Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 31 May 2016

This beautiful sunrise unfolded before me as I walked along the Anglesea beach, just a week or two ago. The sky became 'over saturated' to the point where it looked like a madman had become heavy-handed with the image in Photoshop. Every time I think my photos might be looking a little unnatural, I remember these mornings, where mother nature pushes the saturation slider to the right, a little further than normal, and gets away with it in front of a select few of us that venture out so early. For everyone else, this photo will look like Lynden has overdone it again. (1699)

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Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Monday 30 May 2016

I had a lovely morning today. I took a short drive out to Queenscliff, at the end of the Bellarine Peninsula just before sunrise. By the time I had taken my camera out, placed it on the tripod, checked the lens for dirty marks and walked the short distance to the beach, the sun was just beginning to rise. The tide was a little higher than I would have liked but I walked around the head to where I could see the sun from the beach. And this is what I found. The sun had lit up the underside of the clouds in a beautiful pink colour, and this was partly reflected in the wet sand in the foreground and on the seawall. In the background you can see the Queenscliff pier and lifeboat shed, and over my right shoulder, out of view is the white lighthouse (Queenscliff has two lighthouses, a white one and a black one). I took a few more images, but this one best sums up my photographic experience today. (1698)

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Inverloch, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 29 May 2016

'Inverloch is a seaside town located in Victoria, Australia. It is located 143 kilometres (89 mi) south east of Melbourne at the mouth of Anderson Inlet, in the Bass Coast Shire. Known originally for the calm waters of Anderson Inlet, it is now also known for the discovery of Australia's first dinosaur bone and at the 2011 census it had a population of 4,960.

Inverloch is a popular tourist destination, particularly for swimming, kitesurfing and windsurfing at the calm waters of Anderson Inlet. Fishing and surfing are also popular.

The town was first named Andersons Inlet after Samuel Anderson, the first European to settle here. It was later renamed Inverloch after Loch Inver (Lake Entrance) in Scotland.' [Wikipedia] (1697)

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Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 28 May 2016

Eaglehawk Neck is a small town and natural gateway to the many attractions of the Tasman Peninsula, including the Port Arthur Historic Site.

The thin strip of land known as the Neck connects the Tasman Peninsula to the Forestier Peninsula. It's about 400 metres long and less than 30 metres wide at one point. This narrow entrance to the Tasman Peninsula was once guarded by the dog line, a line of dogs chained together to prevent convicts from escaping the notorious prison settlement at nearby Port Arthur. Many tried to escape, some succeeded and there's now a sculpture to mark this once brutal barricade.

There are shipwreck sites here too, but there's much more to this place than its dark and dangerous past. The Neck is also a natural geological wonder with striking rock formations like the Tessellated Pavement, and nearby Tasman's Arch, Blowhole and Devil's Kitchen. [discovertasmania.com.au] (1696)

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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 27 May 2016

'The Peafowl include two Asiatic bird species (the blue or Indian peafowl originally of India and Sri Lanka and the green peafowl of Myanmar, Indochina, and Java) and one African species (the Congo peafowl native only to the Congo Basin) of bird in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidae family, the pheasants and their allies, known for the male's piercing call and, among the Asiatic species, his extravagant eye-spotted tail covert feathers which he displays as part of a courtship ritual. The term peacock is properly reserved for the male; the female is known as a peahen, and the immature offspring are sometimes called peachicks.

The functions of the elaborate iridescent colouration and large 'train' of peacocks have been the subject of extensive scientific debate. Charles Darwin suggested they served to attract females, and the showy features of the males had evolved by sexual selection. More recently, Amotz Zahavi proposed in his handicap theory that these features acted as honest signals of the males' fitness, since less fit males would be disadvantaged by the difficulty of surviving with such large and conspicuous structures.' [Wikipedia] (1695)

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Sand Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 26 May 2016

A lovely rock on an even lovelier beach. Despite getting my feet wet capturing this image, I really enjoyed my visit to the Sand Gully Beach. At the end of visible coastline, you can see the Split Point Lighthouse, watching over the passing nautical traffic since 1891. The soft looking water resulting from a 3 second exposure contrasts well with the sharp rocks in the foreground, as does the orange cliffs against the blue water. (1694)

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Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 25 May 2016

I spend a lot of time taking photos of beaches with sand, sun and water. I love that type of image and will continue to chase it with the passion it deserves. But every now and then I find other treasurers, well away from the sand. The sun was setting when I visited Barwon Heads and as I walked back towards the car park I noticed the sun shinning through the grass bushes on the cliff. The light made the grass shine and look really soft. I don't think this is an 'epic' image, but I feel happy sharing it with the world. (1693)

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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 24 May 2016

'Cataract Gorge Reserve, or 'The Gorge' as the locals call it, is a unique natural formation within a two-minute drive of central Launceston - a rare natural phenomenon in any city.

In 15 minutes you can walk from the city centre along the banks of the Tamar River into 'The Gorge'.

From here you follow a pathway along the cliff face, originally built in the 1890s, looking down onto the South Esk River. The Kings Bridge over 'The Gorge' was floated into place in 1867. ' [launcestoncataractgorge.com.au] (1692)

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Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Monday 23 May 2016

This large rock looked a little out of place on the Anglesea beach when I visited yesterday morning. It seems to be made of different material to the other rocks, and definitely different to the cliffs nearby. It does however make a great prop for my image today and the beautiful colours in the morning sky show it off to perfection. I also love the ripples in the sand where the lapping waves have sculptured it. It still amazes me how puddles form around rocks resulting in reflections of the sky and of the rock. I really enjoyed my photo shoot on this beach and will show you more of the photos in the coming weeks. (1691)

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Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 22 May 2016

'Anglesea is a town in Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Great Ocean Road in the Surf Coast Shire local government area. At the 2011 Census, Anglesea had a population of 2,454 people .

Originally known as Swampy Creek, the area's name was changed to Anglesea River in 1884 when the township was established. A Post Office under that name opened on 16 April 1886 [2] and was renamed Anglesea in 1950.

There is a surge in population during the summer months, reaching a peak around Christmas and New Year's Eve, as many Melbourne residents arrive for the holiday season. Although the town's main beach usually has reasonable surfing conditions, many surfers opt for the beach known as 'Guvvo's', just west of town. Anglesea is also well-known locally for its regular riverbank markets, which are held by the river on Anglesea's main street, the Great Ocean Road.' [Wikipedia] (1690)

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Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 21 May 2016

I normally don't do sunsets, as a rule, preferring the brisk early morning shoots. But I broke with tradition tonight and raced out to Barwon Heads to see if I could capture a good sunset. I had already checked that the tide was almost out because I wanted to take a shot of the Bluff looking west towards the setting sun. You can only get around the Bluff when the tide is low so I clambered over the black & jagged rocks until I got everything in the viewfinder. And as luck would have it, the sun was in just the right place to give a great star burst across the whole scene. To the left of the Bluff is the Southern Ocean and to the right is the mouth of the Barwon River. (1689)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 20 May 2016

'The Melbourne Arts Precinct (also referred to as Ngargee, which is a Bunurong word for describing 'gathering for celebration') is a series of galleries, performing arts venues and spaces in Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. The precinct is situated less than 1 km from the Melbourne city centre in Southbank and is centred on, and near, St Kilda Road. It differs from the East End Theatre District in the city centre, as most of the galleries and venues in the precinct are publicly funded.' [Wikipedia] (1688)

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Lake Connewarre, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 19 May 2016

A late afternoon view of Lake Connewarre, on the outskirts of Geelong. This is a shallow stretch of water that is the sanctuary for large number of bird life. Around it's perimeter is farm land and this fence, or what was a fence provides evidence of the importance that the lake had to the local agriculture. The fence is now of no importance, other than to provide a foreground interest to a certain photographer. (1687)

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Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 18 May 2016

'The iconic red-and-white ships we know today as Spirit of Tasmania I and II were constructed in Finland in 1998 and operated for four years between Greece and Italy. These two monohull vessels replaced the original MV Spirit of Tasmania, making their dual maiden voyages across Bass Strait on 1 September, 2002. In 2015, the vessels underwent a major refurbishment, sporting fresh, modern interiors and stylish new facilities.' [spiritoftasmania.com.au] (1686)

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Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Near the mouth of the Barwon River the tides result in moored boats like this tinny being stranded on the bottom. A tinny is an Australian term for a small fishing boat with an aluminium hull. The bottom of the river is also interesting, looking more like a luna landscape. The sandworms have burrowed into the wet sand as the tide has receded. I watched a man with a hand pump trying to capture these worms for fishing bait while I was taking this shot. The mooring chain is entangled with seaweed and is discoloured from years of being submerged in the water. The lovely sunrise and the low tide both coincided to make an interesting scene. (1685)

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Powers Lookout, Victoria, Australia

Monday 16 May 2016

'Harry Power, last of Australia's infamous bushrangers, was captured at his hideout on 5 June 1870. Today it's a popular spot to visit both for the superb view of the King Valley 300 metres or so below and for its part in Australian bushranger history (and its connection with Ned Kelly, in particular).

Transported in 1840 at the age of 21 for theft, Power served his seven-year sentence and had no trouble with the law for 13 years. One day he was falsely accused of horse theft by a pair of drunken troopers, resulted in an exchange of gunshots, for which Power received a 10-year sentence. He had been released and gaoled again when he escaped from Pentridge Prison in 1869 when he was 50 years old and decided to become a bushranger.' [nedkellytouringroute.com.au] (1684)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 15 May 2016

'The current Sandridge Bridge was designed by the Victorian Railways Department and the contract let to David Munro & Co in 1886, the four track bridge opening for traffic in 1888. Constructed at a 33 degree angle to the river bank, it was one of the first railway structures in Melbourne to use steel girders rather than iron. On either side of the river the steel girders were supported by bluestone and brick buttresses, and on the south side the structure continued as a brickwork viaduct. The bridge was last used in 1987 with the conversion of the St Kilda and Port Melbourne railway lines to light rail.

In 2001 the State Government held an expressions of interest process for refurbishment of the bridge, seeking commercial ventures. The bridge was unveiled three days before the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. It included a new pedestrian and cycle path and public space, connecting a new Queensbridge Square at Southbank to Flinders Walk on the north bank.' [Wikipedia] (1683)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 14 May 2016

Titled 'Pig City Series' this is one of a number of street art works by Cezary Stulgis. It can be found in Roulette Lane in Melbourne's CBD.

'Born in Poland and currently based in Australia, Cezary Stulgis’ is a sculptor, painter and designer whose highly distinctive work fuses ‘next-level’ aesthetics with classical craftsmanship – a reflection of his artistic roots in the street art movement of the mid-eighties and formal training as a sculptor and painter at the renowned Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Poland.' [cezarystulgis.com] (1682)

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Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Friday 13 May 2016

A quiet and very peaceful image today. It is a view across the Barwon River, from the Barwon Heads side looking towards Ocean Grove. I love the lump of seaweed in the foreground and the interesting patterns on the river floor and the one fluffy cloud in the sky being reflected in the water. The sun hasn't made it to the horizon and the early morning light is lovely and soft. (1681)

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Sand Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 12 May 2016

The beautiful cliffs of Sand Gully Beach are already remarkably orange in appearance, and add the bright morning light and they almost glow. This section of the beach wasn't all that sandy, but interesting nonetheless. The lovely exposed sea grasses and succulents have grown on the rocky outcrop and provide a lovely foreground interest and complement the cliffs at the rear. (1680)

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Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 11 May 2016

These boats and yachts have a safe haven to moor in, just outside of Eden on New South Wales east coast. I love looking at boats and imagining owning one, and the exotic locations I could sail to. Then I think about the maintenance needed to keep it in good working order, and of course the cost of purchasing one, and I then quickly talk myself out of the expensive dream. Still, they are nice to look at on a lovely sunny morning as they bob up and down in the water. (1679)

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Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Today I have another shot of Geelong's beautiful Library and Heritage Centre. It is built next to the Art Gallery and overlooks Johnstone Park. Dubbed locally as 'The Dome', it is a five storey structure that has become a new landmark in the centre of the city. It is usually a bit tricky to photograph, because of trees, parked cars and people, but if you arrive at sunrise, all you have to contend with are garbage trucks. So here is my final image, sans the garbage truck and with a beautiful sunrise beginning to colour the eastern horizon. (1678)

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Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Monday 9 May 2016

Just outside of the lovely township of Queenscliff is Swan Bay. It isn't very deep and is a haven for water birds. Much of the shoreline is inaccessible and this is probably good for the wildlife. I was fortunate to visit on a recent expedition and arrived just before sunrise. Luckily, for me, the sky lit up beautifully just before the sun appeared over the horizon. The water was very still and the reflections were fantastic. This is one of the joys of an early morning photographer, and one I will not get sick of experiencing. (1677)

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Tidal River, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 8 May 2016

On the left hand side of this image is a number of bikes, left there by their owners who have gone exploring. On the right hand side you will be able to see these bike riders, high on the large rock that overlooks Tidal River. Besides loving this scene, I also liked the fact that these kids are having a great time in the outdoors, with no safety gear or protective parents, just doing what kids do best. It reminds me of my childhood when we would disappear for most of the day exploring on our bikes and only return home as the sun was setting. (1676)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 7 May 2016

'Southgate’s resident art sculpture “Ophelia” by artist Deborah Halpern has been re-located to the river promenade. For nearly 20 years “Ophelia”, had watched over the entrance to Southgate from her courtyard position at BearBrass. As part of Southgate’s redevelopment, “Ophelia” was temporarily taken back to the artist’s studio for restoration before being permanently relocated to a prominent riverside location, right out the front of Southgate’s main entrance. Once known as the face of Melbourne, “Ophelia” was inspired by the character from Hamlet, full of both love and sadness.' [melbournedaily.blogspot.com.au] (1675)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 6 May 2016

What a beautiful morning it was today. The sun was glorious and temperature very mild, for this time of the year. My trip to Melbourne was rewarded with a number of good images (I hope) and this is the first. I walked over the Princess Bridge from Flinders Street railway station and as I passed Hamer Hall, noticed the amazing patterns created by the sun reflecting off the windows of the round building. It almost felt like the sun was dancing and it certainly made me feel good. A bonus for me was the absence of people on the promenade although there were hundreds walking across the bridge. (1674)

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Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 5 May 2016

'The development of the telegraph network in Victoria and Australia, in 1854, was revolutionary in terms of communications.

An overland telegraph line had been built between Melbourne and Geelong by 1854, and the Tasmanian Government soon agreed to the commercial advantages of laying a communications submarine cable between the two colonies, via King Island.

The Cape’s Telegraph Station was built in 1859 and housed operators, their families and the telegraph operations rooms.' [lightstation.com] (1673)

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Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Not a very spectacular image today, just a peaceful beach scene at Point Roadknight. I do like the early morning light streaming in from the left and the fluffy clouds picking up colours from the sun. There is a bit of reflected cloud in the water and the sharp brown rocks add a small amount of interest in the foreground. As I said, not spectacular, but the more I look, the more I find to like. (1672)

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Mount Stirling, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Have you ever been up to Craig's Hut? You have to want to do it badly, and pretty much need a four wheel drive to make it to the top. But once you arrive, you will understand why the enthusiasts make such a deal out of the experience. Besides visiting the replica mountain cottage, you get to see an extraordinary view of Victoria's high country. My only regret is that I wasn't there for a sunset, so next time I will pack the tent and stay for a night. It will give me two great views, sunset and sunrise the next morning. (1671)

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Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 2 May 2016

This image turned out better than I thought. I had walked all the way around the bay, chasing the rising sun and then turn around and walked back. Almost back to the carpark I snapped these rocks (as you do when you have a camera handy!). The rocks were almost glowing in the warm sunrise and the clouds were a crazy pink. You can imagine what the view was like looking the other way into the sun. (1670)

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Ross, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 1 May 2016

'Ross Bridge is an historic bridge in the town of Ross in central Tasmania, Australia, completed in July 1836. It crosses the Macquarie River.

The sandstone bridge was constructed by convict labour, and is the third oldest bridge still in use in Australia. Commissioned by Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur, the bridge was designed by architect John Lee Archer, with the convict work team including two stonemasons, James Colbeck and Daniel Herbert, the latter being credited with the intricate carvings along both sides of the bridge. The bridge was registered on the Register of the National Estate in 1978.' [Wikipedia] (1669)

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