WET SAND REFLECTIONS

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Friday 31 January 2014

There is nothing more pleasing to the eye than a beautifully coloured sky resulting from a sunrise, and its reflecting in the wet sand of a beach. Add some waves and a few rocks for perspective and I think I have today's photo!

I have less than 150 photos to go to complete my '1,000 photos posted in 1,000 days' quest. If you like my work, please tell as many people as you know. It would be great to make it to July 3rd with some extra encouragement! (852)

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THE SIGNAL STATION

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 30 January 2014

'Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, also known as the Point Lonsdale Signal Station, is close to the township of Point Lonsdale in, Victoria, Australia. It stands at the eastern end of the Bellarine Peninsula, on the western side of the entrance to Port Phillip from Bass Strait, on a headland overlooking the 'Rip', a stretch of water considered one of the ten most treacherous navigable passages in the world, and the only seaborne approach to Melbourne.' [Wikipedia] (851)

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THE TINY PIER

Avalon Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 29 January 2014

Avalon Beach has one of the smallest piers on Corio Bay. It stands next to the boat ramp and looks like it might have recently been renovated. The deck is now made of recycled plastic that is slip proof and long lasting. The poles are the treated pine type that again should last a long time. All this is very practical but it doesn't look as quaint as some of the other old structures elsewhere on the bay. Lucky I had a great sunrise to make the view a bit more attractive! (850)

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STEEL SLIPWAY

Limeburners Bay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 28 January 2014

I was very taken by the sunlight reflecting on the iron railway lines that make up the small slipway at this small yacht club. Even the steel cable used to drag boats up into the boat yard is reflecting the early morning sunshine. You can also see the wooden sleepers sitting on the bed of the bay just below the water and showing through the still water. (849)

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ANOTHER GREAT MORNING

Split Point, Victoria, Australia

Monday 27 January 2014

Not just another morning … this is a great morning and the Split Point lighthouse is still sitting there waiting and watching the coast of Victoria. I love skies that have clouds and beautiful colours and this one has both! (848)

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A WALKER ON THE BEACH

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 26 January 2014

Those who know me will be shocked by this photo … it contains a human! Even though I shot this image very early in the morning, the walkers beat me to the beach. My only excuse is that it is still the holiday season and there are an overwhelming number of people in the area, some of whom spill over into my photos. I will try better ... sorry! (847)

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STEPS DOWN TO THE SUN

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 25 January 2014

If you look closely at this image you will see what looks like an island where the sun is rising. It is in fact the tip of Mornington Peninsula, and while it looks peaceful and calm, the water between the two peninsulas is one of the most treacherous for shipping and requires local pilots to successfully bring large ocean going vessels into and out of the bay.

These steps down to the sun caught my eye with their curved corners and the light reflecting off of the handrails. (846)

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THE ROCK AT THE END OF THE BEACH

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Friday 24 January 2014

I love this image, the reflections are amazing, the sky is fantastic, the water on the beach is smooth and the rock is … well … being rock like!

This image was taken early in the morning when the light was at its best, not too bright, but just enough to make great reflections and provide a feeling of calm. (845)

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SUN BENEATH THE RAIL

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 23 January 2014

Where the Barwon River meets the sea there is a new bridge that has been constructed to allow walkers and fishermen to cross safely away from the vehicle traffic on the old bridge. Captured last week, this photo shows a walker crossing as the sun rises beneath the rail of the bridge. (844)

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LOW LIGHT BLUCK!

Indented Head, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 23 January 2014

I find taking very low light shots difficult and usually unsuccessful. Take this shot, I am happy with the foreground with the small moss covered rocks looking not too bad, even the pier with the two lights has worked also, but the sky is just 'bluck'! I think the problem is that the very long shutter speed allows the clouds to move a long distance and any definition that might have been there before is now just blurred over. I would be interested to hear what you think I could do to improve future low light shots. (843)

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STILL THAT ACTIVE

Geelong, Australia

Wednesday 22 January 2014

On a recent visit to the swimming enclosure at Geelong's Eastern Beach I was beaten to the spot by a group of 70-80 year olds who regularly swim in the baths at sunrise. You may see the electric scooter that one of their members uses to drive out to the lap pool. The swimmers aren't in shot because of the long shutter speed making them invisible but I had to admire their grit and determination at getting up early and swimming in the freezing cold water, as one of them said, '3 or 4 times a week'! I hope I'm still that active at their age. (842)

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TRIPOD TOPPLE

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 21 January 2014

An early morning drive to Jan Juc this morning was rewarded with a reasonable sunrise and a great walk along the beach. This shot of a wave coming between the cliff and a huge rock almost caused my tripod to topple as it came in faster and higher than I thought it was going to! No damage and an action shot as well, so I came home very pleased with myself, just in time for breakfast. (841)

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THE SECRET TUNNEL TO THE LIGHTHOUSE

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Monday 20 January 2014

It was like being a child again as I explored the gravel paths around the Split Point Lighthouse. This wonderful tunnel created by the trees that have grown over the path to create a 'secret' way to the spot where the cliff top lighthouse has stood since 1891. (840)

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GOOD MORNING!

St Leonards, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 18 January 2014

I just wanted to say Good Morning! Hope everyone is safe, well and getting on with 2014 ... and haven't thrown out all of your new years resolutions.

Here is a little sunrise image to hopefully get you into the right frame of mind for the day and weekend ahead. (839)

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COOLER TONES

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Friday 17 January 2014

I thought a cooler looking image was in order today. With apologies to my northern hemisphere friends, down here in Australia we have been experiencing a major heat wave and there is still one more day left to swelter before the cool change arrives.

This image is of the southern end of the main beach at Point Lonsdale, shot earlier this week ... the cooler tones and the water feel very inviting as I sit here posting today's blog. (838)

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THE OZONE WRECK

Indented Head, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 16 January 2014

'The retired Port Phillip paddle steamer, Ozone, was sunk at Indented Head in 1925 to form a breakwater. The wreck remains a distinctive landmark visible offshore from the main beach. One of the Ozone's anchors has also been incorporated into a monument located on the cliff-top beside the Taylor Reserve camping ground.' [Wikipedia] (837)

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SOME LIKE IT HOT

Drumcondra, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 15 January 2014

What a night … the temperature didn't get below 28 degrees Celsius! Some people like it hot, but not me. Without airconditioning it was a very uncomfortable sleep and we are now bracing for another 40+ day today. Melbourne (just up the road a bit from Geelong) is jokingly said to have 'four seasons in one day' weather, but today it's only going to be summer!

This image taken at Drumcondra early one morning a few weeks ago could have easily been shot this morning with the warmth in the sky already evident. (836)

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A DAY AT THE BEACH

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Today is the first of a four day heat wave! I took a quick trip to Point Lonsdale this morning before it started to heat up and witnessed a great sunrise. This Vespa caught my eye as I was heading back to the car and I thought it worthy of a quick snap. You would imagine that a Vespa has the ultimate in airconditioning and that it would be a great way to travel for a day at the beach! (835)

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DOUBLE WATER FRONT

Avalon Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 13 January 2014

An early morning trip out to Avalon Beach (northern side of Corio Bay) was rewarded by a lovely & colourful sunrise. I took this shot over the lagoon. The single row of beach shacks have this lagoon at their back fence and the beach out front … not bad hey! (834)

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BURNT OUT

Maude, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 12 January 2014

Australia is (unfortunately) prone to extreme 'bushfires' and last week saw the first fire in our area for the season . The fire near Maude burnt through 350 hectares and was eventually controlled by more than 200 volunteer firefighters.

This coming week is going to be very hot, with temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees C, so we should spare a thought for those people who serve in the fire brigades and other emergency services and hope that they see little or no action, and that we will be fire free.

This image taken this morning is of the roadside at the edge of the Maude fire. (833)

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WHAT A TERRIBLE MORNING

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 11 January 2014

I was woken by my alarm this morning at 4:45 and in the car by 5am. I drove the 40 minutes to the eastern facing Indented Heads so that I could photograph the sunrise. While I waited for the light to increase I took some low light shots of the pier with 30sec shutter speeds, only to have some pesky fishermen back their boat down the ramp and launch it, followed by three more of their mates launching their own boats. I couldn't get a clear shot! I relocated to a few other spots while still waiting for the sun to fire up and managed to take some more low light shots.

I waited until after 7am and still no sunrise, the clouds were so thick the sun couldn't get through! So I drove back feeling a little depressed. So today's posting is of a photo I took a few days ago at Anglesea and shows what I had hoped to get today ... a lovely colourful sunrise. (832)

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HIGH & DRY

Rippleside, Victoria, Australia

Friday 10 January 2014

On the bay side of the Rippleside Park is a ships anchor sitting high and dry. I'm not sure of it's origins as it was almost dark when I was there and I didn't notice any signs. Although the image is quite bright, this was only achieved with a 20 second shutter and a tiny amount of first light from the sunrise. (831)

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STANDING TALL AND PROUD

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 9 January 2014

The Split Point Lighthouse has been standing tall and proud at the small Great Ocean town of Anglesea since 1891. It has 132 stairs from bottom to top and is 34 metres tall and the original British made 'Fresnel' lens is still in use today.

This area of the coast is particularly exposed to the elements and you can see how tortured the trees and bushes are that surround the lighthouse. (830)

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THE BILLABONG

Breakwater, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 8 January 2014

'Billabong is a Wiradjuri (Australia) word that is used for an isolated pond that is left behind after a river changes course.[1] Billabongs are usually formed when the path of a creek or river changes, leaving the former branch with a dead end.' [Wikipedia] (829)

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STRANDED STARFISH

Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 7 January 2014

This is my second image of the Princes Pier in Port Melbourne. I was drawn to this view by the stranded starfish on the top of some of the piles … not sure how they would have made it to the top as the water doesn't normally rise that far? (828)

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APOCALYPTIC SKY

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 6 January 2014

Every now and then I take a photo that is relatively benign when viewed on the back of the camera and during post production the image takes on a life of it's own. The subject matter displays colours I didn't know were there or in this case, the sky became angry and threatening and had I know that it was anything like the final result, I might have retreated indoors sooner! If you are interested, enlarge this image and see for yourself ... but only if you are game! (827)

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SLEEPING ON THE BOAT

Corio, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 5 January 2014

I was having trouble thinking of somewhere to go to take photographs that didn't involve driving for more than 20 minutes, given that first light is at 5:30am at the moment. A quick look at Google Maps the evening before found an area of Corio Bay that I hadn't visited before and had a small wooden pier with lots of boats surrounding it.

This image is the result of my discovery, a short pier jutting out into Limeburners Bay with dozens of yachts moored around it and two boats tied up alongside. As I walked out on the pier I became aware that there were people sleeping on these two boats, the power leads were a bit of a clue and a cough from within one of them another. It made me think about how many times I had walked on piers in the early hours of the morning without giving a thought that there might be people trying to sleep nearby. Just another thing for a photographer to be conscious of! (826)

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IT MIGHT HAVE ALL COME TOGETHER?

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 4 January 2014

The swimming enclosure at Geelong's Eastern Beach provides a stunning background to this early morning image, with smooth water resulting from a 20 second shutter and an already still bay. The lights are still on and if you look closely, the small f/22 aperture has created lovely star bursts on nearly all of the lights. Add an orange glow to the sunrise and dark menacing clouds and it sounds like this photo shouldn't work, but I think it might have all come together! What do you think? (825)

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NAMED AFTER LIME KILNS

Limeburners Bay, Victoria, Australia

Friday 3 January 2014

'Limeburners Bay, one of numerous bays in Port Phillip lies in the southwest and adjoins Corio Bay, which abuts Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria, Australia. The bay was named after lime kilns, located on the east side of Corio Bay, used to burn limestone for making cement.
In the 1820s, explorers Hume and Hovell ended their journey in the area of Limeburners Bay before returning to Sydney. It is a tide-dominated estuary that runs off Hovells Creek.' [Wikipedia] (824)

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FLAMING RED

Split Point, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 2 January 2014

Usually the 'scrubby' growth along the coastline of the Great Ocean Road is green and can be monotonous from a photographic point of view, so imagine my surprise at seeing a Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia) flower standing out from the crowd. It's flaming red provides a great contrast from the sea of green as the Split Point Lighthouse stands majestically in the background surrounded by this mornings colourful sunrise. (823)

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THE LIFE SAVERS

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 1 January 2014

'A walk along the Geelong Bollards Trail always results in meeting some interesting characters.

The Geelong Bollards are painted wooden bollards representing over 100 historic Geelong characters, and are one of the main attractions for people visiting Geelong.

8: EASTERN BEACH LIFE SAVERS (5)
Within this group there is a portrait of Billy Coyte who taught many generations of Geelong's children to swim.' [http://www.onlygeelong.com.au] (822)

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EVERYTHING COMING TOGETHER

Clifton Springs, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 1 January 2014

A beautiful morning on the beach at Clifton Springs, with the sunrise over the hill on the right and the You Yang mountain above the horizon to the left. This is when I feel the best, no one else on the beach, wonderful scenery and everything coming together through the lens! (821)

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