UPLIFTING

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Today's image is another from my recent visit to Maits Rest, in the Otways. This forest is very pretty and a very easy walk from the carpark. A portion of the path is on a boardwalk, across some of the more environmentally sensitive areas and there are a number of small bridges across waterways and gullies. During the whole walk you are aware of the large tree ferns and the age of the trees and by the end of the circuit, you will feel much better for the uplifting experience. (2329)

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THE MEETING

Docklands, Victoria, Australia

Monday 19 February 2018

These men creeped me out a little when I found them at Docklands. Obviously having a meeting, they all stopped talking when I approached and just stood motionless until I left. I was impressed with the street art in this new residential and commercial suburb that was once the heart of Melbourne's shipping port. The colourful sunrise over the city also added to a very pleasant morning. (2328)

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AN ARDUOUS TASK

Gibson Steps, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 18 February 2018

When you arrive at the Gibson Steps, just a few hundred metres from the Twelve Apostles, you have no idea about the arduous task it is to get down and back up from the beach below. There seems to be hundreds of steps, but in fact there are only 86 of them, carved into the cliff face, and a little narrow in places making it hard to pass others going the opposite direction. But when you get down to the sand, suddenly the huge cliff begins to dominate the landscape and the little rock stack you saw from above, suddenly looks like a twenty story skyscraper. This is a must do experience if you are visiting the Great Ocean Road. (2327)

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I CAPTURED ONE

Bancoora Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 17 February 2018

I'm generally the first person to arrive at a beach in the early hours of the morning, so I was very surprised to see a large number of cars in the carpark of the Bancoora Surf Lifesaving Club this morning. I watched as a couple of black clad surfers ran past my car with a surfboard under their arms, heading for the beach which was over the crest of a large sand dune. This was my hint that the surf was good this morning and the word had been transmitted to the surfing fraternity. After assembling my photographic gear and climbing over the sand dune, I did in fact witness what I thought was a great wave with a large number of black specks riding them. Approaching the water still more surfers passed by me as I tried to capture the lovely sunrise, so I decided not to fight, but capture one of them too (photographically speaking). (2326)

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A FAN OF SUNRISES

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Friday 16 February 2018

I am such a fan of a sunrise over water, and today's image nails this need in my character! At the mouth of the Thompsons Creek I was very happy to set up the tripod and capture this wonderful scene, with the sun just clearing the horizon. The rocks add a little texture to the foreground of the image and contrasts well with the smooth, but fast flowing creek. (2325)

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APT DESCRIPTION

Little River, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 15 February 2018

There is a small river between Geelong and Melbourne that meanders through the country side and also it's name sake township. The river was the origin of a 1970's rock band's name and it's location was used for scenes in the original Mad Max film. The name of the river is Little River, which isn't all that original of the early settlers, but aptly describes the diminutive waterway. (2324)

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IT HAS IT ALL

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 15 February 2018

One of my favourite spots, photographically speaking, on the Bellarine Peninsula is Point Lonsdale. It has it all with the open ocean one side and Port Phillip Bay on the other. There is a lighthouse, a pier and white sandy beaches. And best of all, the sun rises in the right direction to take photos of all these attributes! (2323)

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ONLY A SMALL TRICKLE

Colbrook, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 13 February 2018

The only way to get to the wall of the Colbrook Reservoir is by four wheel drive. The road in was incredibly rough, having been made much worse by recreational 4x4's having fun in the mud and creating large ruts in the track. My car and I both survived and this was the scene that greeted me. Only a small trickle of water cascaded down the centre part of the wall but I was taken by the concrete that had been poured in very obvious sections where slight leaks had occurred leaving stains as evidence. There was also green moss growing on the concrete that made it look more interesting. I was pleased to have made the detour to see this pretty little reservoir. (2322)

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A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 12 February 2018

Just before sunrise the sky over Geelong's waterfront turned bright red. A silhouette of the Carousel breaks the view of the Corio Bay's horizon and the bollards of the foreground pier stand out from the illuminated water of Steampacket Quay. This is what photographers get up early to see. I love our waterfront, and each time I visit I'm greeted with a different experience. (2321)

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UNUSUAL, BUT BEAUTIFUL

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 11 February 2018

There are some amazing old trees at Maits Rest, part of the Great Otway National Park. This is a cool temperate rainforest and is unbelievably beautiful with huge tree ferns and myrtle beech trees, some many hundreds of years old. The one in this image has huge burrs or deformities on it's trunk to which moss has decided to grow. I really love these interesting trees, the ones that you want to keep looking at because they are so unusual, but beautiful. (2320)

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NO ACCESS

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 10 February 2018

The entrance of Painkalac Creek is blocked by a sandbar and there is no access to the water into the ocean. Every time I visit Aireys Inlet I have found the same situation, but I'm sure that there must be times of the year when the water is allowed through to the sea. It is handy when there is a sandbar as it is possible to walk along the entire length of the beach without getting one's feet wet, past Fairhaven, Moggs Beach and Eastern View. This is one of the longest beaches along the Great Ocean Road. (2319)

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THE EXPERIENCE WAS PERFECT

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Friday 9 February 2018

It was a glorious morning as I strolled along the beach at Aireys Inlet. As the sun rose above the horizon it's orange glow illuminated the rock face below the Split Point Lighthouse (just out of shot) and the gentle waves appeared to be made of gold as the warm light was reflected. A single line of footprints signalled the existence of human life, otherwise the experience was perfect. Not a bad way to start the day. (2318)

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WEATHERED BOULDERS

Kennett River, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 8 February 2018

I have trouble deciding whether I like bright colourful photographs or dark moody images like today's. I think it really depends on my frame of mind at the time of processing the photo and how the image responds to my artistic endeavours as I try to bring the best features out of the original shot. Today's photograph was taken at Kennett River on the Great Ocean Road two weeks ago and shows the rocky end of the beach with its beautifully weathered boulders that catch the newly risen sun's warm colour. (2317)

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A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT

Docklands, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Boy, has today been a long one. I was up at four am to catch the first train to Melbourne. It arrived into Southern Cross Station and a quick walk across to Burke Street where I caught the number eight six tram destined for Docklands. By the time it arrived, the sun was starting to rise and for a brief moment there was a bit of colour in the sky, but not very much. I walked along the foreshore of Docklands and came across this sculpture which I think is wonderful and certainly a little bit different. With a bit of colour still in the sky I was able to capture the image before taking another tram back up Collins Street and into the city for a well earned breakfast. (2316)

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BLUE AND BRIGHT

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 6 February 2018

I was a bit worried that I might have overdone things today ... made this image a little bluer than it originally was. I mean, this is how I remembered it, but my memory isn't always accurate, particularly when you are having a wonderful time and the morning is glorious. When this happens a memory can become embellished a bit, but on taking another look at the original raw file that had come straight from the camera, it really was this blue and bright. (2315)

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THE HAIRY PERUVIAN

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 5 February 2018

'The Voyage of the Poppykettle is a 1980 children's book about a group of 'hairy Peruvians' setting out from Peru to discover Australia. It was written and illustrated by Robert Ingpen. These stories were so popular in Ingpen's home, Geelong, Victoria that a fountain, the Poppy Kettle Playground on Geelong's Waterfront and an annual Poppykettle Festival celebrate the mythical landing of the 'hairy Peruvians'. Ingpen won the 1986 Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration for this book.' [Wikipedia] (2314)

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A STARBURST

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 February 2018

The pier at Point Lonsdale has been photographed a million times, perhaps a million and one times now. It points out into the rip, a treacherous stretch of water that needs local pilots to assist the large ships coming into the bay. I love walking under this pier and seeing the early morning light shine between the wooden pylons, and if lucky catch a starburst from the sun. (2313)

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KNOWN FOR SCENIC COASTAL VIEWS

Kennett River, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 February 2018

'Situated southwest of Melbourne, on the Otway Coast part of the scenic Great Ocean Road, Kennett River is a popular tourist destination near the resort town of Lorne, Victoria. The river running through the town was named by surveyor George Smythe after the River Kennet in Berkshire, England. In 1882 Alex MacLennan was, with his cousins the MacReas, looking for an area suited to farming and fishing, and chose this site, west of the MacRea's chosen site, which he named The Kennet. His cousins settled on the other side of the creek at a site named Wye River. The area is known for scenic coastal views, the Great Otway National Park, and surfing. Kennett River is also one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild.' [Wikipedia] (2312)

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TOUCH DOWN

Coldstream, Victoria, Australia

Friday 2 February 2018

I'm not sure about today's photo. It's possibly not my best, but it reminds me of one of the best experiences I had flying over the Yarra Valley. A balloon flight is a magical experience, with the balloon flying with the wind and the passengers not feeling anything. The only tiny bit of worry was the landing, and depending on the weather and the pilot, this can be a bit bumpy, or not in my case. When I jumped out of my basket I was able to watch another balloon touch down safely nearby. (2311)

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NO MEAN FEAT

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 1 February 2018

The much photographed Cunningham Pier in Geelong succumbed to another photographer this week when I visited the Waterfront again. There was a strong line of cloud that was pink from the beautiful sunrise while the water of Corio Bay was incredibly calm and provided wonderful reflections of the scene. Two pigeons even sat on the end of the small pier and let me take their photograph. I managed to climb down from the pier and stand on the moss covered rocks at the bottom and didn't slip into the water, which was no mean feat. (2310)

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