Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 31 March 2018

First light, besides the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet. There is nothing better than this time of the day! The rhythmic waves touching the sand, the clean and crisp air, and on this occasion, a totally blue sky. The nearby rocks add some interesting aspect to the scene as the sun is reflected in the wet sand. An altogether idyllic morning. (2368)

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Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Friday 30 March 2018

Some of the trees at Maits Rest are very old. The cool climate rain forest is an amazing place to visit and I never tire of walking the paths and finding wonderful subjects to photograph. I love the moss that is growing at the base of this gnarly old tree and the huge tree ferns that are close by. I can't wait to return. (2367)

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Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 29 March 2018

You would think, having a huge expanse of beach, that seagulls would have plenty of space to stand while they wait for whatever they are waiting for. But no, the little rock on the left of this photo is covered in wall to wall seagulls! They were standing there watching me take photographs of them, although I was really more interested in the beautiful sunrise and the rock formations on the Point Lonsdale beach. (2366)

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Pyramid Rock, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 28 March 2018

On the walk along the track to the Pyramid Rock lookout, I glanced over my shoulder at the view along the coast, back towards Cape Woolamai. The late morning sun was shining on the water below, and the white puffy clouds appeared to be suspended in the lovely blue sky. Phillip Island is a wonderful place to visit and an even better place to photograph. (2365)

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Cowes, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 27 March 2018

I sat on the pier at Cowes and watched as the storm approached. The clouds were incredibly dark and the weather radar showed that there was a lot of rain coming my way. I quickly took as many photos as I could before scurrying back to the car. Rain drops began to fall as I opened the door of my Jeep and retreated inside before getting too wet. I love the technology we have at our finger tips today on our phones, particularly when it comes to getting wet! (2364)

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Smiths Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 26 March 2018

How beautiful is this sunrise over Smiths Beach, on Phillip Island? I walked along the beach just before sunrise and right on queue, the sky lit up with this beautiful colour. The beach was very flat, so I was able to walk out onto the wet sand and capture the wonderful reflections in the area wet from the receding waves. (2363)

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Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 25 March 2018

The waterfront at Geelong is very photogenic and the Cunningham Pier is one of the key features. When I visited recently, an amazing band of cloud was approaching Geelong just as the sun rose, and you can see it on the left of this image. I really love the reflections in the foreground water and the colourful stones just under the water. Sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time! (2362)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Melbourne is fortunate to have some wonderful gardens and recreational areas for it's people to use and enjoy. I was able to wander around the Queen Victoria Gardens last week and capture some lovely images, although the light was unfortunately a little lacklustre. There was still enough light though to make some beautiful reflections in this pond. (2358)

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Gibson Steps, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 20 March 2018

I don't often leave people in my images, mostly because I love to see nature without people in them, and also because I'm usually the only one onsite at the very early hours of the morning when I capture my shots. But the two photobombers in this photograph were left there so that I could show you the scale of these cliffs at the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. There are amazingly high, and can be quite dangerous to stand under, should some of the rocks fall, like the one in the foreground. There are signs everywhere telling people of this danger, but the two photobombers obviously didn't read them. (2357)

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Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Monday 19 March 2018

There are a number of small bridges on the walk around Maits Rest, a small rain forest in the Otway Ranges. This one, crossing a small creek can just be seen through the beautiful old trees and huge tree ferns that are abundant in the forest. The walk is idyllic and well worth the effort if you have time to stop when driving along the Great Ocean Road (2356)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 18 March 2018

Walking across the Princes Bridge in Melbourne, I noticed the rays of light coming from the clouds over the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The MCG is one of Melbourne's icons, as is the Yarra River below this bridge. I love this cast iron light pole with its details and the coat of arms picked out in gold, red and blue, it is really a beautiful bridge. (2355)

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Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 17 March 2018

The constant struggle between the sea and the land can be seen in today's photo. I make sure that I know what the tides are doing before venturing onto our beaches, because I don’t want to be a victim of this struggle. Sometimes when my weather app says that the tide should be receding, I still get wet up to my knees when an errant wave decides to attack me on the beach. But in all cases, I stay away from the rocks, where serious injuries can occur when waves are crashing. (2354)

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Kennett River, Victoria, Australia

Friday 16 March 2018

I think it has been well documented that I love an early morning photoshoot, and particularly being on one of the many beaches around my home town of Geelong. The early morning light and the crispness of the air seem to make the whole experience so enjoyable and the drive home after capturing a wonderful sunrise is great, knowing that I will have one or two gems to post on my website. (2353)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 15 March 2018

When I was a young kid, my parents took my siblings & I to Melbourne, a trip of some three hours from our Wimmera home. One of the things that my Mum wanted us to see, amongst many, was the floral clock in the Queen Victoria Gardens. This morning I thought that it would be good to revisit the attraction again, some fifty years later. The clock is still there, just below the Edward VII monument and it is still telling the time. As you can see, it was just after seven in the morning on an overcast and uninspiring sunrise, but I was happy to come back to a place that I fondly remember from years gone by. (2352)

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Docklands, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Here is another photograph from my Docklands series. The amazing white capped bollards dominate the water at one end of the quay and hide much of the reflection in this shot The buildings on the north side of the quay are all architecturally different, some are leaning at odd angles, and yet others clad in vibrant colours. This is a very interesting place to visit! (2351)

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Hill End, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 13 March 2018

The historic township of Hill End in New South Wales has some lovely old buildings, spread over a large area, with lots of empty areas in between where other more quickly built dwellings were constructed during the gold rush. Most of the temporary buildings haven't lasted the past one hundred and seventy-five years, but I did find this quaint little iron home on the outskirts of the town which could still even be used today. It mightn't be as old as the gold rush period, but it has certainly been here for a very long time. (2350)

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Rocky Point, Victoria, Australia

Monday 12 March 2018

Normally I would take the footprints in the sand out of my daily photo. Photoshop is so good for doing this simple task, but the light trail into the foreground seemed to highlight my inadvertent steps, and turned them into a feature. So I left them there. Hope you don't mind my sloppy editing, on this occasion? (2349)

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Docklands, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 11 March 2018

The street art at Docklands is amazing, as is the colours on some of the high-rise buildings, which were emphasised further with the early morning light. This art installations consist of four monoliths, each with different colours. The red one is just out of shot, but the green, yellow and blue ones seem right at home with their surrounding architecture. You can even walk through the blue one! Street art just seems to enhance its environment and make a community more inviting and loved. (2348)

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Silverband Falls, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 10 March 2018

The colours of the Australian bush can often be a little drab, with the dull olive green of the eucalypt foliage set against the pale bark of the tree trunks. But the presence of the early morning sun can make the whole scene glow and change the colours into lush gold and reds. Such was the case when I visited the Silverband Falls and walked the short dirt track from the carpark to the main attraction. This is the sort of scene that photographers hope for, but seldom witness. Thankfully, I did. (2347)

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Bancoora Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 9 March 2018

I'm not sure why, but I'm drawn to reflections in water, like this one on the beach at Bancoora. There is a rocky outcrop at one end of the beach that splits the beach into two. A small pool of water is trapped by the rocks and creates this wonderful reflection of the early morning sky, just for me! I hope you enjoy scenes like this too. (2346)

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Rocky Point, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 8 March 2018

Another early morning, another wet shoes and jeans event. I really love going to the beach in the early morning, but I hate having a rogue wave grab me around the ankles and try to take me and my camera out to sea! That said, I did get some wonderful photographs from my visit to Rocky Point at Jan Juc this morning, and really hope that you appreciate the lengths I go to so that I can get that perfect image for my daily post. (2345)

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Docklands, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Docklands in Melbourne is an amazing place, and has a diverse range of scenes to be photographed. This view is looking away from the city and towards the Bolte Bridge. I was very lucky that the water was so still and provided wonderful reflections of the sky on the morning I visited, and while there are no boats in this shot, I'm pretty sure this is where they would come if there weren't out at sea. (2344)

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Erskine Falls, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 6 March 2018

I took this photo a little time ago, but didn't process it, although I did post another similar image from the Erskine Falls near Lorne. I thought it might be interesting to see how my editing style has changed and if I was any better than back then. The previous image can be found at https://lynden.smugmug.com/Other/Portfolio/i-sGFCp9s/A and I would be interested to hear from you if you like the new version or the older one. (2343)

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Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Monday 5 March 2018

This was my second flight in a balloon, one that almost didn't happen. Balloon pilots don't like too much wind, and as the passengers stood in the dark at the proposed launch site, a number of pilots stood in a huddle, discussing the gusting wind and plotting their strategy. We all relocated to a second launch site and following more discussions between the pilots, it was decided that we could take to the air. The original flight path was going to be over the CBD of Melbourne, but because of the wind direction, we headed out over the Yarra Valley. As the sun rose, we were able to see the beautiful patchwork of farms and vineyards below and enjoy a trouble-free flight. (2342)

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Point Addis, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 March 2018

The wind was blowing a gale, the rain was beginning to fall and the sun just wouldn't show it's face, but the view was spectacular. This is Point Addis, near the start of the Great Ocean Road, looking back toward Bells Beach in the distance. You can see rain falling on the horizon and only the smallest patch of blue sky. One part of me was saying to put the camera away, and the other said, you are here now, you may as well take a few shots. I'm glad I did the later. (2341)

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Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 3 March 2018

I love the effect the ocean has on beaches, and in particular how the sea washes around rocks and creates puddles of water. What could be a boring sandy beach, becomes an interesting sculpture with the water making small streams towards the receding sea. The wet sand also provides lovely reflections of the sky and clouds. With a little green moss covering some of the rocks, the whole scene becomes worthy of a photographer's attention. (2340)

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Docklands, Victoria, Australia

Friday 2 March 2018

Today, I thought I would show you my weekend 'run-about' boat, the one I use when the bigger one is being cleaned. I wish! This beautiful vessel was berthed at Docklands when I visited in the early hours of the morning. The sun was beginning to rise over the city and although there wasn't much cloud, there was considerable colour in the sky. The lights were still on in the buildings and along the pier in front of me, and the reflections in the amazingly calm water were lovely. Times like this you wish you really did own the boat and could witness the view every morning. (2339)

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Little River, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 1 March 2018

The Rothwell Bridge, at Little River is a thirty-minute drive from home, so I set off early, hoping to capture a great sunrise over the historic structure. The bridge was built over Little River, on the Old Melbourne Road in 1866 and is still used on this major road today. I had a disappointing time, mostly because of the bleak cloud cover, but just when I was going to give up, there was a bit of pink in the sky that lasted less than two minutes to make the trip worthwhile. There isn't any water flowing under the bridge at the moment, but a small billabong on the downstream side provided some nice reflections of the sky. (2338)

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