THANK YOU!

Sunnymeade Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 30 June 2014

Another beautiful morning on the Sunnymeade Beach with the sun showcasing the unusual rock formations.

This image takes me to 1,000 images posted on Google+ and Facebook in 1,000 days. It has been a unbelievable experience with almost 32,000 followers and 5.5 million views on Google+. I look back at my early work and cringe at how bad some of them were but feel some pride in how far my work has come since then. I will probably look back at todays photo (in another 1,000 days} and think it is also not very good, but that is what life is all about ... the journey and the struggle for improvement! Thank you for coming along for the ride with me. If really appreciated your support. (1000)

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SCARED ME WITLESS

Breakwater, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 29 June 2014

This is the railway bridge over the Barwon River. It's been there a long time and is a little rusty. I've been both over it on the Marshall train and driven under it in my car. The first time a train went over while I was below it caused me to question how brave I was ... it scared me witless with the deafening sound of the train at full speed crossing the metal spans of the bridge!

Only 1 image left to get my 1,000 photos posted in 1,000 days!! (999)

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ODD ASSORTMENT

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 28 June 2014

This odd assortment of rolling stock is a collection of railway equipment owned by the Daylesford Spa Country Railway in Central Victoria. The Daylesford Spa Country Railway depends on volunteer labour to maintain and operate their railway and to preserve Victoria's important railway heritage. I was passing through Daylesford early in the morning recently and was able to capture a few images of the sunrise over the 'yards'. (998)

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CALM & RELAXED

Blackrock, Victoria, Australia

Friday 27 June 2014

I'm sitting here in my office listening to Classic FM with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata playing and feeling very calm and relaxed. Looking though my photos for a suitable image to post today, this one seemed to fit the mood very well. If you would like to listen to the music while looking at my photo this YouTube link will give you the same experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tr0otuiQuU&feature=kp (997)

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WANTING TO BE PART OF THE ACTION

Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 26 June 2014

These two working horses could see the people and events happening at the historic Gulf Station and really wanted to be part of the action. Unfortunately this fence kept them back but didn't stop them from being curious. Although I didn't get to see it, I'm sure they would have part of the entertainment later in the day. (996)

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THE FIRST SPLASH OF COLOUR

Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 24 June 2014

The pinks and purples at first light look almost unnatural in a photo but they really are amazing to witness. So, for those of you who don't get out of bed early enough in the morning, here is what the first splash of colour looks like! (995)

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AN UNUSUAL MORNING

Blackrock, Victoria, Australia

Monday 23 June 2014

Another photo from my recent shoot at Blackrock. The low angle of the sun catches the grass and makes it glow … I like that! There was also very low cloud sitting on the top of the waves making it look like the water was boiling. I hadn't seen that before. All-round, an unusual morning. (994)

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THE LAGOON AT MY FRONT DOOR

Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 22 June 2014

The lagoon at the front door of my hotel was designed to provide a safe haven for small boats, including this red jetboat. I appreciated it however for the reflections it provided of another wonderful sunset over the small township of Strahan. (993)

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I'M PREPARED TO SHARE THIS PHOTO!

Yambuk, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 21 June 2014

Passing Yambuk on my way back from Portland, I turned off the highway and visited the nearby beach. A fisherman had set up a surf rod and had moved away when I arrived. As you know, I don’t like pesky fishermen in my images, but a fishing rod is ok, so I'm prepared to share this photo! :-) (992)

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GREEN ROCKS

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Friday 20 June 2014

Green rocks amongst the blue and brown ones. It always mazes me the colours that nature stuffs into my camera when I least expect it! This is the spot where the Cumberland River meets the ocean on the Great Ocean Road. It is a bit of a long drive from home but well worth the effort. (991)

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THE JUNCTION OF TWO BEACHES

13th Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 19 June 2014

This is the junction of two beaches, Blackrock and 13th Beach on Australia's south east coast. Blackrock, as it's name implies is covered in rocks while 13th is a lovely sandy beach that follows the coast to the small township of Barwon Heads. Sorry for the geography lesson but I was struggling to find something interesting or witty to say after a long and tiring day! (990)

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LOOK WHAT I'VE FOUND

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Today's photo has me a little stumped … most of the rocks along this stretch of coast are rough and angular in character (see the ones at the back of the image) but the foreground rocks are round and smooth. It doesn't make sense to me, but then I'm not a geologist. I am a photographer though, so I can show others what I've found. (989)

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THE KEY FEATURE IS WATER

Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 17 June 2014

One of the key features of Strahan, on the west coast of Tasmania is water. The small town is located within the massive Macquarie Harbour and the cruises that leave from the port take sightseers up the Gordon River. This shot was taken in the evening as the sun began to go down and turn a beatiful golden colour. (988)

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MIRROR IMAGE

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Monday 16 June 2014

I woke at 5am this morning and drove down the Great Ocean Road to the Cumberland River. After waiting for the rain to clear and the sun to rise I braved the cold and walked along the beach and captured a few images to share. This one shows how flat the beach is and how the wet sand caused by the receeding tide created a mirror image of the nearby hill. I love the soft tones of this one caused by the very low light of an overcast early morning. (987)

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EERIE

Blackrock, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 15 June 2014

Fog on ocean water is a little eerie, not something that I come across very often. I recently visited the Blackrock area of the Bellarine Peninsula and witnessed this unusual scene. Of course it didn't hurt that there was a beautiful sunrise as well to make it a little prettier! (986)

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HISTORIC RUINS?

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 14 June 2014

The historic ruins of an ancient library? Not really, it is a significant street art installation outside the State Library in Melbourne. I braved the freezing cold yesterday morning well before the sun rose and although it had been raining earlier, I didn't get caught in it. The wet footpaths were great for reflecting the lights of the forecourt and the yellow lights of the library portico provide a warmth to the image. (985)

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IT'S BEST ANGLE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 13 June 2014

An overnight stay in Melbourne gave me an opportunity to take a few night shots of the iconic Royal Exhibition Building. I caught a tram from my hotel to the photo shoot and enjoyed an hour or so circling the building and captured it's best angles.

'The Royal Exhibition Building is a World Heritage Site-listed building in Melbourne, Australia, completed in 1880. It is located in the Carlton Gardens at the north-eastern edge of the central business district. It was built to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880–1881 and later hosted the opening of the first Parliament of Australia in 1901. ' [Wikipedia] (984)

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NOT A BAD CONCLUSION

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 12 June 2014

This lovely scene welcomed me after a long day of sightseeing and driving in Tasmania's north west. The remnants of an old pier jutting out into the bay, overhanging branches of a tree on the shoreline and the sun light slowly warming as it nears day end. Not a bad conclusion to the first day! (983)

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WARMER MORNINGS

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 11 June 2014

As we head into the southern hemisphere's winter, I look back at images like today's with a fondness for the warmer mornings. While cold morning have an appeal of their own, nothing beats being able to walk along a beach at 6am and not think about the warm bed that I just left!
(982)

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UPSIDE DOWN?

Meadowbank Lake, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 10 June 2014

Travelling across Tasmania, heading towards the west coast I came across this lovely lake. The morning was incredibly still and the reflections were fantastic. The road crossed the lake on a single lane bridge so I left my car at the bank and walked along the bridge to take this image that could be turned upside down & still look the same! (981)

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THE BEER BAND

South Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 9 June 2014

Yesterday morning I went to the Little Creatures brewery to visit their monthly art and craft market. There were some fantastic stalls with original wares to purchase, including photography and painting works. Those who have visited this wonderful establishment created in an old disused factory complex will know that the cafe has a great menu and they also serve their full range of beer. While I was having a drink (coffee only because it was still morning!) a jazz band began to play amongst the beer display and enhanced an already great experience. Because of the old-time band, the old grungy factory and because I was only using my Samsung phone (which does a great job btw) I thought I would give the whole photo a vintage feel in Topaz Adjust. (980)

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A GOLDEN GLOW

Barrabool Hills, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 8 June 2014

Late afternoon at a bend on the Barwon River and the last rays of the sun catch the surrounding hills and gives a golden glow for the background of today's image. (979)

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NOTHING WAS EVER THROWN OUT

Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 7 June 2014

Nothing says 'historic farming' as an old horse drawn wagon in a wooden post hay shed. I suspect this wagon has been sitting here for several decades … it certainly doesn't look like it has been used for a long time. It reminds me so much of my childhood where we had a similar long forgotten piece of equipment sitting in an old hay shed. Even though these old machines were not used anymore, nothing ever was thrown out back then. (978)

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A BIT TRICKY

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Friday 6 June 2014

These small rock outcrops protrude into the ocean at Point Impossible and are covered in succulents and moss, making it a bit tricky to walk out very far. The early morning light makes the rocks look golden in colour and helps create an very pleasant scene. (977)

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GLOWING GRASS

Blackrock, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 5 June 2014

I love the tufts of soft coastal grass at our neaby Blackrock shoreline. The rising sun caught the top of these wonderful little plants and made them glow when I visited last week. The other interesting feature of this photo (if you look closely) is the fog that is resting on the water ... it almost looks like the waves are boiling! (976)

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BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 4 June 2014

What can I say about this image … the term 'between a rock and a hard place' comes to mind. These rocks litter the beach at Bridport and possibly will do for another 1,000 years or so until the sea wears them down. In the mean time they make a great subject for this image, but unfortunately I don't expect this image will be around for another 1,000 years! (975)

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IN A GOOD LIGHT

Leopold, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Sometimes I find an area of the coast that isn't picture perfect, the way the glossy magazines would like to show it. But waiting for the rising sun to be in the right position, using a little coastal flora as foreground interest and I think this scene shows a rugged part of the Bellarine Peninsular in a good light! (974)

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END OF ANOTHER GREAT DAY

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 2 June 2014

As the sun sets behind the trees along the Tasmanian coastline, it signals the end of another great day. It would be nice if every day ended in such an idyllic way, but if it did we wouldn't appreciate it as much, so I'm happy to settle for one every now and then! (973)

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SITTING ON THE BENCH

Rippleside, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 1 June 2014

What do you think of this for a tranquil spot to watch the sunrise? Perhaps, because it was so cold or because it was very early, there wasn't anyone sitting on the bench as the orange light peeked through the long fingers of cloud. (972)

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