A BIT MYSTERIOUS

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 31 October 2017

I haven't been able to find any evidence as to the reason to name this part of the Great Ocean Road coastline as 'The Gulch'. It has a bit of a mysterious sound to the name and with these dark clouds threatening the beach you could be forgiven for thinking it isn't a very nice place to visit. On the contrary, it is a lovely spot and with the absence of other humans I totally enjoyed the solitude of my visit. (2217)

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THE EXCHANGE STORE

Nundle, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 30 October 2017

'Visit the historic village store, Odgers and McClelland Exchange Store, at Nundle for beautiful and practical kitchen and garden essentials with vintage appeal
Inspired by a century of retail heritage. The store, established by John Odgers and William McClelland, began trading in the early 1890s selling everything necessary for the surrounding farming community and acting as a gold and produce exchange. The original packing case shelving, timber floorboards, tin lined walls and weatherboard facade are uniquely preserved and continue to serve customers from throughout Australia.' [visitnsw.com] (2216)

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NUMBER 1570

Murgheboluc, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 29 October 2017

This little school building operated in Murgheboluc from 1875 to 1934. It became school number 1570 in Victoria after the original school in the St Andrews Church nearby moved into this new building. The lovely old bluestone building is now used as the district's hall. (2215)

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JUST A BLUR

Little River, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 28 October 2017

Last weekend I accompanied a group of friends out to the Little River railway station. This station is unmanned and very old with only a few trains stopping there each day. On this particular day we waited for the 1940's steam locomotive K153 to pass through on it's way from Melbourne to Geelong. As it approached there wasn't any sign of it slowing down and it passed though the little station at full speed and the black engine and the red carriages just a blur with steam and smoke filling the air. After waiting for more than a half hour, it was all over in just ten seconds! (2214)

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LESS HAUNTING

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Friday 27 October 2017

I've waxed lyrical about Maits Rest within the Otway National Park before, but without apology, I'm going to do it again! This is an amazing ancient rainforest just off the Great Ocean Road near Apollo Bay and it is breathtaking in it's beauty. I have shown you images of some of the very old beech trees along the winding walkway but today's image is of some younger ones in a regenerated area of the park. Some of the walk is in dense and dark areas, while other spots are lighter and less haunting. I strongly encourage you to take a look if you are down that way in the future. (2213)

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THE FINAL SECTION

Noojee, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 26 October 2017

'The Noojee railway line is a closed railway line in Victoria, Australia. Branching off from the Gippsland line at Warragul station the final section of the line between Neerim South and Noojee traversed increasingly hilly terrain and featured a number of large timber trestle bridges. Extensively and repeatedly damaged by bushfires over the years, the line was closed in the 1950s and dismantled. The last remaining large trestle bridge on the line has been preserved and has become a popular local tourist attraction.' [Wikipedia] (2212)

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THE TEST OF TIME

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 25 October 2017

This dilapidated shell of a house is the remanent of a once loved home in Silverton. The mining boom in the 1800's created Silverton, but when the silver ran out so did the people with the result that hardly anyone lives there anymore. The only buildings left are the ones made of brick or stone, and there aren't many of them. In the case of this house, the roof structure would have been timber and it hasn't stood the test of time. (2211)

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CRUMBLING

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 24 October 2017

'Point Addis Marine National Park features spectacular scenery with wide sandy beaches, crumbling limestone and sandstone cliffs and rocky platforms. Fascinating marine life unique to our coastline can be found in the 4,600ha protected by the park. The world renowned surfing reserve, Bells Beach, is just one feature along the 9km of rugged coastline between Torquay and Anglesea exposed to intense wave action from the Southern Ocean.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (2210)

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PROMINENT LANDMARKS

Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Monday 23 October 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] (2209)

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A GREEN OASIS

Lyonville, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 22 October 2017

The lovely little creek that wanders it's way through the Wombat State Forest at Lyonville has to encounter many obstacles, like these fallen tree logs. Despite the hurdles, it continues flowing, providing a green oasis through the otherwise harsh landscape of the Australian bush. (2208)

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A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE

Grassy Creek, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 21 October 2017

Those of you who know me will understand that I normally don't have people in my landscape images. I generally love seeing nature in it's finest form, sans humans. But this image, shot at Grassy Creek, five minutes after nearly killing myself climbing down a cliff to the waters edge shows a super keen surfer ready to dive off the treacherous rocks and into the sea. The one thing that the human form does provide is a little perspective to the image, showing just how massive these lunar like rocks are. (2207)

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ONCE LOVED

Little Hampton, Victoria, Australia

Friday 20 October 2017

Just outside Trentham I came across this wonderful old house and sheds. It appeared to be uninhabited, but was no doubt formerly someone's pride and joy. The small trees that they had planted around the home were now enormous and provided a small clue as to the age of the once loved homestead. (2206)

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DREAMY SOFT

Lyonville, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 19 October 2017

This beautiful little river flows through the Wombat State Forest. The grasses that grow in and next to it are more vibrant in colour to the nearby bushland and obviously thrive on the water that they receive. I really love the way the grass has swirled around in the currents of the river and provides a dreamy soft appearance in contrast to the harsh and dry surroundings. (2205)

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THE MIGHTY MURRAY

Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 18 October 2017

The Murray River, Millewa or Tongala in the indigenous languages is Australia's longest river, at 2,508 kilometres in length. The Murray rises in the Australian Alps, draining the western side of Australia's highest mountains, and then meanders across Australia's inland plains, forming the border between the states of New South Wales and Victoria as it flows to the northwest into South Australia. It turns south at Morgan for its final 315 kilometres, reaching the ocean at Lake Alexandrina.' [Wikipedia] (2204)

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A SOFT SCENE

Moggs Creek, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 17 October 2017

I spent a considerable amount of time photographing Moggs Creek and the little foot bridge that crosses it, before heading up to the beach. By this time, the sky had turned from yellow and orange to pink and purple, with the streaky clouds catching the light and making a wonderfully soft scene. (2203)

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WIND EROSION

Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 16 October 2017

The Perry Sandhills are located 6 km west of Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia, on the old Renmark Road, near the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers.

The sandhill cover an area of approximately 160 hectares (400 acres), and have been formed over the past 40,000 years by wind erosion. They are continually shifting due to the wind. As the sands move, evidence is periodically uncovered of prehistoric animals and Aboriginal use of the Sandhill area.' [Wikipedia] (2202)

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DRINKING WATER

Colbrook, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 15 October 2017

This section of the headwaters of the Werribee River is situated in largely cleared hilly land, with a number of creeks commencing on slopes below the Blackwood Ridge Road. The Kurweinguboora Creek flows from near Blakeville and water is stored in it at the Colbrook Reservoir, which provides drinking water for the township of Ballan to the south.' [werribeeriver.org.au] (2201)

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A BORING DESCRIPTION FOR A PRETTY IMAGE

Fiskville, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 14 October 2017

Canola oil, or canola for short, is a vegetable oil derived from rapeseed that is low in erucic acid, as opposed to colza oil. There are both edible and industrial forms produced from the seed of any of several cultivars of rapeseed Brassicaceae family of plants. Consumption of the oil has become common in industrialized nations. It is considered safe for people to eat, has a relatively low amount of saturated fat and a substantial amount of monounsaturated fat' [Wikipedia] (2200)

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THE LONGEST SINGLE DROP

Trentham, Victoria, Australia

Friday 13 October 2017

Trentham Falls is the longest single drop waterfall in Victoria, plunging some 32 metres over basalt columns. Trentham Falls was formed some five million years ago from molten lava rapidly cooling as it flowed along the old Coliban River valley. At the base of the Falls, quartz gravel and the former river bed can be seen. The Falls reserve protects one of the best remnants of original vegetation in the area, with stands of manna gum, messmate, stringybark and narrow-leaved peppermint.' [visittrentham.com.au] (2199)

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LOOKING FOR WOMBATS

Lyonville, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 12 October 2017

'The 75,000-hectare Wombat State Forest offers many activities including camping, bushwalking, mountain-bike riding, horse riding, four-wheel-driving and trailbike riding. The rugged Lerderderg Gorge runs north-South through the forest area, and there are many walking trails, including the heritage trail along the Lerderderg River.' [visittrentham.com.au] (2198)

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QUAINT

Woods Point, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 11 October 2017

One of the reasons for visiting Woods Point was this old service station. The locals told me that much of the old equipment displayed had been put into storage as discussions had been overheard at the pub that there was a plan to steal them. So, as quaint as this image is it could have been even better with all of the original artefacts still on display. Unfortunately that seems to be how life is, the actions of a few idiots impact negatively on the majority of law abiding citizens. (2197)

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AUTUMN MAGIC

Kevington, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 10 October 2017

'Kevington is a town in Victoria, Australia, located south of Jamieson on the Mansfield - Woods Point Road, in the Shire of Mansfield. The Goulburn River runs through Kevington.

The town began as a small settlement in 1862 when J. S. Garrett opened a beer house on the road between Jamieson and Gaffneys Creek. When gold was discovered at the nearby Lucks All and Star Of The West mines, the settlement grew to include stores, butchers, and private residences. The town was surveyed and named Kevington. Eventually the town died, and the nearby town of Mack's Creek took on the name Kevington.' [Wikipedia] (2196)

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A GREAT START

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Monday 9 October 2017

To start off the working week, a bright and colourful sunrise over Zeally Bay at Torquay. The rocks along this part of the coast are amazing and sun has picked out the golden colours beautifully. The tide was out on the day I photographed the Bay which gave me a great opportunity to see the full extent of these unusual formations. (2195)

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A RUGGED PART

Leopold, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 8 October 2017

Sometimes I find an area of the coast that isn't picture perfect, the way the glossy magazines would like to show it. But waiting for the rising sun to be in the right position, using a little coastal flora as foreground interest and I think this scene shows a rugged part of the Bellarine Peninsular in a good light! (2194)

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MOGGS CREEK

Moggs Creek, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 7 October 2017

'Moggs Creek is an Australian coastal hamlet. It lies on the Great Ocean Road between Aireys Inlet and Lorne. In the 2011 census, Moggs Creek and surrounding areas (including the built-up section of adjacent Fairhaven) had a population of 354 people.

AFL & Geelong footballer Patrick Dangerfield was born in Moggs Creek.' [Wikipedia] (2193)

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AMAZING COLOURS

Wye River, Victoria, Australia

Friday 6 October 2017

Some photos can be dark and sombre, while others can be bright and cheerful. This one is the latter and has some amazing colours that make me feel happy. The beach at Wye River is a lovely place to visit and has a sandy beach with a rocky outcrop at one end. Wye River is a small community on the Great Ocean Road and with a beach like this it is a favourite destination for holiday makers. (2192)

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WRITERS BLOCK

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 5 October 2017

I've been sitting here trying to think what to say about this image and have drawn a blank! Most times a photo tells a story and I don't have any writers block (I don't really consider myself a writer though) but this one isn't talking to me. The best I can do is call it a moonscape ... at least something out of this world. (2191)

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EARLY MORNING SUNLIGHT

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Today I have another tranquil scene to share, one from my favourite beach at Urquhart Bluff, well one of my favourites as there are too many to be so selective. The rocks in the foreground appears to be basking in the early morning sunlight as the sea recedes leaving behind wet sand to reflect the golden light. A few clouds loiter in the sky and the sun clears the horizon to begin the new day. (2190)

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THIS AMAZING SPOT

Gipsy Point, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 3 October 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. (2189)

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SUN TRAILS

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Monday 2 October 2017

The lovely Jan Juc beach has been a favourite of mine, having a wide expanse of flat sand. The result is that there is often a mirror finish to the beach as the water sits for a long time before trickling back into the sea. You can see clouds on the sand in this image, it is so reflective, and the sun trails across the water with barely a ripple. (2188)

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THE EMERALD POOL

Bicheno, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 1 October 2017

'Located north of the Freycinet Peninsula, Bicheno sits on Tasmania's beautiful East Coast. Offshore, the Governor Island Marine Reserve has some of the best diving spots in Australia, with kelp-covered reefs and spectacular sponge gardens. This water wonderland can also be experienced by glass-bottomed boat. There's plenty to do on dry land as well, with popular penguin tours that let you get up close - really close - to fairy penguins at dusk and scenic walks to Rocking Rock, the Blowhole and along the sandbar to Diamond Island Nature Reserve.' [discovertasmaina.com.au] (2187)

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