A LOW CALCARENITE POINT

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Monday 29 February 2016

'Point Impossible is a low, calcarenite point, capped by 10 m high foredunes and bordered by the mouth of Thompson Creek. The gravel road from Torquay runs out to the point, where there is a large car park. A small beach (Point Impossible Beach) lies in front of the car park and forms the western boundary of Thompson Creek. The beach faces south-east and is protected to the south by Point Danger, and along the central-eastern section by extensive rock reefs. As a result, waves average 1 m at the beach and usually produce a continuous, shallow bar only cut by rips during and following high seas.' [beachsafe.org.au] (1607)

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THE LITTLE PIER

Port Albert, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 28 February 2016

What a gem, the little fishing town of Port Albert in Victoria's Gippsland region. My walk along the waterfront very early in the morning resulted in a number of spectacular images, including today's post. This little pier was completely drenched in warm morning light and the surrounding water was very calm. A boat or two can be seen in the distance, and a few orange clouds, mostly near the horizon finish off the picture. I love mornings like this and hope that, as autumn approaches next week, more of these experiences will abound. (1606)

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A MUST SEE

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 27 February 2016

The beautiful new library and heritage centre, locally known as the dome, is located in the equally beautiful Johnstone Park. It has become a focal point for the Geelong CBD and from the fifth floor balcony there is a fantastic view over Corio Bay and the foreshore. The architects have blended the new structure into the existing buildings, including the much older Peace Memorial, seen here on the left. The Dome is certainly a must see if you are visiting Geelong. (1605)

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LOW TIDE

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Friday 26 February 2016

When visiting a new location, you don't get a choice with weather conditions or tides. This was what I found at the foreshore of Williamstown when I had the quick opportunity to capture a few images. The tide was unfortunately out, exposing the muddy seabed, strewn with small rocks and littered with rubbish. But leaving the foreground aside, the view across Hobsons Bay towards Melbourne was fantastic, with colourful boats bobbing around on their moorings. (1604)

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LEFT BEHIND

Mansfield, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 25 February 2016

I looked high and low on the internet to see if I could find out what this chimney was originally used for, but couldn't locate any information. I found the brick structure, presumably built in 1948, behind the old railway station in Mansfield. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who can provide details to a curious photographer. (1603)

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EVER FLOWING

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 24 February 2016

'The Yarra River or historically, the Yarra Yarra River is a perennial river in east-central Victoria, Australia.

The lower stretches of the river are where the city of Melbourne was established in 1835 and today Greater Melbourne dominates and influences the landscape of its lower reaches. From its source in the Yarra Ranges, it flows 242 kilometres (150 mi) west through the Yarra Valley which opens out into plains as it winds its way through Greater Melbourne before emptying into Hobsons Bay in northernmost Port Phillip.

The river was a major food source and meeting place for indigenous Australians from prehistoric times. Shortly after the arrival of European settlers land clearing forced the remaining Wurundjeri to neighbouring territories and away from the river. Originally called Birrarung by the Wurundjeri, the current name was mistranslated from another Wurundjeri term in the Boonwurrung language; Yarro-yarro, meaning 'ever-flowing'.' [Wikipedia] (1602)

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JOHNSTONE PARK

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 23 February 2016

'The area occupied by Johnstone Park was originally known as Western Gully, a watercourse that drained towards Corio Bay. In 1849 a dam was built at the downstream end of the gully, near the present Gheringhap Street roundabout. The dam was fenced off in 1851 after at least one person and several horses drowned. The area was made into a park in March 1872, named after former Geelong mayor Robert De Bruce Johnstone. The park stretched from Gheringhap Street to Latrobe Terrace. In December that year the first band concert was held by the Geelong Artillery Corps band. An octagonal wooden bandstand was erected in the park during November 1873.' [Wikipedia] (1601)

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THE DOME

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 22 February 2016

'Welcome to the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (the Dome). This magnificent building has been designed for the enjoyment of the region's community and visitors - local, national and international. Inside, this impressive and digitally-advanced space is the perfect platform for innovative and world-leading library and information services.

Set in the heart of Geelong's Cultural precinct, this iconic architecture houses a future-ready sphere of reading, learning and fun that will change the way you think about libraries.

Designed to be an inspiring, multipurpose space, the centre will be many things to many different people: a place to meet and socialise; to read and study; to attend events; and use new technologies.' [grlc.vic.gov.au] (1600)

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JOKES ASIDE

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Sunday 21 February 2016

I didn't even have my camera facing the sun and I caught a starburst off a high-rise building overlooking the Gold Coast beach. This isn't my normal type of photography; normally I like to keep my beaches and my architectural images separate, so poor me having to show you this one! Jokes aside, I am very lucky to live in a country where I can find all sorts of subject matter to photograph. (1599)

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NOT SO BAD

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 20 February 2016

I found myself on Pirates Beach in the middle of the day, without my trusted tripod and no opportunity to come back anytime soon. So I took this photo, handheld, against my better judgement and hoped for the best. It isn't as crisp as I would have liked, but not so bad that I wouldn't share it with you. This is a magical place and well worth the drive from Hobart to see. (1598)

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DIFFERENT SIGHTS

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Friday 19 February 2016

Lovely and quiet, first light on the morning when I visited Ellis Beach. Just the way I like it, with nobody in my way as the sun starts to rise and the day begins. This far north in Queensland there are palm trees on the beach and it feels very much like being on a tropical island. Much different to where I live down south in the colder climate of Victoria. It is part of the fun of travelling to other places, experiencing different sights and different climates. (1597)

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MY BACKDROP

Port Albert, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 18 February 2016

Something a little different for me today. A very light and vibrant image of the lovely little town of Port Albert. Although very bright, the image gives the feeling I was experiencing on the morning, with sunshine, water and blue sky as my backdrop. The stroll along the waterfront and up to the port was very pleasant, and one I hope I can do again. (1596)

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QUIRKY ASPECTS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 17 February 2016

There's a lot happening in this image, taken in Stevenson Lane, Melbourne. The most striking feature is the mural on the tall wall of a woman, with piercing eyes that followed me up the lane as I walked in. I noticed a number of roof top gardens, one with plants growing in wooden boxes and even in an old bathtub. There is also stencil art on the right hand wall depicting Ned Kelly. A basketball hoop hangs over the lane, as do several electrical cables that are clipped together along with coloured lights. The laneways in Melbourne are full of surprises, so if you find one, take a bit of time to look around at the quirky aspects of these hidden gems. (1595)

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MIRROR SURFACE

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 16 February 2016

The Barwon River cuts through Geelong, dividing the southern suburbs from the city centre and the northern suburbs There are a number of road bridges that spans the waterway and a single walking bridge that crosses the section used for rowing competitions. On a recent early morning walk across the later bridge, I took this photograph showing the pink clouds reflected in the almost mirror surface of the water. (1594)

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I STILL MARVEL

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Monday 15 February 2016

The beautiful little rock pools begged me to take their photo as I walked along the beach at Urquhart Bluff, on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. I still marvel at holes that have been worn into solid rock but the sea and how some of them are almost perfectly round. The round ones have been aided by a harder rock swirling around in the waves over a long period of time. The sunrise was also glorious this day so my expedition was a success. (1593)

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INTRICATE PATTERNS

Kilkunda, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 14 February 2016

The beaches in Gippsland, on Victoria's east coast are outstanding, particularly if you love white sand, blue water and amazing views. This one outside Kilkunda meets all of those criteria. What caught my eye, and made me stop and take a photograph is the intricate patterns that have been etched into the sand by the retreating water as the tide went out. If you zoom into this image you will see what I mean. You can also see, very faintly, the footprints of someone who walked the beach before the sand or wind almost removed the evidence. (1592)

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LOTS OF SCENES

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 13 February 2016

A simple shot from the lovely Addiscot Beach, on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. I particularly love the green moss on the yellow rocks and the late afternoon sun striking the end of the cliff, turning it golden. The cliffs in the distance are made of completely different rock, appearing to be more red in colour. I was fortunate that the sea was very calm on this day, with the waves barely causing me concern as I travelled the length of the beach finding lots of scenes to photograph. (1591)

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PEACEFUL SETTING

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Friday 12 February 2016

'Nestled by the sea, complete with rare and significant trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental pond amongst its many attractions, the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, opened in 1860, provides a peaceful setting in which to enjoy a picnic, take a stroll along the intricate pathways or just relax and daydream on the cool green lawns.' [visitwilliamstown.com.au] (1590)

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A SHELTER ON THE JOURNEY

St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 11 February 2016

Part way out to the end of the long St Kilda Pier there are these small green and gold shelters. I presume the builders of the pier considered that the long walk in a city that is renowned for having four seasons in one day, might need to have a shelter on the journey to the end and back. (1589)

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THEIR HIDEOUT

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 10 February 2016

After walking for a long time, over tessellated rocks and soft white sand, I finally found where the pirates were presumably living. This beach shack and boat shed seem like they belong on a beach in Pirates Bay and the little 'tinny' pulled up on the sand nearby is certainly a major clue. No sign of life though, so I can't confirm my theory, just yet, but I plan to come back here and try again, perhaps at sunrise when the light is better and the pirates are bound to be bringing the loot back to their hideout. (1588)

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PATTERNS IN THE WATER

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 9 February 2016

There is a small storm water drain that discharges onto Torquay's surf beach. Following a large storm, which dumped a large amount of rain onto the township, this river was cut into the wet sand on the beach. I particularly loved the patterns that the water made as it travelled over the sand, and the late afternoon sun was just beginning to be reflected colour onto the wet surface of the subsiding flow. (1587)

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BATHURST CLASS CORVETTE

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Monday 8 February 2016

'HMAS Castlemaine is one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World War II, and is the last such vessel still afloat, having been restored by volunteers over four decades. The Bathurst class corvettes were designed in Australia, with an emphasis on minesweeping and escort capabilities however their wartime tasks were extended to include ferrying supplies and troops, search and rescue, evacuation and shore bombardment. Their range varied between 2500-3000 nautical miles, depending upon time out of dock, but it provided them with sufficient endurance to patrol the long Australian coastline and around New Guinea.' [hmascastlemaine.org.au] (1586)

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TOO GOOD TO LEAVE

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 7 February 2016

I think I found where the pirates went ashore at Pirates Bay in south eastern Tasmania. These small boats are a dead giveaway to their activities. Gauging from the rust on the near boat though, the pirates haven't put to sea for a long time. I'm guessing that this idyllic place is just too good to leave, and I for one, don't blame them! (1585)

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BARELY A RIPPLE

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 6 February 2016

The lovely Jan Juc beach has been a favourite of mine, having a wide expanse of flat sand. The result is that there is often a mirror finish to the beach as the water sits for a long time before trickling back into the sea. You can see clouds on the sand in this image, it is so reflective, and the sun trails across the water with barely a ripple. (1584)

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CHANGED MY EXPECTATIONS

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Friday 5 February 2016

Golden grasses, to match a golden sunrise. The area around Swan Bay isn't generally the best coastline to photograph. It is a bit swampy and not all that accessible. I did find a small [goat] track that took me part of the way to where I wanted to go and found the shoreline, which was more mud than beach sand. On the walk back I was thinking that it had been a total waste of time, that is until I changed my expectations from wanting a good water shot, to looking at the beautiful grass bushes that blended wonderfully with the sun, which by now was trying to shine through the light cloud cover. Not really a waste of time at all! (1583)

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CAUGHT A GLIMPSE

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 4 February 2016

Just about ready to pack up and go home, when I took a look over my shoulder for a last time and caught a glimpse of this scene. The lovely warm sun was higher that I normally like to shoot, but the shadows cast by the rocks in the foreground looked great, so I took another set of images, with this as the result. Not a bad way to finish a photo shoot, in my humble opinion. (1582)

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LOOKING FOR PIRATES

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 3 February 2016

I had the chance to take a quick trip down to Tassie yesterday and visit Pirates Bay, on the southeast coast. The day was perfect for everyone but a photographer, with a lovely blue sky and hardly a cloud to be seen. But the walk along the beach was fantastic and the scenery superb. I've said it before, but Tasmania is a lovely place to visit and to capture images of, and I had a great time this visit. (1581)

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SECOND CHOICE

Portland, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 2 February 2016

'When it comes to Town Halls Portland's is a fairly modest affair, but it's a building with an interesting history and plenty of local stories to tell.

The building was the result of a competition where Council offered a ten pound prize to design a new Town Hall for Portland ... there were three entries and they couldn't decide on which one to choose so they tossed a coin.

The winner was John Barrows, but when they costed his design they realised it came in at twice their budget ... so they had to go with the second choice ... by Alexander Ross.

Alexander Ross didn't receive the prize because it had already been awarded to John Barrows, but he did get to see his building come to fruition.' [www.abc.net.au] (1580)

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NEARING THE END OF THE BLUE HOUR

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Monday 1 February 2016

I was lucky enough to be on the Palm Cove beach during the blue hour and witnessed the pinks and oranges of the early morning as the sun began it's daily trek across our sky. The pier had one or two fishermen right out at the end, but far enough away to not bother me. I have seen a pier or two in my time, but this one was very substantial, and I presume built to withstand the occasional cyclone that hits the coast of Far North Queensland. (1579)

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