THE OLD COUNTRY CHURCH

Ceres, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 30 April 2014

This tiny, but beautiful church is the setting for many wedding photographers who are requested to capture a rural feel to their images. The Anglican church and the old manse were built in the 1880's and are still used today. The gravel road leads up the hill and when I took this photo the sun was setting behind it and created a silhouette of the trees on the ridge line. (939)

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FISH OUT OF WATER

St Helens, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 29 April 2014

This public art of a fish overlooks the water on the foreshore at St Helens. It is covered in small coloured ceramic tiles that look great in the early morning light. The fishermen that I talked to on that morning hadn't caught anything, let alone something as big as this one! (938)

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SOFT LIGHT

Ceres, Victoria, Australia

Monday 28 April 2014

Not a beach or water in sight today, something a bit different for me! I was taken by the soft light of the early evening from when driving home from seeing a client on Saturday afternoon. These trees on this hill were lit by the disappearing light at just the right time. (937)

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ALONG THE COUNTRY ROAD

Barrabool Hills, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 27 April 2014

The beautiful Barwon River meanders along the foot of the Barrabool Hills, then through the centre of the City of Geelong and finally enters the sea at the appropriately named Barwon Heads.

I stood on an old single lane bridge to take this shot late yesterday afternoon, having to stop and move out of the way for three cars that came along the country road ... I am always relieved to get a wave from the drivers so that I know I've been seen. Getting so close to my 1,000th photo it would have been a shame if I was run over and this was my final photo! (936)

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ALWAYS A BONUS

Leopold, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 26 April 2014

Today's photo is a bit darker and moodier than I would normally make, but that is the way it wanted to go through my processing workflow, so I left it that way.

Onsite at this small point on Corio Bay I was disappointed to find what appeared to be builders rubble abandoned to the elements. I don't think there would have been a structure at this site so it had to have been carted here on purpose.

That aside, the morning was beautiful, the sunrise spectacular and I managed to stay dry ... which is always a bonus! (935)

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LEST WE FORGET

Portland, Victoria, Australia

Friday 25 April 2014

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in that war. In subsequent years the meaning of the day has been further broadened to include Australians killed in all the military operations in which Australia has been involved.' [www.awm.gov.au] (934)

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LIVING IN THE MOMENT

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 24 April 2014

I find that an early morning walk along a beach is both good exercise and good for one's soul. The clear air, the rising sun and the noise of the waves seems to recharge the body's battery and makes me forget about the rest of the world. I guess it is what is termed 'living in the moment'.

On this particular morning I hadn't been the only one the beach. There were dog paw prints and human foot prints also, but I didn't see anyone ... just the way I like it! (933)

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ENDURE THE HARDSHIPS

Bay of Islands, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 23 April 2014

The Bay of Islands is a very beautiful stretch of the Great Ocean Road. It is littered with rock stacks and dozens of small bays all with white sandy beaches. A photographers paradise! Unfortunately I wasn't there at my favourite time of the day (early morning) but sometimes one has to endure the hardships of life! ;-) (932)

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I DID WARN YOU!

Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 22 April 2014

It is pouring rain on the metal roof of my office as I write the blog this morning, so there is no chance for me to get out to take a sunrise photo even though the sun is still half an hour away from rising. So I have dipped into my library of images and processed this one from my Zeally Bay photo shoot early in the month. I did warn you a week or two ago that I would bore you with photos from that morning! While processing this one, I kept thinking how fortunate the people are who own the homes along the edge of the bay, and even with the rain this morning they would still have a beautiful view of the ocean. (931)

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THE DIMINUTIVE RED AND WHITE STRUCTURE

Portland, Victoria, Australia

Monday 21 April 2014

Portland has a pretty, albeit short lighthouse on the cliff above the township. I ventured up to see it at sunrise and was rewarded with a colourful sky behind the diminutive red and white structure. (930)

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PORT ACTIVITY

Portland, Victoria, Australia

Monday 21 April 2014

I've just come back from a fantastic Easter break at Portland, on Victoria's south west coast. The weather wasn't too bad and I managed a few good photos which I will post over the next week or two.

This image is of the waterfront near the city centre shows some of the port activity, including wheat, log and wood chip exports from a naturally deep harbour and the site of Victoria's first permanent European settlement. (929)

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INDUSTRIAL GRAFFITI

North Shore, Victoria, Australia

Friday 18 April 2014

I recently took a run out to North Shore, an area I hadn't been to before to see if I could get a sunrise over Corio Bay. I was saddened to see that in this remote part of an industrial area the graffiti vandals had been hard at work. In the background is a well lit oil refinery reflected in the water and only a moderate sunrise, unfortunately. (928)

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DOWN TO THE BEACH

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 17 April 2014

I don't think anyone will be heading down to the beach this weekend, not here in Victoria at least. The weather is predicted to be very cold so it is time to dig out the winter clothes to help stay warm. I'm planning a photo shoot over the entire weekend, so hope it doesn't rain too much and that I get a few good images.

The photo today is of a warmer time, not so long ago of the steps down to the Jan Juc beach. (927)

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WHITE WATER THRASHING

Peterborough, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 16 April 2014

The Victorian coastline is amazing and the drive along the Great Ocean Road is a must if you visit this part of the world. A number of rock stacks and arches can be seen along the drive, like this one which is imaginatively called 'The Arch'. You can see why this area of the shoreline is called the 'Ship Wreck Coast' with the white water that is thrashing around the rocks. (926)

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STILL TAKES A LOT OF ENERGY

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 15 April 2014

These sunlit steps are one of the ways down to the Point Lonsdale beach from the cliff above. They are imaginatively designed with wonderful curves at the corners but they still take a lot of energy to get back up to the top, just like any other. (925)

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NOT A NORMAL BEACH SCENE

Leopold, Victoria, Australia

Monday 14 April 2014

I visited a new area today, the Leopold portion of Corio Bay and found this lovely scene as the sun rose above the horizon. Not a normal beach scene, but a coastal view none the less. I love the warm feel of this image with the sun lighting up the bushes in the foreground! (924)

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MADE OF TOUGHER STUFF

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 13 April 2014

This spherical rock caught my eye as I climbed over other rocks, trying to beat the rising tide to get to the beach on the other side of the bluff. As a side note, when taking photos on rocky beaches it is very important to know which way the tide is going. It can be dangerous getting caught against a cliff or on a rocky ledge with a rising tide. But back to the story, this large rock seems out of place with all of it's surrounding neighbours who have been worn flat by the years of relentless waves, yet it stands tall and defiant. It must be made of tougher stuff! (923)

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TIME TO YOURSELF

Drysdale, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 12 April 2014

This is a shot of the Drysdale railway station, the platform used by the historic steam train that travels down to Queenscliff. I was here early in the morning so nobody was on the platform … just the way I like it! Am I unusual, or do you also like the solitude of spending time by yourself? (922)

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LOVELY CONTRAST

Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Friday 11 April 2014

The beach in today's photo is a bit unusual … the left side is covered in rocks while the right hand side is just covered in beautiful white sand and water. it makes for a lovely contrast in the image. Of course the inclusion of a rising sun reflecting in the wet sand tops of a great view which I was fortunate to be able to witness. (921)

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?

Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 10 April 2014

This is another shot from the most fabulous photo shoot I think I've ever had. Out of the almost 100 unique pictures taken of this one spectacular sunrise, there are more than 80 that I consider worth processing! My only concern is that I will bore you witless over the next month or so with images of this one location, so let me know when it all gets too much for you ... leave a comment saying enough is enough! (920)

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BEACH CAFÉ

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 9 April 2014

This little café on Torquay's front beach caught my eye, not because of it's modern & unusual design but because of the sunrise reflection in the front windows. This was a 30 second exposure for my camera because of the early hour, and my patience paid off. The old anchor in the foreground is from a ship that was wrecked at nearby Point Impossible in the 1800's but only found by divers in 1970. (919)

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WANTING FOR MORE!

Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 8 April 2014

The colours of sunrise change dramatically, from beautiful pinks & purples before the sun reaches the horizon and then oranges and reds as it comes into view. When the sun is fully above the horizon the light tends towards white and the magic of the early morning's light slowly disappears. When you experience a truly great sunrise you hope it won't end, but it inevitably does, leaving you wanting for more! (918)

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THIS IS WHAT YOU MISSED THIS MORNING

Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Monday 7 April 2014

What a great morning we had today … a fantastic sunrise for those of you who ventured out at Zeally Bay just after 6am. For everyone else, you are going to have to put up with my images from this morning to see what I mean, and you might see more than one or two of them over the next few weeks!

This image is of a groyne on the beach with the sun's reflection on the wet sand coming through the gap in the wooden structure. (917)

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MAKING IT'S ESCAPE

Thompson Creek, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 6 April 2014

This is the spot where Thompson Creek flows to the sea. A massive sandbar blocks most of the creek's mouth but it has dug a channel through the sand to make it's escape. I love the clear aquar water in the forground and the pinks and purples in the sky that unfortunately only lasted a few minutes. (916)

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ALL WASN'T LOST

Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 5 April 2014

I captured this peaceful scene while hopefully waiting for a sunrise to appear. It didn't! The cloud cover was too great for the sun but it was very still and this waterway provided a lovely reflection of the tree at the end, so all wasn't lost. (915)

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STREET WORKSHOP

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 4 April 2014

At the recent Melbourne White Night Festival there were many street artists, including this one called the Street Workshop. It had attracted a huge crowd by the time I passed by so my curiosity was tweaked and I managed to get a quick photo, albeit a bit noisy. (914)

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SO PEACEFUL

Lake Connewarre, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 3 April 2014

Lake Connewarre is a hidden jewel of the Geelong region. Not generally displayed on the tourist attractions, it is the home of a large number of birds and is the last step before the Barwon River spills into Bass Straight.

The morning I visited didn't have a cloud in the sky (much to my disappointment) but the water was glassy still and so peaceful that I pretty much forgot about the cloud problem! (913)

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WALKING HOME

Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 2 April 2014

I snapped these two volunteer firemen walking down the road last weekend after staffing a CFA stall at the historic Gulf Station homestead. I love the winding track and while I normally don't include people in my images, these two make a great addition to the scene. (912)

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DEEP RED COLOUR

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 1 April 2014

These deep red coloured rocks give the beach it's name and provide a great contrast to the white sand and blue water of this wonderful stretch of the Great Ocean Road. A very long walk to this spot was well worth the effort to see this great sight. (911)

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