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THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTED ITSELF

Drysdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 27 February 2014

Running late for an appointment, I couldn't help myself and stopped at the historic Drysdale Railway Station and snapped this image. It only took me 10 minutes longer for the drive out the peninsular so no damage was done. As you can see, the sunrise was really going off and my detour was rewarded with a spectacular sky, and even the railway lines lit up with the golden light. Sometimes you just have to take the opportunity when it presents itself! (879)

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COUNTRY CONFUSION

Connewarre, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 27 February 2014

I was going to call this image 'Like a Scotland Loch without Clouds' because it reminded me so much of that part of the world. The morning I visited Connewarre it was incredibly still and the sunrise was a beautiful golden colour. There was even fog on the water in the distance. I love the warm tones on the land and the tree and the reflections in the mirror like water. So what to call my photo today ... (878)

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FIGHTING TO SURVIVE

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Another morning sunrise … is it just me or do these mornings come around too quickly? I can't believe that we are nearly at the end of February already. I think 2014 is going to break the speed record!

This image is of a rock stack off the coast at Aireys Inlet, not large as rock stacks go but impressive none the less as it fights to survive against the treacherous seas along this stretch of the Great Ocean Road. (877)

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A LITTLE WORSE FOR THE EXPERIENCE

Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Warrnambool can have some of the harshest weather, particularly the wind so this groyne at Stingray Bay has shown considerable endurance to withstand the elements. It is a little worse for the experience with it's missing plank, rusty bolts and moss covered wood but it still serves the purpose for which it was built. In the background is one of the islands in the bay with it's connecting walking bridge. (876)

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HAND DRAWN & COLOURED

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Monday 24 February 2014

I was lucky enough to be in Melbourne on Saturday night when the 'White Night' festival was on. One of the wonderful features were a number of Melbourne's iconic buildings being projected with images, both static and moving. This photo shows the Flinders Street Railway Station with splashes of colours projected onto it, almost making my photo look like it is hand drawn & coloured. There was an estimated 500,000 people in the city to witness this spectacular, about 499,999 too many for my liking, but I'm glad I was there to see it! (875)

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RECOGNISED BY FANS

Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 23 February 2014

This beautiful and stately home will be recognised by fans of the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries TV series. I took a quick tram trip out to Parkville this morning with friends and we began a walking expedition to find this iconic home.

The TV series is set in the 1920's and the outside appearance of this house doesn't look like it has changed since that time. The expedition was successful, resulting in us finding and capturing the house, as you can see! (874)

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BLOWING A GALE

Worm Bay, Victoria, Australia

Friday 21 February 2014

I've just arrived home from a trip down the Great Ocean Road, and I'm still finding different places to snap an image, including this one of Worm Bay, which I must have driven past before. The last two times I've been down the Warrnambool end of the road, it has been blowing a gale, and this time was no exception. It was very hard to keep the tripod and camera still with the wind buffeting them. (873)

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THE BRIDGE TO SERENITY

Lake Connewarre, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 20 February 2014

My expedition to Lake Connewarre was rewarded with a windless and clear morning. It was so quiet, except for the water birds that were waking up as the sun rose. This glowing bridge to a small pontoon is the only man made object in this serene part of the world. (872)

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ONLY BROKEN BY TWO YELLOW LIGHTS

Indented Head, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 18 February 2014

This 20 second exposure belies the fact that is was almost dark when I took the shot. It was a disappointing shoot because the sun didn't break through the thick clouds and give me the colour I love from being out early in the morning. The blue of the low light and the still water is only broken by the two yellow lights on the small pier. You might see a small line of red on the very left of the pier where a fisherman began to back his car and boat down the ramp while my shutter was open for an extended time ... damn fishermen! (870)

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VIEW FROM THE TOP

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Monday 17 February 2014

High above 'The Rip' the view of the sunrise can be spectacular. No ships is sight on the day this image was captured, although this stretch of water is incredibly busy with ocean going traffic sailing to and from Melbourne. (869)

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THE ROCKS ADD A LITTLE TEXTURE

Thompsons Creek, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 16 February 2014

I am such a fan of a sunrise over water, and today's image nails this need in my character! At the mouth of the Thompsons Creek (near Breamlea) I was very happy to set up the tripod and capture this wonderful scene, with the sun just clearing the horizon. The rocks add a little texture to the image and contrasts well with the smooth, but fast flowing creek. (868)

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TESTAMENT TO THE TOUGH CONDITIONS

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 15 February 2014

The old pier at Point Lonsdale has had a number of refurbishments over the years and you can see in this shot some of the old pylons that have been cut of at beach level and replaced. I have taken photos here once or twice before and never tire of this wonderful structure, the rusty bolts and weathered timbers are testament to the tough conditions it endures. (867)

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DRENCHED IN WARM ORANGE LIGHT

Limeburners Bay, Victoria, Australia

Friday 14 February 2014

I never tire of the beautiful colours that can be found in an early morning sunrise. This is a recent shot of the yachts in Limeburners Bay being drenched in the warm orange light that contrasts very well with the blues and greens of the foreground water. (866)

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SHORT-TERM BERTH

St Helens, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 13 February 2014

As the sun cleared the horizon and began to shine brightly on Corio Bay, I came across the short-term berths at St Helens marina. This lone yacht was moored there and the sun shone through the cabin and made it look like the lights were on inside. A pesky fisherman had driven his car out the end of the small breakwater, and if you look closely you can see him at the end, not catching anything. I think there is a small club of these pretend fishermen out there who's sole objective is to photo bomb my images ... just a theory, mind you! (865)

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A POIGNANT SCENE

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Wandering along the walking track towards Corio Quay early this week and I noticed a small white cross part way up the bank. I normally wouldn't take a shot like this with the dead flowers and rocks holding up the memorial looking a bit neglected but then the sun highlighted the cross. I hope I'm not offending anyone, but the poignant scene almost encouraged me to capture it, not sure why? (864)

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A TOUCH OF AUTUMN

St Helens, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 11 February 2014

We are nearing the end of a very long and hot summer here in Australia. Bushfires are still raging out of control in a number of places and we have broken temperature records, according to the TV weather girl. But I'm feeling the days getting a little shorter and the daily high temperatures a little lower as we hurtle towards the end of February and into autumn.

Today's photo isn't all that spectacular, but it is tranquil, bright and has a touch of autumn that I'm so longing for. If you live in the bushfire areas I hope you stay safe today. (863)

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BOARDWALK ACROSS THE LAGOON

Spring Creek, Victoria, Australia

Monday 10 February 2014

Near the surf beach at Torquay the small Spring Creek enters the sea. There is a lagoon and marsh area created by a sandbank that covers most of the creek's mouth and this boardwalk has been created to allow people to walk, cycle and run across the water to the trail heading towards the Jan Juc beach. In the distance the new RACV resort catches the morning light, as does the clouds that have turned a lovely warm pink colour. (862)

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ALL ALONE

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 9 February 2014

Walking along the beach at Point Impossible I found this rock, all alone bathing in the warm sun of the early morning. It had created a small pool around it and seemed to be having a wonderful time, albeit without any friends.

You might sense that I couldn't find anything appropriate to say about this image, so I flirted with a fantasy description to pad out the blog! I hope none of you are alone on this hot (in Australia) Sunday morning? (861)

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A COOL SCENE ON A HOT DAY

Sunnymeade Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 8 February 2014

I thought that a cool scene was in order for the hot day we are having here in the south west corner of Australia! We are expecting temperatures today up to the 40's Celsius (>100 in the old money) and worse still, clear skies … not good for a landscape photographer. I'm banking on a cool change predicted tonight to bring back conditions that are conducive to good image capturing. (860)

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WIND AND SALT SWEPT

Avalon Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 7 February 2014

The plants and bushes on the edge of this salt lake must be very hardy to survive in this hostile environment. The character shown in the wind and salt swept branches look much better with the early morning light shining on them! (859)

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WHY DO I LIKE INTERESTING SKIES SO MUCH?

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 6 February 2014

This is very much a rhetorical question. The reason I like interesting skies so much is because they can take a seemingly ordinary scene and provide drama and colour! Take this photo for example, it is of a small breakwater at Limeburners Point, not all that spectacular as breakwaters go, but I find my eye drawn to the wonderful sky that morning as the sun began to rise. Give me an interesting sky any day over a plain boring blue one! (858)

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NOT MUCH OF A THRILL SEEKER

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Where Thompsons Creek meets the ocean a large sandbank has formed that almost stops the flow of water. The creek has cut a path through the sand and created a cliff like edge. While taking photos, I could hear the 'plops' of falling sand as the edges of the little cliff kept falling into the water. I wasn't game to get any closer to the edge for fear of falling into the fast running water ... not much of a thrill seeker, I hear you say! (857)

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FORESHORE GRASSES

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 4 February 2014

A very pretty but rugged part of the Victorian coastline … Point Impossible is a wonderful place to visit. I love these grasses on the foreshore overlooking the rocky beach and luckily it wasn't windy, so they didn't move all that much for my slow shutter to capture. (856)

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A LOVELY PINK SPLASH

Thomsons Creek, Victoria, Australia

Monday 3 February 2014

An uncomfortably hot night was followed by an early morning trip to the mouth of Thompsons Creek. I don't know if it was the hot night or the predicted bad weather this afternoon ie 'red in the morning, sailors warning', but the sky was a blaze of colour at 6:30am today. First a lovely pink splash seen in today's photo, which later turned a beautiful orange. (855)

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HAVE YOU WALKED TO THE END?

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 2 February 2014

Have you ever been for a walk to the end of the Point Lonsdale Pier? It is reasonably long and when you reach the end you have a great view of all ships that come and go from Port Philip Bay. (854)

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PRETTY SALT LAKES

Avalon Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 1 February 2014

This desolate area out the back of Avalon Beach came to life with colour when the warm sunrise streamed across my view. I couldn't believe how pretty the previously unattractive plant life that struggles to survive around the salt lakes looked with the orange tint of the early morning sun! (853)

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