St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Monday 31 August 2015

On a very cold and grey morning I found myself out at the end of the St Kilda pier, hoping that the clouds might part a little to show a blue sky. But they didn't, so I had to be content with working under less than perfect conditions. I've seen hundreds of photos of the pier, which is one of the reasons I visited the site, but I don't think I have ever seen this scene of the rock breakwater off to the eastern side. While not as photogenic or even historic like the rest of the pier, it is none the less an interesting aspect with it's circular formation punctuated with steel bollards all with their bright white caps. (1425)

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Sand Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 30 August 2015

What do you think it takes for this rock to stay put on this beach when all around it has eroded? I often marvel at things in nature, and indeed humans that can stand against the elements and what life throws at them and can still stand tall. Oops, starting to sound a little philosophical! I do know that this rock provided a great starburst as the early morning sun skipped across the water and reflected off a small puddle left by the receding tide. It makes the rock standout even more from it's surrounds. (1424)

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Canberra, ACT, Australia

Saturday 29 August 2015

Canberra is the home of Australia's parliament, so the term Hot Air had a double meaning on the morning of this balloon competition. It was a wonderful sight watching the balloons inflate with their noisy burners and then rise silently, with only the occasional sound as a top up of hot air was needed. (1423)

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Scamander, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 28 August 2015

'The wide river mouth has been a challenge to bridge builders for many years. Richard Terry constructed a timber bridge in 1865 but it later collapsed when a large mob of cattle was driven across it. A second and third bridge were successively washed away in floods in 1889 and 1911. Further bridges succumbed to flood and shipworms, the last timber bridge collapsing in 1929. A truss bridge was built in 1936 and still stands today. The new concrete bridge that currently carries the Tasman Highway was built alongside this bridge in 1991, making it the eighth construction to cross the river.' [Wikipedia] (1422)

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Lake Tyres, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 27 August 2015

The drive across Gippsland in Victoria's east is one of the prettiest, with abundant coast and waterways for a landscape photographer to capture. As you know, I normally don't take photos during the middle of the day, preferring the soft light of the early morning or late afternoon. But when you are travelling, the opportunity to stay at every photogenic spot for the night, so you can get an early or late shot, doesn't always happen. Sometimes bright shots have to be taken when the opportunity presents itself, as in today's photo. There are no shadows to speak of but there is a reasonable spattering of clouds to make the sky interesting. The grasses in the foreground weren't being blown around, so that was a bonus and there wasn't a single person to be seen! (1421)

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Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 26 August 2015

A little boat in need of urgent repairs is moored alongside a pier that is almost beyond repair. This wonderful scene forced me to take it's picture very early in the morning when the wind was calm and the reflections on the waterway were perfect. The hint of pink was still in the sky and the water and although I would have loved a little more light, the image conveys the feeling of the serenity. (1420)

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Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday 25 August 2015

I have walked along hundreds of beaches over the years, and they are all very unique. At the north end of the Palm Cove beach there are these rocky outcrops that contain a unique surface. It is almost like the ends of a weathered piece of wood, the layers have been worn away to produce a wonderful surface. Yet the next rocks along the beach are very rough and so different to the ones in the foreground.

The morning I took this image the weather was very wild and the clouds threatened rain. I packed my camera away and retreated to a cafe just along the beach and had a fabulous breakfast, as I regularly do as a treat after an early morning expedition. I still was able to look out at this view, but with the protection of the eatery. (1419)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Monday 24 August 2015

I was in Melbourne this morning and the weather was glorious, albeit a little cool. Spring can't be too far away I thought to myself as I looked up at the bare trees. Walking along Swanston Street I could have been forgiven for thinking this scene was from almost any European city, but other parts of the city I had walked past were a real mixture of old and new architecture, which is such a shame, in my opinion. Certainly it is hard to take a street scene and not see some very ugly buildings in amongst the gems. (1418)

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Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 23 August 2015

The old Daylesford railway station sits mostly abandoned by the public transport authorities but much loved by the loyal enthusiasts that run it as a tourist attraction. The 1882 heritage listed railway station is the base of the tourist line that travels to Bullarto and return through the scenic Central Highlands countryside.

On the morning I visited there wasn't a living soul to be found and the way out was even closed! But I had a great time poking around and taking photos of the buildings and the assortment of vintage rolling stock.

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Sandy Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 22 August 2015

This morning I lay in bed, after the 5:30 alarm sounded, and debated the merits of getting up and going out into the cold dark morning to take a photo or two. The night before I had been full of enthusiasm and had planned the trip with minute precision, but now bed seemed so comfortable and the enthusiasm had waned. The rational side of my brain forced me to get going and I drove for 30 or so minutes down along the Great Ocean Road to a small beach I had never been to before.

Sandy Gully Beach at sunrise is a gem, beautiful white sand with a rocky outcrop at one end and huge orange cliffs at the other. I managed to get more than a photo or two and was very happy that I didn't stay in bed! (1416)

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Sunnymeade, Victoria, Australia

Friday 21 August 2015

I found the Sunnymeade Beach after reading an article in a weekend magazine, describing 10 of the best 'unknown' beaches in Victoria. It is only a thirty minute drive from home to the beach I had never heard of before, which has now become one of my favourites. It is a bit of a walk down a winding track to get there and even harder to climb back out, but it certainly is a little treasure. This photo was taken early in the morning and near the end of my adventure, so the sun is a little higher in the sky than normal, but I think the reflections of the wet sand are gorgeous and the rock ledges are rugged in contrast. (1415)

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Narooma, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 20 August 2015

"With a bit of imagination you can see the shape of Australia cut into the rock wall. It was accidentally created many years ago when a ship was tied to the rock with large chains to prevent it from washing away. The chains wore away the rock during rough seas and it has been known as Australia Rock ever since." [] (1414)

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Bright, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Roses are planted at the end of vineyard rows because they are sensitive to various mildews that can attack vines and the fruit. The rosebushes become an early warning system for the viticulturist, signalling the need to spray for the disease.

This image is an attempt at a very shallow depth of field, something I very rarely do. The roses are in focus and the rest of the scene, including the hills in the background are not. (1413)

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Winkipop, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 18 August 2015

The waves from a high tide caught my attention as they swirled around these sharp rocks on Winkipop's beach. They were relentless, creating white foam as they poured through the nooks and crannies of this rugged coastline. Which got me thinking, why are the rocks still sharp and not worn smooth? Another one of life's mysteries I guess. (1412)

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13th Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 17 August 2015

I have a love-hate relationship with the sun. I really love taking shots into the sun, catching the colour and dramatic effects including the often beautiful star burst with the lines radiating into the image. I do however dislike the sun spots that sometimes, but not always litter the photo and often are hard to remove. I find them to be a distraction and, I feel make the scene less professional. I would love to hear your comments on my dilemma. (1411)

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Bermagui, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 16 August 2015

Up very early and down to the Bermagui harbour to catch the first light of the morning. I was rewarded with a lovely soft light, some fluffy pink clouds and a relatively calm sea. I love it when the clouds are reflected in the still water and best of all, the boats kept still for that all important 1/5 second I needed to capture the low light of the sunrise. This is a wonderful part of Australia ... what am I saying, everywhere is a lovely part of Australia! Come down and see us if you don't live in this part of the world. (1410)

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Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 15 August 2015

Pre sunrise on the Point Lonsdale beach and a thin line of warmth begins to appear on the horizon. The water is remarkably still for this part of my coastline and the tide has receded, leaving behind it's seaweed debris on the white sand. (1409)

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Mount Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 14 August 2015

I was so excited to find and capture this image. The sun was shining through the canopy of the forest and spotlighting the vivid moss covering the place where a tree once stood. You can see, the lines of moss revealing the exposed roots of the now defunct tree and there is evidence of other trees that have fallen and still lie where they fell. The trees that remain are relatively tall and straight, the result of competing for light and trying to outgrow their neighbours. I find capturing this type of image very difficult and often not successful. When one of them works, I get very excited! (1408)

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Binalong Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 13 August 2015

Every now and then I take a photo, that on reflection fills me with peace and tranquillity. This one fits the bill, a lone boat moored in calm water at the Binalong Bay jetty, the huge surrounding boulders with their orange & black stains, a cloudy but blue sky and a few trees to boot! And if you look closely, there is a flower in the foreground. Is there anything else that is this soothing to the eye? (1407)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 12 August 2015

I'm hoping that you will forgive me for my photo today … it has people in it. Those who know me will understand that I don't like people in my photos and for good reason. Most of my photos are taken in low light, and when everything is still, everything is in focus. But add some pesky people who will persist in moving around, mostly in a random fashion and generally without a good reason to be there and the result is blurry spots on my otherwise sharp image. Sad really. (1406)

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Point Addis, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 11 August 2015

What had become an impasse on the beach turned into a wonderful feature as the colourful sunrise reflected off the pool of water. Sometimes it is impossible to walk the full length of a beach, due to a high tide or a rock fall but all wasn't lost on this occasion as I still managed a photo to add to the collection. (1405)

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Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia

Monday 10 August 2015

I turned in for a rest at a way side stop on the long journey from Geelong to Bright. The autumn leaves were gold and red and falling on the nicely mowed lawn below. The sun was shining through the trees and the whole scene was a little brighter than my normal images, but it seemed too nice not to capture and bring to show-and-tell today.

I'm looking forward to the spring time when these leaves will return and the weather will improve. It will also be better for this 'fair weathered photographer' to venture out again and find more interesting places to visit and bring back photos of. (1404)

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Spencers Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 9 August 2015

This lovely little valley is just past Perisher in New South Wales' high country. Spencers Creek barely flows during the summer months but these hills and mountains are covered in snow during winter. A single tree in the foreground seems out of place considering the lack of trees below the snow line but it does provide a great point of interest for my photo. (1403)

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Eastern View, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 8 August 2015

"Eastern View is regarded as part of the Aireys Inlet area. It is a small strip of properties that are set directly opposite the beach and are land locked by the Great Otway National Park.

The views available from each property are stunning and mostly uninterrupted. To ability to walk straight across the road and be on the beach sometimes in seconds is one of its best loved features. The beach is long and uninterrupted making it perfect for a beach walk or run.

The historic and world famous arch over the Great Ocean Road is located at Eastern View and is a popular stop for tourists on the way down the coast." [] (1402)

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Tidbinbilla, ACT, Australia

Friday 7 August 2015

"The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) is a ground station that is located in Australia at Tidbinbilla in the Paddys River (a tributary of the Cotter River) valley, about 20 km from Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. The complex is part of the Deep Space Network. It is commonly referred to as the Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station and was officially opened on 19 March 1965 by the then Prime Minister of Australia Sir Robert Menzies.

The station is separated from Canberra by the Murrumbidgee River, but most notably by the Coolamon Ridge, the Urambi Hills and mainly by Bullen Range, that help shield the city's radio frequency (RF) noise from the dishes." [Wikipedia] (1401)

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Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 6 August 2015

I watched the evening news tonight, we have had the coldest start to August since 1945! That explains why I wasn't out on a local beach this morning taking photos of the sunrise. I did however take the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento to see a client on the other side of the bay and at one stage couldn't see the coastline because of the heavy rain, so I'm guessing you can now understand why I'm using another previously taken photo for my daily post. I did however process this image tonight, as I do most nights as a way to unwind from the day's events. The older I get the more I'm convinced that we all need a way to release the burdens of the day in a creative way as an aide to our sanity.

That said, today's image is from Zeally Bay, and shows the sun rising over the beautiful rock formations that cover this part of the coast. Wish it was better weather and I could revisit the wonderful beaches of my home! (1400)

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Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Another beautiful sunrise over the 'Rip' at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. The mornings have been bitterly cold in this part of the world so I have cheated a little and used an image I took earlier in the year but only processed today. I need to toughen up and make myself get out in the frosty weather ... soon! (1399)

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Rye, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 4 August 2015

As I was standing in the white sand on the Rye Beach, just before sunrise, these wonderful pink fingers appeared in the sky. They were even more amazing than this image suggests, as mother nature generally is. I love this time of the day before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. (1398)

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Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Monday 3 August 2015

Beaches are a reoccurring theme in my photography. I live in an area that has dozens of beaches within a thirty minute drive and it seems that most of the places I visit else where in Australia or overseas are near the ocean too. I never tire of seeing the different types of beach each with unique sand or rocks and the foreshore that has a cliff face, is covered in grasses or indeed palm trees like Ellis Beach. (1397)

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Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 2 August 2015

I love the long shadows in this photo, the early morning sun shining through the piles on the Point Lonsdale pier. I have visited this site many times over the years and it looks different nearly every time. The scene is dependant on the time of day, whether or not the sea is rough and even the level of the tide. (1396)

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Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 1 August 2015

"On Friday, January 21, 1859, a meeting took place at the Victoria Hotel in Geelong, Victoria, of what would appear to have been the first official Geelong Regatta Committee – the regatta that was to become Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Festival Of Sail – Australia’s oldest and largest keelboat regatta.

The meeting’s minutes show that amongst the motions, the first to be carried was… “That it is desirable that a regatta should take place this year in Geelong Bay”. With those few words, the wheels of history were put in motion!

At a series of subsequent meetings (held in various hotels in Geelong, so as not to offend any one publican), the format of the Regatta was gradually formulated, resulting in a program of 14 events with a combined total prize purse of £243 . Then, a house in Geelong’s Main street cost around £55!

The Regatta was a huge success, and on Friday, March 4, 1859, the minutes of an enthusiastic Committee meeting (this time at the Terminus Hotel) showed the Regatta Fund surplus to be just over 72 pounds, and the first two motions – “That a Yacht Club be formed in Geelong” and “That the club be called the Geelong Yacht Club” – were carried unanimously!" [] (1395)

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