A LOVELY SPOT

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 23 July 2016

A peaceful little image today, as we ease into the weekend. This spot at Point Impossible is very flat and the waves flow across the sand for a long way. There are beautiful patterns in the sand, while the morning light catches small pools of water and makes them glow. A lovely spot to stand and gaze off into the distance and unwind. (1752)

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SEA CHANGE

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Friday 22 July 2016

'During the late 1990s, Barwon Heads was the primary location of filming for the popular Australian television series, SeaChange. In the past decade Barwon Heads has become subject to what is colloquially known in some parts of Australia as the 'seachange effect'.

Since the SeaChange television series first aired in 1998 there has been a significant increase in tourism and real estate sales and development (both commercial and residential) in the area. This has resulted in a very substantial increase in property and land values, making the town an ideal location for property developers. Since then, the area has experienced a boom in tourist numbers during the summer months.' [Wikipedia] (1751)

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THE SENTINEL

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 21 July 2016

A very early start this morning. I drove down the Great Ocean Road in the dark to Aireys Inlet, a place I have visited many times. Below the Split Point Lighthouse is a large rock stack and a number of smaller ones. I have never been down to the bottom of the cliff at this spot so walked down the steep stairs to the beach and had one of the best mornings I can remember. The sky was totally overcast, so I didn't get any good sunlight, but the rock stacks were amazing and a tiny bit of pink showed through the clouds to help me out. This image is one of the smaller rock stacks, standing defiantly against the elements, although looking at the base, it isn't going to last a lot longer. (1750)

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HAPPY AND CONTENTED

Thirteenth Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 20 July 2016

These colourful rocks on Thirteenth Beach are the result of the late afternoon sun as it becomes warmer and softer and illuminates them. I love colour in my images, but this isn't always possible. It is why I shoot early in the morning or very late in the afternoon. I also love clouds in my images, and if these are colourful too, then I'm a happy and contented photographer. (1749)

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VERY BRIGHT

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 19 July 2016

I normally love taking photographs of the early morning sky with pinks and deep oranges. When the sun pops above the horizon the colour disappears and the scene usually becomes very bright. Every now and then, instead of heading home, I am having such a good time that I keep shooting the beach in full light. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by how it turns out during the editing, just like this one today. (1748)

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SPILT CONCRETE

Kilkunda, Victoria, Australia

Monday 18 July 2016

While photographing the beautiful trestle railway bridge at Kilkunda, I spotted these rocks nearby. There seems to be two different colours, with the grey and smoother rocks looking like someone had spilt a truck load of concrete on the beach. The brown rocks were sharper in appearance. I've often said that I'm not a geologist, but rocks do interest me, and they make a beach look far more interesting. (1747)

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GHOST SHIPS

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 17 July 2016

A thick fog fell over Corio Bay, a real pea soup. The boats moored off Western Beach were almost completely obscured from view as I braved the cold and walked out to the end of the Griffin Gully pier. I was a little closer to the boats by this time and some of them were almost in view, while others were still very hard to see. I took a photo of these ghostly ships and hoped that there was enough light to make them visible. As you can see, only one of them was close enough to get a reasonable image, while the others are hard to make out. (1746)

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INSPIRED BY FOLDED PAPER

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 16 July 2016

'One of Ballarat’s recent landmarks is this spectacular modern steel and glass angular structure at the Botanical Gardens designed by architect Peter Elliot and erected in 1995. The design was apparently inspired by folded paper and famous conservatories around the world and is based around a six 13 metre tall A frame bays prefabricated in Geelong and won the Victorian Architectural Steel Design Award for Buildings.' [ballaratbuildings.com] (1745)

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A FEW SHOTS FROM THE CANON

Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

Friday 15 July 2016

I was in Portarlington, visiting a client late one recent afternoon. Climbing back into my car for the drive home, I thought a visit down to the waterfront might be worthwhile. There is work being done on the pier with machinery in a fenced off section near the entrance, so the scene isn't all that photogenic. I walked to the end of the pier, spotted several fishermen (not catching anything!) and walked back towards the car. As I did, the sun was beginning to set and the sky became very colourful. It only lasted a few minutes, but long enough for me to fire off a few shots from the Canon. (1744)

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DISAPPOINTED PEOPLE

Winkipop, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 14 July 2016

If you go for a surf at Winkipop, this is the view you get as you descend the steps to the famous beach. Unfortunately for the surfers (not for me) on this day the sea was almost flat and the dots you can see out in the water are disappointed people. It beats me though, standing at the top of these steps and looking at the lack of waves below, why would you take the first step down? Wouldn't it be better, and warmer to go back to your car and drive home? I think surfers might be a little like fishermen, always hopeful that they will catch something soon! (1743)

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OVERLOOKING THE 'RIP'

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 13 July 2016

I'm still finding ways to shoot the Point Lonsdale pier. It is such a wonderful icon at the end of the Bellarine Peninsula and overlooking the 'Rip'. Most photos are taken either under or on it, and I have done both several times. I liked this one because of the four lights that are reflected in the water at intervals along the length of the structure. On the horizon you can see the lights of Queenscliff and on the extreme right you can just see the Mornington Peninsula, on the other side of the bay. (1742)

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THE ARTS PRECINCT

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 12 July 2016

A short walk from Melbourne's CBD, across the Princess Bridge and you arrive at the Arts Precinct of the 'most liveable city' in the world. Hamer Hall is the building on the right. The spire is atop of the Arts Centre and beyond that is the National Gallery of Victoria. This is a great part of Melbourne to visit, and if possible, take in a show or see an exhibition. (1741)

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LOW TIDE

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Monday 11 July 2016

At low tide, the beach at Point Lonsdale is exposed by the receding water to reveal an amazing array of succulents. I try to walk carefully across the covered rocks, mainly because they are slippery, but also because I don't like to damage the sea plants that tend to pop under my foot. I also have to watch out for the small rock pools too, as some of them are deeper than they appear. (1740)

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STREAKS OF FINE MIST

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 10 July 2016

Walking along this beach at Eden, I could see the rain coming. The rising sun was catching the streaks of fine mist as it fell, turning the precipitation orange and pink. It was fortunate that there wasn't too much, so as to ruin my outing, and I was able to return home with a good bag full of images from this wonderful area. (1739)

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FOG

Geelong, Victoria, Australia,

Saturday 9 July 2016

'The term 'fog' is typically distinguished from the more generic term 'cloud' in that fog is low-lying, and the moisture in the fog is often generated locally (such as from a nearby body of water, like a lake or the ocean, or from nearby moist ground or marshes).

By definition, fog reduces visibility to less than 1 kilometre (0.62 mi), whereas mist causes lesser impairment of visibility.

For aviation purposes in the UK, a visibility of less than 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) but greater than 999 metres (3,278 ft) is considered to be mist if the relative humidity is 70% or greater; below 70%, haze is reported.' [Wikipedia] (1738)

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YOU DECIDE

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Friday 8 July 2016

I've been sitting here for awhile, wondering what to say about this image. I create a lot of beach scenes, as you know, particularly early in the morning, and I love it. Each one is unique … not only the location, but the clouds, the sunrise and the tides all contribute towards making each a one of a kind picture. So today, rather than give you a whole list of superlatives, I will let you decide what you think of the beach at Anglesea. (1737)

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FILL'ER UP

Woods Point, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 7 July 2016

This old service station in Woods Point is a great reason to visit the little township. You have to be serious to get here, as it is in the middle of a long stretch of rough gravel road and a long way from the rest of civilization. But I made it there and very pleased that I did. The servo isn't used anymore and many of the original artefacts that used to adorn the building have been removed for safe keeping, unfortunately. (1736)

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UNDERMINED

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 6 July 2016

On the beach at Point Impossible, close to the Thompson Creek mouth is this unusual rock formation. The thin ledge of rock has been undermined by the sea and is now sitting precariously above the sand. It will eventually break and fall, as have other pieces in the past. I enjoy seeing and photographing unusual structures like this. They make each beach unique and interesting. (1735)

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WONDROUS & UPLIFTING

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 5 July 2016

This little seat, overlooking the lake at Daylesford made me think about all those people who would have enjoyed this view. It is certainly very inviting and I'm sure that many people would have succumbed to the attractive vista. On my visit the lake had a mist hovering over the water that made it seem a little mysterious, but the solitude in the quiet of the early morning was wondrous and uplifting. (1734)

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EXTREMELY POPULAR

Rye, Victoria, Australia

Monday 4 July 2016

'Rye is a seaside resort town, approximately 83 km south of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Its bay beach is popular with swimmers, fishermen, yachtsmen and kitesurfers. Its ocean beach (which is not patrolled) is also popular with surfers. Rye's summer carnival is located beside the pier carpark. The town is extremely popular during vacation periods, and has a varied selection of eating establishments.' [Wikipedia] (1733)

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FAR MORE ORNATE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 3 July 2016

The top few floors of 258 Flinders Street in Melbourne provides an indication of the architectural beauty of this city at the end of the 1800's. The red bricks and the cream rendered features are far more ornate than todays buildings and must have taken considerably longer to build than the formed concrete that we see now. I love this type of photography, but it is getting harder to take with power lines, cars and people all conspiring to get in the way. (1732)

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A GORGEOUS SUNRISE

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 2 July 2016

A gorgeous sunrise over Port Philip Bay, In the background is the Queenscliff pier and on the horizon at the right of the image is the Sorrento ferry heading to this side of the bay. The rising sun created a wonderful pink tinge on the bottom of the clouds, while the high tide almost impeded my safe return to the car. (1731)

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A SCENE OF SEAWEED

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Friday 1 July 2016

Seaweed as far as the eye could see. That is what I found when I visited Barwon Heads for a recent photoshoot. I personally prefer a white sandy beach, with reflections of the rising sun and clouds in the water, and the odd rock or two for interest. But getting past the feeling that there is litter everywhere, the seaweed provides it's own interest in this scene and enables me to show something different in my daily image. (1730)

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