TURNED TO GOLD

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Winter has arrived, here in the south of Australia. Wet and grey, it isn't the type of weather for a photographer to be outside capturing the beauty of the world. So I have reached into my archives and found an image from a better day, one where the morning almost turned to gold. Hope it cheers up those of you who are looking out the window and watching the rain like me. (2064)

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BLEAK

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 30 May 2017

What a bleak morning on The Gulch, just south of Anglesea! Windy as a storm front approached, I managed to hang on while the spray from the surf was blown away. A woman and her dog braved the elements as they walked along the beach, but I quickly retreated to the car and headed home. (2063)

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AN IDYLLIC SPOT

Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia

Monday 29 May 2017

On a beautiful secluded beach, just outside of Dunsborough, the water is unbelievably aqua in colour, the sand is white, and the boulders wonderfully smooth. This is an idyllic spot, and although not ideal for photography in the middle of the day, I came away with a number of great shots, including this one. (2062)

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GRATEFUL

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 28 May 2017

The Otway Ranges are so beautiful, and accessible. There are many waterfalls, rivers and walking tracks. It is certainly a lovely spot to take photographs, and I have been enjoying this aspect of the fantastic scenery. I am very grateful to be living in Geelong, with dozens of picturesque beaches close by, native bushland and wonderful rural scenes to be photographed. (2061)

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THE WRECK

Echuca, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 27 May 2017

The wreck of an old paddle steamer sits in the mud of the Murray River, adjacent to the busy Port of Echuca. I couldn’t find any details of her, or even her name. It is incredibly sad to see a once proud workhorse like this decaying at the bottom of the river that was once to life blood of inland Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Fortunately, many of the other boats from the 1800's have been restored and are now carrying a newer type of cargo, that being tourists. (2060)

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IRON CYLINDER SPAN SUPPORTS

Wallaby Rocks, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 26 May 2017

'The Wallaby Rocks Bridge crosses the Turon River near Sofala, New South Wales, Australia. Opened in October 1897, the Turon Bridge is a timber trestle bridge employing Allan trusses - it was designed by Percy Allan and built by Messrs. Taylor and Murphy of Balmain. It has two central iron cylinder span supports fabricated by Mort's Dock. It is managed by the Roads and Maritime Services. The structure is heritage listed by the state government.' [Wikipedia] (2059)

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A SPECTACULAR

Wye River, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 25 May 2017

Almost resembling a river of lava, the Wye River snakes it's way across the beach and into the calm ocean. The very early sunrise reflects it's red and orange onto the flowing water, highlighting the ripples and waves of the steam. I don't know what you think, but I don't believe there is any better way to start a day, by watching a spectacular like this. (2058)

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MY ADVENTURE

Pastoria, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 24 May 2017

On my way back from Echuca, I made the mistake of asking my car's GPS to find a way home, using the shortest distance option. Instead of staying on the main roads, I found myself driving past the end of the sealed road and heading into the hills on a gravel track. The morning was incredibly foggy, and the car was heading in the general direction, so I kept on going. My adventure turned out to be wonderful as I wound around and over hills, then past a pile of large boulders. I stopped and took this photo, along with a few others and was grateful to my car's navigation system for showing me an area of Victoria that I hadn't known existed. (2057)

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MORE THAN A HUNDRED PUBS

Echuca, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 23 May 2017

'By the 1870s Echuca had risen to prominence as Australia's largest inland port. Being the point of shortest distance between the Murray River and the major city of Melbourne, Echuca was both a key river port and railway junction. Steam-driven paddleboats would arrive at the 400-metre long redgum Echuca Wharf, unloading it to be transported by rail to Melbourne. Wool, wheat, other grains, livestock and timber were the most common cargoes. The wharf has been listed as a Heritage Place on the Australian National Heritage List.

This industrial boom led to a rapidly expanding population, at one stage in excess of 15,000, with more than a hundred pubs (hotels) rumoured to exist in the Echuca district at one time. An iron bridge was constructed over the Murray River in 1878 by the NSW Railways Department.' [Wikipedia] (2056)

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EPIC VIEWS

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 22 May 2017

'The sheer, wide-open space, the epic views and abundance of wildlife make an outback roadtrip one heck of an experience, but before you set off, you should be aware that this journey is unlike any other drive you have experienced. The distances between destinations are long and you can drive for hours without seeing another person or petrol station' [australiantraveller.com] (2055)

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MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE CLIMATE

Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Sunday 21 May 2017

'Margaret River is the foremost Geographical Indication wine region in the South West Australia Zone, with nearly 55 square kilometres (21 sq mi) under vine and over 138 wineries as at 2008. The region is made up predominantly of boutique-size wine producers, although winery operations range from the smallest, crushing 3.5 tonnes per year, to the largest at around 7,000 tonnes. The region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, but commands over 20 percent of the Australian premium wine market.

Stretching some 100 kilometres (60 mi) from north to south and about 27 kilometres wide in parts, the region has a Mediterranean-style climate, lacking extreme summer and winter temperatures, provides ideal growing conditions. The climate is described as similar to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage.' [Wikipedia] (2054)

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THE REMNANTS

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 20 May 2017

If it wasn't for the small community of artists, its desirability as a setting for outback movies, and the seemingly never ending tourist trade, Silverton would be a ghost town. Located west of Broken Hill and close to the South Australian border this once-thriving mining town (at one point it had a population of 3,000) is now a few historic buildings, the remnants of once-vibrant streets, several art galleries and a pub.' [ assietowns.com.au] (2053)

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VARIOUS COLOURS

Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia

Friday 19 May 2017

A lovely beach, just outside of Dunsborough is the subject of today's photo. The water is very blue, the sand very white, and the rocks come in various colours, including red. A few fluffy clouds and no people complete a lovely scene for me! (2052)

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BIGGER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 18 May 2017

The desert around Broken Hill was unusually green when I visited late last year. There had been more rain than normal and the salt bushes responded accordingly. It was still rare to see any other significant vegetation in the orange soil landscape. The skies in the part of the world seem bigger than anywhere else, and the stars at night, amazing. (2051)

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A CLIFF TOP WALK

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 17 May 2017

'If you like this walk, the link above is to the 'Fairhaven to Aireys Inlet Walk' which also starts/finishes at the Lighthouse and goes to Fairhaven in the opposite direction. This cliff top walk is a beauty, particularly early in the morning as you can see the sun come up over the sea, but there is lots to see at any time of the day and any season (although it can get a bit cold and blowy in winter). The cliffs and beaches are subject to erosion so they seem to change with the seasons a little.' [walkingmaps.com.au] (2050)

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THE BASE FOR MANY FISHERMEN

Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 16 May 2017

'Portarlington is a base for many of the regions mussel and scallop fishermen. The Portarlington Pier catches of snapper, mullet, garfish and whiting are common throughout the year.

Boat owners flock to the area for snapper, which feed in an area about 2 km straight off the pier.

There are grassy areas to the right of the pier which offer fantastic habitats for King George Whiting, while the popular ground dwelling flathead are plentiful throughout the bay.' [intown.com.au] (2049)

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THE WHEELHOUSE

Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Monday 15 May 2017

'The Paddle Steamer Rothbury was built in 1881 at Gunbower, Victoria on the Murray River. Built as a large and powerful tow boat, employed in towing barges for the wool and logging trade. She was well known even then, to be one of the fastest tow boats on the Murray-Darling River System.' [murrayriver.com.au] (2048)

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MY FAVOURITE WATER FALLS

Hopetoun Falls, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 14 May 2017

The Hopetoun Falls are currently my favourite water falls. I'm very lucky to have a number of water falls within a two hour drive of home, and plan to visit as many of them as I can during the next six months. So I hope you like water falls too, otherwise my daily images are going to get very boring! (2047)

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CAFÉ SOFALA

Sofala, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 13 May 2017

This quaint little building in the main street of Sofala is, or was the only licenced restaurant in the town. The historic village of Sofala had it's origins in the mid 1800's gold rush and is now a tourist attraction. I had a terrible time trying to make this image straight. With a landscape, I can usually find the horizon and line the photo up by that, and with architecture, a door or window can also define the correct line. But not with this cafe, the windows and doors all have different orientations, as does the roof and even the power pole! (2046)

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AN ORANGE SUN

Wye River, Victoria, Australia

Friday 12 May 2017

A long early morning drive to Wye River, on the Great Ocean Road was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise this morning. The authorities have been conducting “controlled burn offs” in the National Parks and forests leaving a haze of smoke along the coast. The result was a fantastic orange sun that appeared over the horizon and added additional colour to an already perfect morning on the beach. (2045)

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THE OBSERVATORY

Parkes, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 11 May 2017

'The Parkes Observatory is run by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) as part of the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) network of radio telescopes. It is frequently operated together with other CSIRO radio telescopes, principally the array of six 22-metre dishes at the Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri, and a single 22-metre dish at Mopra (near Coonabarabran), to form a very long baseline interferometry array.' [Wikipedia] (2044)

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FLUID DYNAMICS

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 10 May 2017

'In fluid dynamics, wind waves, or wind-generated waves, are surface waves that occur on the free surface of bodies of water (like oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, canals, puddles or ponds). They result from the wind blowing over an area of fluid surface. Waves in the oceans can travel thousands of miles before reaching land. Wind waves on Earth range in size from small ripples, to waves over 30 m high.' [Wikipedia] (2043)

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A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 9 May 2017

As a child, I used to swim on the beach in the foreground of this photo. My Aunty and Uncle had a home just to the left of the image, at the end of the jetty. Living in the hot and dusty Wimmera, visiting my relations by the sea was a wonderful experience, just like seeing the sunrise over the scene during a more recent visit. (2042)

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INTRICATE PATTERNS

Grass Creek, Victoria, Australia

Monday 8 May 2017

The amazing intricate patterns on these rocks made them irresistible to photograph. The warm sunrise highlighted the well worn surface, along with the surrounding white sand. This was a lovely find at the end of an amazing photoshoot at Grass Creek, on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. (2041)

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A WELL-WORN TRACK

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 7 May 2017

'Scattered across our continent are diverse wild areas ranging from picturesque, pocket-sized parks to whole regions, vast swathes of land encompassing islands, deserts, plateaus and ranges.

Some are refuges of wilderness, seeming unchanged from the days of Dreamtime, while others are closer to our urban habitat. No matter the shade of wild, the Australian bush has a common trait; it’s still a place you can feel as if you’re discovering for the first time, even when following a well-worn track.' [australiangeographic.com.au] (2040)

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SOFALA

Sofala, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 6 May 2017

'Sofala is a village in New South Wales, Australia, 255 kilometres north-west of Sydney. Sofala came about as a direct result of the gold rush which had been spurred on when gold was discovered at Summerhill Creek on 12 February 1851. By June of that year, thousands of people had set up mining operations in the valley, and both the Royal Hotel and a general store were built in 1851 to handle the increased demand.

Russell Drysdale's painting Sofala, a depiction of the main street of the town, won the Wynne Prize for 1947. The 1974 Peter Weir film The Cars That Ate Paris was filmed in the town. Village scenes in the 1994 John Duigan film Sirens were also filmed in Sofala.' [Wikipedia] (2039)

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A PERFECT CONICAL MOUND

Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

Friday 5 May 2017

'Mount Sugarloaf is a perfect conical mound on the southwestern flank of Mount Leura and represents a final stage of activity of the Leura volcano, when a small vent ejected a large volume of lava fragments in a short time, without a change in the direction of the eruption column. This produced a steep, symmetrical, conical mound of volcanic ash, scoria and larger blocks and bombs.' [Wikipedia] (2038)

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MELBOURNE'S WONDERFUL STREET ART

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 4 May 2017

'Beyond The Ocean Of Existence by Loretta Quinn
Corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Lane
A patinated bronze sculpture, Beyond the Ocean of Existence comprises a single large ball surrounded by eight bronze coils. A series of smaller balls and lengths of column, both triangular and circular in cross-section, surmount these coils. At the sculpture's top is a stylised angel.' [emelbourne.net.au] (2037)

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TRANQUIL

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 3 May 2017

How soft is this image, shot at Lake Daylesford in Victoria's Central Highlands. There was fog on the surface of the water as the sun rose above the township. A small island in the middle of the lake appeared to float on the water, with the fluffy cream coloured pampas grass contrasting against the darker foliage. The water was completely flat and glass like, and reflected the lovely colours of the early morning. I wish all mornings could be this tranquil! (2036)

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NOT A BREATH OF WIND

Gipsy Point, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 2 May 2017

On a trip through Gippsland, I found the lovely and peaceful location called Gipsy Point. It is located at the junction of the Wallagaraugh and Genoa rivers, and when I arrived, there wasn't a breath of wind and the water was very calm. This is a reasonably isolated area, being almost as far east as you can go in Victoria, with the New South Wales border not far away. I had to leave the Princes Highway to find this amazing spot, but I'm very pleased that I did. (2035)

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SIMILAR NARRATIVE

Grass Creek, Victoria, Australia

Monday 1 May 2017

I have seen so many wonderful sunrises along the coast of Australia, that it becomes a little difficult to provide a unique description for my daily post. There always seems to be mention of the flaming orange sky, remarkable coloured clouds, waves lapping at the shore, cliffs and shoreline that are being weathered away, wet sand, rocks that have stood the test of time, etc, etc.! Today's image can include all of the above narrative too. (2034)

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