PROTECTED FROM THE ELEMENTS

Snug, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 31 May 2018

I love the name of this little region of Tasmania, called Snug. I found an amazing little structure on the bay which houses three small rowboats. They are winched up under the roof when not used, so as to protect them from the elements. When I visited, it was the middle of the day, so not the best light for photography, but the water was very still and some clouds in the sky made for an interesting scene. (2429)

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DESOLATE

Edge of the World, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 30 May 2018

I'm standing at the Edge of the World, looking out across the sea at the approaching storm. There couldn't be a more desolate place in the world than here on the west coast of Tasmania. A previous storm had littered the beach with large pieces of wood and debris that gave the beach an even more forsaken feeling. I am however very grateful for having found this spot in the world, which has a beauty and uniqueness that is hard to put into words. (2428)

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WORTH THE EFFORT

Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 29 May 2018

I couldn't believe the flurry of activity at the boat ramp in Port Fairy. It was only just starting to become light, and there would have been more than 100 boats launched over a period of one hour. I was trying to capture the serenity of the river, and the boats moored alongside, while the boat ramp on the opposite bank was teaming with activity. I walked later along the other bank mid-morning and saw more boat trailers in one place than I've ever seen before. I hope the fishing that morning was worth the effort. (2427)

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LESS THAN DRAMATIC

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Monday 28 May 2018

I had a less than successful photographic expedition to Anglesea, a few days ago. Leaving home in the dark is always a gamble, not knowing if there is going to be too much cloud cover. As I arrived at my destination, I could tell that the sun was struggling to make an appearance as I walked across the sandbar at the end of the river and made it to the beach. The other problem was the high tide. I had known that this would be the case when I research my plan the night before, but the tide was particularly high, and I couldn't progress my walk past the rocks shown in this photo. It was interesting to see the erosion of the cliffs though, and the soft lighting created a pleasant, albeit less than dramatic scene. (2426)

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BETWEEN ME AND THE SUN

Rocky Point, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 27 May 2018

The amazing coastline along the Great Ocean Road constantly amazes me, with different types of beach at each spot along the way. At Rocky Point, as the name suggests, there are a number of small rock stacks that stand just off the beach and in this case, stand between me and the sun. I really love finding new places to visit, and capturing images like this. (2425)

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THE PATHFINDER

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 26 May 2018

'The Queen Victoria Gardens are Melbourne's memorial to Queen Victoria. Located on 4.8 hectares opposite the Victorian Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria.

Queen Victoria's reign started in 1837, two years after the initial European settlement of Melbourne, and upon her death in 1901 it was thought appropriate to declare an enduring monument to her reign. A memorial statue was commissioned from sculptor James White showing the Queen in ceremonial gowns casting her regal gaze across ornamental lakes, sweeping lawns and rose gardens to the Melbourne Arts Centre Spire and the city skyscrapers.

As well as the monuments to Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, the gardens are notable for their array of sculptures. These include The Pathfinder which manufactured in 1974 by John Robinson and details a bronze Olympic Hammer thrower in action.' [Wikipedia] (2424)

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TOO NICE

Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

Friday 25 May 2018

After I crossed the land bridge to Griffiths Island, I came across this small pond with low windswept greenery around it. It looked like this was might have been the site where bluestone was quarried to construct the lighthouse on the other side of the island, or used for various constructions around Port Fairy, in the very early days. The sun had just risen above the horizon and the scene was just too nice to walk past without taking a picture to share. (2423)

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THE EMERGING SUNRISE

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 24 May 2018

When I walked along the beach at Aireys Inlet, I came across a shallow cave that the elements had carved from the rocky cliff. While not at all deep, it did allow me to tentatively enter and take a few images back towards the sea, and the emerging sunrise. As I did, I noticed that someone else had been there and made a lovely little rock stack, that added nicely to the scene I was capturing. (2422)

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COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

Newtown, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 23 May 2018

I returned to the old Nimmons Trestle Bridge on the Ballarat to Skipton rail trail a week or two back. My previous visit was in 2013 with an early morning sky, but this time it was very late on an autumn afternoon. I walked down the track next to the bridge and found the Woady Yaloak Creek at the bottom which only had a small trickle of water in it. The golden light on the bridge and the abutment was fantastic at this time of the day, which provided me with a completely different scene from the previous visit. (2421)

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REPURPOSED

Docklands, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Some of the old 'wharfies' that used to work here would be horrified to see all of the luxury boats that are now moored at Docklands, on the fringe of Melbourne's CBD. Much has changed over the past thirty years, as high-rise apartments and hospitality businesses have claimed this once industrial area as their own. I am pleased that some of the old bollards that held up the former piers have been kept, albeit with white pointed caps, that now make them an art installation, instead of their once practical use. (2420)

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INTERESTING ARCHITECTURE

Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 21 May 2018

Queenstown, in Tasmania's west, is a very old mining town. While the mining activity might have subsided, the tourism aspect is very active. Of note is the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway that features a rack and pinion system for the steep mountain sections. The architecture of the town is also interesting with several old buildings, including the amazing Post Office shown here. I would recommend spending time in this very interesting spot if you are driving across to the west coast. (2419)

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NOT SPECTACULAR

Silverband Falls, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 20 May 2018

The almost dry river bed below Silverband Falls is strewn with rocks and other debris from earlier flows. I found this little puddle of water that was reflecting the sky and trees and thought it was interesting enough to take a photo of. I'm not so sure now, so let me know what you think. While not spectacular, it typifies the Australian landscape, that can be green and wet sometimes, and dry and parched at other times. (2418)

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THE PREVAILING WINDS

Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 19 May 2018

Some of the trees along the coastline, facing the southern ocean, must find it hard to exist, particularly from the savage winds that blow from that direction. This little tree, on the beach at Port Fairy shows great determination to survive, despite the obvious prevailing winds that have blown it off centre. It is a lovely image though, with the bent trunk and the water behind it providing an interesting scene, one not overlooked by me. (2417)

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A LITTLE CHEATED

Linton, Victoria, Australia

Friday 18 May 2018

I feel a little cheated this year, as it seemed that the extra long summer finished and winter abruptly started, without any real autumn in between. Luckily there is still some evidence of my favourite season, with the trees at Linton showing some beautiful colour, like the one in today's photograph. (2416)

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LIGHT & COLOURFUL

Kennett River, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 17 May 2018

Having posted a number of darker images over the past week or two, I thought a light and colourful one might be the go today. Taken a few months ago, when the weather was much warmer, this image comes from Kennett River, on the Great Ocean Road. Rocks at one end of the beach provide cracks and ponds for the frothy waves to congregate in as the sun begins to rise above the horizon. I had a really pleasant morning walking along this beach. (2415)

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THE BLUESTONE WALL

Griffiths Island, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 16 May 2018

When I visited Port Fairy a few weeks ago, I took a chartered boat out into the bay, then around this lovely little lighthouse, on Griffiths Island. It was very evident why the lighthouse was needed, with the rocky outcrop posing a danger to the shipping that was coming into the fishing village. There were signs that a lighthouse keeper's house had been constructed on the island, but had long since been removed, with the lighthouse now being fully automated. The unusual aspect to this lighthouse was the bluestone wall that had been constructed along one side of the path to the door, possibly to shelter the lighthouse keeper from the southerly elements. (2414)

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THE REVOLUTION

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 15 May 2018

The transformation of Little Malop Street into a wine and food destination for the people of Geelong continues. There is certainly a buzz in the air of this once dingy corner of our city, with people returning in droves to sample some of the best wine, food and live entertainment from our region. Geelong Cellar Door, situated at the entrance to the precinct is leading the revolution, and showcasing our regions fantastic wines. (2413)

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WELL WORTH THE EFFORT

Liffey Falls, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 14 May 2018

The beautiful Liffey Falls are located in Tasmania's north and are a series of stepped falls. When I visited recently, there hadn't been very much rain, so they weren't at their best, but there was evidence of the previous floods, that had caused huge amounts of debris to be washed into the river. The walk down to the bottom of the falls is very picturesque and well worth the effort. (2412)

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BEAUTIFUL IN THEIR OWN WAY

Derwent Bridge, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 13 May 2018

A lot of the west coast of Tasmania is wilderness, particularly in the south-west, but on the drive across the apple isle, there are a number of areas that are native grasslands. They are beautiful in their own way, and this might not come across in my images, but it was a peaceful area to stop the car and stretch my legs, and of course, take a photo or two. (2411)

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WAITING TO IMPROVE

Bancoora Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 12 May 2018

This looks like an inviting scene, a chance to visit the beach and go for an early morning swim. But the weather has turned very cold here, so the reality of going for a swim is quite different. Just the same, it is nice to look at a scene like this and think about next summer and wait for the weather to improve, while rugged up inside next to the heater. (2410)

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THIS WONDERFUL PLACE

Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria, Australia

Friday 11 May 2018

The lovely Loch Ard Gorge is one of my favourite places along the Great Ocean Road. It is secluded and very much overshadowed by the Twelve Apostles, the main tourist attraction which is just up the road. When you visit, there is a viewing platform at the top, and this gives you an understanding of the layout, but it isn't until you climb down the stairs and make your way to the beach, that you get to feel how special the site is. The gorge only has a small entrance to the sea, so there is very little wind, and the water is quite a bit calmer than outside. If you plan to drive down the Great Ocean Road, make sure you visit the Twelve Apostles, but also drive the few extra kilometres to this wonderful place. (2409)

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WHERE DOES IT ALL COME FROM?

Edge of the World, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 10 May 2018

Here I am again, standing at the Edge of the World, looking out to an incredibly angry sea and sky, while trying to dodge the rain. This amazing place is littered with all manner of things washed up by the sea, including large logs of wood. It makes you wonder where it all comes from, and in fact from which country. Winter has really hit us today, down here in the south-east of Australia, so I'm very pleased to be sitting in my studio, drinking tea and editing photos, including this one, and wondering when I will be brave enough to venture out on another photo expedition. (2408)

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EMERALD WATER

Stanley, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 9 May 2018

The lovely little township of Stanley, on Tasmania's northern coast, has amazing geological formations, including the 'Nut'. It is a small mountain that rises from the sea and the township is built around its base. A little further around the coast, I came across these amazing rocks that rise up out of the sea. It looks like lots of individual columns of rock, some of which are lying at odd angles to the water. The lovely emerald water at this location provided a great contrast to the black and brown rocks, while cows graze on the nearby green hills. (2407)

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A DREAM

Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 8 May 2018

I walked along the harbour at Port Fairy, just as the sun was rising. This is a lovely little fishing village, with all manner of boats moored near the mouth of the river. I particularly love the new street lamps that have been installed next to the restaurant and proposed fish and chip store that has recently been built. This is a wonderful tourist destination, and with a sunrise, like I witnessed, a photographers dream. (2406)

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THE LOOMING STORM

Cowes, Victoria, Australia

Monday 7 May 2018

I ventured down to the Cowes pier, very early in the morning. I was worried about the predicted storm that was approaching and checking the weather app on my phone, I could see the rain on the radar only a short distance away. After taking a few shots of the pier, I quickly walked along the beach until I came across this little spit of land. While not spectacular, I loved the serenity of this scene, with a relatively flat sea, but looming storm clouds in the distance. (2405)

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AUTUMN GLOW

Linton, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 6 May 2018

I received a message from a friend saying that the autumn colours in Linton were particularly beautiful at the moment. Having nothing planned for the day, I jumped in the car and headed up there this afternoon. It is almost an hour and a half drive, but was well worth the effort. A lovely avenue of honour from the first world war had been lined with oak trees and their leaves were beginning to turn. A lovely sunny autumn sun was also present, and it filtered through the green and yellow leaves to make the whole scene glow. (2404)

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UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL

Nelson Falls, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 5 May 2018

The Nelson Falls are situated in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, near the west coast of Tasmania. This is an unbelievably beautiful area, with an easy walk in from the Lyell Highway. It was my second visit to the falls, and still as an exciting experience for me as the first time. The Nelson River falls down some 30 metres over a number of terraces, and with a slow shutter speed, looks soft and surreal. I love the moss covered rocks at the bottom, where the water quickly continues down the river, winding through the park. (2403)

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CATCHING THE SUN

Rocky Point, Victoria, Australia

Friday 4 May 2018

Catching the early morning sun at the end of summer, this rocky outcrop looked like it was glowing. The coastline near Jan Juc is incredibly rugged and a joy to walk along. As you know, I love reflections in wet sand and this image is no exception. Usually, I love shooting into the sun, but every now and then, the view behind is just as good, as this photo shows. (2402)

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THE POPULAR STRIP

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 3 May 2018

If you haven't ventured down to Little Malop Street, in Geelong recently, then you will experience a quiet revolution, of sorts. The strip on the western side of Moorabool Street is being transformed into a Melbourne laneway style restaurant and cafe precinct, with live music at several of its venues. It is very popular with lunchtime workers and really comes alive in the evenings. The City Council has repaved the whole length of the street and installed overhead structures that will ultimately hold vines that have been planted. I really love this area of Geelong, which also adjoins the art precinct in James and Ryrie Streets. (2401)

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AMAZING COLOURS

Smiths Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 2 May 2018

How amazing are these rocks that I found at Smiths Beach? The colours don't seem real, with purple, orange, blue, black and white sections on every rock. The cliff is also a vibrant orange, which contrasts very well with the early morning sky. (2400)

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STANDING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

Edge of the World, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 1 May 2018

What would it be like to stand at the edge of the world? It could be scary, dangerous or even exhilarating. It has, of course, been done by a number of people, including myself when I visited the amazing beach on Tasmania's west coast, called Edge of the World, shown here in today's photo. A very stormy day with an extremely wild sea greeted me, and in between the showers of rain, I ventured down to the edge of the water, weaving between a huge amount of washed up logs and debris. I think this beach is aptly named, particularly on the day I was there, due to its remoteness and the incredibly rugged nature of the area. (2399)

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