A TOP SPOT

Sunnymead Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 31 December 2015

'Rangers from Parks Victoria have shared their picks for the state's best secret beaches and marine national parks with the Herald Sun, just in time for summer.

These hidden seaside gems are the next best thing to owning your own private beach, and they're just waiting to be discovered.

A top spot for swimming, surfing and rock pool exploring, Sunnymead Beach is a special seaside spot that rivals better-known neighbour Airey's Inlet.

Parks Victoria ranger Frank Gleeson said Sunnymead Beach boasted spectacular coastal cliff scenery and was dog-friendly, but didn't have camping for visitor facilities.

The beach is located on the Great Ocean Road and accessible via a 200m walk from the carpark at the end of Boundary Rd.' [www.heraldsun.com.au] (1547)

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SEACHANGE

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 30 December 2015

'The township of Barwon Heads was surveyed in 1827 but remained sparsely populated for years, a Post Office finally opening in the area on 15 December 1889.

Fishing was the mainstay of the town in its early years. In the 1920s and 1930s the town became a popular holiday resort and a number of the richer families of Melbourne built houses here. The summer period today still sees a large influx of holidaymakers to the town.

In 1959 the closing scenes of the film On the Beach based on a Nevil Shute novel about the end of the world was filmed in the town, and during the late 1990s, Barwon Heads was the primary location of filming for the popular Australian television series, SeaChange.

The Barwon Heads Golf Club Clubhouse, located on Golf Links Road and dating from 1923-24, is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The Barwon Heads Bridge is also listed on the Register.' [Wikipedia] (1546)

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PEACEFUL

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 29 December 2015

A wonderful morning, overlooking Western Beach in Geelong. This is where one of Geelong's two sailing clubs moors it's boats and the Griffin Gully pier sits above a shallow section of the bay as it extends far enough to find the deeper water. The clouds on the morning I captured this image were perfect, nice and fluffy and a lovely pink colour from the sunrise. The reflections in the still water were also what a photographer hopes for but seldom sees. All things considered, you could call it peaceful. (1545)

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THE CONTRAST

Point Addis, Victoria, Australia

Monday 28 December 2015

When I visited Point Addis late in the afternoon, I was rewarded with a beautiful warm & bright setting sun that left long shadows on the boardwalk. On the horizon though, there was rain falling and it was heading my way. The contrast couldn't be more evident than in this photo from the day. Such is life, the good and the bad, the light and the dark and of course the calm and the storm. (1544)

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FOR HISTORIC REASONS

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 27 December 2015

After spending a night in the small town of Bridport, on Tasmania's northeast coast, I took a walk along the foreshore until I reached the small Bird River. As I walked upstream I noticed a number of small jetties that belonged to the adjoining properties, including these two. Their lack of repair made me think that they were no longer used by the owners and may very well disappear into the water over time. I thought it only proper to take a photo for historic reasons, while they still survived. (1543)

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ON FIRE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 26 December 2015

I'm heading to the second day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne tomorrow … can't wait. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is the best sporting arena in Australia, seating 100,000 people, with approximately 95,000 of them all hoping that Australia beats the West Indies, again! Last time I saw the MCG, and took this photo, it looked liked it was on fire with the sun rising behind the iconic venue as I walked across the pedestrian bridge. I'm looking forward to Australia also being on fire tomorrow, and for a very exciting game. (1542)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Friday 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas everyone. 2015 has been an eventful year and I have been very fortunate to have captured some interesting images of our beautiful world to share. I am very grateful to you for your continued support and encouraging comments, sometimes given at the most appropriate times, particularly when I wasn't feeling happy with the way my work was progressing. I sincerely trust that the year ahead will be rewarding for you and filled with the love of family and friends. Kind regards, Lynden. (1541)

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STIPPLED LIGHT

Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 24 December 2015

The short walk from Cape Otway's carpark to the historic lighthouse takes you through a small stand of trees and scrubby bushland. This lovely little path with stippled light filtering through the overgrowing trees seems oddly out of place with the rest of the windswept landscape of the shipwreck coast. The walk is well worth taking and the climb to the top of the lighthouse is rewarded with fantastic views of this remote part of the world. (1540)

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THE BLUFF

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 23 December 2015

The beach at Barwon Heads was covered in seaweed debris when I walked it yesterday morning. I haven't seen this much mess on a beach from years. Perhaps the strong winds that we have had in recent weeks contributed to the untidy state of a normally beautiful swimming area.

The sunrise was a bit disappointing, with thick cloud blanketing most of the sky, except for a small orange band along the horizon. I did however get lucky with a beautiful starburst as the sun moved over 'The Bluff' at the end of the beach. I'm already looking forward to going back for another attempt at this lovely beach on the Bellarine Peninsular. (1539)

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NAMED AFTER CHARLOTTE

Charlotte Pass, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 22 December 2015

'Charlotte Pass (often referred to as Charlotte's Pass), elevation 1,837 m, is a location, snow resort and village in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. The pass is located in the Kosciuszko National Park where the Kosciuszko Road crosses Kangaroo Ridge. The pass and village are named after Charlotte Adams who, in 1881, was the first European woman to climb Mount Kosciuszko. Charlotte Pass provides access to some of Australia's highest alpine terrain and is the coldest location in Australia, with a record low of -23.0 °C (-9.4 °F)' [Wikipedia]

Today's photo is from the warmer months of late summer, with no snow in sight. (1538)

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MOSAIC WORKS

Portland, Victoria, Australia

Monday 21 December 2015

'Glenelg Shire's Cultural Collection has evolved since the earliest days of local government in south west Victoria and now includes approximately 9,000 objects including material relating to the social, civic and maritime history of the Shire, and a collection of art and public art including mosaic works fostered by community arts programs.' [www.glenelg.vic.gov.au] (1537)

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SHHHH!

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 20 December 2015

The Daylesford historic railway station has a number of old and quirky pieces of rolling stock, including this 'Workmen's Sleeper' with the words 'Shunt Carefully' printed on the back. Some thirty odd years ago, I lived very close to a railway yard and in those days they shunted carriages around in the small hours of the night, and I can tell you that they never 'shunted carefully'! Hopefully there weren't any workmen sleeping. (1536)

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RUSTY

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 19 December 2015

Just near Bright, in Victoria's high country I found this old tractor and plough on a roadside reserve, placed there as a tribute to pioneer farmers of the region. There wasn't one panel, part, bolt or nut that wasn't rusty and it was sitting in grass that was growing half way up the front wheel. It is a great reminder of how hard the early farmers had to work, with their primitive machinery which, I might add was a step up from using a team of horses to plough the paddocks. (1535)

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AN INDICATION

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 18 December 2015

Red Rocks Beach is an aptly named section of the coastline along the Great Ocean Road. The colours are wonderful and coupled with a lovely sunrise make for an image worthy of being included in my daily photo blog. There wasn't a lot of colour in the clouds, but you can see a hint, and that is all that is needed to give an indication of the time of day. (1534)

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A TRUE CHAMPION

Winkipop, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 17 December 2015

Today, as I watched the 6pm news, I heard of the sad news that Mick Fanning received while competing in the world champion surfing completion at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii. His older brother died and even with this unthinkable news, Mick still managed to compete and go onto win the days event, like a true champion. I mention this only because Mick would have surfed many times at the beach pictured here. It is just along from the world famous Bells Beach and you can go there on almost any day of the year and see surfers, as you can see in my photo today. (1533)

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TOO BRIGHT

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 16 December 2015

This isn't one of my best photographs. The sun is way too bright and the lens flare has almost ruined the image, but the sun coming through the split in the clouds onto a peaceful bay just outside of Eden is irresistible. The clouds are pastel in colour and the treetops are catching the sun's early morning rays. (1532)

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RELATIVELY CALM

St Leonards, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 15 December 2015

It was a relatively calm morning when I visited St Leonards. This little town is right at the end of the Bellarine Peninsular and not as touristy as the other communities on this side of the bay, but it has a great beach and pier, and not a bad pub. (1531)

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NOT AN EASY EXISTENCE

Swan Bay, Victoria, Australia

Monday 14 December 2015

You have to wonder, looking at this tree trunk, what sort of conditions the tree had to endure to be twisted and tortured in such a way. I strolled along a section of the Swan Bay coast recently and found the remains of a tree that didn't look like it had had a happy life, but such is the case for most coastal flora. Strong winds, salt spray and tidal conditions wouldn't make for an easy existence. I'm surprised that anything grows this close to the sea. (1530)

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TREPIDATION

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Sunday 13 December 2015

I walked along Ellis Beach with trepidation. Storm clouds were forming on the horizon just as the sun was beginning to rise. A quick burst of sunlight exposed this pile of rocks and the beach in front of me before disappearing again into the gloomy clouds. I did make it back to the car before the rain started and with both the camera and myself safely sheltered, I was pleased with my morning's adventure. (1529)

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LUNA PARK

St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 12 December 2015

'Melbourne's Luna Park is a historic amusement park located on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria. It opened on 13 December 1912 and has been operating almost continuously ever since.

This was the first of the five Luna Parks that were built in Australia, of which only Melbourne and Luna Park Sydney are still operating.

The St Kilda park was developed by American showman J D Williams, in company with the three Phillips brothers, who had all had experience in the amusement and cinema industry in the US. Williams returned to the US in 1913 to help found First National Films which subsequently became Warner Brothers. The Phillips brothers stayed on and ran the park until their deaths in the 1950s.' [Wikipedia] (1528)

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HIDDEN TREASURE

Swan Bay, Victoria, Australia

Friday 11 December 2015

'Swan Bay is a shallow, 30-square-kilometre marine embayment at the eastern end of the Bellarine Peninsula in Port Phillip. The township of Queenscliff lies at its southern end, and St Leonards at its northern. It is partly separated from Port Phillip by Swan Island, Duck Island and Edwards Point. The bay is part of the Swan Bay and Port Phillip Bay Islands Important Bird Area, identified as such by Birdlife International because of its importance for orange-bellied parrots, waders and seabirds.

Matthew Flinders named the bay 'Swan Ponds' after its black swans, up to 2,700 of which can be seen in summer and early autumn.

There is supposedly a treasure hidden in a cave on the southern shoreline of Swan Bay. The myth revolves around the pirate Benito 'Bloody Sword' Bonito, who raided the west coast of the Americas. His career began around 1818 but from there on sources differ. According to one legend his ship was boarded by a British man-of-war after Bonito exited Port Phillip after hiding a treasure in Swan Bay, apparently the so-called 'Lost Loot of Lima', sometime in 1821. He was subsequently given a trial and hanged.' [Wikipedia] (1527)

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VERY LUCKY

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 10 December 2015

I was very lucky this morning, leaving home at 5am to travel 45 minutes to Queenscliff. My luck came in three forms, firstly there wasn't any wind, well not first thing this morning, it did pick up a little later on. My second piece of luck came with finding this beautiful 'clump' of grass with it's yellow flowering heads, which would have been all over the place and blurry without the still morning. And thirdly, a wonderful sunrise with some cloud in the sky to reflect it off. I probably should add a fourth leaf to my clover with the fact that I was able to capture it all and experience a lovely morning on Queenscliff's beach overlooking the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. (1526)

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A SMALL WINDING TRACK

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 9 December 2015

The boardwalk in Torquay runs along and across Spring Creek, just behind the Surf Lifesaving Club. At the end, a small winding track leads up to the top of the cliffs where there is a 180 degree view from Torquay on the eastern side to Bells Beach and beyond on the west. From the cliff top there are steep steps down to the beach, a climb I've done several times, puffing a bit when I get back up to the top. (1525)

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NO CLOUDS TODAY

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Coming to the end of a hot day here in Victoria. A little bit of relief from the heat will be arriving tomorrow, so for those of us that don't like hot weather, that is good. When in Bright recently I captured this image on the banks of a small creek. It looked to me like it could have been taken today, blue sky and a glaring sun. Anxiously waiting for the clouds to return so that I can have an interesting sky to shoot again. (1524)

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A NICE GLOW

Eastern View, Victoria, Australia

Monday 7 December 2015

This is a section of the Great Ocean Road, looking from the beach at Eastern View. There has obviously been a slip in the hill just below the road and it has been shored up with logs and rocks. The early morning light has given the whole scene a nice glow and even highlighted the colours in the rocks. (1523)

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HAVE A GREAT TIME

Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 6 December 2015

A lesson in life. There is the dark side, and then there is the beautiful & wondrous side. These rocks provide the example exactly with the distant one standing dark and resolute while the foreground rock is full of colour and unbelievably joyous in appearance. Of course I have a leaning towards the colourful one, but like everyone, the other can come to the fore on occasions and ruin things for a while. As the new week is about to start, lets focus on the foreground rock and have a great time over the next seven days! (1522)

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THE OLDER STRUCTURE

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 5 December 2015

Another new day, with the sun rising over the twin bridges at Barwon Heads. Two fishermen are taking their tiny boat out for a spot of fishing while I walk along this stretch of the beach looking for interesting scenes to capture. The bridge on the right is the new walking bridge, while the one I'm under is the older structure. This is my last photographic stop on the way back from Point Lonsdale, next comes breakfast and a coffee in a Barwon Heads cafe, can't wait. (1521)

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INTERESTING LOCATIONS

Hawley Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 4 December 2015

A pleasant sunny beach scene in the north of Tasmania, albeit a little too bright for my liking. One of the ongoing dilemmas that I have is while traveling, most of the really interesting places visited aren't at my favourite sunrise or sunset times. I don't know what the answer is, but it bothers me. Perhaps I shouldn't try to cover so much distance, instead staying overnight at the more interesting locations. (1520)

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MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

Mystery Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 3 December 2015

'Mystery Bay is a small town on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. Mystery Bay is halfway between Central Tilba and Narooma. It features a camping area in the Eurobodalla National Park and holds many different types of beaches that front the Tasman Sea. Some beaches are surfing beaches, others are swimming beaches, and a lot of these beaches contain spectacular large rocks. At low tide, these rocks become rock pools.

The bay itself is the location where the abandoned wreck of a small boat was discovered in mysterious circumstances in 1880.' [Wikipedia] (1519)

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CASTLE COVE

Glenaire, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 2 December 2015

On my way back along the winding Great Ocean Road, I stopped at a look out overlooking this beautiful little bay called Castle Cove. The wind was 'blowing a gale', as it often does along this part of the coast, but it was sunny and the water was a lovely shade of green. There weren't many trees to be found, I presume because of the harsh conditions, but the low lying bushes were lush and covered most of the cliffs. The quick stop netted a few photos and I was soon on my way home. (1518)

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OLDEST SPORTING EVENT

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 1 December 2015

'The Festival of Sails annually attracts around 300 yachts and 4,500 sailing competitors to Melbourne and Geelong over the Australia Day holiday period.

With over 15 different race series catering from the highest performance Grand Prix racers to trailable cruisers, the varied race action is sure to offer something for everyone, and spectators will certainly not be disappointed.

First held in 1844, the Festival of Sails is Victoria's oldest ongoing sporting event, and the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.' [www.geelongaustralia.com.au] (1517)

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