THE AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE

Yarra Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 31 March 2016

There are two art exhibitions by iconic Australian artists being shown at the present time. The Tom Roberts exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia and the Arthur Streeton exhibition at the Geelong Gallery. I only mention this because both of the artists loved the Australian landscape. While in no way comparable to their work, my image today makes me think of these two great Australians who were key members of the Impressionism movement in the late 1800's, with the latter dying not all that far from where this photo was taken. (1638)

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THE BEAUTY OF NATURE

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 30 March 2016

The clouds in this image caught my eye. Very atmospheric and moody. They are catching the early morning light over Red Rocks Beach. I love the expanse of this beach, particularly with the absence of other human lives, just me and my camera along with the beauty of nature. Not a bad way to spend a morning, wouldn't you agree? (1637)

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IT PAYS OFF

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 29 March 2016

I've photographed Geelong's famous carousel a few times, but not early in the morning when the tide was out and the moss covered rocks were exposed. The sunrise was brilliant and the starburst through the steel and glass structure spectacular, after I climbed down from the seawall. Sometimes it seems impossible to take a photo of a familiar scene in a different way but timing and going where the majority of people don't go, pays off. (1636)

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DREAMY

Leopold, Victoria, Australia

Monday 28 March 2016

I turned my tripod and camera around. I had been photographing an amazing sunrise at Leopold overlooking Corio Bay. To my surprise, the wonderful clouds were being mirrored in the still water of the bay. This doesn't happen often with the sea, but a combination of the low tide and the calm morning seemed to be the reason. The whole scene was dreamy in appearance, and looking at it now instils a lovely sense of calm. (1635)

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RELATIVELY INTACT

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 27 March 2016

The old ocean outfall at Point Roadknight's back beach is slowly decaying, left to deteriorate by the sea's relentless action. There are large holes in the concrete structure, which I had to navigate past as I walked tenuously to the end. The tide was rising, so I didn't stay there too long for fear of being washed out to sea by the ever higher waves that were beginning to crash over the ocean facing openings. I thought the contrast between natures beauty and this manmade structure was interesting enough to capture while still relatively intact. (1634)

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COMPLETELY SMOOTH

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Saturday 26 March 2016

A lovely place to visit is Palm Cove, in far north Queensland. There are palm trees, white sand and fantastic restaurants and cafes. My early morning visit resulted in this very slow shutter speed image, with the waves completely smooth due to the 15 second shot. The sunrise was wonderful and resulted in great reflections in the water and the clouds. (1633)

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RUSTIC CHARACTER

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Friday 25 March 2016

I love walking along the waterfront in Geelong, with it's various attractions and piers. This pier is at the back of the carrousel and is very different to the others, being made of steel. What caught my eye on this occasion was the huge amount of rust that was 'bubbling' along the bottom. The original design was for a rusty surface but what is developing is more than planned. The rust has been dripping onto the rocks below and staining them too giving the whole scene a rustic character. (1632)

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NOBODY AROUND

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 24 March 2016

Just as the sun began to rise, there wasn't a soul to be seen on the Barwon River. A little unusual actually, as this part of the river nearly always has rowers practicing their technique along the straight stretch of river. The walking bridge in the image has lane markers on it for when rowing competitions are held and there are normally thousands of people on the banks watching the event. Makes me thankful that I love being out very early in the morning when nobody is around. (1631)

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ORANGE GLOW

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Wednesday 23 March 2016

A little bit of a dull morning on Ellis Beach, with a thick layer of cloud hugging the horizon. But the sun did try to show through above the obstruction with first a pink light and then orange glow that made the beach look surreal. This is a wonderful part of Australia and is well worth a visit. (1630)

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THERE IS EVIDENCE

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 22 March 2016

I wasn't the first person on the beach, yesterday morning. I really dislike that! You can see from the photo that at least four other people walked along the Point Roadknight front beach before me, and there is evidence that possibly three dogs did too. My initial reaction to the image when I began to edit it was to Photoshop all of the footprints out, but then I thought that this would then deprive me of something to whinge (I mean write) about in today's blog! (1629)

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HOW NICE

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Monday 21 March 2016

What a relief, this morning's expedition to Point Roadknight was rewarded with a lovely sunrise. My previous three outings experienced total failure with the weather, and all I captured were grey skies and drab sunrises. Today was the total opposite, with fluffy white clouds that lit up with the colour from the sun. The sea was a little rough, but not enough to cause me any grief and the wind was slight, although it began to pick up speed as the morning progressed. Sometimes everything just comes together and I hope that today's photo expresses just how nice it was. (1628)

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WARNING SIGN

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 20 March 2016

At the end of the beach below 'the bluff' there is a sign warning people not to proceed due to the danger of rock falls. While I was photographing this location, I watch a number of surfers come down the long stairs from the carpark above and walk across the beach and over the rocks, past the sign. I guess that catching the right wave far out ways the dangers warned of on the sign! (1627)

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KEEP TRYING

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 19 March 2016

A lovely fine day outside of Bright, in Victoria's high country. The sun is beginning to go down at the end of a great day and trees seem to be glowing in the warm light. I really love bright and colourful images like this, but find it hard to always capture light in this way. I guess I just need to keep trying! (1626)

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FLOODED THE OLD SETTLEMENT

Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 18 March 2016

'Jindabyne Dam is a major ungated rockfill embankment dam across the Snowy River in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. The dam's main purpose is for the generation of hydro-power and is one of the sixteen major dams that comprise the Snowy Mountains Scheme, a vast hydroelectricity and irrigation complex constructed in south-east Australia between 1949 and 1974 and now run by Snowy Hydro. Completed in 1967, Jindabyne Dam is a major dam, located approximately 2 kilometres south south-east of the relocated town of Jindabyne. Construction of the dam flooded the settlement of Old Jindabyne that accommodated approximately 300 people.' [Wikipedia] (1625)

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THE SUNRISE BACKING

Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 17 March 2016

I found the rocks around the Tomakin beach to be extremely interesting, with wonderful colours and patterns displayed. I managed to make my way around the rising water and over the rocks and did not get wet as I chased the sunrise backing this lovely image. The cloud formation was also amazing, with half the sky clear and the other half covered in lines of clouds, all reflecting the early morning light. (1624)

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CAST IRON ENTRANCE

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 16 March 2016

'The Williamstown Botanic Gardens of 4 hectares was permanently reserved in 1856 as a public park and botanic garden. The gardens feature structures and design characteristic of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, including cast iron entrance gates relocated from 'Fairlie' in South Yarra in 1907 and repaired in 1987. [onmydoorstep.com.au] (1623)

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NOTEWORTHY

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 15 March 2016

This street art is just inside the entrance to AC/DC lane in Melbourne. It is one of the more noteworthy pieces in the small laneways of the city and has become a tourist attraction for people of all ages who can explore the ever-changing artworks. I'm unsure of what this particular piece represents, but the work that has gone into producing it is amazing. (1622)

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LOW FOG

Black Rock, Victoria, Australia

Monday 14 March 2016

'Black Rock is a low basalt point, one of four such points between here and Noble Rocks 3 km to the south-west. The beach itself is a narrow strip of sand, bordered and fronted by basalt rocks and boulders. Waves break over the boulders and only reach the beach at high tide.' [beachsafe.org.au]

On the morning of my visit to Black Rock, there was a low fog over the water. I waited until the sun was well above the horizon, but it still hadn't lifted so I took a photo anyway. (1621)

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ALWAYS EVIDENCE

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 13 March 2016

Low tide can make a beach look very untidy. But it can also reveal moss covered rocks and other unseen things that normally lie on the sea floor. Often I have seen small sea creatures trapped in tidal pools and there is nearly always evidence of 'things' that have burrowed into the sand to escape the sun and predators. I'm pleased I had the opportunity to visit Torquay recently at low tide. (1620)

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SUBJECT TO EXTREMES

Spencers Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 12 March 2016

During the winter, snow depths at Spencers Creek, just down from Charlotte's Pass peak at approximately 2 metres but during the summer this area is a base for bushwalkers wanting to walk to Mount Kosciuszko .

'Being an alpine area the area is subject to extremes in temperature, and is a recognised environmentally sensitive zone.' [Wikipedia] (1619)

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A WONDERFUL PLACE

Wallaga Lake, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 11 March 2016

'Wallaga Lake, the largest lake in southern NSW, is located seven kilometres north of Bermagui along Wallaga Lake Road. The fishing is fabulous and the serenity of the natural surroundings offers a wonderful place for swimming, boating, sailing, water skiing, bushwalking and bird and wildlife watching. Wallaga Lake is the home of Umbarra, the black duck - totem of the Yuin-Monaro people. Merriman Island, within the lake, is gazetted as an Aboriginal Place in recognition of its significance to local Aboriginal people.' [visitnsw.com] (1618)

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HEXAGONAL BASALT COLUMNS

Organ Pipes National Park, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 10 March 2016

'Within Organ Pipes National Park, the valley walls of Jacksons Creek expose Pleistocene volcanic rocks of the New Volcanic Group. These 2.5 to 2.8 million year-old basalt lavas, commonly known as 'trap rock,' fractured during cooling into vertically standing, hexagonal basalt columns. These columns are locally known as the 'organ pipes' for which this park is named. Over the last one to two million years, the slow cutting by Jackson Creek of its valley down into the basaltic plains and through the underlying trap rock exposed these geological structures. The bottom of the valley of Jackson Creek also exposes a prehistoric buried creek valley, which is cut into 400 million year-old (Silurian) mudstones and sandstones. The bottom of this buried valley contains ancient creek gravel. Both the ancient river valley and the Silurian sedimentary rock lies buried beneath the basaltic volcanic rocks of the New Volcanic Group. Marine fossils that are found in the Silurian sedimentary rocks demonstrate that they accumulated beneath a prehistoric ocean.' [Wikipedia] (1617)

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THE SERENITY

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 9 March 2016

In the very early hours of the morning, when most sensible people are still tucked up in bed, the photographer and the fisherman are the only brave souls to be found. I wandered around Bridport and saw nobody other than a few men heading out onto the water in a small fishing boat. This is fantastic if you like the quiet and serenity of a still morning with wonderful images like this one needing to be captured. (1616)

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A LUNAR SCENE

Leopold, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Low tide at Leopold almost looks like a lunar scene. That is except for the bright pink clouds, the trees on the right hand side and the seagulls walking through the shallows looking for food. I love the way the little puddles of water are reflecting the colourful sky and how the sky has become so wonderfully bright up just before the sunrise. (1615)

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A WORLD-FIRST

Middle Island, Victoria, Australia

Monday 7 March 2016

'In a world-first, Maremma dogs were trained and placed on Middle Island to protect the penguins from foxes during the breeding season. The project has been a huge success, with no evidence of fox attacks since the beginning of the Project and a steady increase in penguin colony size to an estimated 180 penguins in 2013.

Middle Island has been closed to the public since 2006 to protect penguin burrows from human trampling which can harm penguins, penguin chicks and eggs. The closure of the island has contributed to the increase in penguin colony size. Over summer each year, people who want to visit Middle Island can book a place on the “Meet the Maremma Tours” and experience the project firsthand.' [warrnamboolpenguins.com.au] (1614)

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JANJUCETUS

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 6 March 2016

Jan Juc is one of the closest beaches to my home and I often wondered where the name came from. Researching google for the answer I came across this Wikipedia article, so thought I would share my find (it has nothing to do with the name, but interesting non the less).

'Janjucetus ('jan-ju-see-tus', from the Jan Juc township near the type locality, and cetus, Latin for whale) is an extinct genus of whale, and a basal form of the Mysticeti, a clade which includes the extant baleen whales. The only known species, Janjucetus hunderi, lived during the late Oligocene, about 25 million years ago in coastal seas off southeast Australia. Unlike modern mysticetes, it possessed large teeth for gripping and shredding prey, and lacked baleen. Janjucetus was likely to have been a raptorial predator that captured large single prey animals rather than bulk-feeding on small organisms in the manner of living baleen whales.

The only known fossil of Janjucetus was found in the late 1990s by a teenaged surfer named Staumn Hunder, near the Victorian township of Jan Juc. Soon after discovering the site, Hunder and his father transported it to Monash University for further research.' [Wikipedia] (1613)

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A VERY UNIQUE SPOT

Thompson Creek, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 5 March 2016

'Breamlea is a very unique spot with just 100 houses nestled in the shelter of spectacular sand dunes between the coast and the unique saltmarsh and estuarine environment of Thompson Creek.

Breamlea has been a holiday destination for over 40,000 years. Before European settlement it is said that the local tribe, the Wathaurong, migrated down Thompsons Creek (formally Bream Creek) during summer to harvest food from the sea.' [geelongaustralia.com.au] (1612)

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TESSELLATED PAVEMENT

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 4 March 2016

'In geology and geomorphology, a tessellated pavement is a relatively flat rock surface that is subdivided into more or less regular rectangles, blocks approaching rectangles, or irregular or regular polygons by fractures, frequently systematic joints, within the rock. This type of rock pavement bears this name because it is fractured into polygonal blocks that resemble tiles of a mosaic floor, or tessellations.

The most well known example of a tessellated pavement is the Tessellated Pavement that is found at Lufra, Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula of Tasmania. This tessellated pavement consists of a marine platform on the shore of Pirates Bay, Tasmania. This example consists of two types of formations: a pan formation and a loaf formation.' [Wikipedia] (1611)

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THE GLIMPSE

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 3 March 2016

On my short walk from the carpark to Boyd's Tower, I passed by a small clearing in the trees where the coast became visible. Just a bit of a glimpse of what was going to be seen when I reached the end of the walk. This coastline is spectacular, as can be hinted at by this image. Looking forward to going back! (1610)

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LIFESAVING

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 2 March 2016

The Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club sits in the middle of this photo, overlooking the surf beach.

'Following preliminary discussions held by a group of early surfers in the camping area at Torquay, during December 1945, a decision was made to form a surf club. The inaugural Meeting of interested parties from the local Shire, Foreshore Reserve, Improvement Society and campers, was held in the 'Palace Hotel' Torquay on the 4th January 1946. As a result of this meeting the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club was duly formed.' [torquayslsc.com.au] (1609)

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THE OLD GROYNE

St Leonards, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 1 March 2016

This image is the best I could do today. An early morning trip to St Leonards resulted in a foggy sunrise, with very little colour and a beach with very little surf. There were two seagulls sitting on a wooden groyne though, so at least that was something. The groyne has been there for sometime and has grass growing through it at one end and is sagging into the water at the other. (1608)

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