FREEMANTLE FERRIS

Freemantle, Western Australia, Australia

Thursday 30 November 2017

'The original Ferris Wheel, sometimes also referred to as the Chicago Wheel, was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.

With a height of 80.4 metres (264 ft) it was the tallest attraction at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, where it opened to the public on June 21, 1893. It was intended to rival the 324-metre (1,063 ft) Eiffel Tower, the centrepiece of the 1889 Paris Exposition.

Ferris was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, bridge-builder. He began his career in the railroad industry and then pursued an interest in bridge building. Ferris understood the growing need for structural steel and founded G.W.G. Ferris & Co. in Pittsburgh, a firm that tested and inspected metals for railroads and bridge builders.' [Wikipedia] (2247)

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THE LITTLE SCHOOL

Murgheboluc, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Driving home along the Hamilton Highway late this afternoon, I stopped at a small reserve at Murgheboluc. In the paddock next door was a very small abandoned building on a tiny hill, in amongst the gum trees. It was the former St Andrews Anglican church and had also been the local school in the mid 1800's before a new school was built nearby in 1874. The sunlight streaming through the trees and casting long shadows was glorious and worthy of a capture. (2246)

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SITTING ON THE BENCH

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 28 November 2017

If you find yourself in the Otways, along the Great Ocean Road, then you will love the leisurely walk at Melba Gully. It is a reasonably easy journey that wanders along the forest floor, walking under huge tree ferns or sitting on the bench pictured here. When I visited, there was a storm battering Victoria, and while the tree tops were swaying wildly, the bush below was relatively calm and tranquil. (2245)

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THE RECEDING TIDE

Wye River, Victoria, Australia

Monday 27 November 2017

At the eastern end of the beach at Wye River, there is a massive outcrop of rocks. They are amazing in their formation and surface appearance. Small pools of water are created by the receding tide in some of the near perfect round shapes. White sand surrounds the rocks and provides a smooth contrast to the unusual shapes of the once lava flows. (2244)

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CAPE NELSON

Cape Nelson, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 26 November 2017

'The Cape Nelson 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] (2243)

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THE BEST BIT

Colbrook, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 25 November 2017

This is part of the winding dirt road into the Colbrook reservoir, that is, the best bit! There were parts of the track that I didn't think my four-wheel drive would get through. It appeared that other off-roaders had been having a fantastic time ripping up the wet sections until it was almost impassable. Long story short, I made it in, captured a few photos and had a look at a very interesting reservoir wall and made it out safely, albeit a bit shook up (to quote Elvis). (2242)

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UNNATURAL

Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia

Friday 24 November 2017

I had been very keen to see this beach. My daughter, who is a wedding photographer, used it as a backdrop for photos of the bride and groom a year or two ago. I had the opportunity to visit it a while back and wasn't disappointed. The white sand is littered with rocks stained in orange and the very blue water looks almost unnatural. If you ever visit Dunsborough, take a drive out around the nearby coast and see if you can find this spot. (2241)

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TRANQUIL

Kevington, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 23 November 2017

This is a very quiet spot on the Goulburn River between Jamieson and Kevington. The autumn leaves are wonderfully coloured and the water looks very tranquil. There wasn't even a breeze when I climbed down an embankment from the road above to captured this scene. The calmness of this season makes it one of my favourites and it certainly makes for better photography when trees and grass aren't moving around in the wind. (2240)

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GREAT TO BE ALIVE

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 22 November 2017

What a glorious morning I found at the Torquay Surf Beach. The tide was low and the rocks exposed to the golden light of the early hour. There were just the right amount of clouds in the sky to provide an orange glow to the whole beach and this was nicely reflected in the wet sand below. It was the type of morning that makes you think it is great to be alive. (2239)

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UNIQUE

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Located along the Aire Valley Road this picnic area is a delightful place to stop and enjoy a picnic or just a short stroll into the forest. The Californian Redwood forest (Sequoia trees), were planted alongside the river in 1939. This unique forest is enchanting and is an experience that you will not forget.' [greatoceanroad.com] (2238)

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NOT COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL!

Wye River, Victoria, Australia

Monday 20 November 2017

Where the Wye River meets the sea, it snakes it's way across the beach creating ripples and small currents that catch the rising sunlight. Although very shallow, the river proves to be a bit tricky to cross without getting one's feet wet. I managed to almost achieve this feat, but must admit that I wasn't completely successful! (2237)

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GOLDEN SUNSET

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 19 November 2017

Jan Juc's beach can be a little unpredictable, with it being calm and picture perfect some times and at others, very wild and threatening. This visit it was the latter, with foam being washed up on the beach from the angry sea and some of the waves being much bigger than I thought. This resulted in my jeans being wet up to the knee while trying to rescue my camera and tripod from a rouge wave attempting to take them away. (2236)

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THE WATER SUPPLY

Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 18 November 2017

'A major drought in Victoria from 1877 to 1884 prompted Alfred Deakin, then a minister in the State Government and chairman of a Royal Commission on water supply to visit the irrigation areas of California. There he met George and William Chaffey.

In 1886, Canadian-American irrigator George Chaffey came to Australia and selected a derelict sheep station known as Mildura as the site for his first irrigation settlement, signing an agreement with the Victorian government to spend at least £300,000 on permanent improvements at Mildura in the next twenty years. After much political wrangling, the settlement of Mildura was established in 1887. The Post Office opened on 23 January 1888.

The urban area of Mildura is now surrounded by a horticulture area, known as the traditional pumped district, where the original grape and citrus blocks were located with water irrigated from the Murray River.' [Wikipedia] (2235)

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MORNING SPECTACULAR

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Friday 17 November 2017

A glorious morning at Anglesea, with the sky ablaze in sunrise colour. Reflections on the wet beach sand almost perfectly mirror the lightshow above, with only small piles of seaweed dotted around to shatter the illusion. The Anglesea cliffs in the distance look much smaller than their actual size, and they too are glowing red from the morning spectacular. (2234)

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AMAZING COLOURS

Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 16 November 2017

Amazing colours greeted me on a recent trip to Portarlington. It was late afternoon and the sunlight was bright and golden resulting in the pier looking orange. It was however bitterly cold and the wind was much stronger than I would normally like, but all in all, the image turned out ok. Keeping my camera and tripod still in fierce winds is a major problem, and when given the choice, I try to avoid taking landscape photos on blowy days. (2233)

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AN UNUSUAL GREEN RIVER

Trentham, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Just outside the small township of Trentham the Coliban River flows under the road leading to Daylesford. I stopped to take a photo of the bridge, with it's bluestone abutments, iron girders, wooden deck and unusual and ornate steel railings. What I found was an unusual green river, that on first sight could have been covered in algae, but was in fact grass that had been flattened by a recent surge in water. The green was almost unnatural in colour and certainly provided a challenge while processing the image. (2232)

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DARK OR LIGHT PATCHES

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 14 November 2017

'You use dappled to describe something that has dark or light patches on it, or that is made up of patches of light and shade.' [collinsdictionary.com]

This description is apt for the path that led to Lake Elizabeth on a recent visit. It was a bright sunny day, but walking along this path, the trees and tree ferns shaded much of the ground and produced a lovely dappled effect for my image. (2231)

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AT THE FOREFRONT OF LIFESAVING

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Monday 13 November 2017

'Torquay Surf Life Saving Club is at the forefront of lifesaving service with Torquay Beach being one of the busiest beaches in Victoria.

Torquay Surf Life Saving Club is recognized nationally as a premier competition club with many gold medals and many finalists at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships over the past 50 years. Torquay can also proudly boast of many Olympians for both aquatic and non aquatic events.

In 2016/2017, over 200 members and volunteers patrolled our beach from the last weekend of November until the end of the Easter period.' [torquayslsc.com.au] (2230)

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STILL FLOWING, BUT ONLY JUST

Sailors Falls, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 12 November 2017

'Sailors Falls is a locality in central Victoria, Australia. The locality is in the Shire of Hepburn, 108 kilometres (67 mi) north west of the state capital, Melbourne. The locality is named for the eponymous falls on Sailors Creek, a tributary of the Loddon River.' [Wikipedia] (2229)

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NATURAL BEAUTY

Hopetoun Falls, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 11 November 2017

'The Hopetoun Falls is a waterfall across the Aire River that is located in The Otways region of Victoria. Much attention has been given to preserving the natural characteristics of Hopetoun Falls while allowing ample access for visitors. The falls have a large set of well-built and maintained stairs that lead down a natural patio to a viewing platform very close to the foot of the waterfall. Hopetoun Falls plunges 30 m in a rectangular shape. Many visitors come every year to look at its natural beauty.' [Wikipedia] (2228)

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DEFIANT

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Friday 10 November 2017

It’s a cold and quiet morning on Corio Bay and fog blankets all of the boats resting at anchor, with the exception of one. The little blue and white vessel seems to float by itself, defiantly watching me while the other yachts are oblivious to my presence and the muted sounds of a camera recording the sight. (2227)

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AMAZING SUNRISES

Inverloch, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 9 November 2017

I have often spoken of the virtues of the Great Ocean Road, and the wonderful coast and beaches contained there on. But on the other side of the state of Victoria is the Gippsland region, and it has some wonderful coastal settings too. A recent holiday in Inverloch allowed me to sample some of these lovely, and at times rugged beaches that still showcase the amazing sunrises that I experience at home. (2226)

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VILLAGE SCENES

Sofala, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 8 November 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] (2225)

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CONTENTED

Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 7 November 2017

'The name Mudgee is derived from the Wiradjuri term Moothi meaning 'Nest in the Hills' or 'mou-gee' meaning 'contented'. In 1851, the population of Mudgee was 200. However, the population exploded as the discovery of gold in nearby Hargraves led to a gold rush in New South Wales. While no gold was found in Mudgee itself, the town prospered as gold was discovered in nearby towns such as Gulgong, Hill End and Windeyer, and temporarily reached a population of 20,000. Mudgee was a centre for the local goldfields and grew rapidly as a result.' [Wikipedia] (2224)

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NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE LAND DOWN UNDER

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Monday 6 November 2017

I think that I’m incredibly lucky. I live at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, just down the road from the Bellarine Peninsula, around the corner from Corio Bay and next door to the Otway National Park. Today’s photo is from the Great Ocean Road, at Point Roadknight and shows the beauty that I can find less than a one hour drive from home. I’m so grateful that I live in Geelong and I strongly encourage you to come and visit down here, near the bottom of the land down under. (2223)

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VERY OLD

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 5 November 2017

The winding pathway through Maits Rest takes the walker past ancient rainforests and some much younger bushland. Along the way I was able to find the most amazing and huge tree ferns, like this one on the right that has possible fallen over and then started to grow up again. Given how slowly tree ferns grow, this one has to be a hundred or more years old. (2222)

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GOOD MORNING

Sandy Gully, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 4 November 2017

There isn't enough ways to say how beautiful Victoria's Surfcoast is. I have described it so many times that I'm beginning to repeat the same phrases, so perhaps today I will just let the image speak for itself as the sun rises over Sand Gully Beach. (2221)

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THE HERITAGE TRAIN SERVICE

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Friday 3 November 2017

'The Bellarine Railway, formerly known as the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, is a volunteer-operated steam-driven tourist railway located in Victoria, Australia. It operates on a 16 km section of a formerly disused branch line on the Bellarine Peninsula between the coastal town of Queenscliff and Drysdale, near Geelong. The railway currently operates a Heritage Train Service and is available on Sundays, most public holidays, as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Easter, June and September school holidays.' [Wikipedia] (2220)

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ALL THINGS MARITIME

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 2 November 2017

'Queenscliff Harbour gateway to Port Philip & Beyond. Just down the hill from the Historic Queenscliff township, the Harbour is a hub for all things maritime and houses shops, cafes, restaurants, eco and adventure tours, hairdressers and day spas as well as the fabulous 42 meter observation tower that offers 360 degree views across the bay, the heads, the Bellarine & the Mornington peninsulas.' [queenscliffharbour.com.au] (2219)

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AT THE END OF THE BARWON

The Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 1 November 2017

'Barwon Heads is a coastal township on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It is situated on the west bank of the mouth of the Barwon River near The Bluff, while it is bounded to the west by farmland, golf courses and the ephemeral saline wetland Murtnaghurt Lagoon. Fishing was the mainstay of the town in its early years. In the 1920s and 1930s the town became a popular holiday resort and a number of the richer families of Melbourne built houses here. The summer period today still sees a large influx of holidaymakers to the town. In 1959 the closing scenes of the film On the Beach based on a Nevil Shute novel about the end of the world was filmed in the town and during the late 1990s, Barwon Heads was the primary location of filming for the popular Australian television series, SeaChange.' [Wikipedia] (2218)

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