INTERNATIONAL NOTORIETY

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 31 January 2016

'Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia, has gained international notoriety for its diverse range of street art and associated subcultures. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, much of the city's disaffected youth were influenced by the graffiti of New York, which subsequently became popular in Melbourne's inner suburbs, and along suburban railway and tram lines.

Melbourne was a major city in which stencil art was embraced at an early stage, leading to the naming of Melbourne as 'stencil capital of the world'; the adoption of stencil art also increased public awareness of the concept of street art. The first stencil festival in the world was held in Melbourne in 2004 and featured the work of many major international artists.

Around the turn of the 21st century, other forms of street art began to appear in Melbourne, including woodblocking, sticker art, poster art, wheatpasting, graphs, various forms of street installations and reverse graffiti. A strong sense of community ownership and DIY ethic exists amongst street artists in Melbourne, many of whom are activists for the progression of society through awareness, created in part by their work.' [Wikipedia] (1578)

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THE WOODEN WINDMILL

Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 30 January 2016

'Prominent among the early settlers of the Longford area, 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 estate. By 1825 he held 6,000 acres in the area and his success persuaded first his brother Joseph, then his brothers Willam and Edward and their father, to join him.

Together they farmed and developed the land, and built a number of homesteads which are among the finest in northern Tasmania: Woolmers Estate, Brickendon Estate (both on the Australian National Heritage List), Panshanger, Northbury, Fairfield, Cheshunt, Woodside, Palmerston and Saundridge.[6] Six generations of Archers have lived in Woolmers, from 1817 to 1994; it is now owned by the Woolmers Foundation Inc and is open to the public.' [Wikipedia] (1577)

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RIGHT TIME

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Friday 29 January 2016

The tide went out a long way on the Torquay front beach. It was after a huge storm, so I don't know if that had anything to do with it, or not. Pools of water were left behind and this one slowly emptied back to the sea, as the sunset began to colour the sky. A case of the right time and right place to see it happen. (1576)

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ROCK POOLS

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 28 January 2016

Only four hours after a massive storm front hit Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsular, I was walking along the Torquay surf beach. I had wanted to capture some of the moody clouds that were hanging around after the storm, but the coast had begun to clear up, with thunder and lightening way off on the horizon (behind me in this image). The sunset was nevertheless colourful and the rock pools left by the receding tide perfectly reflected the orange light. (1575)

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ROCK PLATFORMS

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 27 January 2016

'The 5 km of coast between Urquhart Bluff and Table Rock at Fairhaven is dominated by 20 to 50 m high, eroding bluffs composed of poorly consolidated limestone, tuffs, clays and silts.

As they erode, they leave inter- and sub-tidal rock platforms and reefs. Running along the base of the bluffs are twelve small, exposed beaches, mostly dominated by the headlands, rocks and reefs.' [visitgreatoceanroad.org.au] (1574)

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A UNIQUE LINK

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 26 January 2016

'For 150 years, C Blunt Boat Builders, of Williamstown and Geelong, has been launching wooden boats into the waters of Port Phillip Bay, from sea-faring vessels carrying missionaries to the New Hebrides to beautiful race-winning yachts. Now a listed heritage site and run by a fifth generation of Blunts, it is a unique link to Victoria’s maritime past. ' [Bluntboats.com.au] (1573)

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THROUGH THE BUSH

Powers Lookout, Victoria, Australia

Monday 25 January 2016

This is the path to Powers Lookout, wandering through the bush from the car park. It wasn't a difficult walk and was certainly rewarded with a fantastic view of the King Valley, which is renowned for wine production and general agriculture. The midday light was harsh and not all that good for photography, but it does show the extremes that Australia's light can reach. It is one of the reasons I love early morning photography, being able to get a softer and warmer light for my images. (1572)

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WHAT A BONUS

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 24 January 2016

I have mentioned on more than one occasion how much I love the coastline around Eden, on New South Wales' south coast. The morning shots here are fantastic and the diversity of scenery means that it is easy to capture several different looking images in the one shoot. This tree on a rocky outcrop caught my eye as it silhouettes against the blue morning sky. How it survives in the rocks is a mystery. The waves kept gently lapping at the sand in this small cove as the sun began to rise ... and best of all, there wasn't another living sole to be seen What a bonus. (1571)

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Port Albert, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 23 January 2016

'A picturesque and peaceful location, Port Albert attracts visitors from around Australia and overseas. It’s ‘off the beaten track’ location means a short 6km detour from the main road is required to visit this charming little town. Photographers, artists, anglers, historians, walkers, diners and anyone with an interest in maritime history will relish in what Port Albert has to offer.' [portalbert.vic.au] (1570)

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RUSTIC CHARM

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Friday 22 January 2016

Just out of Queenscliff, on a rural road I came across this railway crossing. The train track was very old and not in good condition, and nor was the Railway Crossing sign. There was rust showing under the sign's flaking paint and the roadside weeds below were long and hadn't been mowed for a long time while. The rustic charm did however go well with the wonderful sunrise over Swan Bay and the cloud front almost mimicked the lines of the railway tracks. This railway line is used by the tourist train that goes between Queenscliff and Drysdale and isn't used all that often, hence the condition it is in. (1569)

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TRULY SPECIAL

Peppermint Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 21 January 2016

'There are many different ways to explore Peppermint Bay. Whether you're after a day trip touring the Huon Valley or searching for a magical day cruising the southern waterways, Peppermint Bay is a truly special Tasmanian experience you won't want to miss.

Departing from the waterfront hub, Brooke Street Pier, the Peppermint Bay Cruise takes in harbour and city views, the River Derwent and its magnificent estuary, cruising its way along the D'Entrecasteaux Channel southbound for Peppermint Bay. Once ashore, you will enjoy a showcase of fresh local produce through our shared dining experience.' [www.discovertasmania.com.au] (1568)

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 20 January 2016

The sand on the Barwon Heads beach is so soft that it is very hard to walk on. I watched the waves break onto the beach and very quickly disappear into the sand, like it was a sponge. Normally you can walk on the semi wet sand and it is firm and reasonably easy going, but not at Barwon Heads. The calf muscles on my legs received a good work out, but I was determined to get to this spot and take a photo of the morning sun rising next to the iconic 'Bluff'. Mission accomplished and up the nearby stairs to the top of the cliff, just to give the old legs another work out that they didn't want! (1567)

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RARE & SIGNIFICANT TREES

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 19 January 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.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens are one of Victoria’s first public gardens.

In a newly developing colony, botanic gardens were established as a way of assessing how well familiar plants would grow, as a place for reliving the English landscape and as a place for social outings and walks.' [visitwilliamstown.com.au] (1566)

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THE ESSENCE

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Monday 18 January 2016

Another hot day today, so I headed out to Barwon Heads early to capture the sun before it had a chance to warm up. The rocks at the end of the beach, just below The Bluff are very photogenic, both in their shape and their colour. The tide was high, so it was difficult to capture the full extent and the sea was a little angry, so I couldn't get too close to the water line. But I think this image captures the essence of this lovely beach. (1565)

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SHE WATCHES

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 17 January 2016

This nine storey high mural on the corner of Exhibition and Little Collins Streets has the face of a women who's eyes watch you no matter where you walk. A little unnerving actually.

'One of Melbourne's most prominent street artists, Rone, has been based in Melbourne since 2002. Originally working on designing skate decks and local skate parks, Rone eventually moved on to producing massive murals towering over the city's streets. Rone's artwork mainly focuses on cropped images of gorgeous female faces that are often placed strategically so they would appear to be looking at the observer.' [www.MelbourneDaily.blogspot.com.au] (1564)

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PERFECT FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER

Tomaga River, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 16 January 2016

There is something wonderful about being on the water, floating along and watching the river bank with it's ever-changing images. At sunrise it is even more special, with the pink light reflecting in the water and providing a warm hue over the landscape. Not a cloud to be seen though ... so even a perfect morning isn't necessarily perfect for a photographer. (1563)

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RELATIVELY QUIET

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Friday 15 January 2016

Heading down the Jan Juc beach, this is what you will see. The steps curve around the cliff, which is covered with lovely green grass. The beach is covered in white sand that seems to go on forever, with the cold water from Bass Straight continually lapping the shore. Well it was when I visited, but this sea can get wild when it wants to. Most mornings there are people and their dogs walking along this stretch of beach and surfers in the water waiting for the right wave. It was relatively quiet on this occasion, and Photoshop did the rest! (1562)

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DEEP SPACE COMMUNICATION

Tidbinbilla, ACT, Australia

Thursday 14 January 2016

CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, operates a number of world-class radio astronomy observatories that are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility or ATNF. The facility offers a powerful view of the southern hemisphere radio spectrum and supports world-leading research by Australian and international astronomers.

The radio telescopes at Tidbinbilla are operated by the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, part of NASA's Deep Space Network. The Tidbinbilla 70-m (DSS43) antenna and the 34-m (DSS-34) antenna are also used together with the Long Baseline Array and other radio telescopes, for Very Long Baseline Interferometry. [www.atnf.csiro.au] (1561)

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SEEN BETTER DAYS

Smeaton, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 13 January 2016

The beautiful old Anderson's Mill is located just out of Smeaton. You take a small winding track down to an open paddock area where cars can be parked. The final part of the journey involves walking a short distance across a very old and 'seen better days' bridge to the old bluestone factory. This is a lovely destination for both photographers and history buffs alike. (1560)

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THE CASTLEMAINE

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 12 January 2016

'HMAS Castlemaine (J244/M244/A248), named for the city of Castlemaine, Victoria, was one of 60 Bathurst-class corvettes constructed during World War II, and one of 36 initially manned and commissioned solely by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Launched in 1941 and commissioned in 1942, Castlemaine operated during World War II in the waters of Australia, New Guinea, and Timor.

Castlemaine was laid down by HMA Naval Dockyard in Williamstown, Victoria on 17 February 1941. She was launched on 7 August 1941 by Dame Pattie Menzies, wife of the then Prime Minister of Australia, Sir Robert Menzies.

In September 1973, Castlemaine was presented as a gift to the Maritime Trust of Australia from the Australian Government. Castlemaine was restored and converted into a museum ship & is presently berthed at Gem Pier, Williamstown, Victoria, adjacent to the historic Customs House. ' [Wikipedia] (1559)

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SIR ROBERT RISSON TRAM TERMINUS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Monday 11 January 2016

'Major General Sir Robert Joseph Henry Risson CB, CBE, DSO, OStJ, ED (20 April 1901 – 19 July 1992) was an Australian engineer, soldier, and tramway administrator. After university he worked for the Brisbane Tramways Trust, later under the auspice of Brisbane City Council, as an engineer and administrator. During World War II Risson served in the Middle East and New Guinea. Following the war he returned to the Brisbane tramways, and became chairman of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board from 1949 to 1970. In this position he defended trams, and is considered a major factor in the survival of Melbourne's tram system.' [Wikipedia] (1558)

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ANGUS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 10 January 2016

'ACDC Lane is a street in Melbourne. It is a short, narrow laneway, running south from Flinders Lane between Exhibition Street and Russell Street in the central business district of Melbourne.

The street was formerly called Corporation Lane, but was renamed on 1 October 2004 as a tribute to Australian rock band AC/DC. The Melbourne City Council's vote to rename the street was unanimous. The trademark lightning bolt or slash used to separate the AC and the DC in the band's name contravened the naming policy of the Office of the Registrar of Geographic Names, so the punctuation was omitted on the street sign.

Melbourne's Lord Mayor John So launched ACDC Lane with the words, 'As the song says, there is a highway to hell, but this is a laneway to heaven. Let us rock.' Bagpipers then played 'It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll).' [Wikipedia] (1557)

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SIGNIFICANT SITE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 9 January 2016

'Melbourne's Hosier Lane is known for its street art and graffiti. Layer upon layer of paint has been sprayed on its walls over the years.

But, until recently, one of its most prominent walls has eluded street artists. The rear wall of the McDonald House building is the perfect blank canvas, smooth and free of windows.

When scaffolding was brought in for repairs to the wall itself, the Melbourne-based artist known as Adnate was given the opportunity to paint a 23-metre tall mural. His imposing portrait of an Indigenous boy from Melbourne's northern suburbs overlooks Birrarung Marr, a significant Aboriginal site.

'Melbourne is quite a significant site for Indigenous culture and Indigenous history, particularly the CBD,' he said.' [www.abc.net.au] (1556)

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THEY KEEP SWAYING

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Friday 8 January 2016

A beautiful, albeit windy morning in the seaside city of Williamstown. This historic boating township has a wonderful vista of the Melbourne skyline and my visit this morning wasn't a disappointment, even though it was impossible to keep the yachts still. Their masts kept on swaying and are a little blurry against the lovely pinks and purples of the early morning light. (1555)

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A BIT GREY

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 7 January 2016

A bit of a grey morning, this morning. It makes editing a photo much harder, trying to get a little bit of life out of the image. There was a little bit of colour in the clouds and also in the rocks, but the rest of the image is dull, the result of not enough light. I still love the scene and the whole of the north east of Tasmania. This is really a landscape photographers delight. (1554)

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POPPY CANOPY

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 6 January 2016

'The Shrine of Remembrance has become a valuable public education resource providing a unique range of primary, secondary and adult education programs to more than 50,000 students per year. A purpose built Education Centre opened in mid 2014 as part of the Shrine's redevelopment. This includes a dedicated schools entrance courtyard on the southern side of the Shrine. The wall panels provide an outline of an elongated map of the world and the perforations are a Morse code translation of the Ode of Remembrance by Laurence Binyon. The canopy is designed in the form of a poppy.' [www.shrine.org.au] (1553)

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A PERFECT BEACH

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Beautiful Ellis Beach in Far North Queensland looks a picture in the soft light of an early morning. The waves crashed relentlessly on the white sandy beach where the forest cascades down the mountain to meet it. There are small shells strewn along the beach and a small outcrop of rocks are the only objects on a perfect beach. (1552)

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DOZING IN THE WARM SUN

Limeburners Bay, Victoria, Australia

Monday 4 January 2016

A sleepy backwater of the larger Corio Bay, Limeburners is the home of a sailing and boating club. On the morning I visited, the yachts were dozing in the warm sun as it rose over the bank on the opposite side of the bay. The clouds were lovely and fluffy and beautifully reflected the colours of the new day. The water was relatively calm and I could see black and white stones under the water in the foreground. It would be nice if I could start the day this way, every day. (1551)

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VERY FORTUNATE

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 3 January 2016

I'm very fortunate to live in Geelong. I've long spoken of the wonderful beaches around the Bellarine Peninsula and along the Surf Coast, all within a one hour drive from my home. I'm also able to capture images from the world class foreshore in Geelong, along with a million other people, which is why I don't show them all that often. But this photo caught my eye when deciding what to edit and display today. It shows the sun setting at Eastern Beach, with the lovely art deco lights that line the shore and the swimming surround to the right that has kept swimmers safe since the 1930's. (1550)

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UNFORGETTABLE

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 2 January 2016

A sad day today, hearing of the death of Natalie Cole, at the young age of 65. I listened to her album today as I edited this photo from a recent trip to Bright. A still stream with autumn foliage on either bank, a cloudy sky and a quietness that seems appropriate for the loss of such a great singer. (1549)

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MORE SUBDUED

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Friday 1 January 2016

Happy new year everyone and a special thank you to all those who have been following me for some time. I really appreciate your support.

Today's photo is from Cumberland River, down the Great Ocean Road, near where the bush fires have been burning for more than a week and more than one hundred homes have been lost. My image is looking out to sea, not back towards where the devastation is, and shows a more subdued scene with gentle rolling waves sweeping towards the rocks that have stood here for several thousand years, and possibly a few thousand more to come. (1548)

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