A VIBRANT GREEN ATTRACTION

Mount Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 30 September 2015

I find the floor of our forests as interesting as the trees and green life. I love the way the moss claims the dead branches and trees and turns them into a vibrant green attraction. The moss has even begun to climb the living trees while the fallen leaves and bark provide a red and brown contrast for the scene. (1455)

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GREAT PETITION

East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 29 September 2015

'Great Petition is a sculpture by Susan Hewitt and Penelope Lee, commemorating the 100th anniversary of female suffrage in Victoria.

Launched on 3 December, 2008, Great Petition constitutes a contemporary interpretation of the Monster Petition – a petition with more than 30,000 signatures which was presented to Parliament in 1891 as evidence of the wide-spread support to give women Victorians voting rights. Female suffrage was finally granted in 1908 with the passage of the Adult Suffrage Act.

Great Petition was commissioned by the State Government of Victoria in collaboration with the City of Melbourne.' [www.melbourne.vic.gov.au] (1454)

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FROM THE GROUND UP

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Monday 28 September 2015

The Split Point lighthouse is a landmark on the Great Ocean Road and can be seen from Anglesea through to Lorne. It has a commanding view of Bass Straight, being perched on a huge cliff and having more than 180 degrees through which to direct it's light. Being high on a cliff makes it hard to get a good close up photo and when I did, I was looking up into the sky. You can only just see it's red cap which is in stark contrast to the blue and white of the rest of the photo. (1453)

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LITTERED WITH FLUFFY PINK CLOUDS

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 27 September 2015

A quick look over my shoulder as I walked back to the car after a very successful sunrise shoot, and I couldn't believe what I saw. The beach was littered with fluffy pink clouds, a reflection in the wet sand of the ones in the sky. Up until this point, I had been very satisfied with the haul of images accumulated for the morning, but this one was a pleasant bonus. (1452)

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OBSERVATION TOWER

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 26 September 2015

'Queenscliff Harbour is a destination in itself & being a working harbour there is always something to see and do. The 250 berth marina is home to the historic couta boats, yachts, power boats and a popular destination for local & interstate visiting vessels.

Make time to climb or catch the lift to the top of the 42m observation tower which offers stunning 360° views of Queenscliff, Port Philip, The Rip, Bellarine Peninsula, Swan Bay, Mornington Peninsula, pilot boats entering the bay or you might even spot a stingray.' [www.visitmelbourne.com/Regions] (1451)

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THE REAL HIGHLIGHT

Sandy Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 25 September 2015

Nearing the end of the blue hour, the sky begins to warm up on Sandy Gully Beach. This time of the morning is incredibly peaceful with the wind generally at it's lowest and the purples and pinks providing a feast for one's eyes. This image isn't all that spectacular, only a few rocks to break the beach scene, but the colours are the real highlight for today. (1450)

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DARK & THREATENING

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Thursday 24 September 2015

This lovely stretch of beach in Far North Queensland was a little unsettled when I visited recently. A storm was brewing off shore and the clouds overhead were dark and threatening. The sea was relatively calm and there had been people walking in the sand, even earlier than me! I was struck with amazement at the creepers in the foreground that were attempting to cover the beach with their runners. A great way to stabilise a sand dune (I thought), but surely not so good with salt water covering their leaves at high tide? (1449)

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MIRRORED REFLECTION

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 23 September 2015

After sunrise, the sun becomes bright and for a while, there is a beautiful golden light created. Generally it is too bright to face the camera towards the sun during this time, but the scenery that the light touches looks wonderful. A point in case is this view of Urquahart Bluff with the golden light hitting the cliffs and making them glow. The mirrored reflection in the wet sand on the beach is also glowing vividly. There were very few clouds this morning, but one can't have everything! (1448)

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THE PINNACLES

Ben Boyd National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 22 September 2015

'Pinnacles loop walking track is a pleasant, easy walk that meanders through the woodland and heath of the NSW Far South Coast region. With beautiful coastal views south to Lennards Island and north to Haycock Point, it’s an easy stroll for all the family in Ben Boyd National Park, a short drive south of Pambula.

There are two lookouts along this gently undulating walking track that make ideal spots to view the fascinating Pinnacles formation – a spectacular erosion feature that consists of cliffs of soft white sands capped with a layer of red gravel clay. It was deposited during the Tertiary geological period – up to 65 million years ago.' [www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au] (1447)

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MY PATH TO FREEDOM

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Monday 21 September 2015

A beautiful sunrise over the Jan Juc beach is irresistible to a photographer and his camera! This is the spot where I almost became stranded with a tide that was coming in and nothing but cliffs to my immediate left. The small gap between the cliff and the large rock in the centre of the image was my only way home and the waves were already flooding my path to freedom.

As soon as I had this image in the camera, I made a bee-line for the gap and waited until a receding wave was good enough to let me through. Another 15 minutes and I wouldn't have made it back without getting very wet. (1446)

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THE OLD TREASURY BUILDING

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 20 September 2015

'The Old Treasury Building on Spring Street in Melbourne, was once home to the Treasury Department of the Government of Victoria, but is now a museum of Melbourne history, known as the Old Treasury Building.

The Old Treasury Building was constructed between 1858–62, and is considered one of Australia's finest Renaissance Revival buildings, constructed in palazzo form and built from wealth accumulated during the Victorian Gold Rush to house the state gold vaults.

The building was designed by young juvenile architect J. J. Clark at just 19 years of age. The oldest surviving designs for the building date back to 1857, and many of JJ Clark's drafts are on display throughout the building. Clark later went on to design the Brisbane Treasury in Queensland, considered to be another fine example in a classical style.

The building is also notable as it was the unofficial first capital building of Australia. In February 1899, a 'secret' Premiers' conference was convened, after which it was decided Melbourne's Parliament House would be the temporary capital until the location of the Australian National Capital was officially announced.' [Wikipedia] (1445)

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THE GOLDILOCKS SEASON

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 19 September 2015

I love spring time, and I'm pretty fond of the autumn too. The light at this time of the year is generally very nice, not too harsh as in summer, and not too dull like the winter. I guess you could say it is the Goldilocks season for photographers.

This shot is taken on Geelong's waterfront, right at the top of Corio Bay. The sun is just rising and is bursting through Cunningham Pier. Green moss clings to the bluestone edge of the bay, so the tide is low. There are a few cars on the pier, either left there from a party the night before, or they belong to the pesky fishermen that normally cause me grief. My favourite part is the clouds which are different colours and add a lovely warm tone to my image. (1444)

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LUSH TREE LINED RIVERS

Werribee, Victoria, Australia

Friday 18 September 2015

This little river runs right though the middle of Werribee, a large city on the outskirts of Melbourne. You could be forgiven for thinking that this is a rural scene, and that there isn't a single living soul within miles. This scene is what I think of when rural Australia is mentioned. Even though dusty outback countryside is a normal picture in peoples minds, there are many lush tree lined rivers and forests that also make up our landscape. (1443)

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THE DIVING TOWER

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 17 September 2015

'Eastern Beach is a popular swimming and recreation area in Geelong, Victoria on the shores of Corio Bay. Built during the 1930s in the Art Deco style, a shark proof sea bath is provided, as well as a children's swimming pool, kiosk, and dressing room pavilion. A number of Art Deco buildings in the area are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

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.' [Wikipedia] (1442)

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THE GORDON RESERVE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 16 September 2015

'The Gordon Reserve is a small triangle of land bounded by Spring Street and Macarthur Street, containing the Stanford Fountain (1870), the Gordon of Khartoum Memorial (1889), the Adam Lindsay Gordon Memorial (1932), and five Canary Island date palms. The Reserve was originally part of the Parliament House grounds, but it became detached from these in 1863 and was called Carpentaria Place.

Early photographs of the site reveal a small fountain, paths and some plantings. In 1870 the Stanford Fountain was placed on the site. William Stanford (1839-1880) designed and carved the fountain from bluestone when he was incarcerated at Pentridge Prison. The fountain, with its birds, dolphins and central cupid figure is well executed.' [www.onmydoorstep.com.au] (1441)

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THE WALK DOWN FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 15 September 2015

The beautiful pier at Point Lonsdale has been the subject of many a photograph. It is reasonably long, as piers in this area go and the white painted rails stand out wonderfully against the dark blue water of the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. A not so often photographed aspect of the pier is the walk down from the lighthouse and it is today's image that displays this path and the vegetation alongside. (1440)

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ONE OF THE POSITIVES

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 14 September 2015

The wonderful green grass and moss that was growing on these rocks were the eye catching attraction for this photograph. They obviously live part of their lives out of the water and part submerged below the high tide.

One of the positives of being a photographer is that the eye learns to see things that once would have been overlooked, and in this case, would have just been part of the overall beach scene. (1439)

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CAPTURED SCROLL

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 13 September 2015

The sun was beginning to rise as I wandered past Victoria's State Parliament building and made my way towards St Patrick's Cathedral. The clouds were beginning to display a pink tinge and some of the street lights were being extinguished as the daylight became brighter. The Cathedral was my planned destination, but this concrete scroll caught my attention. It looked like someone had rolled up a large piece of paper and left it in the public gardens adjacent. I was able to capture both the scroll and the Cathedral spires, along with one or two pink clouds, not to mention the unavoidable taxis in the background! (1438)

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LAKE CONNEWARRE

Leopold, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 12 September 2015

'Lake Connewarre, a shallow estuarine 880-hectare (2,200-acre) lake on the Barwon River, is located on the Bellarine Peninsula southeast of Geelong. The lake forms part of the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar Site as a wetland of international importance, with much of the wetland area also part of the Lake Connewarre State Game Reserve.' [Wikipedia] (1437)

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SPIKY BRIDGE

Swansea, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 11 September 2015

'It's just a bridge but it's pretty cool. Built by convicts in 1843, this bridge abruptly pops out of the landscape to baffle passers-by with its odd design.

The bridge was made from field stones laid without mortar or cement and the parapet features field stones laid vertically, giving the bridge a spiky appearance.

It's claimed that the spikes were designed to prevent cattle falling over the sides of the bridge, though no one really knows if this is true. There are also the remains of the Governor's cottage on the hill overlooking the unusual bridge.' [www.discovertasmania.com.au] (1436)

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SPRING STREET

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 10 September 2015

I rose early this morning and caught the 4:30am train to Melbourne. There were two good reasons for sitting on the train at that indecent hour. Firstly, I wanted to photograph the State Parliament House with it's lights on, and secondly I was hoping that there wouldn't be too many people and vehicles around to get in my way. I succeeded in both regards and caught this beautiful old building in all her glory. The sky was also beginning to light up, although not as much as I would have liked, but the trade-off was bright sky or no people and vehicles. (1435)

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THE NEXT GENERATION

Mount Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 9 September 2015

This log would have been a massive tree when it was standing. It has been on the ground for a long time though, with moss covering the entire length. There is a real calmness felt when walking through forests like this. You feel like it has been unchanged for hundreds of years, although you know that this is a ever changing environment, that will eventually consume this once majestic tree and return it to the soil to assist the next generation of trees. (1434)

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MORE CONTRAST

Sand Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 8 September 2015

A late sunrise photograph today, a little bit more contrast than my usual ones I love the shadows created by the seaweed strewn across the beach and the wonderful sand sculpture created by the receding sea and the wind that has been moving the sand around. The warm tone created by the sun and also reflected in the orange cliff faces gives a welcoming feel to the whole image and the lazy clouds covering the blue sky finish off the scene nicely. (1433)

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HISTORIC LINKS

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Monday 7 September 2015

'The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge was constructed in 1928 and crosses Lake Burley Griffin. Between the spans on the southern side are two granite stones from the 1817 Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames in London. These were presented to Australia after the 1817 bridge was demolished in the 1940s and replaced by a modern structure. A plaque reads, in part, Stones such as these from the bridge were presented to Australia and other parts of the British world to further historic links in the British Commonwealth of Nations.' [Wikipedia] (1432)

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STATUARY PAVILION

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 6 September 2015

'The Ballarat Botanical Gardens feature heritage statuary pavilion. The Stoddart Statue collection consists of 12 white marble figures from Italy donated by Thomas Stoddart in 1884. The 12 statues were figures from classical mythology: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Hercules, Pomona, Bacchante, Hebe, Flora Farnese, Leda, Mercury and Flora. They were badly damaged by vandals in 2002 and were placed in the statuary pavilion after repair. The statues were returned to their original 1884 pedestals in March 2010.' [Wikipedia] (1431)

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INSIDE THE CONSERVATORY

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 5 September 2015

'One of Ballarat’s recent landmarks is this spectacular modern steel and glass angular structure at the Botanical Gardens designed by architect Peter Elliot and erected in 1995. The design was apparently inspired by folded paper and famous conservatories around the world and is based around a six 13 metre tall A frame bays prefabricated in Geelong and won the Victorian Architectural Steel Design Award for Buildings' [www.ballaratbuildings.com]

A quick visit to Ballarat today for lunch with friends and we wandered into the Botanical Gardens and had enough time to take a few pictures. The display inside is different each time I visit with pinks and mauve dominating the colours today. (1430)

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THE LITTLE JETTY

Rye, Victoria, Australia

Friday 4 September 2015

I find it hard to write when I'm tired and tonight, after a long week, I'm very tired. So, here goes, this image was taken at Rye early in the morning. The little jetty is not straight like most so is a bit more interesting. One of the lights is still working but the other is in need of some maintenance and the sea looks very calm, but the 15 second exposure has provided a little assistance in this regard. On a positive note, there weren't any fishermen present so I didn't have to spend any time photoshoping them out! (1429)

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BLOWS MY SOCKS OFF

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Thursday 3 September 2015

Wow … every now and then I take a photo that blows my socks off. I don't mean to sound egotistical, after all the scene was there, I just took a photo of it. How good is the cloud formation, being lit up by the early morning sunrise. And the relentless waves creating wonderful frothy patterns on the sandy beach. This is the reason I get up early and love to walk along beaches and hope against hope that the camera adequately captures what I'm seeing. (1428)

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A MASSIVE STORM

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 2 September 2015

A massive storm passed by me, out at sea while I was photographing the mouth of the Cumberland River. I did get caught in the tail end of the rain, but not enough to dampen my spirits too much.

This massive tangle of seaweed caught my eye and how it had stubbornly resisted attempts to be washed back into the sea. There are channels cut into the sand where the water has rushed around the seaweed and ultimately given up. (1427)

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HOORAY, SPRING HAS ARRIVED!

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Hooray! Spring has arrived and a very cold winter is finally over. As a fair weathered photographer I'm very excited about the prospect of getting out a bit more often to capture the beauty our world has to offer.

The Yarra river in Melbourne is one such place and on a sunny morning there is no better place to be, particularly if there is a coffee shop close by. These rowers are certainly enjoying the sun that is being reflected off an office building on the city side of the river and to the right, just out of shot are the coffee shops and cafes serving people walking to work. (1426)

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