Gibson Steps, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 31 July 2016

'Prepare to be dwarfed by the enormity of the cliffline and offshore stacks. The sheer scale of natural sculpting evident at this site is humbling. In local vernacular Gog and Magog are the names given to the two offshore stacks that may be viewed from both the viewing platform and (tide and sea permitting) and from beach level. These are not considered part of the 12 Apostles. The steps were carved into the cliff by local settler Hugh Gibson who worked on traditional access used by the original Kirrae Whurrong inhabitants.' [] (1760)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 30 July 2016

'The Melbourne tramway network is a major form of public transport in Melbourne, the capital city of the state of Victoria, Australia. As of May 2014, the network consisted of 250 kilometres of track, 493 trams, 25 routes, and 1,763 tram stops. It is the largest urban tramway network in the world, ahead of the networks in St. Petersburg (205 km) and Upper Silesia (both 200 km), Berlin (190 km), Moscow (181 km) and Vienna (172 km).

Trams have operated continuously in Melbourne since 1884, with the opening of a horse tram line in Fairfield. Since then they have become a distinctive part of Melbourne's character and feature in tourism and travel advertising. Melbourne's cable tram system opened in 1885, and expanded to one of the largest in the world, with 75 km (46.6 mi) of double track. The first electric tram line opened in 1889, but closed only a few years later in 1894. In 1906 electric tram systems were opened in St Kilda and Essendon, marking the start of continuous operation of Melbourne's electric trams.' [Wikipedia] (1759)

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Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Friday 29 July 2016

Surrounding the main beach at Point Lonsdale is a very nicely constructed seawall that is not only functional for protecting the shoreline, but is also great to look at. It curves around the shallow bay towards the cliffs at the end and provides a great promenade for those who don't like sand in their toes. A seat or two can be found at strategic spots to rest weary legs, or to just sit and take in the beautiful pastel sunrise across the water. (1758)

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Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 28 July 2016

Thompson Creek flows into the ocean at Point Impossible. Often the mouth of the river is blocked by a sandbar resulting in stretch of water that isn't affected by the waves. It provides a beautiful flat surface to reflect the morning sunrise. The banks of the river have smooth and well weathered rocks strewn over the sand, while low scrubby bushes climb over the adjacent sand dunes. I was very lucky to visit this spot at the right time to see this wonderful spectacle. (1757)

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Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 27 July 2016

The sunrise over Lake Daylesford was soft and warm. The sky was clear, not a cloud to be seen. There was fog gently resting on the surface of the water, making the far bank seem soft and out of focus. A small island in the lake is just visible with it's trees and Pampas Grass completely covering it. Wouldn't it be lovely if every morning could start this way! (1756)

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Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 26 July 2016

The beaches around Aireys Inlet are littered with rocks and rock stacks. I found the experience of walking from the beach around to the base of the lighthouse to be incredibly interesting and totally unexpected. Between many of these rocky structures is contrasting white sand and behind that the tall cliffs for which the area is known for. (1755)

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Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Monday 25 July 2016

This beautiful old wooden yacht lies in dry dock at Blunt's in Williamstown. It looks like the paint has already been stripped back and some repair work done. A lot more still has to be done to make it seaworthy again and I guess the owner can't wait to have her back in the water again. (1754)

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Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 24 July 2016

'The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse precinct contains not only the lighthouse itself, but other buildings associated with lighthouse operations and navigation, as well as nearby military defence structures built during the First and Second World Wars. The whole precinct is considered to be of architectural, historical and archaeological significance to the State of Victoria, and has been listed by Heritage Victoria.

It is of historical significance because of its association with the maritime and defence history of the state. The lighthouse structures in the precinct show the importance of navigational aids at a time when shipping was vitally important in maintaining trade between Victorian ports and the rest of the world. The lighthouse was the first guiding light to the entrance of Port Phillip visible from the sea. The defence structures reflect the importance of the defence of Port Phillip and its major cities of Melbourne and Geelong during the two World Wars.' [Wikipedia] (1753)

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Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 23 July 2016

A peaceful little image today, as we ease into the weekend. This spot at Point Impossible is very flat and the waves flow across the sand for a long way. There are beautiful patterns in the sand, while the morning light catches small pools of water and makes them glow. A lovely spot to stand and gaze off into the distance and unwind. (1752)

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Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Friday 22 July 2016

'During the late 1990s, Barwon Heads was the primary location of filming for the popular Australian television series, SeaChange. In the past decade Barwon Heads has become subject to what is colloquially known in some parts of Australia as the 'seachange effect'.

Since the SeaChange television series first aired in 1998 there has been a significant increase in tourism and real estate sales and development (both commercial and residential) in the area. This has resulted in a very substantial increase in property and land values, making the town an ideal location for property developers. Since then, the area has experienced a boom in tourist numbers during the summer months.' [Wikipedia] (1751)

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Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 21 July 2016

A very early start this morning. I drove down the Great Ocean Road in the dark to Aireys Inlet, a place I have visited many times. Below the Split Point Lighthouse is a large rock stack and a number of smaller ones. I have never been down to the bottom of the cliff at this spot so walked down the steep stairs to the beach and had one of the best mornings I can remember. The sky was totally overcast, so I didn't get any good sunlight, but the rock stacks were amazing and a tiny bit of pink showed through the clouds to help me out. This image is one of the smaller rock stacks, standing defiantly against the elements, although looking at the base, it isn't going to last a lot longer. (1750)

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Thirteenth Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 20 July 2016

These colourful rocks on Thirteenth Beach are the result of the late afternoon sun as it becomes warmer and softer and illuminates them. I love colour in my images, but this isn't always possible. It is why I shoot early in the morning or very late in the afternoon. I also love clouds in my images, and if these are colourful too, then I'm a happy and contented photographer. (1749)

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Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 19 July 2016

I normally love taking photographs of the early morning sky with pinks and deep oranges. When the sun pops above the horizon the colour disappears and the scene usually becomes very bright. Every now and then, instead of heading home, I am having such a good time that I keep shooting the beach in full light. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by how it turns out during the editing, just like this one today. (1748)

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Kilkunda, Victoria, Australia

Monday 18 July 2016

While photographing the beautiful trestle railway bridge at Kilkunda, I spotted these rocks nearby. There seems to be two different colours, with the grey and smoother rocks looking like someone had spilt a truck load of concrete on the beach. The brown rocks were sharper in appearance. I've often said that I'm not a geologist, but rocks do interest me, and they make a beach look far more interesting. (1747)

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Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 17 July 2016

A thick fog fell over Corio Bay, a real pea soup. The boats moored off Western Beach were almost completely obscured from view as I braved the cold and walked out to the end of the Griffin Gully pier. I was a little closer to the boats by this time and some of them were almost in view, while others were still very hard to see. I took a photo of these ghostly ships and hoped that there was enough light to make them visible. As you can see, only one of them was close enough to get a reasonable image, while the others are hard to make out. (1746)

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Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 16 July 2016

'One of Ballarat’s recent landmarks is this spectacular modern steel and glass angular structure at the Botanical Gardens designed by architect Peter Elliot and erected in 1995. The design was apparently inspired by folded paper and famous conservatories around the world and is based around a six 13 metre tall A frame bays prefabricated in Geelong and won the Victorian Architectural Steel Design Award for Buildings.' [] (1745)

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Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

Friday 15 July 2016

I was in Portarlington, visiting a client late one recent afternoon. Climbing back into my car for the drive home, I thought a visit down to the waterfront might be worthwhile. There is work being done on the pier with machinery in a fenced off section near the entrance, so the scene isn't all that photogenic. I walked to the end of the pier, spotted several fishermen (not catching anything!) and walked back towards the car. As I did, the sun was beginning to set and the sky became very colourful. It only lasted a few minutes, but long enough for me to fire off a few shots from the Canon. (1744)

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Winkipop, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 14 July 2016

If you go for a surf at Winkipop, this is the view you get as you descend the steps to the famous beach. Unfortunately for the surfers (not for me) on this day the sea was almost flat and the dots you can see out in the water are disappointed people. It beats me though, standing at the top of these steps and looking at the lack of waves below, why would you take the first step down? Wouldn't it be better, and warmer to go back to your car and drive home? I think surfers might be a little like fishermen, always hopeful that they will catch something soon! (1743)

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Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 13 July 2016

I'm still finding ways to shoot the Point Lonsdale pier. It is such a wonderful icon at the end of the Bellarine Peninsula and overlooking the 'Rip'. Most photos are taken either under or on it, and I have done both several times. I liked this one because of the four lights that are reflected in the water at intervals along the length of the structure. On the horizon you can see the lights of Queenscliff and on the extreme right you can just see the Mornington Peninsula, on the other side of the bay. (1742)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 12 July 2016

A short walk from Melbourne's CBD, across the Princess Bridge and you arrive at the Arts Precinct of the 'most liveable city' in the world. Hamer Hall is the building on the right. The spire is atop of the Arts Centre and beyond that is the National Gallery of Victoria. This is a great part of Melbourne to visit, and if possible, take in a show or see an exhibition. (1741)

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Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Monday 11 July 2016

At low tide, the beach at Point Lonsdale is exposed by the receding water to reveal an amazing array of succulents. I try to walk carefully across the covered rocks, mainly because they are slippery, but also because I don't like to damage the sea plants that tend to pop under my foot. I also have to watch out for the small rock pools too, as some of them are deeper than they appear. (1740)

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Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 10 July 2016

Walking along this beach at Eden, I could see the rain coming. The rising sun was catching the streaks of fine mist as it fell, turning the precipitation orange and pink. It was fortunate that there wasn't too much, so as to ruin my outing, and I was able to return home with a good bag full of images from this wonderful area. (1739)

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Geelong, Victoria, Australia,

Saturday 9 July 2016

'The term 'fog' is typically distinguished from the more generic term 'cloud' in that fog is low-lying, and the moisture in the fog is often generated locally (such as from a nearby body of water, like a lake or the ocean, or from nearby moist ground or marshes).

By definition, fog reduces visibility to less than 1 kilometre (0.62 mi), whereas mist causes lesser impairment of visibility.

For aviation purposes in the UK, a visibility of less than 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) but greater than 999 metres (3,278 ft) is considered to be mist if the relative humidity is 70% or greater; below 70%, haze is reported.' [Wikipedia] (1738)

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Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Friday 8 July 2016

I've been sitting here for awhile, wondering what to say about this image. I create a lot of beach scenes, as you know, particularly early in the morning, and I love it. Each one is unique … not only the location, but the clouds, the sunrise and the tides all contribute towards making each a one of a kind picture. So today, rather than give you a whole list of superlatives, I will let you decide what you think of the beach at Anglesea. (1737)

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Woods Point, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 7 July 2016

This old service station in Woods Point is a great reason to visit the little township. You have to be serious to get here, as it is in the middle of a long stretch of rough gravel road and a long way from the rest of civilization. But I made it there and very pleased that I did. The servo isn't used anymore and many of the original artefacts that used to adorn the building have been removed for safe keeping, unfortunately. (1736)

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Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 6 July 2016

On the beach at Point Impossible, close to the Thompson Creek mouth is this unusual rock formation. The thin ledge of rock has been undermined by the sea and is now sitting precariously above the sand. It will eventually break and fall, as have other pieces in the past. I enjoy seeing and photographing unusual structures like this. They make each beach unique and interesting. (1735)

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Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 5 July 2016

This little seat, overlooking the lake at Daylesford made me think about all those people who would have enjoyed this view. It is certainly very inviting and I'm sure that many people would have succumbed to the attractive vista. On my visit the lake had a mist hovering over the water that made it seem a little mysterious, but the solitude in the quiet of the early morning was wondrous and uplifting. (1734)

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Rye, Victoria, Australia

Monday 4 July 2016

'Rye is a seaside resort town, approximately 83 km south of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Its bay beach is popular with swimmers, fishermen, yachtsmen and kitesurfers. Its ocean beach (which is not patrolled) is also popular with surfers. Rye's summer carnival is located beside the pier carpark. The town is extremely popular during vacation periods, and has a varied selection of eating establishments.' [Wikipedia] (1733)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 3 July 2016

The top few floors of 258 Flinders Street in Melbourne provides an indication of the architectural beauty of this city at the end of the 1800's. The red bricks and the cream rendered features are far more ornate than todays buildings and must have taken considerably longer to build than the formed concrete that we see now. I love this type of photography, but it is getting harder to take with power lines, cars and people all conspiring to get in the way. (1732)

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Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 2 July 2016

A gorgeous sunrise over Port Philip Bay, In the background is the Queenscliff pier and on the horizon at the right of the image is the Sorrento ferry heading to this side of the bay. The rising sun created a wonderful pink tinge on the bottom of the clouds, while the high tide almost impeded my safe return to the car. (1731)

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Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Friday 1 July 2016

Seaweed as far as the eye could see. That is what I found when I visited Barwon Heads for a recent photoshoot. I personally prefer a white sandy beach, with reflections of the rising sun and clouds in the water, and the odd rock or two for interest. But getting past the feeling that there is litter everywhere, the seaweed provides it's own interest in this scene and enables me to show something different in my daily image. (1730)

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