St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Monday 30 November 2015

St Kilda Pier has been the centre of recreational activity in St Kilda since the 1850's. Both the old shed at the pier entrance and the pavilion at the end are part of Victoria's heritage.

The historic St Kilda Pier Kiosk was built in 1904 and has undergone several renovations in its time. Tragically, the Kiosk was devastated by fire on September 11, 2003 but has since been restored. [] (1516)

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Bright, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 29 November 2015

A quiet bend in a small river near Bright brings my week to an end. It is nice to sit here on Sunday afternoon and look at a tranquil photo and enjoy a quiet moment before the hustle and bustle of a new week begins. There wasn't much water in the river, but the trees and bushes on each bank looked to be thriving. It was way too sunny when I took the photo, but sometimes these bright photos can lift one's spirits in readiness for the big week to come. (1515)

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Bermagui, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 28 November 2015

The charter fishing boats remain moored … no fish today. Or perhaps there isn't any fishermen wanting to go out on the morning I was in Bermagui. Either way, it was good for me as the boats add an interest to today's photo, on top of the spectacular sunrise. (1514)

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Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Friday 27 November 2015

To finish 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 two tone 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. (1513)

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Tomaga River, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 26 November 2015

This peaceful bend in the Tomaga River revealed a number of small jetties and only one boat. The tidal water was fast moving past this spot as the sun rose over my shoulder to reveal a quiet area along the tree lined river bank. If I was a fisherman (which I'm not!) I could imagine that this would be an ideal spot to sit with a line in the water and expectantly look down into the water waiting for dinner to find my hook. (1512)

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Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Every now and then I go back through my previous photo shoots and find a gem that I missed the first time around. This image, from just on a year ago was taken on my visit to Urquhart Bluff, and for the life of me, I can't figure out why I didn't think it was worthy of spending a little time to edit back then. The minute I began the edit process the photo started to pop and I'm ever so pleased that I found it tonight. (1511)

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Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday 24 November 2015

The beaches in Far North Queensland are completely different to those I'm used to down here in Victoria. The lush trees and undergrowth that sweep down to the beaches is so different to the rocks and grasses I normally photograph. Today's photo is a glimpse of the beach through the trees and bushes to show you what I mean. (1510)

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Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 23 November 2015

I know I've said it before, but how good is it getting up early and watching the sunrise, particularly over the sea! And one of the best places in Australia, if not the world is at Eden on New South Wales south coast. I really love the colour in the rocks and cliffs and the reflection of gold in the water from the sun gives the whole scene a wonderfully warm glow. (1509)

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Teesdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 22 November 2015

Today's photo contains a few things that I normally wouldn't photograph. Firstly, people … lots of people! And secondly, a very noisy 16k ISO image that I am ashamed to say is mine, not sharp and noise free like I usually do. But the reason behind the photo is why you see it today.

This photo was taken this afternoon in the very quirky shed of a home in Teesdale. The shed is called 'Tombstone Country' and from their website 'Mr Steve Walker with his team of volunteers run a walk up artist day with Feature Artists every 4th Sunday of the month raising money for Charities around Victoria and Geelong. In the past 16 years since its formation. Tombstone has raised over $350,000.00.'

While it is fair to say that not every act would have made it to the finals of X-Factor, every artist had a great time and the audience also enjoyed themselves. And to top it off, $1,300 was raised for Geelong's volunteer Coast Guard Service, which makes it a win all-round for everyone involved. (1508)

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Winkipop, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 21 November 2015

How is this for a rock pool! The colours in the rocks, orange, aqua and brown all look so good together and the water in the pool is glass like allowing a good look at the floor of this natural wonder. A bonus for this photographer is the lick of bright and colourful light in the sky making the whole scene very easy on the eye. (1507)

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Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Friday 20 November 2015

'The Queenscliff Pier and lifeboat shed were an integral part of the infrastructure provided to improve the safety for ships entering or leaving Port Phillip. Many lives were saved though the efforts of the crews that manned the lifeboat, which is now located in the nearby Queenscliffe Maritime Museum.

Today, visitors can take a relaxing stroll or try their luck fishing from the end of the pier.' [] (1506)

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St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 19 November 2015

'St Helens is the largest town on the north-east coast of Tasmania, Australia, on Georges Bay. It is known as the game fishing capital of Tasmania and is also renowned for its oysters (as are some other areas of Tasmania). It is located on the Tasman Highway, about 160 km east of Tasmania's second largest city, Launceston.

St Helens was first used as a whaling base in the early 19th century. When tin was discovered in the surrounding area in the 1870s, St Helens became the shipping port for the mines. This was the first time a coach service had been introduced to the town; previous access had only been by sea. The town was named after St Helens, Isle of Wight. Today the town is a popular resort for fishing, swimming and other aquatic activities. Its economy is based largely on tourism, fishing and timber.' [Wikipedia] (1505)

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Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Wednesday 18 November 2015

The lovely soft tones of an early morning sunrise over Ellis Beach are conveyed, I hope, in this image taken a few months ago. There was more cloud coverage than I would have preferred, but it did diffuse the light considerably, with only a hint of the sun's bright orange at the horizon. The lush forests in this part of the country spill down to the waterline and the odd large rock interrupts what is otherwise a beautifully white sandy beach. (1504)

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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 17 November 2015

'The Cataract Gorge is a river gorge in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, approximately 1.5km from the city centre. It is one of the region's premier tourist attractions. It is found at the lower section of the South Esk River.

A pathway, known as the King’s Bridge-Cataract Walk, and originally built by volunteers in the 1890s, runs along the north bank of the Cataract Gorge, and is a popular tourist destination. The original toll house at which pedestrians had to pay to enter the walk can still be seen near King's Bridge on the northern edge of the gorge.

A chairlift was build across the Gorge in 1972 and is the longest single-span chairlift in the world, with the longest span being 308 m (1,010 ft).

At the lower end of the gorge, the South Esk spills into the Tamar River going under King's Bridge and another more modern bridge on the way.' [Wikipedia] (1503)

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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 16 November 2015

What was I thinking? The blazing midday sun and I had my camera in hand as I walked alongside Victoria Dock in Tasmania's capital, Hobart. Any scene where there are boats moored on calm water is tempting to me, but put the pretty Hobart skyline with mountains in the background and I just had to capture this image. Perhaps the next time I visit it will be at sunset so there is a better light to take the photo in. (1502)

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Ross, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 15 November 2015

'Ross is one of Tasmania's finest heritage villages, registered on the National Estate. It has a fine collection of well-preserved Georgian buildings and architecture, with most buildings of historic value.

The Ross Bridge (completed 1836) is a fascinating sandstone bridge, ordered by Governor Arthur, designed by John Lee Archer, and embellished with unique carvings by convict, Daniel Herbert. There are 186 Celtic inspired carvings across the six arches of the bridge depicting many symbols, flora, fauna and faces of notable characters of its time. The Ross Bridge is the 3rd oldest in Australia. Once pardoned, Herbert married and lived in Ross, and is buried there.' [] (1501)

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Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 14 November 2015

A very sad day for Paris and the French people today. My photo today is the light of a new day to overcome the darkness of those that don't embrace humanity and the good in this world. Sorry it isn't more and that my words aren't adequate for the occasion, but my thoughts are with the French and the families who are grieving for their loved ones today. (1500)

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13th Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 13 November 2015

Half the beach is bathed in the golden sunset light and the other partly shaded by the cliff. I love the contrast between the two with the white rocks on the left looking like … well, white rocks, and the white rocks on the right looking yellow and warm in the last light of the day. Funny how the addition of the sun into a photo can make so much difference. (1499)

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Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 12 November 2015

There are two things I don't like … possibly more if I put my mind to it! But the two I have in mind tonight as I look at this image are, taking photos in the middle of the day and beautiful old equipment being left out in the middle of a paddock to rot over time. Photos taken in the middle of the day just don't have the wow factor that a good sunrise or sunset have. There aren't any shadows to speak of and everything is just ... bright! And what is it with lovely old farm machinery left in the paddock after their final use, rusting and dilapidated. A bit sad really. So there you go, mini rant over. (1498)

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Peppermint Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 11 November 2015

I had just jumped off the ferry that had brought me from Hobart as the sun was beginning to set. Behind me was a wonderful restaurant and function centre and ahead was the tranquil Peppermint Bay with a number of moored yachts, reasonably calm seas and clouds that had turned pink at days end. It makes you think about how good life can be. (1497)

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Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 10 November 2015

'Part of Tasmania's World Heritage Convict Sites, Brickendon Historic Farm and Convict Village is located just outside Longford, in northern Tasmania. Built by William Archer in 1824, the village is still owned by his descendents.

You have a rare chance to see the convict-built Gothic chapel, Dutch barns, chicken house, blacksmith shop and tool shed.' [] (1496)

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Hawley Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 9 November 2015

Another photo from the amazing Hawley Beach. I had just arrived in Tasmania, having travelled over from the mainland on the sea ferry and driven my car the short distance from Devonport. It was great to get out into the fresh air after being cooped up on the ship overnight. The sun was a little higher than I normally liked, but there were still golden tones in the light and these rocks with their yellow stains were just needing to be photographed. The tide was out, which was just as well as it allowed me to explore the rocks and pools of water left behind, and I didn't get wet either ... always a bonus! (1495)

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Charlotte Pass, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 8 November 2015

'The Kosciuszko National Park in which Charlotte Pass is situated came into existence as the National Chase Snowy Mountains on 5 December 1906. In April 1944, following the passage of the Kosciusko State Park Act, the Kosciuszko State Park was proclaimed. In 1967, this became the Kosciuszko National Park. For many decades, Charlotte Pass was a stop off point on the road offering public vehicular access to Mount Kosciuszko, however the Kosciuszko Road now terminates at Charlotte Pass. The last 9 kilometres leading to Mount Kosciuszko have been closed, for environmental reasons, since 1982' [Wikipedia] (1494)

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West Coast, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 7 November 2015

'The West Coast of Tasmania is the part of the state that is strongly associated with wilderness, mining and tourism, rough country and isolation. As well as that, it was an early convict settlement location in the early stages of Van Diemen's Land.

As a consequence of the images of the region and its attributes, it is regularly considered 'outside' the tamed and agriculturally developed eastern side of the island of Tasmania.

The west coast has been mined, it has had railways penetrate, and roads and power lines move through the landscape, it has been entered, but in many locations - where mines or other activities have closed, or settlements become abandoned, vegetation and time have in many cases hidden the locations.' [Wikipedia] (1493)

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Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Friday 6 November 2015

Driving back from visiting a client, I noticed this small waterway overlooking a sports ground in Torquay. The sun was setting and the clouds were colouring up, with the reflection in the foreground water looking even better than that of the sky. A quick stop and the few clicks of the camera's shutter later and this is what I saw.

It certainly pays to have the camera with you at all times, just in case you stumble across an interesting scene, at the right time of day! (1492)

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Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 5 November 2015

Rocks are just rocks … aren't they? Well, no they aren't. Today's image has several different types of rocks, the pink and smooth ones in the foreground, the hole cover one further out and the black, with streaks of lighter colours at the back. Geology isn't my area of expertise, but I do get a kick out of photographing interesting rock formations, particularly when mixed with water and a glorious sunrise! (1491)

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Smeaton, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 4 November 2015

The abandoned water wheel at Smeaton is a lesson in the ingenuity of the early European settlers of our country. The massive bluestone building and numerous outbuildings were used to mill flour from the mid 1800's and it was powered by water channelled from Birch Creek into a water race that ended above the huge wheel. Sadly it isn't used anymore, being made obsolescent by modern and larger milling companies but it is listed on the Historic Buildings Register and classified by the National Trust, so will continue to provide a glimpse into our past. (1490)

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Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Low tide at Point Lonsdale and the sea reveals a carpet of succulents that covers this portion of the rocky coastline. The challenge for the eager photographer is to walk carefully on these popping water filled plants, being careful not to slip over and trying to avoid the huge holes left full of water and sometimes deceivingly deep. All of this takes place as the photographer is watching the sunrise and hurrying to get a good angle, perhaps with a reflection in a pool of water before the wonderfully golden light turns white and harsh and the opportunity is missed for ever. (1489)

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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 2 November 2015

'Launceston is situated at the confluence of the South Esk River and the North Esk River, forming the Tamar River estuary. It is used for commercial and recreational shipping and boating. In earlier years, oceangoing shipping used the river to obtain access to the Port of Launceston wharves located in the city centre and Invermay.' [Wikipedia]

This is the spot where the South Esk River flows into the Tamar River. The little boat repair business on the opposite bank caught my eye, with a number of boats moored outside waiting their turn to be repaired. (1488)

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Breakwater, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 1 November 2015

This little dirt track runs alongside the Barwon River south of Geelong. The post and rail fence adds an 'old world' feel to the scene and the dry leaves on the ground provide an unkempt rural charm that reminds me of my childhood. I love the gum trees that line the road and their branches that hang over to provide a shady track to the fishing holes along the river. (1487)

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