THANK YOU 2014!

Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 31 December 2014

Well … this is the last post for 2014. Thank you for such a great year. I have loved the great comments from you on my daily photos and have really enjoyed getting out and capturing as many scenes as possible. I didn't make it overseas this year, but did go to Tasmania (sort of overseas!!) and it was the visit to Strahan that most impressed me. Today's photo is from this little township on the westcoast of Tasmania. I hope you enjoy it and I am so looking forward to our journey together in 2015. (1182)

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CURVES BETWEEN THE TREE TOPS

Werribee, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 30 December 2014

I took an early morning drive to Werribee yesterday to visit the new Wedge Street Pedestrian Bridge that links the city centre and Wyndham Park. The bridge is very unusual in design and curves between the tree tops as it crosses the river. Being so early in the morning I was able to capture the sunrise and caught a sunburst as a bonus. (1181)

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THE OLD DERELICT POWER STATION

North Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 29 December 2014

The old derelict power station at North Geelong is being transformed into Australia's largest legal indoor street art space. The building has been abandoned for 45 years so the new use is very welcome. There is going to be a Powerhouse Festival on January 10 & 11 and more details can be found at http://goo.gl/2kMI6G or take a drive out to Mackey Street and see for yourself. (1180)

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ALMOST OBSCURED BY THE FOG

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 28 December 2014

I've not had a lot of success with fog photos so I'm trying again today. When visiting New Norfolk in Tasmania I took an early morning walk along the Derwent River and found this scene. The autumn leaves on one of the banks of the river are beautiful & vivid while the other side of the river is almost obscured by the fog. (1179)

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THERE IS A BEAUTY HERE

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 27 December 2014

The rugged interior of Tasmania is wonderful and sometimes overlooked by photographers like myself, but there is a beauty here that is just as good as the coastline. The colours are often subdued & monotone but I found patches of burnt reds in the grasslands of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park that provided a great contrast to the greens of the eucalypt forest. (1178)

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CRUMBLING

Collendina Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 26 December 2014

The coastline is forever changing as the relentless sea continually pounds at it and erodes away the sand and rocks. The area near my home is no exception with this stretch at Collendina crumbling into smaller rocks which in turn will be converted into grains of sand over the next few decades. (1177)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas everyone. Hasn't the year flown! 2014 has been a great year from a photographic point of view. I managed 70 photo-shoots which was a little below my goal of 100, but much better than the year before. I managed to find some lovely friends from all over the world who like my work and for this I am very appreciative. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your families and will continue to follow my photography in 2015. (1176)

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A HARD LIFE

Beacon Cove, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 24 December 2014

The spectacular Beacon Cove on a beautiful morning. The beacon in the middle of the cove creates a lovely reflection in the still green water and the whole scene Is flanked by appartments and restaurants. A hard life for those who live here! (1175)

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WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 23 December 2014

What a disappointment, the weather had been very ordinary and a check of my weather app said that the next morning wouldn't be too bad. I looked up the sunrise time and went to bed early & set my alarm so that I could make the short drive to Jan Juc when I awoke. I arrived and walked down a long path and several sets of steps to be greeted with this image. The tide was running higher than normal and there wasn't a skerrick of sand to be seen! Worse than that the sea was pounding the last set of steps such that I couldn't even get down to the rocks below. With all of my planning the night before, I had forgotten to check the tide times, something I will not do again! (1174)

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BROWN WITH TANNIN

Franklin Gordon National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 22 December 2014

I spent a bit of time in the national parks on the drive to the west coast of Tasmania. There are numerous rivers and falls to be seen from the walking tracks and the water is brown with the tannin from the vegetation.

'The term tannin (from tanna, an Old High German word for oak or fir tree, as in Tannenbaum) refers to the use of wood tannins from oak in tanning animal hides into leather; hence the words 'tan' and 'tanning' for the treatment of leather.' [Wikipedia] (1173)

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RUGGED BEAUTY

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 21 December 2014

'Cradle Mountain is a mountain in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia. Rising to 1,545 metres (5,069 ft) above sea level, it is one of the principal tourist sites in Tasmania, owing to its natural beauty. The Cradle Mountain is composed of dolerite columns, similar to many of the other mountains in the area.' [Wikipedia]

Unfortunately the mountain was hidden from view by low cloud when I took this photo but the surrounding area also has a rugged beauty, not unlike some areas of Scotland. (1172)

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DAMN DUCKS!

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 20 December 2014

Have you ever tried to take a picture of ducks in low light? It is almost impossible to get them to sit still. These ducks were foraging for their breakfast on the Derwent River one foggy morning earlier this year and as you can see, one or two of them are blurred as they darted around the shallows of the bank. Luckily the rest of the scene was worth keeping so the ducks have survived Photoshop. (1171)

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END OF SHIFT

Portland, Victoria, Australia

Friday 19 December 2014

As the sun rises it signals the end of shift for the little lighthouse that overlooks the harbour in Portland. Known as the Whalers Bluff Lighthouse it was moved to it's current location from Battery Point in 1889.

Tonight I'm listening to John Lee Hooker's album 'Blues is my favourite colour'. It is wonderful music to edit photos to. A fact I hadn't known before today is that Hooker appeared in The Blues Brothers movie ... I must watch the movie again as it is 20 years since I last saw it! (1170)

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ONLY ONE SMALL WINDING ROAD

Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 18 December 2014

Tonight I'm listening to Elgar's cello concerto, one of my favourite pieces and remembering how rugged the coastline was when I visited the Bay of Fires, near the top of the east side of Tasmania. There was only one small winding road into this isolated but beautiful location. It is high on my list of places that I will visit again, including Binalong Bay which is a litte further down the road. (1169)

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IT POSSIBLY WON'T SURVIVE

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 17 December 2014

The wonderfully rugged coastline around the mouth of Port Phillip Bay is very photogenic and ever changing. I love it and have probably bored you to tears with my photos of it, but I don't care … here is another! This is an image of a mini rock stack which possibly won't survive for many more years, except in mine and a million other photographers shots of this beautiful spot in the world.

This week I have decided to let you know what music I am listening to as I edit my daily photo and tonight it is from the amazing work of Dan Tharp, a solo acoustic guitar player who lives in Green Valley, Illinois, USA. You can listen to his fantastic work at www.dantharpmusic.com . (1168)

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SO MANY TYPES TO PICK FROM

Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 16 December 2014

I'm in a blues mood tonight as I edit this lovely sunrise at Zeally Bay, just south of my home. It has been a big and stressful day and blues music seems to be just what I need. A hit of B.B. King never goes a miss when I feel this way.

I've often been asked what type of music I like and it has become much wider as I grow older. Initially it was 70's music, and nothing else. I now love classical, jazz & blues and depending on the time of day or my state of mind, one of these generes fits the bill. I still like the 70's but I just can't get into the other two ... country & western! I know that I'm going to offend someone with this post but music is a very personal thing and we are so lucky to have so many types to pick from and love. (1167)

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A MORE INNOCENT ERA

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 15 December 2014

I have taken a few photos over the years of these iconic lights at Geelong's Eastern Beach, and I still love them. They invoke images in my mind of a more innocent era and I can almost imagine families swimming in the enclosure and picnicking on the surrounding lawns wearing the 'neck to knee' swimming costumes of the day. We are very lucky in our city that not all of the history has been replaced and that new structures are being built that will be the historic pieces for future generations. (1166)

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THE SHINE DOME

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Sunday 14 December 2014

'The Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome and its custom-designed furniture were created to reflect the inquiring and innovative nature of science. It was the first Canberra building to be added to the National Heritage List, for its historical and architectural significance.

A Canberra landmark since its construction in 1959, the Shine Dome has received numerous awards and is one of seven projects the Royal Australian Institute of Architects has nominated to the World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture.'
[www.science.org.au] (1165)

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CONSTELLATION

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 13 December 2014

'The reconstructed wharf at the east end of Enterprize Park features five carved wooden and metal figureheads, collectively known as ‘Constellation’. Depicting a dragon, a woman, a bird, a man and a lion, they are the work of Bruce Armstrong and Geoffrey Bartlett and evoke the spirit of the early sailing ships.' [www.yarrariver.infoEnterprize Park] (1164)

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THE HOLLYWOOD STYLE

Ripponlea, Victoria, Australia

Friday 12 December 2014

'Designed by architects Reed and Barnes in 1868 in the Lombardic Romanesque style , Rippon Lea joins a list of well known public buildings commissioned from this respected Melbourne firm.

The mansion was ‘modernised’ in the early twentieth century by its last owner Mrs. Louisa Jones, who incorporating many of the nineteenth century features, updated and ‘jazzed up’ the house in 1938.

Incorporating the latest interior design fashions from Europe, in particular the work of Syrie Maugham, a neo-baroque scheme – known as the Hollywood style - was chosen to grace the interiors.' [www.ripponleaestate.com.au] (1163)

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IN TOTAL CONTRAST

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Thursday 11 December 2014

The soft light of Scotland's Trossachs National Park is wonderful and in total contrast to the harsh midday light here in Australia. As a photographer it is great being able to capture images at almost anytime of the day, unlike the restrictions (self imposed) of early morning or last thing at the end of the day that I'm used to doing. (1162)

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NOT A BAD COINCIDENCE

Western Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 10 December 2014

I'm sitting here editing this photo listening to Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon ' album and these pink and purple tones appear in the image I took at Geelong's Western Beach. Not a bad coincidence … I wonder if the track 'Money' will be a coincidence too! (1161)

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I'M NOT SURE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE

St Leonards, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 9 December 2014

This groyne on the foreshore at St Leonards has recently undergone some maintenance. The newer boards in the centre section are still green and haven't begun to show the ravages of time like all the rest. I'm not sure what the significance of 'Part B' that is written in white paint on one of the boards but another winter and it won't be visible anymore as the weather continues it attempt to try and remove the structure from the beach. (1160)

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ENDURED DECADES OF WEATHER

St Leonards, Victoria, Australia

Monday 8 December 2014

The trees that survive along our coastline have to be made of tough stuff. Most are leaning away from the prevailing wind and seem to be stunted in their growth. These trees at St Leonards have grown considerably larger than most but show the signs of having had to endure decades of unpleasant weather making their branches twist and distort as if in agony. (1159)

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WONDERFUL ROCK STRUCTURES

Swansea, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 7 December 2014

The beautiful coastline on the eastern side of Tasmania is amazing and different at every turn. Just out of Swansea these wonderful rock structures jut out of the sand. The long shards of rock are all facing the same direction as if stacked that way by someone. (1158)

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THE SCENERY IS SPECTACULAR

Bay of Islands, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 6 December 2014

A magical place on the Great Ocean Road, just a little further west of the Twelve Apostles is the Bay of Islands. There are, as the name implies may islands and rock stacks dotted around the bay and the scenery is spectacular. When I last visited the sun was much higher in the sky than I normally like, but that only gives me a good reason to go back and try again! (1157)

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I WOULD BE OUTRAGED

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Friday 5 December 2014

In any other circumstance, the seaweed strewn along the beach would look like litter and I would be outraged, but mother nature is able to get away with this act and produces lovely colours and interesting textures to the underwater remains. It doesn't look out of place at all in this image and adds to the overall feel of the scene. (1156)

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ALMOST TROPICAL

Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 4 December 2014

This almost looks like a tropical scene, blue/green water, fishermen on a pier and lots of sunshine. And the weather today was almost tropical too, with very high humidity, warm temperatures and the tail end of a thunderstorm. But this is Port Melbourne in Australia's south east, not normally known as a tropical destination! (1155)

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ARTWORK THAT NATURE PRODUCES

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Todays image showcases the wonderful artwork that nature produces, the beautiful and intricate patterns created in the sand at Urquhart Bluff. It's not a bad sculpture formed by using only water and sand assisted by the tide and a few well placed rocks. (1154)

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THE RUSTY STEEL SURROUNDS

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 2 December 2014

A different view of Geelong's new Christmas Tree which is located in the quay next to the wonderful Carousel Building. The rusty steel surrounding the waterfront provides a great leading line for my image and even though the lights on the tree have turned off because of the early morning sunshine, the metallic structure looks great. (1153)

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BEAUTIFULLY COLOURED WATER

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Monday 1 December 2014

The beautifully coloured water off the Torquay coast was so inviting, with the orange of the sunrise reflected into the aqua and white water. I love it when a scene pops with colour like this … hope you do too! (1152)

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