THE SOUNDS OF THE FOREST

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 31 January 2018

I was lucky enough to visit Maits Rest again today. This is a wonderful part of the world, where a cold climate rain forest exists within a few kilometres of the ocean. With the exception of the noises from tourists discovering this amazing place, the sounds of the forest are wonderful and so restful. The well made paths and boardwalks make this an easy adventure and one well worth a stop when travelling along the Great Ocean Road. (2309)

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A BRIGHT SUN

Kennett River, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 30 January 2018

I'm not a great fan of overexposed photographs. I like the darker and moodier ones the best. But every now and then an image seems to be better with a bright sun in the background shinning across a low tide beach and highlighting wonderful rock formations with small pools of water in them, and a hint of green moss in the foreground to add colour the scene. Today's photo is one such image of an amazing location on the Great Ocean Road. (2308)

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SHEPHERDS WARNING

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 29 January 2018

I get a little excited when an unexpectedly great sunrise happens. We have had a heat wave down here in Geelong over the past few days, so I was a little worried about what sort of photoshoot I was going to get this morning. I knew the wind speed was really low, so that was going to be a bonus, but you never know what sort of cloud there is going to be until you arrive onsite. Being so hot, I thought that there mightn't be any cloud at all but I was wrong. Just before the sun popped over the horizon, the sky lit up with an amazing red and orange glow, just like it was on fire. Sitting here tonight editing this photo I am reminded of the old saying, 'red in the morning, shepherds warning', and sure enough it is now raining and the temperature has fallen by more than twenty degrees! (2307)

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WELL WORTH A VISIT

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 28 January 2018

One of Geelong's most enduring icons is Eastern Beach on Corio Bay. The large circular swimming enclosure dominates the precinct, along with its buildings. Built in the 1930's as part of a depression employment programme, it has since been refurbished back to its former glory. Further along Eastern Beach is the Royal Geelong Yacht Club (just on the horizon in this image) which is one of Australia's oldest boating clubs. The bollards in the foreground were made in the 1990's and along with the dozens of other ones along the foreshore depict various aspects of the City's past. Geelong's waterfront is amazing and well worth a visit if you are heading this way. (2306)

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DIVERSITY

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 27 January 2018

Red Rocks Beach is just a short walk from Point Addis along the Great Ocean Road. The beach gets its name from the unusual colours in some of the rocks at the base of the cliff. Most of the other rocks are just your garden variety brown or orange and the ones on the water line have lovely green moss on them. This diversity certainly makes for a happy photographer. (2305)

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VERY SECLUDED

Walkerville, Victoria, Australia

Friday 26 January 2018

A very secluded area, Walkerville is in Victoria's Gippsland region. There is only a small road into this lovely spot and as a result, the tourists haven't realised it is there. My visit was very early in the morning and the sun had yet to peer over the horizon, but the sky was wonderful so I took a few shots before heading off to Wilsons Promontory which wasn't far away. (2304)

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FERNS, AND MORE FERNS

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 25 January 2018

The sight of huge and thriving ferns at Maits Rest was one of its many attractions for me. I do love these amazing plants that grow out of the top, with the lower fronds eventually dying and leaving their base to form part of the woody trunk. These ones are surrounded by native trees and are highlighted by a small trickle of light that has made it to the forest floor. (2303)

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JUST AMAZING

Grassy Creek, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 24 January 2018

As I processed this image from my Grassy Creek photoshoot the colours began to pop, with the aqua and oranges in the foreground pool of water just amazing. The photo was taken just after sunrise so everything already has a warm sun filled appearance and the mist along the hills in the background provided a sharp contrast to the jagged water covered rocks at the front. (2302)

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WONDERFULLY AUSTRALIAN

Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 23 January 2018

This is the winding pathway into the Silverband Falls, near Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park. I love this kind of scene, with the beautiful eucalypt trees and stippled lighting that is wonderfully Australian. The falls didn't have very much water falling over the rock face, but the walk was great and the scenery even better. (2301)

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A METAPHOR FOR LIFE

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 22 January 2018

Griffin Gully is a quiet area of Corio Bay, frequented by fishermen and the occasional photographer. It is on the path from Eastern Beach to Rippleside which means that hundreds of walkers and cyclists hurry by this pier daily but very few take the time to detour and walk out to the end. If they did they would be taken by the tranquillity of this spot and marvel at the view across the water to the ever-changing Geelong Waterfront. It's possibly a metaphor for life, with most people too busy with their daily lives to stop and smell the roses. (2300)

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NOTHING TO SAY

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 21 January 2018

I'm sitting here trying to think what to say about today's photograph. Sometimes words don't come as quickly to me as the images do, but it is suffice to say that there are lots of rocks, a little water and a few fluffy clouds in this one. You might also notice that there are a number of seagulls in the shallow water in the background, although you have to look very closely. I do love the reflection of the sky in the foreground pool of water and the little tuft of green life on the rock in the centre. Other than that, I don't have anything much to say about this one! (2299)

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I'M GLAD THAT I DID

Blakeville, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 20 January 2018

It's not often you that you drive along a bush track in the middle of nowhere and come across a paddock of daffodils. On my drive back from a weekend at Trentham, in the Central Highlands of Victoria, that is exactly what happened to me. This splash of yellow across a paddock that would normally have a crop or at least some sheep grazing was different enough for me to stop and take a photo. I'm glad that I did! (2298)

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CERTAINLY WORTH IT

Kennett River, Victoria, Australia

Friday 19 January 2018

The long drive to Kennett River was certainly worth it. This is a wonderful little beach, that is probably a little far away for day trippers from Melbourne so is possibly a bit quieter than the dozens of other beaches that I had passed that morning. The sand is very clean and white and the rocks at one end make for an interesting aspect with tree covered hills surrounding the whole area. (2297)

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IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN FELLED

Trentham, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 18 January 2018

I love fallen trees, or perhaps I feel a little sorry for them. A once proud tree that has stood for more than 100 years in the forest but has fallen at the end of it's time to provide life to a number of mosses and other growths that use it's surface to live off. This tree at the Trentham Falls is very big and actually looks like it might have been felled, if you look closely at the base. For whatever reason, it has remained where it came down with much younger trees now growing around it. (2296)

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THE COLOURS STARTED TO POP

Kennett River, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 17 January 2018

I had a very early start this morning, up at 4am and left from home half an hour later. I made the journey down the Great Ocean Road to Kennett River. This is a tedious one and a half hour drive, along a winding road which is very scenic in the daylight, but just black at this time of the morning. The positive was that there was hardly any traffic to contend with and all of the tourists camped at each of the tourist destinations were still asleep. I made it to Kennett River a little early, but that allowed me to watch the early dawn and be on the beach when the colours started to pop. And I wasn't disappointed, with pinks and purples at the beginning and orange and yellows soon after. It didn't last long though, but I was there to capture it before heading back to Lorne for a well earned breakfast. (2295)

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DARKER THAN NORMAL

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Today's image is a little darker than my normal ones, but I think it still works. The sun had just begun to rise over Point Nepean, on the other side of the bay. The result is an almost silhouetted Point Lonsdale pier and a lovely red glow in the foreground water. A few rocks on the beach and the image is complete. (2294)

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I SHOULDN'T COMPLAIN

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 15 January 2018

This morning's sunrise was extremely disappointing. Heavy cloud covered much of the sky and the glimpse of colour in the sky lasted all of thirty seconds before disappearing and rain began to fall. I was standing outside of the rowing clubrooms on the banks of the Barwon River. I had hoped for lots of rowers, lots of sunshine and lots of photos, but none of these things happened. I really don't like having an unsuccessful photoshoot, but I guess my average has been pretty good to date, so I shouldn't complain. (2293)

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SOME WONDERFUL COLOUR

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Sunday 14 January 2018

The newly created Elizabeth Quay Island looks glorious in the early morning sun. The arches of the Elizabeth Quay Bridge can be seen behind the island and further behind is Kings Park. When I first saw this little island I loved the orange tiled roof on the building which provided some wonderful colour to the whole scene. On the island there are a number of sculptures and also a children's playground, so well worth the visit. (2292)

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OFF THE MAIN ROAD

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 13 January 2018

After leaving the Redwood Forest in the Otway Ranges, I drove towards Maits Rest along a winding dirt road. The short trip was lovely, with trees and ferns on hills and in gullies all the way. I don't think there was another car on the road for the whole trip so it was quiet and peaceful. Getting off the main road and exploring some of the less traveled tracks is a great way to see and find some of our natural treasures. (2291)

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LAPPING AT MY BOOTS

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Friday 12 January 2018

You can see why I don't generally go to beaches that have a high tide. The water seems determined to wet my feet and the rocks and other interesting aspects of low tide are not to be seen. In addition, it is near impossible to make my way along some of the beaches and get to the parts that are more rugged and photogenic. That said though, a great sunrise reflected over the white frothy waves that were lapping at my boots still produced a lovely image for today's post. (2290)

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A TOTALLY DIFFERENT STORY

Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 11 January 2018

On a very cold afternoon I stood here in the strong breeze to take a shot of the lovely sunset at Portarlington. Sometimes it is hard to convey exactly the feeling experienced when taking a photograph as this one could be of a warm late afternoon in summer instead of the middle of a cold winter. I guess it provides the viewer with a chance to put their own spin on the circumstances behind a scene and make a totally different story for themselves. (2289)

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IMAGINE MY EXCITEMENT

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 10 January 2018

I'm slightly drawn to images of soft golden grass, a possible throwback to my childhood living in the Wimmera region of Victoria. With the late afternoon light shining on it, there is a vibrancy and attraction that I find peaceful. I also love the sea with white top waves gently crashing onto wet sand, so imagine my excitement finding both the grass and sea in one scene! Here it is at Point Impossible, just south of Geelong. (2288)

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A LOVELY SUNRISE

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 9 January 2018

I left home just after 5am this morning and made my way down to Aireys Inlet. Initially it was still a bit dark but soon after 6 o'clock the sun peeked over. I really love this time of day and I enjoyed walking along the beach and capturing a number of images. The high tide made it a bit tricky and my feet only felt the angry waves twice, which I thought wasn't bad considering I kept trying to get closer to the water line for the best angle of this lovely sunrise. (2287)

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CONSTRUCTED BY CONVICTS

Richmond, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 8 January 2018

One of the earliest surviving bridges in Tasmania being completed in 1825, this bridge at Richmond is still in use today. It was originally named the Bigge's Bridge after the Royal Commissioner who recognised the need for a bridge in 1820. It was constructed by convicts from sandstone quarried at Butchers Hill and is now registered on the Australian National Heritage List. (2286)

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FRAME OF MIND

Thirteenth Beach, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 7 January 2018

Depending on my disposition, I sometimes love to process photographs that are dark and moody, particularly ones in forests and dense bushland or taken very early in the morning. Other times I am inclined to lean towards light, bright and radiant images like early sunsets over beaches. I guess it says something about my frame of mind at the time of deciding which photo to process for my daily post. Having had a few days of rest and time away from work, can you guess how I'm feeling today? (2285)

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CONTEMPLATION

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 6 January 2018

Normally I don't have people in my landscape photographs. I prefer to show a scene that is peaceful and without any suggestion of human life. But this young woman standing at a lookout contemplating life, or at least watching the sunrise over Torquay's Surf Beach was an exception. I think it still shows a peaceful scene and the orange light on the walkway railings from the sunrise gives the photo a uniqueness that wasn't there later in the day. (2284)

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PASSING THROUGH THE HEADS

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Friday 5 January 2018

This mornings photo expedition was to Point Lonsdale, at the end of the Bellarine Peninsula. I have been to this location a number of times before but each time come back with different types of images of this wonderful place. There is a lighthouse, a long pier and unusual rock formations within a few minutes walk from each other. Out to sea there is a dangerous passage of water called The Rip where ships come and go from Port Phillip Bay under the guidance of the local Pilots. As I took this image a container ship passed through the heads and photo bombed my shot. I took another when it was out of the way, but I think this one is more interesting although the ship is some distance away. (2283)

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MET ALL THE CONDITIONS

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 4 January 2018

I'm particularly fond of rock pools, water left behind when the tide recedes. Around these pools there are often areas of sand that show the effects of swirling water that cause the beach to ripple. The rocks are often covered in green moss or sea grasses and the part I like the most, the water is still and provides fantastic reflections of the sky. These rock pools at Torquay met all the conditions I demanded of them and the unusual clouds covering the sun completed an amazing image. (2282)

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JOURNEYS END

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 3 January 2018

This was the end of my walk along Addiscot Beach. A recent rockfall and a high tide both combined to end my journey along one of the Surf Coast's longest beaches. I must admit that I was slightly relieved to be able to turn around and walk the two kilometres back to my car, although I was a little curious to find out what was around this corner. Perhaps another expedition at low tide will reveal what I couldn't find out this time. (2281)

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HEAT RELIEF

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 2 January 2018

There is a heat wave coming this weekend and I'm guessing that the beach will be the place of refuge for a lot of holiday goers. This beach on Wilsons Promontory looks ideal for a spot of heat relief, with its lovely white sand and blue water. The ripples in the sand show where the little creek and the sea meet and the wet sand provides a reflection of the fluffy white clouds that filled the sky when I visited this lovely spot. (2280)

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RADIANT HEAT

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Monday 1 January 2018

At the beginning of a very hot day the sun rises over the front beach at Torquay and lights the sky and everything around it with radiant heat You can almost feel the warmth and definitely see it as this tree looks like it is on fire. Amazingly there were very few people at the beach just after six in the morning, but I'm sure that this scene would have been swarming with people keen to cool off in the bay later in the day. (2279)

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