THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE

Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 31 May 2014

The sun sets on another beautiful day in Strahan. I took a cruise up the Gordon River earlier in the day deep into the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. This is truly one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. (971)

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SMASHING INTO ROCKS

Blackrock, Victoria, Australia

Friday 30 May 2014

Thought I was going to get wet this morning, but the scene was so good I risked it. It was the coldest morning we have had so far this year and although there was fog on the drive to Blackrock and there was mist on the water when I arrived, the sun did come out and provided this wonderful sight, catching the surf as it smashed into the rocks. (970)

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MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 29 May 2014

Major disappointment … I visited the beautiful Cradle Mountain recently and was really looking forward to getting some lovely shots of the iconic national park. This image is the result, it was raining and the cloud cover was so low you can't even see the actual mountain that is in the middle of this scene. A good excuse to go back again though! (969)

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CAPITAL HILL

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Wednesday 28 May 2014

The forecourt of the Australian Parliament House is amazing and the leading lines created by the tiles in the red gravel is evident in this shot. It is hard to see the scale of this image but the flagpole shown in te backround is 81 metres high with the site of the parliament house covering 80 acres and it caps the top of Capital Hill. (968)

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PEACEFUL

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 27 May 2014

The more I look at this image, the more peaceful I feel. The dark clouds look like fingers reaching across the sky and reflected in the calm water of the bay, with the waking city lights sparkling in the background. The Rippleside pier seems to float in mid-air with not a single fisherman to be seen ... it's not often that I beat them to the new morning! (967)

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THE ORANGE LIGHT

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Monday 26 May 2014

Are you getting sick of my beach scenes? I love mornings on our coast and it never ceases to amaze me how different every beach is and how variable each scene can look if you wait a few minutes as the sun changes colour through an amazing sunrise. This beach at Point Impossible had channels carved in it that glowed in the orange light of the morning. (966)

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SOLID AS A ROCK!

Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 25 May 2014

Solid as a rock! This one stands defiant against the elements at the dawn of a new day on the Zeally Bay beach. The things I like about this time of the day are the soft light and the beautiful colours in the sky … and of course the solitude (rocks don't talk!). (965)

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MAGICAL EXPERIENCE

West Coast, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 25 May 2014

I left Derwent Bridge and travelled to Queenstown on the West Coast of Tasmania. In between the forest areas I came across unwooded sections. I'm not sure if they were originally like this or if foresting in the early days caused the lack of trees, but it was so beautiful. The different colours of the grasses and the droplets of water that glistened in the morning light made for a magical experience. In the background you can see some of the forest that surrounds this spectacular spot and a sunburst finishes off the image. (964)

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BEAUTIFUL FALLS

Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 23 May 2014

The beautiful Nelson Falls are a short drive from Queenstown and only a 10 minute walk from the car park. The national parks on the west side of Tasmania are amazing and although much of the area is not accessible to non-bushwalkers, these falls thankfully are. (963)

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INGENUITY USED

Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 22 May 2014

Morrison's Huon Pine Sawmill in Strahan looks like it hasn't changed for more than 100 years, possibly more! The fourth generation of Morrison's operate the mill which is open to the public and a demonstration of the vertical frame saw is a must see. I loved seeing the old machinery and the ingenuity used in the early days before electricity and tools that we now take for granted. (962)

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VERY BRIGHT

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 21 May 2014

I'm not usually a fan of lens flare in my photos but this one just seemed right. The sunset was very bright and the spots on the image help convey that, so I didn't edit them out. I love the warmth of this peaceful scene with the sun making the white sand look like it is gold. (961)

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CAN'T EXPLAIN IT'S EXISTENCE

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 20 May 2014

On the front beach at Torquay there is an unusual rock formation, in the shape of a horseshoe. I'm not a geologist so I can't explain it's existence other than to say it caught my eye and also that of the early morning light … and that is all that matters! (960)

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FROM THE DARK SIDE

Mersey Bluff, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 19 May 2014

Just before I caught the ferry home from Tasmania, I took a quick trip up to Mersey Bluff to capture an image of the lighthouse. From the dark side of the structure it looks like any other lighthouse, but on the other side facing the sea it has red vertical stripes. Perhaps the nautical amongst you might be able to explain why this is ... I'm thinking that it allows those at sea to distinguish it from other lighthouses in the area? (959)

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WET SAND REFLECTIONS

Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 18 May 2014

I thought you might like something a little peaceful for the weekend. A colourful sunrise over Zeally Bay reflected in the wet sand with one lone rock surrounded by a pool of water. Nature doesn't get any better than this! (958)

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SUNRISE REFLECTIONS

Derwent Bridge, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 16 May 2014

The Derwent River is well known as Hobart's river and the famous Tasman Bridge crosses it not far from the centre of the City. But this image is of the river not far from it's origins in Lake St Clair on the western side of Tasmania. This is very pretty country and I was lucky enough to catch an early morning sunrise as it reflected in the water. (957)

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WOODEN REMAINS

Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 15 May 2014

The remains of a boat can be found partly exposed in Risby Cove at the beautiful coastal town of Strahan. I couldn't tell if it had burnt to the waterline or just been abandoned and left to gradually rot & decay. Which ever it was the resulting wooden remains provide a great reflection along with clouds that are warmed by the late afternoon sun. (956)

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THE SWIRL

Nelson Falls, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Another day in Tassie, another day of amazing images. This one from the walk up to the Nelson Falls which were amazing! I will show the falls in a future post but needless to say the are also fantastic. I love the swirl in the middle of the river and the long shutter speed that shows the river as a very soft flow of water. I am grateful for being on holidays this week as I have my annual week off this year. (955)

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THE HORSESHOE FALLS

Horseshoe Falls, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Wow, wow, wow! I was lucky enough to be able to climb up to the Horseshoe Waterfalls this morning. What a great experience! Horseshoe Falls are located 100 metres upstream of the Russell Falls in the Mount Field National Park and well worth the extra (almost vertical) steps along the track from the equally beautiful Russell Falls. Tasmania keeps getting better ... must come back. (954)

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THE BOAT BUILDERS WORKSHOP

Franklin, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 13 May 2014

A visit to the Wooden Boat Centre was a definite highlight of my trip down the Huon Valley yesterday. I took the guided tour of the centre and workshop and was allowed to take a photo or two of the projects currently being built by students learning traditional boatbuilding techniques and skills. If you love wooden boats and want to find out more about this centre their webpage is www.woodenboatcentre.com . (953)

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AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 12 May 2014

This is the view out my front door tonight ... well a few hours ago before the sun went down. The leaves have begun to fall from the trees as Tasmania embraces the autumn season and although this image is from the Derwent Valley, my trip down the Huon Valley earlier in the day was amazing and revealed even more colour (more photos to come!). (952)

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WHAT ATTRACTS PEOPLE TO BOATS?

St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 11 May 2014

There is something that attracts people to boats, perhaps the romantic notion of being able to sail to some place less mundane or perhaps the reflections creating an almost duplicate image of hull and masts. It could be that they just make great images, particularly early in the morning with a spectacular sunrise perfectly still water. I would love to hear your thoughts on why you love images of boats. (951)

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PAINTED DIFFERENTLY

Bicheno, Tasmania, Victoria

Sunday 11 May 2014

It isn't unusual to see 'tinnies' sitting high and dry on beaches of most fishing towns around the coast, but these three caught my eye because of the way they were all painted differently. I presume it is to assist their owners tell them apart, particularly when they are sitting in the middle of the bay waiting for the bigger fishing boats to return. (950)

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THERE SHE BLOWS

Bicheno, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 10 May 2014

Although the term 'there she blows' is a reference to whalers from years gone by, it aptly applies to a blow hole found at Bicheno on Tasmania's central east coast. They are tricky little things to capture if you are taking a bracket of 5 photos to increase the dynamic range, but I bagged this one and this image proves it! I'm still having a fantastic time in Tassie, although the weather wasn't nearly as good today as it was for the previous few days. Tomorrow promises to be much better. (949)

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HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THIS PART OF THE WORLD

Binalong Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 10 May 2014

Sitting here in my hotel room waiting for the sun to come up so I can get out and take some photos of St. Helens in Tasmania. I have just processed one of the images from yesterday and still can't believe how beautiful this part of the world is. Just north of here is the small community of Binalong Bay and it has the whitest sand and rocks that have an orange 'stain' that make them irresistible to someone wanting to take photos. (948)

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VIVID AQUA BLUE

Little Blue Lake, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 9 May 2014

On my way across the north east of Tasmania, I came across the aptly named Little Blue Lake. It ... 'is a natural phenomenon resulting from the pioneering mining days of South Mount Cameron and the surrounding areas of the Far North East of Tasmania. Originally a mine hole, the lake reflects a vivid aqua blue from the minerals in its base.' [http://www.northeasttasmania.com.au] (947)

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THE APPLE ISLE IS BEAUTIFUL

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 8 May 2014

When I told friends that I would be taking a week off and travelling through Tasmania the universal comment was that I would be cold and I should be going to a warmer destination. Well today's photo is proof that the weather down here in the north east corner of the apple isle is beautiful. Almost too good as I wasn't able to find any white fluffy clouds to fill my sky with, as I like to do. (946)

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WINDY CONDITIONS

Cape Bridgewater, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Along the south west coast of Victoria there are a number of wind farms that have appeared in recent years. The area is known for the windy conditions that it experiences, so I guess it makes good sense to put these power generators here. (945)

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FLOATING IN THE BAY

St Helens, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 6 May 2014

I see a lot of our beautiful natural resources and thank my lucky stars for living so close to some of the best. I do dispair though when I see rubbish that has made it's way into our waterways, including this car tyre I found floating in the bay. It is hard to imagine it getting there by any legal means but perhaps it was tied to the side of a boat and came loose? Either way, it is such a shame to see anything other than fish and swans floating in the water. (944)

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DIDN'T TURN OUT TOO BAD

Portland, Victoria, Australia

Monday 5 May 2014

I crept out to the end of the pier in Portland Harbour, it was raining and the concrete was slippery. I had been waiting undercover for some time and decided I had to make a go of it or not get any photos for the morning. The morning didn't get a lot better but I did take a shot of the beacon at the pier's end. It is a funny shape, perhaps it is normal but I haven't seen one like this before. Vandals have carved their initials and other things into the bright yellow paint and there are stains in the concrete deck from where fishermen have cleaned their fish. For a vey dull morning I think the image didn't turn out too bad. (943)

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THE CROOKED PIER

Limeburners Bay, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 May 2014

I love the pier at Limeburners Bay, it consists of two sections and as you can see it appears to be very crooked. I suspect that there has been two different constructions or a part reconstructed over the years to cause the misalignment.

It is very restful looking at a flotilla of boats bobbing around in the water with the sun rising over the horizon. I almost forgot to take the photo! (942)

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THE SMALL POND

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 3 May 2014

I was drawn to this spot on Red Rocks Beach by this small pond of water trapped by the receding tide & reflecting the sky of an early morning sunrise. The rocks are incredibly sharp and rugged with some of them very red in the centre (as the one in the right corner is). (941)

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NOT ANOTHER GROYNE

Torquay, Victoria,

Friday 2 May 2014

Not another groyne, I hear you say! This one on Torquay's front beach really caught the morning sun as I walked this beautiful stretch of the coastline. I also loved the way the sun highlighted the rocks and the shadows defined the undulating sand, so I thought, why not show the rest of the world. (940)

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