UNIQUE ECOSYSTEM

Point Addis, Victoria, Australia

Monday 31 March 2014

I love walking around low tide rock pools and seeing the sea life that is temporarily trapped by the receding water. Quite often there is a range of colours to be seen, from green moss on rocks to the reds whites and even blue of the other pieces of this unique ecosystem. In this image I was also able to catch the sunburst on the edge of the cliff to add a bit more interest to the scene. (910)

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CHEW THE FAT

Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 30 March 2014

'The phrase 'chew the fat' is used to express partaking in idle conversation, for a friendly talk, or a gossip session. It has also been used to a way to define telling tall tales. [Wikipedia] I think it best sums up this scene I witnessed today at the historic and National Trust property 'Gulf Station' in the Yarra Valley. (909)

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PERFECTLY REFLECTED

Drumcondra, Victoria, Australia

Friday 28 March 2014

Good morning! I'm not sure that this is the best photo I've ever taken, but it is bright and full of colour and not a bad way to end the working work. The image shows a sunrise over Corio Bay with an unusual cloud formation that is almost perfectly reflected in the water. (908)

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SOFT WISPY WAVES

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 27 March 2014

It isn't usual for a still image to show movement so I was happy with the way this shot turned out. The soft wispy affect of the waves with a relatively slow shutter speed provides the viewer with an indication of the movement, although it doesn't provide an indication of the panic I was experiencing as I knew my feet would be wet ... yet again, as the camera took longer than I anticipated to take the shot! (907)

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DOUBLE THE BEAUTY

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Another beautiful sunrise at Point Impossible. I love the warm glow shown just before the sun appears on the horizon and when it is reflected in the wet sand of the beach it doubles the beauty! (906)

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THE BEND ON THE BARWON

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 25 March 2014

This bend in the Barwon River provides a lovely image of the river that flows through the middle of Geelong. Further upstream the river is used for rowing competitions and other water sports and even further along are the much photographed Buckley Falls. (905)

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CONVEYING THE FEELING

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Monday 24 March 2014

I get so excited when a photo shoot results in an image like this one. The morning was fantastic with a great pop of colour just after sunrise, then during the processing of the photo back in my office, it popped even more! Some might suggest that the colours are a bit over the top, but it is very much how I felt when taking the original image and I think that conveying the feeling I had on that morning is the most important thing. (904)

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WALK THE PLANK!

Connewarre, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 23 March 2014

I'm sitting here trying to figure out what to say about this image … I feel like I'm asking you to walk the plank! This alumunium bridge is the link to a pontoon on Lake Connewarre where you can board your boat to go fishing. (903)

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THE LONE ROCK

Point Addis, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 22 March 2014

What do you think this rock is doing here, all by itself on a beautiful sandy beach? What ever the reason, it gives this image a great foreground focus in front of a wonderful sunrise at Point Addis. (902)

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THE RIVER HAS GOUGED IT'S WAY THROUGH

Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

Friday 21 March 2014

This is where the Merri River flows into Bass Straight at Warrnambool. There are a number of small stone islands at this location, with the river flowing between them. The area is tidal and at low tide I was able to walk out to this spot where the river has gouged it's way through the beach sand. (901)

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TOO EARLY FOR TRAFFIC?

Beechworth, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 20 March 2014

How do you get a photograph of one of Australia's premier historic towns without any traffic, get up early, that's how! Not a car on the road in this shot, although there were a few parked on the sides, but there was some moving traffic in the shot … at least six jet trails overhead. It turns out that Beechworth is right under the Australian's busiest air traffic route between Melbourne and Sydney. (900)

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TWO SKIES

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 19 March 2014

This morning I have generously decided to give you an image of two skies and two suns, all for the price of one! I can't begin to tell you how wonderful the Red Rocks Beach was when I visited recently, with it's lovely gentle sloping sandy beach with reflections of the clouds above and the peacefulness of being the only person on this stretch of the coast. (899)

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THE GOLDEN CARILLON

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Monday 17 March 2014

'This carillon was a gift from the British government to the people of Australia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Capital, Canberra. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the National Carillon on 26 April 1970. The 50 metre tall National Carillon tower was designed by Western Australian architects Cameron, Chisholm Nicol. The concept initially came from an architect Mr Don Ho working in Cameron Chisholm Nicol in 1968.

In 2004 the carillon underwent refurbishment including renovations of interior function facilities and the addition of two extra bells.' [Wikipedia]

Although the carillon is clad in white stone, the early morning light yesterday made it look like it was made of gold! (898)

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IMAGINATIVE DESIGN

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Sunday 16 March 2014

Something a little different for me today. I visited the National Museum in Canberra this afternoon and was totally amazed by the unusual architecture of the building. This curved wall leading to the entrance caught my attention. I love the wonderful shades caused by the light hitting the faceted panels of the wall ... I did feel for the builders of the structure who must have pulled their hair out trying to realise the architects imaginative design. (897)

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SERGEI'S COUSIN

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Saturday 15 March 2014

Those of you from Australia will understand who Sergei is ... this is his cousin. I had a great afternoon at the Canberra Zoo where Sergei's cousin sat up on the top of a rock and stood up for me to take a photo. It is very hard to not like a Meerkat, so I hope you like this one. (896)

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WELL WORTH THE VISIT

Beechworth, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 15 March 2014

I was fortunate yesterday to be in Beechworth. It is a wonderful and historic gold mining town established in the mid 1800's and still boasting lovely old buildings from that era. The main building here with the bell tower is the post office and the building on the right was originally a bank. Well worth the visit. (895)

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WET ... AGAIN!

Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia

Friday 14 March 2014

The back story to this photo is possibly better than the image. Almost at the end of the Great Ocean Road is the town of Port Campbell. It is a pretty spot and I had hoped to get some great photos from the small fishing pier. When I arrived it was clear that I wouldn't get the shots I wanted, the wind was blowing a gale and the sea was huge. I walked as far as I could go along the pier but the end was being swamped by waves (as you can see). I walked back at a fast speed with waves coming over the area I was standing on. I had to stop occasionally to let a wave splash across the deck in front of me before continuing, but just as I thought I was in the clear and nearly on solid ground a rogue wave hit the pier and the result was a wet photographer! I think that makes it: Sea 6 Me 0. (894)

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SOMETHING TO SOOTH THE EYES

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 13 March 2014

I thought for today's photo I might share a softer, more dreamier photo ... something to sooth the eyes and calm the mind. The beach at Point Impossible is very flat and when the waves come ashore the water covers a large area that provided me with fantastic reflections of the sky. (893)

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FORBIDDEN FRUIT

Lake Connewarre, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Along the bank of Lake Connewarre I noticed that someone had planted a number of trees and surrounded them with heavy plastic and two stakes to keep it all in place. The plastic is also designed to keep the rabbits from eating the young trees. Obviously the rabbits hadn't received the memo about not being allowed to eat the tasty leaves as many of the plastic guards were pushed over or not existent. The huge number of these cute but unwanted pests could be seen during the time I was taking photos and were obviously thriving on the forbidden fruit. (892)

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SMOKE ON THE WATER

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 11 March 2014

A lovely morning at Lake Daylesford with mist floating on the water's surface, reminded me of the Deep Purples classic … 'Smoke on the Water'. Although it wasn't a strong sunrise the light was still warm and the reflections nice and sharp. (891)

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SLIPPERY LITTLE SUCCULENTS

Point Addis, Victoria, Australia

Monday 10 March 2014

I love exploring usually submerged rocks as the tide goes out. Quite often there are small pools of trapped water with little creatures who weren't fast enough to make it out. On this occasion there were all these succulent type plants that were also exposed to the air and made the rocks a little slippery to walk on. (890)

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ALMOST LOOKS COMIC LIKE!

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 9 March 2014

Today I have another image from the White Night festival in Melbourne, held a few weeks ago. This group of 5 buildings are almost unrecognisable with the pictures that have been projected onto their facades. It almost looks comic like! This years' festival was a huge success with more than half a million people packed into the city centre. (889)

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WHY'S IT CALLED RED ROCKS BEACH?

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 8 March 2014

I walked all the way from Point Addis along Red Rock's Beach, wondering as I walked on the softest sand that made the journey so hard, why is this beach called Red Rock's Beach? At the end of the almost 1 kilometre walk I came across the reason for the name. A small area of rocks that jut out into Bass Straight, with the reddest rocks I've ever seen. Here is just some of them, I might have an image or two of the others in the coming days! (888)

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GREY NOMAD SEASON?

Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia

Friday 7 March 2014

Nearly at the western end of the Great Ocean Road is the small township of Port Campbell. It is at the mouth of a creek and has a small port. When I visited recently it was almost impossible to walk out to the pier because of the huge seas, but I was able to take a shot from the viewing area above the town. The caravan park next to the creek is almost abandoned as the summer holiday season finishes, although there are a few motor homes onsite, so perhaps it is now 'grey nomad' season? (887)

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IT MIGHT JUST BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 6 March 2014

This coming weekend is a long one, with a public holiday on Monday. So I thought that a bright beach scene might put those who have the day off work into the long weekend mode, and for everyone else, it might just brighten your day and help you look forward to your next holiday! (886)

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THE GOODS SHED

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 5 March 2014

I couldn't get a sunrise of any note at the Daylesford Lake, so I drove up to the historic railway station . The sun was much higher in the sky by the time I arrived and provided an overly bright contrast to my lakeside experience. The 1882 heritage listed railway station in Daylesford is the base of the tourist line that travels to Bullarto and return through the scenic Central Highlands countryside.

This photo is of the goods shed and a railway workers sleeping carriage with the sun I had been looking for earlier squeezing in between. (885)

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MIST FLOATING ON LAKE

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 4 March 2014

I was very fortunate to be driving through Daylesford yesterday morning at sunrise so left the highway and took a look at the small lake near the town centre. Although it wasn't a spectacular sunrise (the way I like them) it was still not bad, and the bonus was the mist floating on the lake's surface ... a bit spooky. When I processed this image on my return I noticed the even more unusual floor of the lake with it's moss covered rocks all seemingly lined up. I couldn't stop the ducks from scurrying across my view, so the mirror surface of the lake has a few ripples as a result ... if it's not fishermen, it's ducks getting in my way!! :-) (884)

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ONLY MISSING A BLUE SKY

Peterborough, Victoria, Australia

Monday 3 March 2014

I fell in love with this beautiful little bay outside of Peterborough when I visited a week or so ago. It has everything, a wonderful sandy beach, teal green water, breaking waves and even a cliff or two. The only thing missing on the day was a blue sky, although if you look hard enough, there are a few tiny patches. (883)

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THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 2 March 2014

As part of the White Night festival many of Melbourne's now famous street art laneways were an attraction to the massive numbers of people. It was almost impossible to take photos because of the crowds, but I managed to fire off a few, including this one in Hosier Lane. I don't mind street art where it is allowed to be, but it upsets me greatly to see it on public buildings and trains etc. where it is illegal. (882)

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A SERIES OF ISLANDS

Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 2 March 2014

Just off Stingray Bay is a series of islands, one of which is called Middle island, although it is the end one, unless I'm mistaken! When I visited, the wind was blowing a gale but the reflections of the island were still showing through on the water coming ashore. (881)

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SEAT WITH A VIEW

Limeburners Bay, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 1 March 2014

I'm not sure what the authorities who installed this seat thought at the time but I'm sure they didn't envisage that this would be a great spot to watch a sunrise! The seat doesn't look like it has ever been used , but I'm sure that if people knew what a lovely outlook it had early in the morning, it would be showing a bit more wear. (880)

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