LOVELY REFLECTIONS

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 30 April 2016

Just before sunrise, on a very cloudy day I wandered along Geelong's waterfront. I passed the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and on towards Fisherman's Basin. There wasn't any activity from the boats moored there, although there were fishermen on the various surrounding piers. I was struck by the lovely reflections on the calm water within the Basin. It almost made up for the lack of activity and poor light experienced on my morning photo walk. (1668)

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BRAVEHEART

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Friday 29 April 2016

'Part of the Thomson Bequest which also provided the Statuary Pavilion, it also provided sufficient funds for the statue of Sir William `Braveheart` Wallace, the great Scottish hero of the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. This was chosen as a tribute to Thomson`s birthplace.

James Russell Thomson was a Scottish miner who arrived on the diggings in 1852 and made his fortune from goldmining. At his death in 1886 he left 3000 pounds for statues at the Gardens.' [monumentaustralia.org.au] (1667)

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BUNCHES OF BUBBLES

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 28 April 2016

As the sun sets on another day, the colours in the Jan Juc beach intensify and the light begins to dim. The sea has been rough all day and each wave brings little bunches of bubbles and leaves them behind as it recedes back into the ocean. The clouds are bright above the setting sun but dark and threatening elsewhere. The end of day and the unusually high tide seems to have scared off the human inhabitants of this coastal community, with only a single photographer remaining, willing to get his feet wet in an attempt to capture an image for his portfolio. (1666)

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THE WALK IN

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 27 April 2016

I was walking along this track, looking for the beach but stopped at this bottlebrush tree (I'm sure there is a more technical name for it). It almost seemed out of place in this scrubby part of Wilsons Promontory, but had obviously been there for a long time. The beautiful flowers provided a canopy over the track, worthy of a photograph. Sometimes I get so focused on the destination that I 'don't stop to smell the bottlebrushes', but not his time. The walk in was as good as the beach I discovered at the end of it. (1665)

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RUGGED

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 26 April 2016

Rugged is the best way I could describe this piece of coastline on the southern section of New South Wales' shores, and red is another word that could be used! The lush growth along the cliff top makes way for a very dangerous rocky face against an equally threatening sea. The red colour of the cliffs is amazing and in stark contrast to the other rocks in the water. (1664)

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WONDERFUL AND SCENIC

Squeaky Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 25 April 2016

I really love intricate pattern in beach sand, caused by waves and running water. Every now and then you will see different coloured sand mixing, as is the case in today's image. The water trickling across the beach is from a small creek and the darker sand from that creek is mixing with the white sand of Squeaky Beach. The patterns are fantastic and almost make you forget that the rest of the beach is so wonderful and scenic. With so many choices for the photographer, it is hard to know what image to capture first. (1663)

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ONCE THRIVING

Jumbunna, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 24 April 2016

'Jumbunna was once a thriving coal mining township. Land was opened up for selection in 1878. The Jumbunna Coal Company was registered in 1890, after T.W. Horsley discovered a seam in the area. The Company began operations in 1894.

A Jumbunna Post Office opened on 1 May 1890. This was renamed Glen Alvie in 1893 when the railway arrived and a new Jumbunna office was opened near the station. This office closed in 1976.

In its hey-day in 1901 the town boasted 153 houses and a population of approximately 800, many of whom lived in tents. Today there are only 13 houses remaining.

The Jumbunna General Store opened in 1893 and closed in 1976. There was also a school, at first using the Jumbunna Hall, which started in 1894. It continued in a new building from 1900 to 1977.

The Korumburra-Jumbunna Railway was constructed in 1893, was extended to Outtrim in 1896 and closed in 1953.

After the miners' strike of 1903 to 1904, the town began to decline and many houses were shifted by bullock dray to Wonthaggi.' [Wikipedia] (1662)

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SECRET BEACHES

Sand Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 23 April 2016

'Any Victorian worth their coffee beans knows you’d be silly to go north during summer… not with that stunning local coastline to explore. Some of the best secret beaches are here.

Want to escape the crowds at Lorne? Hidden below the red-roofed White Queen Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet is your answer: a collection of picturesque pocket beaches and rock pools beneath rugged red limestone cliffs. You can access them via the Cliff Top Walk, which has terrific ocean views. The locals have quirky names for these beaches, such as Sunnymeade, Smelly, Steppe and Sandy Gully.' [www.australiantraveller.com] (1661)

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ANGRY SEA

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Friday 22 April 2016

Jan Juc's beach can be a little unpredictable, with it being calm and picture perfect some times and at others, very wild and threatening. This visit it was the latter, with foam being washed up on the beach from the angry sea and some of the waves being much bigger than I thought. This resulted in my jeans being wet up to the knee while trying to rescue my camera and tripod from a rouge wave tried to take them away. (1660)

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BALLOONING OVER THE YARRA

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 21 April 2016

'The brothers Joseph-Ralf and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier developed a hot air balloon in Annonay, Ardeche, France, and demonstrated it publicly on September 19, 1783, making an unmanned flight lasting 10 minutes. After experimenting with unmanned balloons and flights with animals, the first balloon flight with humans aboard, a tethered flight, performed on or around October 15, 1783, by Étienne de Montgolfier who made at least one tethered flight from the yard of the Reveillon workshop in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine. Later that same day, Pilatre de Rozier became the second human to ascend into the air, reaching an altitude of 24 m (79 ft), the length of the tether.' [Wikipedia] (1659)

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NO STARBURST

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 20 April 2016

I have been trying different aperture settings in the past few months. Originally I took most of my photographs at f22, giving the maximum depth of field and providing spectacular starbursts, but at the cost of a slower shutter speed. I moved the aperture to f13 for this image, with considerable loss of sharpness in the background and no starburst with the sun. There isn't a right or wrong answer to which is better, just a different type of photograph. (1658)

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TRICKS OF TIME

Winkipop, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 19 April 2016

I found myself at Winkipop during the blue hour and fired off a few shots from my camera. Because of the long exposure, the sea appears to be flat and there looks like a mist along the shoreline. Interesting how these tricks of time and camera produce unusual images. Also of interest is the black sand that has created patterns along the beach and which is in stark contrast to yesterday's image of a pristine white beach. (1657)

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Picnic Bay, Victoria, Australia

Monday 18 April 2016

After leaving Tidal River and Norman Beach, I drove along the coast of Wilson's Promontory to Squeaky Beach. It was pretty as a picture, so I took a few (pictures) before driving off towards Picnic Bay. There is a long walk into this beach from the car park, but this image is the view you get as you near the end of the trek. Another picture perfect beach. The white sand is amazing, although it was difficult to walk on along the track. There were a number of people on the beach, which is the downside of visiting such a beautiful place in the middle of the day. I would highly recommend a visit to this part of the country. (1656)

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GAZING THROUGH

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 17 April 2016

Every now and then, everything comes together. My recent trip to Point Roadknight was just such an occasion. It was a cool but clear morning and there were the obligatory fluffy clouds hovering around the horizon. I arrived just before sunrise and by the time I hit the sand, the sun was beginning to poke it's head over the edge of the earth. The sand at this beach is beautifully white and there are some amazing rocks that are very sharp, despite the ravages of the elements. As it happened, there was a gap in these rocks and the sun was gazing through, and wouldn't you know it, I had my camera and tripod! A hasty setup and I captured this image. I spent another hour or so wandering around taking photos and then found a cafe nearby and had scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast, which is my usual reward for getting up so early. (1655)

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THE GREATEST REWARD

Hawley Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 16 April 2016

All around Tasmania I found fantastic beaches, like this one at Hawley. Although it was a little after sunrise, the light was still soft and the smooth sand inviting. There wasn't much in the way of waves and the wispy clouds topped off a great experience. Sometimes the simple things in life can give the greatest reward. (1654)

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BLUE HOUR BOATS

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Friday 15 April 2016

Before the official sunrise time, there is a little light to see by and everything is blueish. Surprisingly enough, this is called the Blue Hour. I've done a few photos during this time, but it isn't my favourite. I do however prefer a lovely sunrise, which can often lead to saturated and colourful images. And if I'm lucky enough, there is often a star burst as the sun lifts above the horizon. (1653)

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TENACITY

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Thursday 14 April 2016

Sitting here in my office listening to Peter Frampton's 'Do you feel like we do' … all 14 minutes & 15 seconds of it, and editing this photo for today's post. It's funny how music takes you back, particularly to my late teenage years (giving away my age here) and listening to the Frampton Comes Alive album in my car on the tape drive.

I just mention this, because I'm not sure what to say about this little tree on the Palm Cove beach. It isn't all that spectacular except that it has grown crooked and despite the odds, it is still standing. Tenacity seems to be it's greatest quality. (1652)

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A DRAMATIC CHANGE

Squeaky Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 13 April 2016

A little creek flows into Squeaky Beach, having passed through the Wilsons Promontory national park. The result is water that is coloured with tannins from the trees and undergrowth of the region. As the water flows over the white sand, the ripples make lovely patterns and darken some of the beach as it goes. There wasn't much of a flow when I visited, but I'm sure that the coming winter will see a dramatic change to this scene. (1651)

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WORTH GETTING WET FOR?

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Wet feet again tonight! I travelled down to Jan Juc this evening, well I did the trip twice today. The first time was at sunrise, at about 6:30am to be precise, only to find that there was persistent drizzle and a completely grey sky. As the day progressed, the sky become fine and I eyed the outlook from my office and decided to try again at sunset. I jumped into the car and drove the 20 minutes to Jan Juc's main beach to give it another go. I was met with a very angry sea, but there was some lovely colour in the sky. Walking down the stairs to the sand, I saw a number of people, mostly with dogs using the beach for their daily exercise, but there weren't enough to completely upset me. I marched down to the water line in an attempt to get some great reflections in the sand, only to misjudge a wave that ended up drowning my jeans & boots up the knee. I think it was worth it though, what do you think? (1650)

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A BIT MIFFED

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Monday 11 April 2016

It's not often that one gets to see a mooring chain from the river bed, so when I did this week, I took the opportunity to capture an image of it. The Barwon River is tidal as it passes by the township bearing it's name and I found a number of yachts sitting on the bottom waiting for the tide to come in. If I were one of the owners of these crafts and wanted to go sailing when there was no water, I would be a bit miffed, but I guess they plan ahead and work out the best time to shove off. (1649)

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HARD WORK

Inverloch, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 10 April 2016

A number of paddle boarders were out on the water, making their way towards the ocean mouth. I spoke to the one in this image and asked if it was hard work, standing and paddling, to which he replied that it was easy, unless the current and wind were working against you. He proceeded to head into the water for a swim before paddling back to where he came. (1648)

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PATTERNS IN THE SAND

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 9 April 2016

This morning the tide was out as I walked up river at Barwon Heads. The exposed river bed had a lot of seaweed and mud, and also some very intricate patterns in the sand. As the sun rose, the sky showed signs of colour for a very brief time before clearing to a clear blue. There are a number of houses overlooking the river and while they can claim to have river frontage, there wasn't any river lapping at their front yards this morning. (1647)

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A GREAT TIME WAS HAD

Squeaky Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 8 April 2016

How good is it when you discover a new beach, and there isn't anyone in sight to spoil it! Squeaky Beach is very picturesque with the white sand and blue sky making it absolutely perfect. A small island sits just off-shore and rocks occupy the northern side of the beach. The sand is particularly flat which provides a glass like surface every time the waves float in. All in all, a great time was had, and a number of images were captured. (1646)

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IN A GOOD MOOD

Inverloch, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 7 April 2016

You would think that arriving at the jetty in Inverloch before the official sunrise time would ensure that you were the only one there. But no, I was beaten by two fishermen who found the best position at the end of the structure. The angler seated at the end was an older man who was singing out loud, something I haven't come across before. Usually fishermen are the quiet type and look at the water in hopeful anticipation that they will catch a fish. Not this bloke, I could hear him from where I took this photo! It's nice to know that there are people who wake up cheerful and in a good mood and don't need a cup of coffee in their hand to come alive for the day. (1645)

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THE BACK STORY

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 6 April 2016

On a recent walk through Melbourne's lanes, I found this mural high on the wall. I have no idea why it is there or what it is about. All the other street art in the laneways are more the graffiti type, and not as detailed as this one. If you know the back story to this art, please leave a message. (1644)

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AMAZING PATTERNS

Squeaky Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 5 April 2016

'The rounded grains of quartz on Squeaky Beach make a squeaking sound when you walk in the dry sand - hence its name. The rock formations at the north end of the beach create a maze of passages for exploration. Access from the Squeaky Beach car park. Surf lifesavers do not operate at this beach.' [visitvictoria.com]

I was fortunate to be able to visit Squeaky Beach recently and walk along the track from the car park to this amazing scene. A number of huge rocks that are stained orange sit at one side of the beach and a small trickle of water flows from the nearby creek into the bay. The water from the creek has made amazing patterns in the sand which you can see in this photograph (enlarge it and have a good look). This beach is so pretty that you will see a few more images from my visit over the next few weeks! (1643)

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HARD AT WORK

Norman Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 4 April 2016

I travelled to Wilsons Promontory on the weekend and drove down as far as I could, to Tidal River. The beach adjacent to the camping ground is called Norman Beach and this is where I found a young artist with his easel set up beginning to paint the scenery. His jeans and hoodie were covered in paint, so he had done this many times before. I was impressed with his skill and tenacity on such a very cold day, and the fact he didn't mind me taking a photo of him hard at work. (1642)

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EXTREMELY SECLUDED

Walkerville South, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 3 April 2016

Extremely secluded, Walkerville South is only accessible by lonely gravel roads and the lack of people ensures that facilities are at a bare minimum. Walkerville North provides beautiful views across Waratah Bay to nearby Wilsons Promontory, and at low tide provides access to spectacular rock pools. Approximately 100 metres beyond the end of the boat ramp marks the beginning of a walking trail up the cliff that separates the two Walkerville settlements. This trail leads you through spectacular forests and little creeks stained brown by the tea tree (melaleuca) plants. Along the trail are vantage points with information plaques about the brief mining and logging history of the settlement, and geographical information about the area. A short side-trail takes you to a hidden cemetery, with beautiful headstones of the settlers and workers that battled the rough terrain that is visibly different from that of today.' [Wikipedia] (1641)

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MAGNIFICENT TREAT

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 2 April 2016

At the bottom of Cataract Gorge in Launceston I spotted these beautiful Rhododendrons in the wonderful formal gardens.

'The Cataract Gorge Reserve, covering 192 hectares, and just 15 minutes walk from the city centre, is home to a large diversity of plants and animals that live in the bushland and waterways that make up this magnificent treat to locals and tourists alike. The Cataract Gorge Reserve is the heartbeat of Launceston and central to its lifestyle and sense of community.' [launceston.tas.gov.au] (1640)

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THE YACHT CLUB

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Friday 1 April 2016

'The Festival of Sails, held at the end of January every year at Royal Geelong Yacht Club, is the largest keelboat regatta in the southern hemisphere. The Festival includes a shore based community event that attracts 100,000 visitors each year. The Club also presents the delightful Wooden Boat Festival every second year on the Labour Day weekend in March.' [rgyc.com.au] (1639)

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