Smiths Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Walking along Smiths Beach, on Phillip Island, I came across these amazing rock formations. They were black in appearance, unlike the red cliffs nearby and some of the rocks were column like in appearance. Like the one in the foreground of this image, which almost looks like a fist sticking up out of the beach, in a defiant salute to the elements who have not been successful in eroding it away. (2582)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 30 October 2018

I wandered around Melbourne's laneways for several hours, having a great time and taking a lot of photos. Croft Alley is one of my favourite lanes with the graffiti art amazing and vibrant. As I clicked away I was startled by a man on a scooter approaching from behind. I moved out of the way and wondered where he was going, as the lane was a dead-end. In less than ten seconds he came back again where I captured him before moving out of his way again. (2581)

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New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 29 October 2018

I was very fortunate to be able to stay in a little cottage on the banks of the River Derwent at New Norfolk. My morning photo expedition consisted of getting out of bed and wandering across the backyard of the property and setting up my tripod and camera. A little colour in the sky made the minimal effort very worthwhile. (2580)

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Turpins Falls, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 28 October 2018

Tree roots usually grow where water, minerals and oxygen are found in the soil but the roots in this image are exposed to the elements. The water from the Turpins Falls must have eroded the soil where this tree is growing and the roots now provide great foreground interest to my photograph. This is a lovely little waterfall, and the day I visited it was a very quiet and peaceful place to be. (2579)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 27 October 2018

As a landscape photographer, I'm not used to looking straight up for inspiration. However, walking along Little Collins Street in Melbourne I happened to see this amazing scene with the blue sky and fluffy clouds floating in between the converging lines of the multi-storied buildings. The clouds and neighbouring buildings were even being reflected in the glass cladding of the tall structures. While not my usual style of photography, it nonetheless fills my brief of providing a daily image for your enjoyment. (2578)

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Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 26 October 2018

Sometimes the sun hides from my photos, just around the corner of a cliff that is being lapped by the sea, inhibiting my desire to round the corner and capture the full sunrise. But that doesn't stop me, sun or no sun, I can still take a shot of the amazing beach at Addiscot, where these unusual rocks, covered in moss caught my attention. I do love having a gleaming sun in my beach shots, but just not this time! (2577)

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Sanatorium Lake, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 25 October 2018

Visiting Sanatorium Lake was an amazing experience. The morning was very cold and I rugged up for the short walk from the carpark to the lake. The manmade lake, built in the late 1800's isn't all that big, and it is now located in the middle of a nature reserve. The trees that surround the lake also provide a windbreak which results in a mirrored surface on the still water. I was fortunate to visit when there weren't many other people doing the same, so the experience was very tranquil and serene. (2576)

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Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 24 October 2018

'Hidden away in a dense inlet along the winding Mt Dandenong Tourist Road is the internationally renowned William Ricketts Sanctuary. The sanctuary is not only one the Dandenong’s more iconic experiences, but one of the most inspiring and tranquil places on the mountain.

A quiet gentleman who had spent much time living with aboriginal communities in central Australia, William Ricketts created the sanctuary as a place for quiet reflection and replenishing the spirit. ' [] (2575)

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Rocky Point, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Hiding behind this small rock stack I thought I would be safe from the aggressive sea. I had finished capturing a beautiful sunrise and was thinking about finding a nice café to have breakfast, so perhaps my mind was a little distracted. The sea decided to bring me back to reality and surrounded the rock and almost me as it gushed up the beach. I just managed to take this shot before having to scamper to higher ground. (2574)

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Boat Harbour Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 22 October 2018

On a heavily overcast day, a small patch of blue sky appeared and allowed the sun to light up part of the shoreline at Boat Harbour Beach. I really like the coloured rocks in this part of the world, and although there isn't much sand at this beach, the rocks provide a wonderful point of interest. (2573)

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Kyneton, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 21 October 2018

Kyneton railway station is located on the Bendigo line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the town of Kyneton, and opened on 25 April 1862. In August 1990, a number of sidings, crossovers, signal posts and the goods shed and goods platform track were abolished. The station was upgraded as part of the Regional Fast Rail project, with the platforms re-aligned, the manual interlocking frame and railway crossing gates decommissioned, and new remote controlled computer based signalling provided.' [Wikipedia] (2572)

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Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 20 October 2018

The Lockheed Constellation nicknamed 'Connie' visited the last Airshow at Avalon and was a hit with the public. I, like thousands of others, queued up for a look through the restored aeroplane and marvel at the technology from the 1940's. Even though it was cutting edge back then, I am pleased that air travel has improved enormously, although having to sit in 'cattle class' these days, I do sometimes wonder. I captured this photograph of the grand old lady as she headed for home. (2571)

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Wye River, Victoria, Australia

Friday 19 October 2018

Today's photo feels like a bright and colourful sunset shot. It is, in fact, a sunrise over the beach at Wye River, along the Great Ocean Road. What I really love about this image is the clouds reflected in the foreground water and the silhouetted foreshore that is also reflected in the wet sand. You can see that I'm very easily pleased! (2570)

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Lauriston Reservoir, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 18 October 2018

Springtime is always attractive, here in the south-east of Australia. The colours are amazing, and flowers like these Golden Wattles, which are incidentally Australia's floral emblem, are a great example. Each of our states also has a floral emblem, with Victoria's being a Pink Heath. I will try and find an example of this lovely plant in full bloom for a future daily photograph. (2569)

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The Crags, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 17 October 2018

The amazing rock formations at The Crags have to be seen to believed. This is a wild and windswept part of Australia's southern coast, with the next southernmost land being Antarctica. The rocks are rough and jagged and The Crags is an apt name of the area. I found the sea to be calm when I visited and showing beautiful emerald colours, which I love. (2568)

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Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Although the groynes on many beaches aren't natural, they still provide an interesting view, and this one is half buried, so it would appear to have been effective in retaining the beach. I particularly love the beach at Torquay, possibly because it's the closest to my home, and mostly because there is the surf side and also the main beach, just to provide me with two different types of seascape to photograph. (2567)

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Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

Monday 15 October 2018

Ronald Belford 'Bon' Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was an Australian singer and songwriter, best known for being the lead vocalist and lyricist of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980.

Scott was born in Forfar, Scotland, and spent his early years in Kirriemuir. He moved to Australia with his family in 1952 at the age of six, living in Melbourne for four years before settling in Fremantle, Western Australia. He performed in several bands including The Valentines and Fraternity before replacing Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC in 1974.' [Wikipedia] (2566)

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Liffey Falls, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 14 October 2018

I've often wondered why waterfalls attract people, what about them makes us want to walk hundreds of metres up and down steps just for a glimpse of some white water. I've concluded that there is a peaceful, almost hypnotic effect of watching a river cascade down a rock face, perhaps several times, until it reaches the bottom and hurriedly continues its journey. The softness that the water exhibits is also pleasing to the eye and the sound generally blocks out any other noise so that it becomes one's total focus. Well, that's what it means to me. (2565)

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Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 13 October 2018

It was one of those mornings when the clouds were positioned just right to catch the warm rays of a new morning sun. In the foreground is the orange coloured Moyne River which is making its way around the bend to the ocean. Mornings like this don't happen all that often, so I was really pleased that I was out and about to witness it. (2564)

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New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 12 October 2018

Just to the right of this peaceful image is a lovely B&B where I stayed for the night. It was a quiet and restful place to break my journey across Tasmania. Ironically, New Norfolk was where my three times grandparents met and were married in the early 1800's and they may have very well gazed upon this view too. (2563)

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Kennett River, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 11 October 2018

I'm often amazed by the patterns left in the sand from the wave action of the sea. This photo is a point in case, with lovely ripple marks in the sand left long after the tide has receded. The sun, low in the sky, really picks out the shapes nicely. (2562)

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Kyneton, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 10 October 2018

I have had a lot of trouble finding out the history of this dilapidated wooden bridge, just outside of Kyneton in Central Victoria. I know it is called the Windmill Bridge (there was a sign), named because of a large stone windmill on the neighbouring property (I'm guessing) and it must be well over one hundred years old. There is a new bridge next to it that all traffic now use, and just as well, as the deck and rails of the older bridge are totally beyond repair. It was a little sad to see such an important structure that served the local community for many decades, now being left to decay and fall apart. (2561)

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Turpins Falls, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 9 October 2018

The walk down to the bottom of the Turpin Falls was relatively easy, but only because it was almost straight down. I was however conscious of the fact that I would have to walk back up to the top after taking some shots of the beautiful falls. I did, in fact, get back to the top, although my fitness or the lack thereof was clear as I sat back in the car, my heart pounding from the unwanted exercise. (2560)

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Lauriston Reservoir, Victoria, Australia

Monday 8 October 2018

Just outside of Kyneton, there is an unusual reservoir. I say unusual because there is a wonderful and well-kept garden that is open to the public, that is covered in native plants and trees. It would appear that many locals visit this spot for picnics or fishing, or just for the tranquillity that the water and gardens provide. There is also an amazing concrete dam wall, build in the 1940's. Only a small amount of water was flowing over the curved wall face while I was there, but there was evidence, in the form of colourful stripes down the wall where the water had flowed at other times. This was a lovely place to visit, and one that I wasn't expecting to be so attractive. (2559)

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Rowsley, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 7 October 2018

One thing led to another, with a small detour to find a paddock of very colourful canola resulting in a wonderful morning of discovery. At one point I found myself on the unusually named 'Dog Trap Gully Road' which passed through this intersection. The sight of the road dipping down into the gully and back up the other side looked interesting enough to take a photo of, and as is often the case, the photo doesn't necessarily convey the amazing feeling of isolation, quiet and uniqueness of this previously unknown (to me) spot. Detours off the main road can often lead to lovely discoveries. (2558)

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Edge of the World, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 6 October 2018

All the driftwood from around the world must end up at the Edge of the World. This aptly named spot on the west coast of Tasmania is littered with this lovely weathered timber and coupled with the equally battered coastline and an approaching storm, really made for a great photographic experience. (2557)

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Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

Friday 5 October 2018

The early morning glow across Griffiths Island was glorious and well worth the early morning rise. The authorities have built a number of stone walls on the Moyne River and western sides of the island, to keep the sea at bay, and these stones really glowed in the golden light. The clouds were also amazing on this morning and possibly stole the show, for me, being a bit of a sucker for spectacular clouds. (2556)

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Rothwell, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 4 October 2018

The Rothwell Bridge over the Little River at Rothwell was erected as a double span segmental arched stone structure in 1866-67 from designs prepared by the Shire of Wyndham Engineer, John Baxter. Clement Nash was the contractor. The bridge and approaches were partially destroyed by flood in September 1880, and PE Nolan, Shire of Wyndham Engineer, designed the present segmental arch bridge from spans, apparently reconstructing the original section and widening the approaches. Rothwell bridge has been by-passed by the modern Melbourne-Geelong Rd, however it is still in use as a road bridge.' [] (2555)

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Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 3 October 2018

These three little planes were incredibly hard to capture, particularly in the one image. As you would expect from stunt planes, they moved very fast and all in different directions. It was impossible to see them flying in a straight direction, in fact, their pilot's heads were every which way but up! Here they look like an accident waiting to happen, but that is thankfully the illusion created by my long lens. (2554)

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Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 2 October 2018

This is another view of the boardwalk that wanders through the Maits Rest rainforest. I've mentioned a number of times how attractive this spot is, in the Otway Ranges of Victoria, and for good reason. It is one of my favourite places to visit and take visitors to. (2553)

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Grassy Creek, Victoria, Australia

Monday 1 October 2018

Yesterday I lamented the lack of sunshine in my early morning photograph, so today I am posting a very bright image. It might even be too bright but it really was like this when I climbed down to the Grassy Creek beach. A number of surfers were in the very cold water, trying to catch a good wave, while I clambered over the wet volcanic rocks trying to capture a great photo. (2552)

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