OVERLOOKING THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS

Mount Stirling, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 31 December 2016

I have had this photo sitting in my 'must process' list for some time. Every time I went to work on it, the very bad lens flare deterred me from using it. So today, here goes. I really love the composition of the old cattlemen's hut perched on Mount Stirling, overlooking the surrounding mountains of Victoria's high country. The late afternoon sun is fantastic, but the streaks of light across the back of the building are still a problem. I think I can live with it, hope you can too? (1913)

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SQUEAKY BEACH

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia

Friday 30 December 2016

'The Wilsons Promontory National Park is home to a wide range of wildlife species, including kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, emus, a wide range of small marsupials, and numerous species of birds, most prominent among which are the rosellas. Southern right whales nowadays show slow but steady recovery and started using the area as a nursery like what was used to be along with Humpback whales that tend to pass through the area rather than long stay. Killer whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and penguins can be seen more regularly.' [Wikipedia] (1912)

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SHADY GULLIES

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 29 December 2016

'The Australian tree fern is a large, robust, attractive tree fern popular in cultivation in temperate regions. The common name 'Australian tree fern' may also be used to refer to Cyathea cooperi and Cyathea australis. In its native habitat of south-eastern Australia, Dicksonia antarctica often dominates wet, shady gullies and frequently grows in extensive stands. Its fibrous trunk forms an excellent substrate for other plants, including mosses, ferns and orchids. The trunk is formed from a slender stem surrounded by a mass of fibrous roots, enabling the plant to support itself.' [www.kew.org] (1911)

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UNDER THE VERANDAH

Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 28 December 2016

'Prominent among the early settlers in Northern Tasmania, the Archer family built a number of grand houses and estates in the area. Thomas Archer emigrated from England to Australia in 1811, and retired from government service in 1821 to develop his 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) estate. By 1825 he held 6,000 acres (24 km2) which he farmed and developed the land, and built a number of homesteads, including this one, on Woolmers Estate' [Wikipedia] (1910)

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A SERENE SETTING

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 27 December 2016

Fog on the water at Lake Daylesford adds a mystic feel to the serene setting. I wandered around the lake as the sun was rising, and found the experience very calming. Trees surround the water, and in places hang over, as if drinking from the lake. There is a lovely Boathouse cafe and restaurant and nearby, there is the Book Barn that serves coffee and light meals, in addition to a great range of books. The lake is a small treasure for a township that is a huge tourist attraction in Central Victoria. (1909)

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MAXIMUM SECURITY

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 26 December 2016

'HM Prison Geelong was a maximum security Australia prison located on the corner of Myers Street and Swanston Street in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The prison was built in stages from 1849 to 1864. Its panopticon design is based on Pentonville Prison in England. The prison was officially closed in 1991.' [Wikipedia] (1908)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas from Geelong. This is an image from our waterfront, with the floating Christmas Tree in Steampacket Quay. The 'tree' has become a great tourist attraction and a focus for celebrations at this time of the year. The light and sound show in the evening is spectacular and well worth a seeing. I would like to wish you all the very best, even if you don't celebrate Christmas. It is a wonderful time to spend with your family and friends as the year draws to an end. (1907)

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SHARING THE DAY

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 24 December 2016

It's Christmas eve, here in Australia. I hope you are all looking forward to tomorrow and sharing the day with your family and friends. I will be starting the day quietly, with only my wife and I for the first half of the day, then our three daughters, three son-in-laws and eight grandchildren arriving to finish the day off, in a noisy but wonderful way. Thank you for your support and encouragement again this year. Merry Christmas! (1906)

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A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Friday 23 December 2016

I love the solitude of an early morning, walking alone on a deserted beach. The waves crashing over rocks on one side of me, the sand dunes or large cliffs on my other side, and the bright and colourful sunrise washing over my face. There is a certain energy gained from this form of activity, and one that recharges me for the day ahead. I get so excited when I can capture some of the experience on my camera and share it with others. Of course, an image can't convey all of the senses, but it does give you a small indication of how magical the experience was. (1905)

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JUNCTION MINE

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 22 December 2016

'Broken Hill's massive orebody, which formed about 1,800 million years ago, has proved to be among the world's largest silver–lead–zinc mineral deposits. The orebody is shaped like a boomerang plunging into the earth at its ends and outcropping in the centre. The protruding tip of the orebody stood out as a jagged rocky ridge amongst undulating plain country on either side. This was known as the broken hill by early pastoralists. Miners called the ore body the Line of Lode.' [Wikipedia] (1904)

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FRAME THE RIP

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 21 December 2016

'Point Lonsdale is a coastal township on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia. The town is divided between the Borough of Queenscliffe and the City of Greater Geelong. Point Lonsdale is also one of the headlands which, with Point Nepean, frame The Rip, the entrance to Port Phillip. The headland is dominated by the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and the pier. [Wikipedia] (1903)

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A FLEETING MOMENT

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Sunrises can produce the most amazing colours in the sky. Orange, yellow, pink and purple are most often present, but the wider image can also have blue and green in the water and rocks. The beauty of capturing such an image is that it can be enjoyed forever, instead of the fleeting moment that existed on that particular morning. (1902)

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ON THE BEACH

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Monday 19 December 2016

'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 (renamed Connewarre East in 1890 when a new Barwon Heads PO opened in the township).

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.

The Barwon Heads Golf Club Clubhouse, located on Golf Links Road and dating from 1923–24, is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.' [Wikipedia] (1901)

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THE HITCHCOCK MEMORIAL BANDSTAND

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 18 December 2016

'The Hitchcock Memorial Bandstand, Johnstone Park, Geelong, was designed by Percy Everett in association with Laird and Buchan as a central feature of a master plan for the park prepared by Everett. The bandstand was erected by Bernard Murphy in 1919-20.
Circular in plan, the main structure is supported on arched walls with diagonal wing walls terminating in stylised urns. Relief and incised decoration incorporating garlanded panels and a rusticted base is executed in cement render to the base and balustrades. Triplets of columns connected by brackets representing lyres rise from the circular balustrade to support the elaborate roof. The main roof dome is clad in terracotta shingles. [heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au] (1900)

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PLENTY OF SURF

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 17 December 2016

One of the many beaches around Anglesea, The Gulch is a summertime favourite of holiday goers. The rocks on the part of the Great Ocean Road make it a little treacherous for swimmers but there appears to be plenty of surf. I particularly loved the clouds in this shot as the sun rose to start the day. (1899)

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BELOW THE SNOW LINE

Spencers Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 16 December 2016

'The Snowy Mountains region is thought to have had Aboriginal occupation for some twenty thousand years. Large scale intertribal gatherings were held in the High Country during summer for collective feasting on the Bogong moth. This practice continued until around 1865. The area was first explored by Europeans in 1835, and in 1840, Edmund Strzelecki ascended Mount Kosciuszko and named it after a Polish patriot. High country stockmen followed who used the Snowy Mountains for grazing during the summer months. Banjo Paterson's famous poem The Man From Snowy River recalls this era.' [Wikipedia] (1898)

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HERITAGE LISTED

Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 15 December 2016

'Woolmers Estate is farming estate located in Longford, Tasmania, founded in 1817 by prominent grazier and member of parliament Thomas Archer. It consists of an 82ha property, including a two-part manor house, coach house, the National Rose Garden, extensive outbuildings and convict cottages and formal gardens. Woolmers was World Heritage listed as part of the Australian Convict Sites together with Brickendon Estate in 2010. It is also listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register and the Australian National Heritage List since 2007.' [Wikipedia] (1897)

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RELATIVELY POPULAR

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 14 December 2016

'Silverton today is inhabited by a permanent population of only about 50 people, but its history and location make it a relatively popular tourist destination. Most of the original buildings have now vanished or lie in ruins, but there are some interesting buildings that remain, including the Silverton Hotel and the Silverton Gaol. Silverton has been the scene for more than 140 films and commercials thanks to the light, the character-filled colonial buildings and its scenic desert surrounds.' [Wikipedia] (1896)

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THE LITTLE CHAPEL

Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 13 December 2016

'Brickendon is one of Tasmania's oldest farming properties, settled in 1824 by William Archer, the farm has been continuously operated and lived on by his direct descendants, now in their 7th generation.

In July 2010, Brickendon Estate along with its neighbouring property, Woolmers Estate were listed jointly as a World Heritage Site being part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property.

The two Estates are regarded as the most significant rural estates in Australia having the second largest number of convict workers and still retaining a living history from early European settlement to the present day. ' [brickendon.com.au] (1895)

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ENCHANTING

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Monday 12 December 2016

'Located along the Aire Valley Road this picnic area is a delightful place to stop and enjoy a picnic or just a short stroll into the forest. The Californian Redwood forest (Sequoia trees), were planted alongside the river in 1939.

This unique forest is enchanting and is an experience that you will not forget. Within close driving proximity to this forest are Hopetoun Falls and Beauchamp Falls. If time permits both are highly recommended to visit while in the region.' [greatoceanroad.com] (1894)

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THE JAN JUC BEACH

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 11 December 2016

'Jan Juc is a coastal town of Victoria, Australia, adjacent to Torquay, Victoria. Nearby Bellbrae was originally called Jan Juc but was renamed in 1923, so the Jan Juc Post Office, which opened on 25 January 1862, was in fact in Bellbrae. There has never been a post office in the current Jan Juc. The Jan Juc beach lies between Rocky Point to the east and Bird Rock to the west, and is bounded by high cliffs, apart from the middle where an ephemeral creek enters Bass Strait through sand dunes.' [Wikipedia] (1893)

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GLOOMY CLOUDS

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Saturday 10 December 2016

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. (1892)

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NATURAL BEAUTY

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Friday 9 December 2016

'The Hopetoun Falls is a waterfall across the Aire River that is located in The Otways region of Victoria. Much attention has been given to preserving the natural characteristics of Hopetoun Falls while allowing ample access for visitors. The falls have a large set of well-built and maintained stairs that lead down a natural patio to a viewing platform very close to the foot of the waterfall. Hopetoun Falls plunges 30 m in a rectangular shape. Many visitors come every year to look at its natural beauty.' [Wikipedia] (1891)

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TAKE OFF

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Thursday 8 December 2016

'The Canberra Balloon Spectacular, formerly known as Canberra Balloon Festival, is a hot air balloon festival that takes place at the lawns of the old Parliament House of Canberra, Australia. Over 50 hot air balloons from all over the world launch daily at dawn from the forecourt of Old Parliament House and float over Canberra.: [Wikipedia] (1890)

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A VAST & WELL PRESERVED CLASSIC

Menindee, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Built in 1875 of corrugated iron and river red gum, the historic Kinchega Woolshed is a vast and very well preserved classic piece of Australian pastoral heritage.

Inside the woolshed, you’ll see wool presses and tables, a machinery room and an original steam engine as well as sweating pens and the board where the sheep were held for shearing. In 97 years of operation, six million sheep were sheared here, an amazing thing to imagine as you wander through this quietly majestic building.' [nationalparks.nsw.gov.au] (1889)

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HISTORIC BOATHOUSE

Studley Park, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Yarra Bend Park is a 260 hectare (642 acre) park in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. Located 4 km northeast of Melbourne's CBD, it is the largest area of natural bushland left in inner Melbourne. Yarra Bend Park was officially reserved in 1877, and in 1929 it joined with Studley Park to the south to cover the whole of the area today. The most notable feature of the park is the Yarra River which flows for 12 km through it. The park hosts two golf courses, two historic boathouses, sheds and a number of cycle and walking trails.' [Wikipedia] (1888)

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CONDITIONS WERE PERFECT

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Monday 5 December 2016

Climbing back out of Melba Gully, these steps seemed to disappear into the bush. The green moss on the wooden edges gave an indication of how dark and wet this little forest gets, and the abundance of tall tree ferns showed that the climatic conditions were perfect for them. Despite these steps, the walk was very easy and one that still gives me joy thinking back on the day. (1887)

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WHAT A MESS

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 December 2016

What a mess I found on the beach at Barwon Heads. There was multi-coloured seaweed strewn along the entire beach front, that made it hard in places to walk in a straight line. On top of that, there were lots of rocks that had tumbled from the cliff face as the sea slowly eats away at it. This all makes for an interesting photograph today, even if the beach isn't as pristine for the locals would like. (1886)

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UNDERNEATH THE TRESTLE

Noojee, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 3 December 2016

'The Noojee railway line is a closed railway line in Victoria, Australia. Branching off from the Gippsland line at Warragul station, it was built to service the timber industry in the upper Latrobe River area, transporting timber as well as providing a general goods and passenger service to townships in the area. The final section of the line between Neerim South and Noojee traversed increasingly hilly terrain and featured a number of large timber trestle bridges. Extensively and repeatedly damaged by bushfires over the years, the line was closed in the 1950s and dismantled. The last remaining large trestle bridge on the line has been preserved and has become a popular local tourist attraction.' [Wikipedia] (1885)

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THE DESERT SUN

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 2 December 2016

The unique Living Desert Sculpture Park, just outside of Broken Hill, is a major tourist attraction. I arrived just before sunset, with a large moon on one side of the hill, and the setting sun on the other. The desert sun was very orange and made the rock sculptures glow with colour, all set against a clear blue sky. The bus load of tourists that arrived shortly after me were a major difficulty, but that is the lot of a photographer when shooting popular attractions. (1884)

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ROCK POOLS

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 1 December 2016

'Tide pools, or rock pools, are rocky pools on the sea shore which are filled with seawater. Many of these pools exist as separate pools only at low tide.

Many tide pools are habitats of especially adaptable animals that have engaged the attention of naturalists and marine biologists, as well as philosophical essayists: John Steinbeck wrote in The Log from the Sea of Cortez, 'It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool'.' [Wikipedia] (1883)

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