TAKE OFF

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Thursday 8 December 2016

'The Canberra Balloon Spectacular, formerly known as Canberra Balloon Festival, is a hot air balloon festival that takes place at the lawns of the old Parliament House of Canberra, Australia. Over 50 hot air balloons from all over the world launch daily at dawn from the forecourt of Old Parliament House and float over Canberra.: [Wikipedia] (1890)

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A VAST & WELL PRESERVED CLASSIC

Menindee, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Built in 1875 of corrugated iron and river red gum, the historic Kinchega Woolshed is a vast and very well preserved classic piece of Australian pastoral heritage.

Inside the woolshed, you’ll see wool presses and tables, a machinery room and an original steam engine as well as sweating pens and the board where the sheep were held for shearing. In 97 years of operation, six million sheep were sheared here, an amazing thing to imagine as you wander through this quietly majestic building.' [nationalparks.nsw.gov.au] (1889)

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HISTORIC BOATHOUSE

Studley Park, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Yarra Bend Park is a 260 hectare (642 acre) park in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. Located 4 km northeast of Melbourne's CBD, it is the largest area of natural bushland left in inner Melbourne. Yarra Bend Park was officially reserved in 1877, and in 1929 it joined with Studley Park to the south to cover the whole of the area today. The most notable feature of the park is the Yarra River which flows for 12 km through it. The park hosts two golf courses, two historic boathouses, sheds and a number of cycle and walking trails.' [Wikipedia] (1888)

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CONDITIONS WERE PERFECT

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Monday 5 December 2016

Climbing back out of Melba Gully, these steps seemed to disappear into the bush. The green moss on the wooden edges gave an indication of how dark and wet this little forest gets, and the abundance of tall tree ferns showed that the climatic conditions were perfect for them. Despite these steps, the walk was very easy and one that still gives me joy thinking back on the day. (1887)

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WHAT A MESS

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 December 2016

What a mess I found on the beach at Barwon Heads. There was multi-coloured seaweed strewn along the entire beach front, that made it hard in places to walk in a straight line. On top of that, there were lots of rocks that had tumbled from the cliff face as the sea slowly eats away at it. This all makes for an interesting photograph today, even if the beach isn't as pristine for the locals would like. (1886)

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UNDERNEATH THE TRESTLE

Noojee, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 3 December 2016

'The Noojee railway line is a closed railway line in Victoria, Australia. Branching off from the Gippsland line at Warragul station, it was built to service the timber industry in the upper Latrobe River area, transporting timber as well as providing a general goods and passenger service to townships in the area. The final section of the line between Neerim South and Noojee traversed increasingly hilly terrain and featured a number of large timber trestle bridges. Extensively and repeatedly damaged by bushfires over the years, the line was closed in the 1950s and dismantled. The last remaining large trestle bridge on the line has been preserved and has become a popular local tourist attraction.' [Wikipedia] (1885)

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THE DESERT SUN

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 2 December 2016

The unique Living Desert Sculpture Park, just outside of Broken Hill, is a major tourist attraction. I arrived just before sunset, with a large moon on one side of the hill, and the setting sun on the other. The desert sun was very orange and made the rock sculptures glow with colour, all set against a clear blue sky. The bus load of tourists that arrived shortly after me were a major difficulty, but that is the lot of a photographer when shooting popular attractions. (1884)

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ROCK POOLS

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 1 December 2016

'Tide pools, or rock pools, are rocky pools on the sea shore which are filled with seawater. Many of these pools exist as separate pools only at low tide.

Many tide pools are habitats of especially adaptable animals that have engaged the attention of naturalists and marine biologists, as well as philosophical essayists: John Steinbeck wrote in The Log from the Sea of Cortez, 'It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool'.' [Wikipedia] (1883)

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