EVERY MORNING SHOULD BE LIKE THIS

Kennett River, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 15 November 2018

Today's photo is a little striking, with the sunrise turning various colours, from orange, yellow and also pink. It is being reflected in Kennett River, which is barely flowing as it carves a channel through the sandbank on the beach. There wasn't a single soul to be seen as I strolled along enjoying the light show and solitude. Every morning should be like this! (2597)

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SIGNIFICANT HISTORY

Mt Arapiles, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Mt Arapiles is significant in the history of exploration of the Wimmera Region by Major Mitchell. On 22 July 1836, Mitchell camped on the gentle slopes west of the Mount and the following day he climbed to the summit. Subsequently he made several sketches of the area and named several features. Several plaques in the Park commemorate the exploration. [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (2596)

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THE SWEEPING BEND

Murray River, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 13 November 2018

I've just arrived back from a trip to the Murray River near Echuca. This trip involved hiring a houseboat and travelling along the river as far as possible downstream, making sure not to go too far because the trip back against the strong current would take twice as long to make. Every now and then there was a spot in the winding river that looked wonderful and today's image is of one such location. The river flowed from the right-hand side, around the sweeping bend and down the left-hand side. Just before sunset, the water became very still and I was able to take a few images of the trees in the mirror surface. (2595)

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STILL VERY HAPPY

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 12 November 2018

You have to wonder why they called this place Red Rocks Beach? It was a bit difficult to get to, requiring this unfit photographer to have to walk a long way along a soft sandy beach to determine the answer to the naming question. At this point in the journey, I had to climb up a steep bluff because the beach disappeared but was rewarded with a magnificently rugged section of coastline that I'm guessing most people never see. The sun failed to appear due to the heavy cloud cover, but I was still very happy with my morning's haul of images. (2594)

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I HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN THE EXPERIENCE

Quantong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 11 November 2018

When I was a young child I remember an old black steam train travelling across this bridge, on it's way to Natimuk and then Mitre. I'm guessing that most kids love to see a train, and a steam train even more so, with smoke billowing out the stack, steam gushing from the pistons and the loud noise giving it a sense of excitement. I certainly haven't forgotten the experience, even though this particular line and the bridge have long since been abandoned. (2593)

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DRAMATIC CONTRAST

Liffey Falls, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 10 November 2018

Walking back along the track to the Liffey Falls I came across many fallen trees, some of which had blocked the track. Park rangers had chopped the portion that fell on the track but left the remainder on the forest floor to be used by the local flora and fauna. Moss has quickly claimed these trees as their new home and their vibrant green contrasts dramatically against the drab olive of the Australian landscape. Some rays of early sunlight have also enhanced the scene on this occasion. (2592)

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THE LITTLE LIGHTHOUSE

Griffiths Island, Victoria, Australia

Friday 9 November 2018

A lot of lighthouses are remote from civilisation, often on cliff tops and often very tall. Not so the little lighthouse on Griffiths Island which is almost a stones-throw from the lovely fishing village of Port Fairy. It guards the area near the entrance to the river where all of the boats are moored. It has a long history, as do most of the other lighthouses along the shipwreck coast of south-eastern Australia. (2591)

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THREE PEOPLE

Bancoora Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 8 November 2018

I don't often have people in my images, mostly because they tend to spoil the natural beauty of the scene I want to capture. But today's photo shows three people, two surfers and one fisherman. I nearly removed them but thought that they provided a little scale to the photo and perhaps a bit of interest to an otherwise lacklustre shot. (2590)

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AMAZING STREET ART

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 7 November 2018

There is some amazing street art in Melbourne, particularly in the laneways and back alleys of the city. I walked around the CBD searching as many of the narrow thoroughfares as I could find, but I'm sure I missed lots. As a result, you might find that I post several images of the better ones over the next few weeks. (2589)

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JUST AS REWARDING

Triplet Falls, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 6 November 2018

Sometimes the walk to a photographic destination can be as rewarding as the end goal. I find that walking through national parks can be very interesting, and generally easy to do because of the excellent walking tracks that have been constructed. These tracks give one time to look around and experience the beauty provided by nature and allow time to capture the images for sharing with others. Such is the case today. (2588)

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THE RIGHT TIME

Rocky Point, Victoria, Australia

Monday 5 November 2018

Between the blue hour and sunrise all sorts of colours light the sky. This image is an example of what can be found at the beach if you are there at the right time. The rugged rocks at Rocky Point are in dramatic contrast to the smooth sand that has been washed but the previous high tide, with one of the rocks glowing as it catches the first rays of sunlight. (2587)

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PEACEFUL NONETHELESS

Rothwell, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 November 2018

Not an epic photograph today, but a peaceful one nonetheless. The banks of Little River are not easy to access, due to the long grass and trees, but the reflections in the water were spectacular during my photo shoot. A few seconds of pink in the sky just topped off the morning, and the image. (2586)

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AFTER THE STORM

Mt Arapiles, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 3 November 2018

'Mount Arapiles is a rock formation that rises about 140 metres (460 ft) above the Wimmera plains. It is located west of the town of Natimuk and is part of the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park. Arapiles is a very popular destination for rock climbers due to the quantity and quality of climbs. It is one of the premier climbing sites in Australia along with the nearby Grampians. Although there are many hiking routes to the top, most ascentionists choose to free climb one of the thousands of vertical routes on the mountain. Since the advent of modern rock climbing, thousands of routes have been recorded.' [Wikipedia] (2585)

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SAILORS WARNING

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Friday 2 November 2018

I have visited the Point Lonsdale lighthouse and pier many times, and the experience is different every time. Mostly it is the lighting that is different, sometimes bright and colourful, other times dull and flat. Thankfully today's photo is the former, as the sun begins to rise, although the very dark cloud to the right of the image might very well prove the old saying that 'red in the morning, sailors warning'. (2584)

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THE ARDUOUS TREK

Gibson Steps, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 1 November 2018

The iconic Twelve Apostles near the end of the Great Ocean Road have been photographed 'to death' by the millions of tourists and photographers that visit the site. But a lesser photographed site is called Gibson Steps which is less than a kilometre before the popular destination. As the name suggests, there are a huge number of steps that lead a fit person down (and back up!) the cliff face to the beach below where one of the rock stacks are visible. My photo today doesn't show the scale of this rock stack, but it is huge, and making the arduous trek down to this beach was very rewarding. (2583)

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