WELL WORTH A LOOK

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 31 July 2017

I found myself on Pirates Beach in the middle of the day, without my trusted tripod and no opportunity to come back anytime soon. So I took this photo, handheld, against my better judgement and hoped for the best. It isn't as crisp as I would have liked, but not so bad that I wouldn't share it with you. This is a magical place and well worth the drive from Hobart to see. (2125)

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AUSTRALIA'S MOST EUROPEAN CITY

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 30 July 2017

'The architecture of Melbourne, the second most populous city in Australia, is characterised by an extensive juxtaposition of old and new architecture. The city is noted for preserving a significant amount of Victorian architecture and has some of the largest in the country. Additionally, it features a vast array of modern architecture, with around 60 skyscrapers over 100 m in the city centre which have deliberately been set back from thoroughfares and streets to preserve historic architecture—leading to the title of Australia's most European city.' [Wikipedia] (2124)

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SEAWALLS

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 29 July 2017

'A seawall (or sea wall) is a form of coastal defence constructed where the sea, and associated coastal processes, impact directly upon the landforms of the coast. The purpose of a sea wall is to protect areas of human habitation, conservation and leisure activities from the action of tides, waves, or tsunamis. The many types of sea wall in use today reflect both the varying physical forces they are designed to withstand, and location specific aspects, such as local climate, coastal position, wave regime, and value of landform.' [Wikipedia] (2123)

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THE MORNING LIGHT

Echuca, Victoria, Australia

Friday 28 July 2017

Two steam powered paddle wheelers tie up against the bank of the Murray River overnight. Interestingly, they are moored on the Victorian side of the river, with the actual river belonging to the State of New South Wales. As the morning light begins to break through the fog and trees lining the river, the river will once again spring into life, including both native wildlife and river vessels. (2122)

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A SOCIAL ACTIVIST

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Thursday 27 July 2017

'Bessie Mabel Rischbieth, OBE (née Earle; 16 October 1874 – 13 March 1967) was an influential and early Australian feminist and social activist. Rischbieth promoted a Citizens Committee for the Preservation of Kings Park and the Swan River and successfully prevented an olympic swimming pool being built for the 1962 Empire Games in Kings Park. During construction of the Narrows Bridge, Rischbieth, almost ninety years old, symbolically attempted to block it by entering the river ahead of the bulldozers. This was published in the West Australian newspaper and succeeded in generating public discussion of development, although it failed to stop land reclamation of the Perth foreshore.' [Wikipedia] (2121)

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CHINESE TRIBUTE GARDENS

Young, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 26 July 2017

'The Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Gardens are located at the Chinaman's Dam reserve just four kilometres from the town centre. After crossing the bridge to the garden and passing the marble lion sculptures guarding the garden entrance, make your way to the garden viewing platform and sit and relax overlooking the garden and the Pool of Tranquillity.

The development of the gardens began in 1992 and was established to recognise the contribution of the Chinese community to the settlement of Young in the 1860s, and to the ongoing contributions of the Chinese community to Australia as a Nation.' [visitnsw.com] (2120)

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SUN AND SURF

Grassy Creek, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 25 July 2017

“Eastern View is a small coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Eastern View was a remote coastal area prior to the construction of the Great Ocean Road, which was opened to Eastern View, albeit in the form of a narrow gravel track, in March 1922. Only four houses were located in the area in 1924; a fifth was later extended and granted a liquor license as the Eastern View Hotel in 1927. The Great Ocean Road Arch, which is located within the town, is a prominent landmark of the Great Ocean Road, and marks its official gateway. It was first opened in 1939, and has been rebuilt three times. Grass Creek (formerly Grassy Creek) runs through the west of the town.” [Wikipedia] (2119)

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THE SANDHILL

Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 24 July 2017

'The Perry Sandhills are located 6 km west of Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia, on the old Renmark Road, near the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers.

The sandhill cover an area of approximately 160 hectares (400 acres), and have been formed over the past 40,000 years by wind erosion. They are continually shifting due to the wind. As the sands move, evidence is periodically uncovered of prehistoric animals and Aboriginal use of the Sandhill area.' [Wikipedia] (2118)

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CALM AND PICTURESQUE

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 23 July 2017

How good is a lighthouse and a sunrise in the one image! The tide was out when I visited, leaving pools of water surrounded by plump water filled succulents. This calm and picturesque image belies how perilous this part of Victoria's coastline is, with 'The Rip' being one of the worlds most treacherous navigable passages. Thankfully the lighthouse and the local Port Phillip Sea Pilots have safely guided thousands of ships past this point since the mid 1800's. (2117)

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AMAZING SPECTACULAR

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 22 July 2017

I’m constantly amazed at how different every beach sunrise is, even at the same location. Depending on the time of year, the amount and density of the cloud cover and the reflections created by tide levels, the whole scene can be different. Even on the same morning, the colours change from blue at the first hint of sunrise, through to pink, red and even gold as the sun rises above the horizon. If you aren’t a morning person, you might be pleasantly surprised by an early morning trip to your local beach to see this amazing natural spectacular.
(2116)

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MEETING OF THE WATERS

Echuca, Victoria, Australia

Friday 21 July 2017

'Echuca, an Aboriginal name meaning 'Meeting of the Waters', is indicative of the role rivers have played in the town's existence. Echuca is situated close to the junction of the Goulburn, Campaspe, and Murray Rivers. Its position at the closest point of the Murray to Melbourne contributed to its development as a thriving river port city during the 19th century.' [Wikipedia] (2115)

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THE WALK IN

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 20 July 2017

'Head to Lake Elizabeth hidden deep in the Otways and discover its inspiring beauty with heavily timbered flanks and calm waters punctuated by the trunks of dead trees, drowned when the valley was flooded more than 50 years ago to form this 'perched lake'. The elusive platypus can be found in the waters of the lake - wake up early or head to Lake Elizabeth at dusk to catch a glimpse of these shy Australian natives.

The campground sits on the bank of the east branch of the Barwon River sheltered by tall Eucalypts trees. A scenic 20 minute walk takes you to Lake Elizabeth.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (2114)

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I KEPT ON GOING

Pastoria, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 19 July 2017

I recently found myself driving past the end of a sealed road and heading into the hills on a gravel track. The morning was incredibly foggy, and the car was heading in the general direction, so I kept on going. My adventure turned out to be wonderful as I wound around and over hills, then past a pile of large boulders. I stopped and took this photo, along with a few others and was grateful to my car's navigation system for showing me an area of Victoria that I hadn't known existed. (2113)

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ELIZABETH QUAY BRIDGE

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Tuesday 18 July 2017

'The 20-metre high suspension bridge is open to pedestrians and cyclists and is an iconic architectural feature of the quay. The bridge forms part of the popular 'bridges' recreational route along the Swan River and provides a link between the promenades, the island and Barrack Street Jetty. Offering spectacular views towards the river and back to the city the bridge is a popular photo point for tourists and locals alike.' [mra.wa.gov.au] (2112)

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UNUSUAL SHAPES

Wye River, Victoria, Australia

Monday 17 July 2017

At eastern end of the beach at Wye River, there is a massive outcrop of rocks. They are amazing in their formation and surface appearance. Small pools of water are created by the receding tide in some of the near perfect round shapes. White sand surrounds the rocks and provides a smooth contrast to the unusual shapes of the once lava flows. (2111)

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TILTING

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Sunday 16 July 2017

'Palm Cove is located in Far North Queensland and is on the coast of Australia. It is guarded from the South Pacific Ocean by the Great Barrier Reef. Palm Cove is completely surrounded by the Daintree Tropical Rainforest and is close to Daintree National Park. Since Palm Cove is located in a tropical climate, the average summer temperature is between 24 and 33 degrees Celsius; average winter temperature is between 14 and 26 degrees Celsius' [Wikipedia] (2110)

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DOESN'T MATCH THE DESCRIPTION

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 15 July 2017

Wikipedia describes a gulch as 'In xeric lands, a gulch is a deep V-shaped valley formed by erosion. It may contain a small stream or dry creek bed and is usually larger in size than a gully. Sudden intense rainfall upstream may produce flash floods in the bed of the gulch.' The beach just south of Anglesea also bears this name, but doesn't in any way resemble the Wikipedia definition. (2109)

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THE RENOVATOR'S DELIGHT

Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

Friday 14 July 2017

On the outskirts of Portarlington is this old farm house and out buildings. It's what you might call a 'renovators delight' or a 'fixer upper' although I think it might be too far gone for any future use. It is however a great subject for photographers like myself, with the daffodils in the foreground adding just a little extra. (2108)

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VERY DIFFERENT

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Thursday 13 July 2017

Creating a photographic image is an interesting process, and one that tends to take on a life of it's own. Taking the original photo is of course important, and making the subject interesting for others is important, but I find the editing process to be where the magic takes place. I usually go through an initial phase of straightening and cropping, because I'm a bit ocd in this regard. But then the creative process takes over and I find that the image starts to control me and dictates what needs to be changed or enhanced. As a result, the final piece of art can sometimes be very different from the original image I envisaged. Such is the case with today's image, which I'm not sure whether I like or not, but is certainly very different from anything else I have done. (2107)

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THE WINDING GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Big Hill, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 12 July 2017

'The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial.' [Wikipedia] (2106)

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GOLDEN

Grassy Creek, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 11 July 2017

A golden sunrise over the lava flows at the mouth of Grassy Creek. You can see, if you look closely, at least one surfer but there were more than a dozen onsite when I visited this very attractive site. Despite nearly killing myself getting down to this beach, the surfers all seemed to descend the steep and treacherous track with a surfboard under one arm, with complete ease. (2105)

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DAY DREAM

Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia

Monday 10 July 2017

On these cold winters days, mid way through our coldest season, it is nice to look at an image of a warmer place. You can imagine wading into this green and blue water, with the sun warming your back and then reaching the deeper parts where a swim would be a great way to cool off ... then snap, I'm back in the cold of reality with rain on the roof, the heater turned up high and lots of work still to do. It was nice to day dream for a little while. (2104)

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GLORIOUS GLOW

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 9 July 2017

Yet another glorious sunrise over the Torquay Surf Beach. Clouds hide most of the sky, but break just enough to let the morning sun through, giving the whole scene a golden glow. A handful of people were walking along the shore and also enjoying the experience as I posed the rock in the foreground for my image today. (2103)

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SMOKE AND FOG

Echuca, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 8 July 2017

A recent visit to the Port of Echuca on the Murray River coincided with a foggy morning. A small paddle steamer appeared around the bend in the river and headed towards me, and the port. Smoke from the boiler fire mixed with the last remnants of the fog and made the river appear mystical in the breathless air. It was a wonderful sight, and capped off an enjoyable time in this historic township. (2102)

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PEACEFUL

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Friday 7 July 2017

The walk through Melba Gully is delightful, with a winding track that weaves through the trees and ferns that make this spot in the Otways unique. It is hard to convey in a photograph how beautiful it is, and how peaceful. It is a lovely way to recharge your batteries, away from the hustle and bustle of life. (2101)

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A NEW PAINT JOB

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 6 July 2017

This former VW Beatle could have been painted by Jackson Pollock or Pro Hart. It sits abandoned on the edge of the outback, in the former gold mining town of Silverton. I don't know if it was abandoned before it had a new paint job or it was abandoned because of the paint work. Either way, it provides a good photographic interest when the sun beats down in the middle of the day with light that is too bright to capture a good image. (2100)

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VOLCANISM

Grassy Creek, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 5 July 2017

'There is an area of extensive volcanism in central and southwestern Victoria, where there are numerous volcanoes and volcanic lakes. The Western Victorian Volcanic Plains are the third largest in the world after the Deccan in western India, and the Snake River Plateau in Idaho, United States. The most recent volcanic activity was at Mt Eccles, which last erupted a few thousand years ago, making it an active volcanic region. Large basaltic lava flows are present on the western side of Melbourne and in the southwest of the state.' [Wikipedia] (2099)

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A MAGICAL PLACE

Bay of Islands, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 4 July 2017

A magical place on the Great Ocean Road, just a little further west of the Twelve Apostles is the Bay of Islands. There are, as the name implies many islands and rock stacks dotted around the bay and the scenery is spectacular. The water is very green and the cliffs range in colour from white to burnt orange. All in all, a great place that I must visit again in the very early hours when the light will be even more spectacular. (2098)

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WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA

Wye River, Victoria, Australia

Monday 3 July 2017

'Situated some 155 km west of Melbourne, on the Otway Coast part of the scenic Great Ocean Road, the Wye River township is a popular tourist destination. On Christmas Day 2015 on the town's darkest day in history a bushfire destroyed at least 98 homes in the town. At nearby Separation Creek another 18 homes were destroyed. No lives were lost at either town.' [Wikipedia] (2097)

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SELF PORTRAIT

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 2 July 2017

I was just finishing up a photoshoot of the wonderful Geelong Library 'The Dome' building when I walked past this huge stainless steel ball at the front entrance. The eastern sky was still pink and bright so I took this quick snap resulting in a distorted image of the library and the state government office building on the opposite side of the road. I also managed a self portrait in the process (2096)

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ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY FOOTBRIDGE

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Saturday 1 July 2017

'The footbridge connects Victoria Drive, at the rear of University of Adelaide, with University Oval, War Memorial Drive. The bridge was conceived in 1928 by an engineering undergraduate at the university and funded with a £26,000 grant from Adelaide City Council. It was designed by university staff under the supervision of Robert Chapman, chief engineer of the South Australian Railways. Construction was delayed until 1937 due to the economic effects of the Great Depression. The bridge has an arch spanning 46 metres, 6.1 metres over the river, and was the first welded bridge in South Australia.' [Wikipedia] (2095)

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