CAPE NELSON

Cape Nelson, Victoria, Australia

Friday 30 June 2017

'The lighthouse was finally lit in 1884 after the building had been delayed by difficulty in obtaining suitable bluestone for the project. The stone that had been originally quarried from close by soon ran out and consideration was given to completing the tower with steam bricks from Melbourne. However, suitable stone was found at a location eleven kilometres away. But there was no direct road and the stone had to be carted via Portland, a distance of twenty-one kilometres. Some 20 hands and 25 cutters were employed at the quarry and 15 teams were engaged to cart the dressed stone to the lighthouse site. This tower is believed to have replaced an earlier square wooden tower built in the 1870s.' [lighthouses.org.au] (2094)

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A DENSE RAINFOREST

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 29 June 2017

'Known as the Jewel of the Otways, this is one of the wettest places in the state. The gully has prolific plant growth and is a dense rainforest of Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Tree-ferns, with an understorey of low ferns and mosses.

Perhaps the most unusual inhabitants of the area are the glow worms, which can be seen at night along the walking tracks.

The 35 minute Madsen's Track Nature Walk departs from the picnic area, providing an adventure into a world of ancient, mossy trees and cool fern gullies.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (2093)

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CLOSE PROXIMITY

Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 28 June 2017

The formation flying at the recent Avalon International Airshow was amazing. A number of different airplanes from F-18 to these biplanes performed for the huge crowds who were all suitably impressed. These three pilots caught my eye with their brightly coloured planes and what looked to be very close proximity to each other, although I suspect there was more than a safe distance between them. (2092)

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NICE TO SEE THE SUN

Grassy Creek, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 28 June 2017

With freezing cold temperatures in my part of the world this week, it was nice to at least see the sun as it rose over the Great Ocean Road. Winter has certainly hit the south east of Australia, although there hasn't been very much rain yet, so landscape photography is still a possibility, albeit wearing coats, scarves, gloves and beanies! (2091)

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VERY HIGH STANDARD

Big Hill, Victoria, Australia

Monday 26 June 2017

A small indication of the type of winding track that will be experienced on a drive along the Great Ocean Road. Of course this is a far cry from the original 243 kilometres of road constructed between 1919 and 1932 by returned soldiers, and while current day drivers might be a bit tired after weaving around all of the bends, at least the road is completely sealed and of very high standard now. (2090)

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PASTEL TONES

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 25 June 2017

Looking a bit like a crocodile, the seaweed attached to a rock floats menacingly in the shallows of Torquay's surf beach. The nearby Rocky Point is reflected in the foreground water with the pastel tones of the early morning sky providing a lovely background to the image. Not a bad way to finish the weekend off, from a photographic point of view. (2089)

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WORTHWHILE

Hill End, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 24 June 2017

This much photographed building is in the heart of an historic gold rush township in New South Wales. From a population of 8,000 people in 1870, it has reduced to only 166 inhabitants at last count. While very few buildings remain, there are a few gems like this one to make the trip to Hill End worthwhile. (2088)

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NOBODY IS GOING TO BELIEVE THIS

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Friday 23 June 2017

Every now and then, a sunrise comes along that is so strong and vivid that I find myself saying 'nobody is going to believe this'. As was the case when I arrived early for a shoot at the Anglesea beach. The reds and oranges were wonderful, and even with the tide being out, there were pools of water that still reflected the amazing sight. The usually white sand appeared to be pink and the shoreline was almost completely silhouetted against the colourful sky. These are the mornings that a landscape photographer lives for! (2087)

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JUST VISIBLE

Pastoria, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 22 June 2017

This wonderful spot in Central Victoria was an accidental find, on a deserted country track. Out of the fog appeared hundreds of huge boulders, leading to the top of a small hill, with just visible trees at the summit. Sometimes the out of the way places can be the prettiest, as it certainly was this time. (2086)

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WINDING

Big Hill, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 21 June 2017

'The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region.' [Wikipedia] (2085)

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A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 20 June 2017

A bright sunny day can be a little off-putting to some photographers, me included. Usually there isn't any clouds in the sky and a scene can look a little overexposed and not as colourful as with a sunrise or sunset. But walking along this little track, just out of Halls Gap, the bright sunlight shining through the bush provided a great opportunity for me to press the shutter on my camera. (2084)

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THE OUTBACK

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 19 June 2017

'The Outback is the vast, remote interior of Australia. The term 'the Outback' is generally used to refer to locations that are comparatively more remote than those areas named 'the bush' which, colloquially, can refer to any lands outside the main urban areas. While often envisaged as being arid, the Outback regions extend from the northern to southern Australian coastlines, and encompass a number of climatic zones; including tropical and monsoonal climates in northern areas, arid areas in the ‘red centre’ and semi-arid and temperate climates in southerly regions.

Geographically, the Outback is unified by a combination of factors, most notably a low human population density, a largely intact, natural environment and, in many places, low-intensity land uses such as pastoralism (livestock grazing) in which production is reliant on the natural environment. Culturally, the Outback is deeply ingrained in Australian heritage, history and folklore.' [Wikipedia] (2083)

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IT DISAPPEARS

Silverband Falls, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 18 June 2017

'The Silverband Falls are waterfalls located in the Grampians National Park, in western Victoria, Australia. Fed by Dairy Creek, the horsetail falls are characterised by a narrow band of water that tumbles over a small rock face and then disappears into a rocky base. The creek re-emerges some 50 metres west of the falls. Early European visitors to the falls named it Silverband because of its narrow stream of water.' [Wikipedia] (2082)

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CUMBERLAND RIVER

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 17 June 2017

'The Cumberland River rises south of Mount Cowley and south-east of the Benwerrin-Mount Sabine Road in the Otway Ranges in southwest Victoria and flows generally east before turning south just above popular short walk destination Jebbs Pool, between the high cliffs of Langdale Pike and Castle Rock, then along the cliff side of Cumberland River Holiday Park between The Brothers and Mount Defiance where the river reaches its mouth, crossing near the edge of a 200 metres sandy surf beach, and empties into Bass Strait.' [Wikipedia] (2081)

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SS WYOLA

South Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

Friday 16 June 2017

SS Wyola was a 306 GRT steam tug built in 1912 by LT Eltringham & Co of South Shields, England for the Swan River Shipping Company of Western Australia. She was fitted with a powerful salvage pump, making her one of the most powerful tugs in Australia at that time. In 1970 Wyola was dismantled at Robb Jetty, south of Fremantle. Her remains are buried in the sand at CY O'Connor Beach, with some of her stern still visible. [Wikipedia] (2080)

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A VERY CALM MORNING

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 15 June 2017

These lovely little yachts sit quietly at anchor in Corio Bay, on a very calm morning. In the distance a large cargo ship heads back up the channel towards the opening of the bay, and out into Bass Straight towards the rest of the world. Channel markers can be seen along the horizon, indicating where the larger ships should go, so as to avoid the shallow waters of the bay. I love going down to the waterfront and watching the ships and smaller boats, as there is always something different to see. (2079)

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EXTREME ISOLATION

Entrance Island, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 14 June 2017

'Entrance Island is a low island with an area of 6.1 ha in south-eastern Australia. It lies at the entrance to Macquarie Harbour in Western Tasmania. It contains a light beacon and jetty.

The first settlement at Macquarie Harbour was on Sarah Island, a small island in the harbour. This island was used as a prison for recalcitrant prisoners from other settlements in Tasmania, due to its extreme isolation and extreme climate.

Later the small port of Strahan was developed on the shores of Macquarie Harbour to support the nearby mining settlements, mainly Queenstown. Another port was developed on the south east section of the harbour in Kelly Basin along with townsite of Pillinger. The settlement and port were short lived as was the North Mount Lyell company that developed the facilities.' [Wikipedia] (2078)

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MOSS AND FUNGI

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 13 June 2017

The stump of a once huge tree is all that is now left. The moss and fungi have taken up residence on the remains of the tree and ensure it remains green and alive for many more years. The surrounding green life now has an opportunity to see the sky and I presume this will result in other trees being able to grow and eventually take their place in the canopy of the forest. (2077)

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SIDE OF A RIVER

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Monday 12 June 2017

'Birrarung Marr was opened to the public back in 2002 and was named after the Wurundjeri people and according to their language; Birrarung Marr means ‘side of a river’. Birrarung Marr is not just an ordinary park, the park’s Birrarung Wilam community celebrates the cultural diversity of Victoria and promotes the native indigenous culture here. The park’s unique design denotes indigenous culture and its significance to the country. Within the park, you’ll notice a winding and textured pathway that relates to the eel – one of the chief food items of the native indigenous people of Victoria. There are also a number of large rocks with traditional drawings all across this beautiful park.' [melbournepoint.com.au] (2076)

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HOLIDAY TO THE BEACH

Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 11 June 2017

'Nothing says Aussie summer like a holiday to the beach. Add a spot of beach cricket or frisbie and you just might enter heaven.

Port Fairy is set on a 5.8 km long beach, extending in a broad, curving arc from Reef Point in the east, where it faces south, to the North Mole or harbour entrance wall in the south, where it faces east. ' [portfairyaustralia.com.au] (2075)

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OVERLOOKING THE 'RIP'

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 10 June 2017

'Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, also known as the Point Lonsdale Signal Station, is close to the township of Point Lonsdale in the Borough of Queenscliffe, Victoria, Australia. It stands at the eastern end of the Bellarine Peninsula, on the western side of the entrance to Port Phillip from Bass Strait, on a headland overlooking the 'Rip', a stretch of water considered one of the ten most treacherous navigable passages in the world, and the only seaborne approach to Melbourne.' [Wikipedia] (2074)

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BLUE HOUR

Port Albert, Victoria, Australia

Friday 9 June 2017

'The blue hour (from French l'heure bleue) is the period of twilight early in the dawn each morning and late in the dusk each evening, when the Sun is at a significant depth below the horizon and when the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue shade.' [Wikipedia] (2073)

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THE HISTORIC KINCHEGA WOOLSHED

Menindee, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 8 June 2017

'No visit to Kinchega National Park is complete without exploring the beautiful, old buildings of Kinchega Station. 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] (2072)

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PEEKING AROUND

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 7 June 2017

The sun peeks it's head around 'The Bluff' at Barwon Heads at the end of another day. Wonderful and colourful rocks are strewn across the beach, out at the end and are underwater at high tide. Barwon Heads is one of my favourite locations on the Bellarine Peninsula, and always a great place to have breakfast after an early morning shoot. (2071)

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THE BOARDWALK

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 6 June 2017

The Anglesea River divides the township of Anglesea in two and creates a very picturesque scene at it's mouth as it enters the sea. But further upstream there is a lovely area called Coogoorah Park that contains a wetlands area, which is abundant in birdlife. This boardwalk and a number of walking tracks provide access to the area. Not a bad place to visit if you want a quiet, but accessible commune with nature. (2070)

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READY FOR TAKE-OFF

Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Monday 5 June 2017

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has operated McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft since 1984. The Australian Government purchased 75 'A' and 'B' variants of the F/A-18 in 1981 to replace the RAAF's Dassault Mirage III fighters. The Hornets entered service with the RAAF between 1984 and 1990.

RAAF Hornets were first sent on a combat deployment as part of the Australian contribution to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. During the invasion, 14 Hornets flew patrols over Iraq, as well as close air support sorties to assist coalition ground forces. RAAF F/A-18s also provided security for the American air base at Diego Garcia between late 2001 and early 2002, and have protected a number of high-profile events in Australia. From 2015 they have been striking ISIL targets as part of Operation Okra.' [Wikipedia] (2069)

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SEA PILOTAGE

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 June 2017

The Port Phillip Sea Pilot organisation provides an important service to the people of Victoria. It is unique in its history, structure and importance to the state. It offers an expert service to shipping in Port Phillip and Western Port bays, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The history of sea pilotage goes back many hundreds of years when seamen with local knowledge offered their services to ship's captains to navigate their vessels through the often dangerous waters at the entrance to ports. Today, throughout the world, nearly every port has a pilotage service, with the pilots licensed by the Government of that country and usually employed by the local marine authority. In all but minor ports, pilotage is compulsory except for local ships where the master holds a current pilotage exemption for that port.' [ppsp.com.au] (2068)

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CHLOE

Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 3 June 2017

For me, the best part of the Tamworth Country Music Festival was the buskers in Peel Street. There were dozens of them, all trying to impress the passing music fans, and hoping for a little loose change in their guitar cases. Stars like Keith Urban started out on this very street and went on to bigger and better things, so I guess Chloe Warrick had the same thing on her mind as she sang and let me take this photo. (2067)

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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

Moggs Creek, Victoria, Australia

Friday 2 June 2017

One of the things I like to do is photograph the 'big picture', the wide expanse of a beach, the lush forest with a waterfall and river, the desert with it's red sand and beating sun, But every now and then, a different perspective can result in images of a different type, with just as much impact. Like this one taken under the walking bridge at Moggs Creek. I had finished my photoshoot and was heading for the car, when I thought I would take a quick look under the bridge. The scene was great, albeit a little different to my normal ones, so I captured it for today's photo. (2066)

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HARSH AND HOT

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 1 June 2017

This is another image from my Silverton photoshoot. I think it portrays the isolation and abandonment of the once thriving 1800's boom town that all but stopped when the silver ran out. While there are a few buildings that have been preserved, there are also a many dilapidated former homes that are continuing to crumble into the surrounding weeds. The sun in this photo is also indicative of the harsh and hot weather that this part of the outback experiences. (2065)

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