IT TURNS OUT BETTER!

Winkipop, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 26 May 2015

A bit of a moody shot today, a scene from my visit to Winkipop yesterday morning. The sun rose (as planned!!) but the cloud was low on the horizon and blocked the normally beautiful show. But later on it began to appear through a 'hole' in the clouds and projected this beautiful orange glow that was reflected on the water and also on the foreground waves.

Some days, despite the planning and the weather reports things don't go to plan but instead turn out better! But the bottom line is ... if you don't go out, you will never get the shot. This is something I keep reminding myself when bed feels too warm to get out of. (1328)

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BEFORE SUNRISE

Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 25 May 2015

This is a bit softer than my usual images, mostly because it was taken before sunrise with a very long exposure. The result is a flattening of the waves and a silk like appearance that is very easy on the eye.

Bells Beach is famous as the location of the Rip Curl Pro held each Easter since 1973. In fact it is the longest running professional surfing contest in the world.

There isn't any surfers in shot, but over my left shoulder there were 30 or 40 very keen people who had paddled out and were waiting for a wave. You might see some of them in my forthcoming photos, as much as I dislike having people in my landscape images! (1327)

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MORE JOY THAN HARD WORK

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 24 May 2015

What a lovely morning to go for a row! Some of the members of Melbourne's various rowing clubs can be seen preparing for their morning practice on the sunny waters of the Yarra River in Melbourne. I really admire their determination, but on a lovely morning like this it must be more joy than hard work to traverse our famous river, past many of the icons that Melbourne is renowned for.

From my point of view, the early morning sun bursting through the trees on the river bank was the attraction and the rowers were just a happy accident. Funny how an experience can be so different, depending on your perspective. (1326)

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NO. 13

Woods Point, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 23 May 2015

This wonderful little cottage can be found in Woods Point, a small township on the Goulburn River with a population of only 90 people. This wasn't always the case though.

'The town began as a general store built by Henry Wood, to service the gold diggings around the recently discovered Morning Star Reef. Wood's Point Post Office opened on 1 December 1862. By 1864, only three years after the discovery of the gold reef, the area had become a thriving town with 36 hotels.' [Wikipedia]

I don't know how old No. 13 is but I would like to think it has links back to the gold rush days. It has had some repairs along the way with the verandah posts looking considerably newer than the rest of the cottage but it might be time for some urgent work on the chimney to see it through the next century! (1325)

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YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 22 May 2015

You may have noticed that I take a lot of photos of rocks on beaches. I love them, each image is completely different, with no two rocks being the same and the beach isn't just boring sand, but has a point of interest.

And you might have also noticed that I take a lot of sunrise and sunset photos too. There isn't any mystery here, these are the two best times to take photos with the light being much softer and often with a lot of colour to make the image more interesting.

Having said that, you must therefore notice that this image at Bridport in Tasmania's north east has both of my favourite ingredients ... I hope you enjoy it too. (1324)

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A WONDERFUL DISPLAY

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 21 May 2015

How amazing are autumn (fall) colours! Everything from green, through yellow, orange and vivid reds. This image was taken very early one morning from the a hill on the edge of Bright in Victoria's high country just after Easter and while I was there a little too early to see the full extent of the colours, according to a local, there was still a wonderful display happening for me to photograph. You can see part of the town nestled into the valley and mostly obscured by the trees that have made it so famous. During winter Bright becomes a gateway to the snowfields and is obviously popular with skiers and winter lovers. (1323)

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HOW MANY STAR BURSTS?

Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 20 May 2015

This unusual image was capture when I visited Jindabyne a few months ago. The lake is man made after flooding a valley. The original township of Jindabyne had to be moved to higher ground and now this beautiful waterway is what remains. The image is unusual because I caught several star bursts as the sun began to rise on the cold morning and the ripples in the water caused it to refract into several sparkles behind the small bush on the waters edge. I love it when unexpected results occur in my photographs! (1322)

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ABOVE THE TREES

Powers Lookout, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Powers Lookout overlooks the wonderful King Valley which is renowned for wine production and general agriculture in the north-eastern part of Victoria. The difficult walk to the top of this lookout was rewarded with a view above the trees and into the patchwork of the landscape below. In the distance burn offs caused considerable smoke that blocked the view of the Alpine National Park and the clouds created lovely shadows on parts of the scene. (1321)

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PARTICULARLY QUIET

Portland, Victoria, Australia

Monday 18 May 2015

First light over the Portland Harbour reveals this old concrete pier that has been used by many a fisherman and boat owner during it's life. There wasn't any large ships moored on the pier in the background this particular morning, but grain and wood chip vessels leave from this port for destinations all around the world. In fact, the port was particularly quiet as I walked the length of the pier and took my photos, just the way I like it. (1320)

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DO YOU LIKE SOLITUDE?

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 17 May 2015

When the conditions are right, the moment before the sun begins to rise above the horizon, the sky can light up with an amazing orange glow. It is still too early for the harsh effects of the sun to light everything with it's bright yellow rays. The sky behind is still in the 'blue hour' colours of deep purple. This time can be so tranquil and with the lack of other people around it can such a wonderful experience, that is if you like solitude. (1319)

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STRIKING COLOURS AND PATTERNS

Wasp Head Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 16 May 2015

This is another idyllic beach from New South Wales' south coast. The water is an amazing green colour and the sand lovely and clean. The rocks in this part of the country are wonderful and have striking colours and patterns and almost look artificial. (1318)

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IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 15 May 2015

It is hard to imagine that this street was once a vehicle thoroughfare but Swanston Street was transformed many years back to remove the cars, widen the footpaths and plant trees that have now become a wonderful addition to one of the world's most liveable cities. Trams and people now are the only traffic to use the exact same street where the band AC/DC drove their open top truck playing 'It's a long way to the top' (see the original video clip at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDCs7ijNUVM ) filmed on the 23rd February 1976. (1317)

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THE SMALLER BOAT

Franklin, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 14 May 2015

'Established as the Shipwrights Point Boatbuilding school in 1990 by John and Ruth Young at Shipwrights Point. It started with a unique business plan. The process began by seeking a “sponsor” to commission the school to build a timber boat using tradition means. Once this had been done, the call went out for a group of students seeking a future career as boat builders. Over a period of 18 – 24 months the students with our in house instructors, built the boat. At completion, the sponsor received the keys to the boat, the students received a formal, internationally recognised, qualification, and the whole process could begin again.' [www.woodenboatcentre.com] This photo is of one of the smaller boats built over a shorter period. (1316)

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ALONG THE COAST

Kilkunda, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 13 May 2015

The Bunurong Aboriginal people were custodians of this stretch of coast for thousands of years prior to white settlement. The Boakoolawal clan lived in the Kilcunda area south of the Bass River. Middens containing charcoal and shellfish mark the location of their campsites along the coast. Originally a coal mining township, The Western Port Coal Mining Company extracted black coal from 1871. The Post Office opened on 5 August 1879. Evidence of coal mining is scattered across Kilcunda, the most famous (pictured here) is the old Kilcunda Rail Bridge on the eastern side. Commissioned in 1910 and decommissioned in the 1970s, it now forms part of the Bass Coast Rail Trail.' [Wikipedia] (1315)

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THE SMALL MOAT

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 12 May 2015

How are these sheer rock cliffs and the almost flat and smooth beaches at Jan Juc. They are almost total contrasts, as are the dull brown rocks and the bright orange sky. Nature can sure put on a show if you are there to witness it and patient enough to wait for the right time to get the wonderful experience that I had when taking this image. I really love the shiny wet sand that is reflecting the bright sky, as I do the rock in the foreground with the small moat of water left behind as the tide subsides. (1314)

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BRIGHTER DAYS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Monday 11 May 2015

You can feel winter coming, there should be still almost three weeks to go for the start of the cold season but the trees are almost void of leaves and the weather is so cold, windy and miserable. I haven't been out for an early morning photo shoot for weeks but I did walk along the Yarra River this week and captured this scene looking towards Pony Fish Island under the walking bridge. Hopefully we get a few brighter days during the coming season to help keep my store of daily images full! (1313)

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WARM GLOW

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 10 May 2015

Walking down one of the smaller streets in Melbourne I happened across this small florist shop. It intrigued me, mostly because it was more akin to what I would expect to see in a European city, not an Australia one. I loved the old world feel with various branches and flowers hanging outside the window and the warm glow that was emanating from inside the store on the cold and wintery day. It just goes to show that getting off the usual path and exploring can result in wonderful finds that turn into great images. (1312)

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AT THE END OF SUMMER

Spencers Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 9 May 2015

This beautiful little creek is in the high country of Kosciuszko National Park. I captured the image a few months ago at the end of summer with the surrounding grass burnt to a golden colour and the baby blue sky almost cloud free. This area is above the snow line so not a lot of trees grow here, even if they could in the rocky ground. I must come back and visit it when there is a white blanket of snow making for a totally different image. (1311)

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PRETTY EXCITED!

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 8 May 2015

The lovely first light over the bay at Eden on New South Wales south coast. This is one of my favourite places to be at sunrise and I hope that this image partly explains why. Beautiful clean beaches with the exception of the odd piece of seaweed, boats bobbing around on a relatively calm bay, wonderfully moody clouds reflecting a warm sun and the horizon floodlit with an amazing orange glow. Just another boring morning ... for a pretty excited photographer! (1310)

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THE HOLDEN EFIJY

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 7 May 2015

Unfortunately, not my best photo but it certainly is the best car ever made! I found it today at the National Gallery of Victoria's 'Shifting Gear' exhibition.

'The Holden Efijy is a concept car created in Australia by Holden. It pays tribute to the Holden FJ, the second model built by Holden in the 1950's. The concept is based on the Chevrolet Corvette floor pan, a 6.0 litre V8 engine with Roots supercharger putting out 480 kW (644 hp) at a little shy of 6500 r.p.m. It rides on an air suspension system that lowers the car when the car is stopped, and also has electronic instrumentation including a multi-use display screen that disappears into the dash.

Since its debut showing at The Australian International Motor Show in 2005, the Holden Efijy has been named the United States concept car of the year for 2007. Once it returned to Australia, the Efijy visited the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, South Australia, in February 2008.' [Wikipedia] (1309)

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NO TWO BEACHES ARE THE SAME

Cressy Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 6 May 2015

When I visited this beach it was almost deserted. The sand was undulating causing the waves to scallop the edge and provide a photogenic scene. The waves also created this tiny canal in the sand providing an unusual point of interest for my photo while the rising sun ensured a lovely pink hue across the clouds and the wave tops. One thing I have found is that no two beaches are the same, thank goodness! (1308)

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CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK

Burns Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 5 May 2015

I know I keep saying this, but it seems that everywhere you turn in Tasmania the scenery is beautiful! The lovely Burns Bay on Tasmania's east coast has these wonderful rock structures with delightfully white sand beaches and clear water that washes between them all. The plant life onshore is lushes and the sky goes on forever. I can't wait to go back and discover more of what this little island has for me. (1307)

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THE HIDDEN BEACH

Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia

Monday 4 May 2015

How good is this little beach. Almost hidden from sight it is inside Lochard Gorge. There is only a small opening to the ocean and the only way down is by wooden steps that have been built for the tourists to make the journey to the bottom. With the exception of the steps, there are steep cliffs all around the gorge making it almost impossible to get out should your swim ashore after a boating accident, as happened when the ship Lochard ran onto rocks in the mid 1800's and all but two people survived. (1306)

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WHERE IS IT?

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 3 May 2015

I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know exactly where this photo was taken. I know it is near Bridport in Tasmania's north east. If someone could please help me out, it would be appreciated. But it does highlight a serious flaw in my image archiving because I don't rename my photos to include the location, I just leave the camera name as is. And I don't have a geotag device to accurately record GPS data. Perhaps I should keep a better diary of the places and times that I visit and this would help at times like this? (1305)

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AN AMAZING DAY

Mount Stirling, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 2 May 2015

Sorry to bore you with another photo of Craig's Hut, but this is my new all time best spot in the world to visit. You have to be serious if you want to get here, needing a four-wheel drive vehicle to make it to the top where you will be rewarded with an almost 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and this beautiful old (not really so old - see my image #1286) mountain hut sitting majestically as it could have done for 100 years or more. Even the fuel reduction burn-off in the national park below adds drama to the image as the sun began to set on an amazing day for me. (1304)

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THE OLD SERVO

Woods Point, Victoria, Australia

Friday 1 May 2015

One of the reasons for visiting Woods Point was this old service station. The locals told me that much of the old equipment displayed had been put into storage as discussions had been overheard at the pub that there was a plan to steal them. So, as quaint as this image is it could have been even better with all of the original artefacts still on display. Unfortunately that seems to be how life is, the actions of a few idiots impact negatively on the majority of law abiding citizens. (1303)

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