

Thursday 5 September 2013

The Court of Contemplation is located at the western side of the State War Memorial Precinct and was unveiled on 6 November 1955 by Sir Charles Gairdner. It commemorates the conflicts in which Western Australians have fallen, with the walls featuring the names of major battlefields.

The Flame of Remembrance within the Pool of Reflection was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II on 1 April 2000 and burns continuously. It symbolises the promise of all Western Australians: 'We will remember them' [http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park] (703)

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TRANQUIL SPOT

Grass Creek, Australia

Wednesday 4 September 2013

This is the spot where Grass Creek meets the ocean … not a huge creek by world standards, but certainly pretty enough with the morning sun reflecting off the water and constrained by the hills each side of the mouth. I'm very glad to have found this tranquil spot on our planet! (702)

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THE BEACON

Gibsons Steps, Australia

Tuesday 3 September 2013

As I waited for the sun to set over the twelve apostles on the Great Ocean Road, the sun rested awhile on top of this rock stack and looked like a shining beacon. It lit up the crumbling cliff face with it's golden light at the end of another beautiful day! (701)

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RUSTED RAILS

Hastings, Australia

Sunday 1 September 2013

The old slipway at Hastings has seen better days. I loved the rust colour on the rails when I came across it recently. In fact the rust is so bad, it is starting to delaminate and the old poles underneath are beginning to disintegrate too. I wonder when the last time it was used? (700)

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