A CONSPICUOUS FEATURE

Pomborneit, Victoria, Australia

Monday 24 April 2017

'Pomborneit is on the eastern edge of the Purrumbete pastoral run that was taken up by the Manifold brothers in 1838. (They took their flocks over the stoney rises, which were settled pastorally in 1844). A small settlement was already situated around a coach stopping place, which became the Pomborneit village. A school was opened in 1869 in a Presbyterian church. Pomborneit North’s school opened in 1886 and Pomborneit East’s school opened in 1924. Apart from the church, a general store, a railway station (1893) and a hall there was little else in the way of public buildings. The surrounding country, however, supported a population of nearly 500 people in 1911 on the numerous farms. A conspicuous feature of the farms is the stone walls that substitute for paddock fences, formed by clearing the stones to the perimeters and skilfully built as dry stone walling.' [victorianplaces.com.au] (2027)

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OCEANIC EMBAYMENT

Twofold Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 23 April 2017

'Twofold Bay is an open oceanic embayment that is located in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

The bay was named by George Bass, for its shape of two bights. The northern bight is called Calle Calle Bay; while the southern bight is known as Nullica Bay.

The bay is also known for the 'Killers of Eden', the killer whales which helped a group of whalers in their search for other whales. The best-known of these was Old Tom whose skeleton is preserved in Eden's local museum.' [Wikipedia] (2026)

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THE FIVE KILOMETRE STRIP

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Saturday 22 April 2017

'Ellis Beach is a locality in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. It lies on the Coral Sea. The five-kilometre strip of Ellis Beach is located 20 kilometres north of Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas, within the Cairns Region local government area.

From November to May, a stinger net patrolled by the club helps protect swimmers from marine 'stingers' (jellyfish species of Chironex and Irukandji) which inhabit the waters during those months. Ellis Beach features pumice stones along its beautiful shores.' [Wikipedia] (2025)

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OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 21 April 2017

'Professor Evan Walker’s name will be permanently linked with Melbourne’s Southbank precinct, with the site’s pedestrian bridge named in honour of the former planning minister.

The Southbank Pedestrian Bridge will now be known as Evan Walker Bridge, recognising the late Prof Walker’s role in creating the Southbank precinct.

'The renaming of this significant public feature is a fitting opportunity to acknowledge the man who initiated the transformation of Southbank,” Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said.

“Evan Walker was a highly regarded member of parliament, a visionary who protected what was important about our city but also had the foresight to identify opportunities to make Melbourne great.”' [melbourne.vic.gov.au] (2024)

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BENEFICIAL ECOLOGICAL ROLES

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 20 April 2017

'The Great Otway National Park is extremely rich in fungal diversity. Although hundreds of species of flora and fauna are listed in the Great Otway National Park Management Plan, there is only a single reference to fungi. The reference is to the fungal pathogen, Chalara australis that affects myrtle beech. However, the great majority of fungi in the Park perform beneficial ecological roles. In fact, most fungi perform positive rather than negative roles. Even parasitic fungi – often regarded only negatively – are a vital part of healthy ecosystems, regulating ecosystem functions.' [Wikipedia] (2023)

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A HANDFUL OF RESIDENTS

Hill End, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 19 April 2017

'Hill End is classified as a historical site by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), however it is still home to a handful of residents operating the local pub, general store, cake store and antique store. The NPWS runs a museum just off the main road which contains many original photos and items of equipment from the busy days of the gold rush. A more extensive museum, the privately owned History Hill, is located a few kilometers from the town on the Bathurst Road.

Currently only a handful of buildings remain in their original form. However most of those buildings still serve the purpose they did back during the gold rush.' [Wikipedia] (2022)

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GRASS CREEK

Grass Creek, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 18 April 2017

'Grass Creek (formerly Grassy Creek) runs through the west of Eastern View. The Black Stump Roadhouse and a caravan park were located there during the 1950s. The Christian Brothers later purchased 25 acres in the area, and established the Santa Monica Camp. The original camp was destroyed in the Ash Wednesday bushfires, but has since been rebuilt. A construction camp was built nearby at Point Castries (now Cinema Point) to accommodate workers building the Great Ocean Road.' [Wikipedia] (2021)

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THANKFULLY, NO DAMAGE

Grassy Creek, Victoria, Australia

Monday 17 April 2017

The biggest challenge with this shoot was getting to the beach. There isn’t a proper path from the road down, only a goat track created by eager surfers. It is so steep that I thought I would slip and end up at the bottom waiting to be rescued by the Westpac Emergency Helicopter. Although I slipped twice, it didn’t result in an accident, but climbing back up, I did slip again and ended up on my knees with my camera flung into the wet grass. Thankfully, no damage to the camera or me. (2020)

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AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 16 April 2017

'The former Geelong Post Office, designed by JH Marsden, and assisted by JH Brabin, of the Public Works Department, was built in 1889-90 by David Kinnaird. The two storey rendered brick building with an ornamental tower is prominently sited at the intersection of Ryrie and Gheringhap Streets. The clock and bell chimes were installed in the tower in 1911. The building represents the important function played by the post office in a large regional centre. It was the centre of the communications network for Geelong, and in 1912 was the location for the first automatic telephone exchange in the southern hemisphere, pioneering the development of this technology in Australia.' [vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au] (2019)

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SPECTACULAR SCENERY

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 15 April 2017

'The Prom is one of Victoria’s most-loved places. At the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, it offers spectacular scenery of huge granite mountains, open forest, rainforest, sweeping beaches and coastlines.

Great bushwalks extend from under an hour to over three days. Wilsons Promontory Lightstation is perched on a small peninsula jutting into the wild seas of Bass Strait.

The waters surrounding the Prom are protected as a marine national park and marine park and offer outstanding diving.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (2018)

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SUBSTANTIALLY INTACT

Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 14 April 2017

'Prior to 1910, James Stoddart entered into partnerships with Duncan MacFarlane and Charles Casimir. During this time James worked on many iconic Mudgee buildings, many of which are still standing today. In 1881 James was contracted to install the roof and joinery for the Mudgee Town Hall. As testimony to James' skill as a carpenter and joiner, this work remains substantially intact today.' [swdmudgee.com.au] (2017)

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SUPERIOR QUALITY

Parkes, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 13 April 2017

'It was one giant leap for mankind, and it was taken at 12.56 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Monday 21 July 1969.

Six hundred million people, or one fifth of mankind at the time, watched Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon. Three tracking stations were receiving the signals simultaneously. They were CSIRO's Parkes Radio Telescope, the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station outside Canberra, and NASA's Goldstone station in California.

The signals were relayed to Mission Control at Houston. During the first few minutes of the broadcast, NASA alternated between the signals from its two stations at Goldstone and Honeysuckle Creek, searching for the best quality images. When they switched to the Parkes pictures, they were of such superior quality, that NASA remained with the Parkes TV pictures for the remainder of the 2 1/2-hour telecast. [parkes.atnf.csiro.au] (2016)

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COLOUR PROGRESSION

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 12 April 2017

No two sunrises are the same. Depending on the time of the morning, the amount and type of cloud, and even the season, the colours in the sky can be different. The earliest morning colour is blue and this progresses through purple, pink, orange and then yellow as the sun rises higher in the sky. Some mornings the changing of colours occurs quickly, while on other occasions it seems to last much longer. Today's photo is nearing the end of the colour progression, with the sun well above the horizon and bathing the beach in a soft yellow glow. (2015)

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ENERGY FROM SUNLIGHT

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 11 April 2017

'Without sunlight, there could be no life on Earth. Plants need sunlight for the process of photosynthesis. During photosynthesis the plants use the energy of the sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide, to create glucose (sugar). The glucose can later be used by the plant for energy or animals eat the plant and the glucose in it. Plants need sunlight to grow green. Without enough sunlight but with enough water, the plant grows very tall very quickly, but looks yellow and dehydrated, although when touched, the leaves are very moist.' [Wikipedia] (2014)

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THE FLYING MACHINE

Avalon, Victoria, Australia

Monday 10 April 2017

'Starting life as a Pitts S-2S, Prometheus was modified to give Skip the airshow machine he wanted. This flying machine looks like a good old American hot rod. As the recipient of the 2013 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship and the 2015 Art Scholl Award, Skip Stewart has proven to be one of the most entertaining Airshow pilots in the world today, with over ten thousand hours of flying experience,.' [prometheusbiplane.com] (2013)

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EROSIONAL PROCESSES

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 9 April 2017

'In coastal areas in which the land surface dips at a relatively steep angle below the water table, the continuous action of marine waves on the coastline, known as abrasion, may create a steep declivity known as a cliff, the slope angle of which depends on a variety of factors including the jointing, bedding and hardness of the materials making up the cliff as well as the erosional processes themselves. The slope is constantly being eroded. The waves attacking the cliff-foot form a wave-cut notch by constant abrasion action producing an overhang. This overhang grows in size as the cliff is undercut, until it collapses under its own weight. As the coastal cliffs collapse, the shoreline recedes inland. The speed at which this happens depends, in particular, on the strength of the surf, the height of the cliff, the frequency of storm surges and the hardness of the bedrock.' [Wikipedia] (2012)

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INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 8 April 2017

'One of the earliest Broken Hill leases, Mineral Lease No. 39 was pegged in 1884 by Penglase and Carson. The Great Northern Junction Silver Company was registered in 1886. The site was worked almost continuously until 1972. Junction Mine is an important industrial archaeological site, showing the change in technology from steam to electric power.
The Mine Manager’s house, Browne’s Shaft, the concentration mill and other structures and ruins, all complete the picture of a traditional, self-contained 19th/20th century mining operation. ' [visitbrokenhill.com.au] (2011)

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THE MAGIC SHOW

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Friday 7 April 2017

The sun rising over waves is a magic experience, and one that I enjoy immensely. The air is clean but filled with the smell of salty water. The sounds of the waves continually lapping at the shoreline provide the soundtrack for the show that is unfolding. During the colder months, the bite of the temperature on the nose and cheeks makes one feel invigorated, especially when you go back to the warmer comfort of a car. The rays of sunlight that suddenly appear as the sun peeks over the horizon only last a few minutes, so being ready for it is the challenge for the keen photographer. No sooner does the sun appear, but it quickly climbs into the sky and the whole magic show begins to fade and disappear into the normal light of the day. (2010)

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THE FLY FISHERS

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 6 April 2017

'The Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute was the venue on the 19th August 1919 for a meeting convened by Mr. Victor Wastell, which resulted in the formation of the club, now known as the Ballarat Fly Fishers’ Club. Initially the Club was simply known as the “Fly Fishers’ Club”. During the early years the Club held its meetings at various venues, the Mechanics Institute, Mr.G.R.Valentine’s offices or members homes, but then settled to meeting at Misses Brazenor’s ” Alexandria ” Tearooms. In November 1990 the club lost a life member and former treasurer for many years in George Davenport, he bequeathed his boatshed on Lake Wendouree to the BFFC, a gesture typical of his generosity and the feeling he held for the club.' [ballaratflyfishers.org] (2009)

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THE RENDERED IMAGE

Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 5 April 2017

'A caricature is a rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way through sketching, pencil strokes, or through other artistic drawings.

In literature, a caricature is a description of a person using exaggeration of some characteristics and oversimplification of others. Caricatures can be insulting or complimentary and can serve a political purpose or be drawn solely for entertainment. Caricatures of politicians are commonly used in editorial cartoons, while caricatures of movie stars are often found in entertainment magazines.' [Wikipedia] (2008)

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THE WALK IN

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 4 April 2017

'Leaving from the little town of Forrest, Otway Eco Tours take you on our Dawn or Dusk canoe tour to discover Australia’s most elusive animal. Share some time with our unique 100 million year old egg laying mammal in its natural habitat. This is a rare chance to see Platypus in the wild. Lake Elizabeth is a is a remote mountain lake formed by a landslide and a beautiful place to spend some time searching for the Platypus.' [platypustours.net.au] (2007)

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LUCKY FOR ME

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Monday 3 April 2017

The end of daylight savings time has arrived, and suddenly I am required to get out of bed an hour earlier for my trips down to the coast. Being the first week of the earlier time, I decided this morning to visit a local beach, only ten minutes away at Torquay. My drive to location was filled with doubt, as I watched the sky light up without a cloud in sight, but I tried to remain positive saying to myself that it was at least better than a totally grey sky without any possibility of a colourful sunrise. As I left the car, and walked down the steps to the Torquay surf beach, I noticed a few clouds on the horizon and thought that there might be a good chance of getting an image or two. By the time the sun rose, there were clouds all over the sky and the sunrise was perfect. Lucky for me I didn’t abandon the trip when I was leaving home! (2006)

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THE GUARDIANS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 2 April 2017

'Walking along Southbank Promenade, on the southern bank of the Yarra River in the CBD, one can see two large sculptures, called ‘The Guardians’, outside the eastern end of the Crown Entertainment Complex. They are striking and colourful art works that immediately catch the eye and contribute to the appeal of the walk along the Promenade. These two large sculptures are carved from Italian statuary marble and clad with ceramic tiles. They were created in 1997 by the, then local, artist Simon Rigg.' [melbournedaily.blogspot.com.au] (2005)

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ICONIC LANDMARK

Mt Stirling, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 1 April 2017

'Perched atop Mt Stirling, Craig’s Hut takes in stunning views of the ranges. First built as a set for The Man From Snowy River film, the hut is now an iconic landmark and a symbol of Australia’s settler history.' [mansfieldmtbuller.com.au] (2004)

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