I NEED TO TOUGHEN UP

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Another beautiful sunrise over the 'Rip' at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. The mornings have been bitterly cold in this part of the world so I have cheated a little and used an image I took earlier in the year but only processed today. I need to toughen up and make myself get out in the frosty weather ... soon! (1399)

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MOTHER NATURE GENERALLY IS

Rye, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 4 August 2015

As I was standing in the white sand on the Rye Beach, just before sunrise, these wonderful pink fingers appeared in the sky. They were even more amazing than this image suggests, as mother nature generally is. I love this time of the day before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. (1398)

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF BEACH

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Monday 3 August 2015

Beaches are a reoccurring theme in my photography. I live in an area that has dozens of beaches within a thirty minute drive and it seems that most of the places I visit else where in Australia or overseas are near the ocean too. I never tire of seeing the different types of beach each with unique sand or rocks and the foreshore that has a cliff face, is covered in grasses or indeed palm trees like Ellis Beach. (1397)

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DIFFERENT EVERY TIME

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 2 August 2015

I love the long shadows in this photo, the early morning sun shining through the piles on the Point Lonsdale pier. I have visited this site many times over the years and it looks different nearly every time. The scene is dependant on the time of day, whether or not the sea is rough and even the level of the tide. (1396)

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AUSTRLALIA'S OLDEST AND LARGEST

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 1 August 2015

"On Friday, January 21, 1859, a meeting took place at the Victoria Hotel in Geelong, Victoria, of what would appear to have been the first official Geelong Regatta Committee – the regatta that was to become Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Festival Of Sail – Australia’s oldest and largest keelboat regatta.

The meeting’s minutes show that amongst the motions, the first to be carried was… “That it is desirable that a regatta should take place this year in Geelong Bay”. With those few words, the wheels of history were put in motion!

At a series of subsequent meetings (held in various hotels in Geelong, so as not to offend any one publican), the format of the Regatta was gradually formulated, resulting in a program of 14 events with a combined total prize purse of £243 . Then, a house in Geelong’s Main street cost around £55!

The Regatta was a huge success, and on Friday, March 4, 1859, the minutes of an enthusiastic Committee meeting (this time at the Terminus Hotel) showed the Regatta Fund surplus to be just over 72 pounds, and the first two motions – “That a Yacht Club be formed in Geelong” and “That the club be called the Geelong Yacht Club” – were carried unanimously!" [www.rgyc.com.au] (1395)

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CRAIG'S HUT

Mount Stirling, Victoria, Australia

Friday 31 July 2015

'"Craig's Hut was built as a temporary set for the Australian movie, 'The Man from Snowy River' however it has became a recognised tourist attraction within this region especially attracting nature and scenic photographers all over the world.' [Wikimapia]

I have posted a few images from this photo shoot, but I never tire of editing them and hope you don't get annoyed by seeing some more. (1394)

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THE PATH OF LIFE

Mount Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 30 July 2015

I have just arrived home from attending my elderly uncles funeral. As funerals go, it was very good with many stories told by his children about his life, some of which were very funny. I learned a lot about my uncle today that I didn't know, which is a shame, because some of these things would have been great to have know while he was alive. It was great to see the path his life took and the family and friends created during a life that spanned almost nine decades. (1393)

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13 ISN'T UNLUCKY

13th Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 29 July 2015

How lucky was I to be on the 13th Beach and witness this wonderful sunset! I don't do sunsets very often, preferring to be up early in the morning and capture the sun as it rises for the day. 13th Beach is on the southern side of the Bellarine Peninsular, only 20 minutes from my home ... note to self, I need to visit it more often. (1392)

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DULL & ONLY JUST VISIBLE

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Fog had settled over the Derwent River when I went for an early morning walk. The other side of the waterway was dull and only just visible, which was in stark contrast to the evening before with it's bright and vivid sunset. There was a slight breeze to make it difficult to capture everything in focus but this golden coloured grass made the shot worthwhile. I'm looking forward to going back to Tasmania in October so that I can capture more of it's beauty. (1391)

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ENJOY THE SERENITY

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Monday 27 July 2015

This track, on the side of a mountain outside of Bright made me want to continue on to find out what was up ahead and just around the corner. There is something about a quiet country track that makes you feel at peace with the world and want to amble along at a slow pace so that you can enjoy the serenity and take in what nature has to show. It also provides a semblance of safety as you can find your way back using the exact same track. (1390)

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THE IRON BLOW

Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 26 July 2015

'Queenstown, a town rich in mining history, is located on the west coast of Tasmania. When mining in Queenstown began in 1883, the Iron Blow was worked as a gold mine for ten years before the discovery of vast deposits of copper. The Iron Blow lookout offers wonderful views of the open cut mine, the surrounding mountains, to Gormanston and down the Linda Valley.' [www.think-tasmania.com/]
(1389)

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CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE

Cape Nelson, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 25 July 2015

'The Cape Nelson State Park, near Portland on Victoria's southwest coast is a 243-hectare state park. Attractions include a 3-kilometre clifftop walk and a visit to the Cape Nelson lighthouse. The lighthouse was completed in 1884 and today offers accommodation in the Light Station Keepers Cottages.

The Cape Nelson lighthouse featured in the 2010 romantic drama South Solitary. The film provides good coverage of the interior of the lighthouse, cottage features and the landscape.' [Wikipedia] (1388)

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MY BACK YARD

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Friday 24 July 2015

At the end of another incredibly long week, I'm very happy to see the sun sink over the horizon, albeit in a recent image I took at Point Impossible. The reflection of the clouds in the water were particularly inviting for my camera and the sunrays in the sky topped off my what is a fantastic location. I hope that some of you will visit Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsular and the Great Ocean Road, all of which are in my back yard. (1387)

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JAW-DROPPING

St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 23 July 2015

'Turning the corner on the road from St Helens into Binalong Bay, the sight is simply jaw-dropping: the turquoise-coloured ocean breaks onto a breathtakingly white beach fringed with huge boulders draped with iconic orange lichen.' [http://www.visitsthelenstasmania.com.au/]

The tourist website didn't overstate the wonderful colours of this corner of the world. It is an amazing place to visit and I'm looking forward to going back. (1386)

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WIPERS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 22 July 2015

'The imposing sculptures, on loan from the National Gallery of Victoria, were transferred from the forecourt of the State Library of Victoria to the Shrine Reserve in April 1998. The sculptures, by Charles Sargeant Jagger, are replicas of Jagger's original bronze sculptures.

‘Wipers’ is the English translation of Ypres (a town in Belgium) that formed part of the Western Front and the battlefields of France which claimed the lives of thousands of Australians during the First World War.' [www.shrine.org.au] (1385)

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NEAR THE END OF A LOVELY DAY

Bridport, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 21 July 2015

This is the view at the mouth of the Great Forester River in Bridport. Rock beaching has been applied to stop erosion and grasses, at least on my side of the river overlook the waterway. It was near the end of a lovely day when I visited this lovely little seaside township on the north east of Tasmania, with hardly a cloud in the sky. This grass with it's head of seed provided a great foreground interest to the scene. (1384)

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I LOVE CLOUDS

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Monday 20 July 2015

I love the clouds in this image, pink and blue and wispy in appearance. I've often said that clouds are one of the more important aspects to landscape photography, the lack of which makes for a boring shot. So when the sky has sufficient clouds and they turn pink and blue in the early light of a calm morning, you will likely find me taking their picture. (1383)

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REWARDED

Powers Lookout, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 19 July 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. The clouds created lovely shadows across the scene and a few wild flowers in the foreground finished off the image. (1382)

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SUBDUED & CALM

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 18 July 2015

A crumbling cliff near Eden, where trees have adapted to their unstable environment. On the day I captured this image the sky was dull and the sea was flat so the photo has a subdued & calm feeling, perhaps just what I need for the weekend after a very big week. (1381)

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DOWN TO WINKIPOP

Winkipop, Victoria, Australia

Friday 17 July 2015

I love the name Winkipop. It conjures up thoughts of children's book titles, or the name of a cartoon sea creature. It is however the name of the beach next to the famous Bells Beach, just a little south of my home. The beach isn't all that good from a swimming point of view but seems to be great for surfing, evidenced by the two surfers you can see in this image. The bottom of these steps are a bit tricky to navigate, there are huge boulders place there which I think must help with erosion. But I managed to get down to the beach and wander a considerable distance to the left, towards Jan Juc. (1380)

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A FANTASTIC BONUS

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Thursday 16 July 2015

These upturned paddle boards caught my eye as I walked along the Palm Cove beach. They have obviously been dragged up the beach many times to caused the red paint to be scratched off on the rough sand. I thought the weathered red surfaces were a great boost to the colour of the image and the lack of people on the beach a fantastic bonus.

Palm Cove is a wonderful place to visit, especially if you want to have a relaxing time. My fond memory is of having breakfast just near this spot in a lovely cafe overlooking the beach. (1379)

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THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 15 July 2015

During a recent visit to the old paper mills I found this small passage way between buildings with a door at the end. There was a warm light emanating from the door, in stark contrast to the cold bluestone walls and concrete floor. It almost begged me to go and take a look, which I did. There was an artist's workshop inside this room, with the whole complex now being reused by various artists and small cottage businesses. (1378)

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A WONDERFUL DISCOVERY

Russell Falls, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 14 July 2015

While not so spectacular at the bottom level of these falls, you can see above a number of other levels where the Russell Falls are fantastic. The walk into these falls isn't all that strenuous and there is a lovely walking track that most people would be able to use, so if you find yourself traveling across Tasmania towards the west coast, stop your car and make this wonderful discovery for yourself. I found a number of easy walking tracks into the Tasmanian wilderness that were less than a half hour from the carpark, and the stop breaks up a trip with doses of nature to refresh not only the mind, but also the soul. (1377)

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YOU CALL THIS WORK!

Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 13 July 2015

The beautifully coloured rocks at Tomakin's beach were hard to resist, from a photographic point of view, that is. I climbed around to this side of the small bay, past a crumbling cliff face, with a high tide and the sun just beginning to rise. It was well worth the effort, with the brightly coloured sky being reflected in the foreground water. The clouds were amazing as they provided a strong line of pink and purple against a softer blue sky. All in all, a great morning's work ... if you can call this work! (1376)

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FOUND IN A WIDE VARIETY OF LANDSCAPES

Portland, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 12 July 2015

'Banksia is a genus of around 170 species in the plant family Proteaceae. These Australian wildflowers and popular garden plants are easily recognised by their characteristic flower spikes and fruiting 'cones' and heads. When it comes to size, banksias range from prostrate woody shrubs to trees up to 30 metres tall. They are generally found in a wide variety of landscapes; sclerophyll forest, (occasionally) rainforest, shrubland, and some more arid landscapes, though not in Australia's deserts.' [Wikipedia]

I found this example in the Portland Botanic Gardens with it's orange heads contrasting with the drab green of the tree. (1375)

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I THINK PIERS ARE GREAT

St Leonards, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 11 July 2015

I don't mind taking photos of piers. They are a strength against the elements, a practical man made structure that stands defiant to the sea. When placed against a warm sunrise, the silhouette gives a solid feel to the watery scene and the leading lines give a depth to the image. I think piers are great! (1374)

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THE UNDERBELLY

Tamar Valley, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 10 July 2015

Have you ever looked at the underbelly of a bridge. I for one travel over bridges all the time and don't give them a second thought. But what we take for granted has been constructed to ensure we cross to the other side safely, so you might even say that they are life preserving devices.

I stopped at the Batman Bridge in North East Tasmania, the bridge that crosses the Tamar River. The intricate web of steel work underneath is far more elaborate than the rather ordinary road surface on top that most people only ever see. The stop gave me an opportunity to take a photo of this less noticed view. (1373)

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TOO VALUABLE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 9 July 2015

It is hard to imagine, but just 20 years ago none of these buildings were here and there wouldn't have been any speed boats either. This was the home of the Melbourne docks and would have had warehouses with large ships along side. Of course someone realised that the land was too valuable, being so close the CBD of Melbourne to be used for it's original purpose and containerisation would have also played a big part in the dock being moved further away. The upside to these events is a new and vibrant suburb called Docklands which has people, cafes and restaurants, not to mention many very expensive boats to look at. (1372)

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AVERSION TO DANGER

Sunnymead, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 8 July 2015

I was going to describe this scene as almost lunar like, but the colours are more akin to Mars, supposing that Mars had an ocean of water. I walked the full length of Sunnymead beach until I reached this impasse. The tide was high and hiking around this point of the coast was going to result in wet feet and a possible long wait to get back, something I didn't think was wise, given my naturally aversion to dangerous adventure! (1371)

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MOODIER THAN NORMAL

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 7 July 2015

A little bit moodier than my normal images, this one was taken at Geelong's Western Beach and shows some of the taller waterfront buildings in the background and moored yachts in front. I used the wonderful Topaz Impression plugin within Photoshop to add a bit of character to the photo and to develop the darker feeling I wanted to express as the sun began to ever so slowly travel towards the horizon but was yet to appear. (1370)

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DIDN'T DISAPPOINT

Red Rock Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 6 July 2015

Another lovely sunrise over Red Rock Beach with Point Addis just visible on the horizon. This is a truly amazing beach where I have been able to capture many images. There is almost always nobody here first thing in the morning, with surfers preferring to use Bells Beach which is a few kilometres further along past Point Addis. As you know, I love to see colourful sunrises that are reflected in wet sand and this one didn't disappoint me! (1369)

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THE LAST REMAINING EXAMPLE

Kevington, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 5 July 2015

'In the Goldrush Era in the 1860's, John and Mary Garrett travelled from Beechworth to the new find in the Upper Goulbourn Valley. They established themselves at a place then known as Macs Creek. In 1862 they opened on the banks of the Goulbourn River a beerhouse, simply known as Garretts Beerhouse.

As time went by, the beerhouse became known as the Kevington Hotel, as trade had been very good allowing John and Mary to establish the Hotel into a permanent stopover with accommodation available.

The Kevington Hotel is the last remaining example of a hotel built in the goldrush era of the 1860's in the Upper Goulbourn region.' [www.kevingtonhotel.com.au] (1368)

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BIG GAME ANGLERS

Bermagui, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 4 July 2015

'In 1933, Bermagui hit the world stage with a black marlin being caught near Montague Island and a big game anglers club was established hosting big game fishermen from around the world. The warm currents in Spring and Summer still bring marlin and yellowfin tuna close to the coast but the practice of
tag and release is encouraged today.

One of the most notable big game figures to arrive in Bermagui was American author of 'American Westerns', Zane Grey. Grey wrote of his experiences at Bermagui in many articles that he published world wide and in his book, 'An American Angler in Australia' (1937). He was patron of the Bermagui Sport Fishing Association for 1936/37 and anchored his yacht, the 'Avalon' in Horseshoe Bay.' [www.bermagui.net/] (1367)

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STANDING TALL

Split Point, Victoria, Australia

Friday 3 July 2015

'Some ten shipwrecks prior to 1890 along the Surf Coast prompted authorities to plan the lighthouse. Construction started in late 1890 and the lighthouse was illuminated in September 1891.

The tower design is modelled on that of a chimney as this structure promotes air flow from the base to the top. This greater air flow made the kerosene (and later, acetylene) flame shine brighter. Originally called Eagles Nest Point, it was renamed Split Point in 1913.' [splitpointlighthouse.com.au] (1366)

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VIEW THROUGH THE DUNES

Breamlea, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 2 July 2015

Just a quick snap for tonight's photo. A view through the dunes to the sea at the lovely Breamlea beach. It was taken late afternoon, but not late enough to get the more attractive colours in the sky. It does however show the water at it's best and a few puffy clouds provide an interest in the sky. (1365)

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BOYD'S TOWER

Boydtown, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 1 July 2015

'Although built as a lighthouse, this tower was only ever used as a lookout tower for whale spotting.

Boyds Tower, originally designed as a lighthouse by Benjamin Boyd, was built in 1847.

Boyd was a well known entrepreneur of the time who also built nearby Boydtown - he also had interests in both he whaling and shipping industries as well as owning vast grazing properties on the Monaro and in the Riverina.

Following the failure of Boyd's financial empire, Boyd's tower was taken over by the Davidson family who used it to spot whales for their whaling operations at Kiah Inlet. During season, the tower was manned daily and when a whale was observed, boat crews were alerted with a gunshot. Twenty metres tall, the tower is surrounded by the sea on three sides.' [www.seasidelights.com.au] (1364)

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