THE SPECTACULAR

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 30 June 2015

This is what Bright is known for, the lovely autumn colours! The township comes alive with visitors who come for the spectacular every year, some years more vibrant than others. It doesn't hurt that this is also the gateway to the high country and will see snow lovers visit after the leaves have fallen and enjoy Bright for the same hospitality and friendliness that I found on my recent trip. (1363)

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LESS HUSTLE

Jamieson, Victoria, Australia

Monday 29 June 2015

It has become so cold here in southern Australia, but just a few months ago I passed through Jamieson on a bright sunny autumn day, and didn't once feel the cold. I love the feel of this image, a wonderful country track bathed in stippled light from the turning leaves, many of which were already on the ground. Country tracks create an atmosphere of calm and less hustle, something us urban dwellers seem to crave ... well I certainly do anyway. (1362)

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NONE OF MY BUSINESS

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 28 June 2015

While walking along the beach, between the Barwon Heads bridges and the restaurant on the jetty, I came across this older man searching the sand with his metal detector. I asked if he had found anything and he suspiciously said 'not much', which I suspect means it wasn't any of my business.

It didn't bother me hugely but I did think that at least he was out in the fresh air and getting some exercise, more than most people at his age. The morning was lovely, the sun was bright and warm with a small fishing boat skipped along the water in the background. (1361)

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THE LIGHT FINDS IT WAY

Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 27 June 2015

How good are these rocks! Their unbelievable colours are layered in rows containing red, orange, yellow, blue and white and all pointing into the bay at Tomakin. The sun was beginning to rise as I took this photo and the cliffs on the right of the image were giving off an orange glow as the light finds it's way across the scene. (1360)

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PEACEFUL SUBJECT

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Friday 26 June 2015

Low tide reveals shallow rock pools as the golden sun begins to rise across 'The Rip' at Point Lonsdale. These wonderful rock formations and the water they hold make an interesting and peaceful subject, while further out, between the Bellarine Peninsular and the Mornington Peninsular, the narrow passage into Port Philip is one of the most dangerous in the world. (1359)

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A LITTLE QUIET

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 25 June 2015

A little quiet in one of Melbourne's public open spaces, only two young children and their mother along with several seagulls wading in the reflection pool. Come the weekend, this will be overcrowded with people enjoying the bars and cafes of this wonderful city, subject of course to the weather holding up it's end of the bargain. (1358)

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THE TRAINS HAVE GONE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 24 June 2015

I walked over the Sandridge Rail Bridge a few weeks ago and marvelled at the rivets that had been used to build this construction in 1886. Of course it is now used as a walking bridge, the trains have long since gone. But back to the rivets, they would have been placed and hammered into lovely domes by hand, way back then. And there were so many of them, as I guess that it was well before welding of steel was used and the quantity of rivets made for a stronger construction that has withheld the weight and elements until the present day. I love it when old structures like this are kept and given a new life, so that we can all appreciate the ingenuity of the earlier generations who didn't have the tools and methods of construction that we now take for granted. (1357)

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THE TROUBLESOME YACHT

St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 23 June 2015

I had a bit of trouble with the single yacht in the foreground of this image. It wouldn't sit still for my photo and it has unfortunately resulted in a little movement blur. At the time, the sun hadn't risen and most of the glow in the sky was coming from the city in the background. My shutter speed was extremely slow, hence the movement but I loved the view of the wakening city while the boats were lined up and still sleeping. (1356)

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NOT ALWAYS THE BEACH

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 22 June 2015

'It was not always the beach it is today. In the early years of Geelong the area was considered an eyesore, with steep cliffs running from the northern town boundary to the shores of Corio Bay.

Redevelopment plans were first proposed in 1914 by the City of Geelong. Work was to include a one-mile (1.6 kilometre) long sea wall from Yarra Street to Limeburners Point, land reclamation, and flattening of the cliffs along the beach. Further plans were drawn up for a chalet at the beach, which later appeared in the form of the kiosk building.

Work began in September 1927 when contracts were let for construction of the concrete stairway, terraces and dressing sheds. J.C. Taylor and Sons were the successful contractor. This stage of the works was opened on December 20, 1929 by then mayor Cr Sol Jacobs.

The shark proof swimming enclosure and children's pool were opened by Mayor of Geelong Cr Sol Jacobs on March 28, 1939. The enclosure covered 8.5 acres (3.5 hectares) and could accommodate 10,000 bathers. The precinct development cost 40,000 pounds ($80,000) at the time of construction, but was seen by the council of the time as being an investment in the city.' [Wikipedia] (1355)

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THE WEEKEND WAS WONDERFUL

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 21 June 2015

An early morning drive to the top of a hill outside of Bright was rewarded with this lovely view. The valley below was bathed in the warm glow of an autumn morning sun, there was low lying fog at the far end and the beautiful township of Bright was beginning to exhibit the leaves turning various colours of orange and red, for which it is well known for. And to top it off, I was there with my best friends so the weekend was wonderful. (1354)

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THE MOST PERFECT WAY TO START THE DAY

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Saturday 20 June 2015

A recent visit to Palm Cove was a bit disappointing, not because of the location, but because of the weather. This is a very beautiful part of the world, up in 'Far North Queensland' with lovely sandy beaches, the odd palm tree or two and views across the water to a heavily treed island. The locals are very friendly and I found that having breakfast at a small cafe overlooking this scene every morning was about the most perfect way to start the day. I can't wait to go back. (1353)

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PINCH YOURSELF

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 19 June 2015

The beautiful River Derwent flows slowly through the township of New Norfolk in Tasmania. The reflections provided by the late afternoon sun as I stopped at a small bed and breakfast were irresistible to my camera as I prepared to unwind from the days travel. This little island below the Australian mainland is so beautiful you have to pinch yourself in case you are dreaming! (1352)

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FOOTPRINTS FROM THE STEPS

Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 18 June 2015

If you look closely, you will see a single set of footprints leading from the Bells Beach steps. These steps would have been used many times by all of the best surfers around the world as they came down to this beach to compete in the annual Rip Curl Pro. There wasn't any evidence of any of these professionals on the morning I visited Bells, just a lone photographer leaving footprints in the sand. (1351)

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IT IS ONLY A DREAM

Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Just east of the wonderful harbour town of Strahan is Risby Cove. Late afternoon as I gazed across the water towards the cove I couldn't help thinking how serene the scene was and how I could live here forever. But of course reality provides one with a swift hit to the back of the head when you realise that work and family are 1,000 kms away and this is only a dream, and that a photo of this dream is all that you will have in a day or two's time. (1350)

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CENTRE OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY

St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 16 June 2015

Just a few days ago I walked along this pier to the end, just as the sun began to rise. The St Kilda Pier is a bit of an icon, jutting out into Port Phillip Bay with great views of Melbourne.

'St Kilda Pier has been the centre of recreational activity in St Kilda since the 1850's. Both the old shed at the pier entrance and the pavilion at the end are part of Victoria's heritage.

St Kilda Pier's history dates back to 1853 when the St Kilda Pier and Jetty Company constructed a wooden jetty to assist the early settlers in unloading timber, building materials and firewood to St Kilda. Not long after its construction the small jetty fell victim to a stormy Port Phillip Bay and was washed away. Various forms of piers were constructed at St Kilda in the 1800's as the demand for a larger pier grew with the ever-increasing trade to and from the area. Since then the St Kilda Pier has grown to its present size, with the most recent concrete section constructed in the 1970's.' [www.visitmelbourne.com] (1349)

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AS I PASSED BY

Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 15 June 2015

As I passed by the beautiful Lake Jindabyn I could see a number of large rocks sitting above the water line, their reflections being made in the very still water. The golden rays from the very early morning sunrise gave the whole scene a wonderful warm colour and a few white puffy clouds kept the photographer happy! (1348)

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INTERESTING ADVENTURE

Bermagui, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 14 June 2015

Another image of my journey along the south coast of New South Wales. This one is just outside Bermagui and was taken on a beautiful day, albeit without the clouds that I love to see. The rock formations in this part of the world are amazing and different at every turn of the coast, making for an interesting adventure as I continued to headed north. (1347)

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FLOWING THROUGH BRIGHT

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 13 June 2015

The Ovens River flows through the lovely township of Bright in Victoria's high country.

'Hamilton Hume and William Hovell explored the area in 1824, naming the Ovens River.

The town was first known as Morse's Creek after F.H. Morse but in 1861 it was renamed in honour of the British orator and politician John Bright.

During the Victorian gold rush there was a rush to the nearby Buckland River. As the gold deposits gradually diminished, Chinese miners arrived in the area to sift the abandoned claims. Tensions over Chinese success from Anglo-Irish miners caused the violent Buckland Riot in 1857, resulting in deaths of Chinese miners and the fleeing of 2,000 Chinese. The riot was eventually quelled by the Beechworth police under the command of Robert O'Hara Burke from 80 kilometres away.

Bright has a rich cultural heritage and many locations within the town along with street names can be traced to present day residents.' [Wikipedia] (1346)

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JUST THE WAY I LIKE IT!

Mystery Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 12 June 2015

I love looking at this wonderful section of coastline in southern New South Wales. It has a bit of everything; black & white rocks, sand & moss, blue & green water, a tree & grass and even clouds with the last hint of an earlier sunrise. The one thing it doesn't have are people in view … and that is just the way I like it! (1345)

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THAT'S MY THEORY

Winkipop, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 11 June 2015

This wonderful reflection of a rising sun was taken a few weeks ago at the equally wonderfully named Winkipop Beach. Everyone loves a great sunrise so when it is reflected in the foreground water it is twice as good … well that's my theory. Almost the end of the working week so I hope you have a great weekend planned! (1344)

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STATE OF THE ART

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 10 June 2015

The lovely old buildings at the Melbourne Observatory seem a bit primitive by todays standards, but would have been state of the art back then.

'Melbourne Observatory was founded in 1862 to serve as a scientific research institution for the rapidly growing city of Melbourne, the capital of the colony of Victoria. The observatory was tasked by the Victorian government with maintaining an accurate time reference for the colony through observations of stars using a transit telescope as well as general astronomical research. The site chosen was a gentle hill adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens.' [Wikipedia] (1343)

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GOES ON FOREVER

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday 9 June 2015

Ellis Beach is so typical of many beaches in Far North Queensland. The tree laden hills come right down to the sand at the waters edge and the scene seems to go on forever.

This shot was taken very early in the morning before sunrise and the 20 second exposure has softened the water considerably from the angry high tide that was beating against the rock edge. I was drawn to the image because of the eucalyptus tree that is hanging over the edge and defying the aggressive sea at it's feet. (1342)

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EXPERIMENTAL ROCKET?

Low Head, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 8 June 2015

You would be forgiven for thinking this is some sort of experimental rocket from the 1950's, or at least one that would have been seen in the Road Runner cartoons of my childhood. I can imagine the coyote sitting astride it chasing the road runner towards the cliff edge where the rocket runs out of fuel and plummets thousands of metres to the canyon floor below!

It is in fact a navigation buoy on display at the Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum and would have been used in the Tamar River to aide ships travelling between Bass Straight and Launceston. (1341)

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A BIT CREEPY

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 7 June 2015

'HM Prison Geelong was a maximum security Australia prison in Geelong and was built in stages from 1849 to 1864 by prisoners who slept on high security barges on Corio Bay during construction. Its panopticon design is based on Pentonville Prison in England. The prison was officially closed in 1991 and remains mostly unchanged.' [Wikipedia]

This afternoon I visited the 'Old Geelong Gaol' which is now open to the public on weekends. It is a bit creepy walking around a building that once housed 160 prisoners, and in which several executions took place in the mid 1800's. This photograph is of the central area with steps leading up to the second of three levels that housed the inmates. (1340)

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SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 6 June 2015

Something a little different today. I visited an historic paper mill this afternoon for a rare open day to see the wonderful old buildings that because of private ownership are not normally open to an inquisitive photographer.

This image of an old fuel pump in obvious disrepair didn't turn out the way I wanted so I tried a technique that has been on my 'must try' list but haven't been game to do. I used Topaz's Impression to create an art work from the photograph, and I was very happy with the way it turned out. (1339)

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IT MAKES SENSE

Port Albert, Victoria, Australia

Friday 5 June 2015

The unusual thing that struck me with the pier in Port Albert was the red painted edges. Every harbour seems to have their own peculiarities but I don't think I've seen red edges anywhere else, but let me know if your local fishing village does it this way.

Of course it makes sense to have the area between relative safety and the obvious danger of falling into water marked with a colour that stands out and warns the less sure-footed amongst us of where the boundary is.

When I took this image the sun was about to rise over the horizon but the lights were still on along the pier. The photo goes from orange on the right hand side to the purples of almost darkness on the left while the pier lights punctuate the length of the wooden structure. (1338)

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ALMOST INACCESSIBLE

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 4 June 2015

There's nothing nicer than a good reflection on a wet surface, like this one at the mouth of the Cumberland River, on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. It is an area where the forest comes down to the sea and if it wasn't for the roadway that was cut into the rocks back in the first half of the 1900's, this area would be almost inaccessible, other than by boat. (1337)

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THE MELBOURNE OBSERVATORY

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 3 June 2015

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne Gardens manages the site of the Melbourne Observatory and works closely with the Astronomical Society of Victoria to maintain this historical site and provide regular public tours.

The Observatory was the home for weather forecasting, time setting, setting weights and measures standards and for the surveying of Victoria. The distinctive shapes of the buildings, built and added to between 1861 and 1902, topped by sliding domes and opening roof structures evoke immediate recognition of their functions as devices for tracking and charting stars, watching the weather and keeping time.' [www.rbg.vic.gov.au] (1336)

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ELEMENTS

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday 2 June 2015

This scene caught my eye because of the waves crashing over the rocks and because these rocks created a lovely round cove where the rushing water seemed to go in every direction. The sky was also overcast and menacing and the forest on the left of screen had a brown stain where it looked like a fire might have been though in the past year or so. All of these elements make for an interesting, albeit different photo of the Far North Queensland coast. (1335)

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THE SUN WAS ABOUT TO POP

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Monday 1 June 2015

I spent this last weekend in Far North Queensland, more than 3,000 kms from home, almost as far away as I could get on mainland Australia. This is amazing country, covered in wonderful rain forest, beautiful beaches and of course the Great Barrier Reef. I didn't get to the reef, but I did capture a number of images of the beaches near my FNQ home base. This one is just near Ellis Beach as I drove along the Captain Cook Highway heading north. The sun was about to pop over the horizon so I stopped the car and snapped this reasonably long exposure that made the water seem rather smooth but showcased the lovely pink and purple sky. (1334)

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