ETERNAL FLAME

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 28 April 2015

'At the foot of the Cenotaph sits the Eternal Flame, which was lit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the dedication ceremony in 1954. The inclusion of the Eternal Flame in the forecourt design was inspired by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Belgium. For all time after being lit by Her Majesty, this flame will burn, bearing witness to the heroism of those who gave their lives for the freedom of the world’s people during the years of the Second World War.' [www.shrine.org.au] (1300)

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GARDEN OF APPRECIATION

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Monday 27 April 2015

At the side of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne is this beautiful garden with a plaque saying Legacy Garden of Appreciation. The plaque goes on to say 'A living tribute to the generous support of Victorians for the work of Legacy. The sculpture symbolises the work of Legacy caring for the widows and children of veterans. The Flanders Poppies which bloom around November have their origin on the World War 1 battlefields of Belgium and France'.

In the background of this image is the old Melbourne Observatory founded in 1862, well worth a look if you find yourself in this part of the city. (1299)

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HEARTBREAKING

Central Tilba, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 26 April 2015

Following on from yesterday's blog, this is a memorial in country New South Wales at the tiny town of Central Tilba. Every corner of our country and also many other countries were touched by the first world war (and subsequent ones) and seeing this memorial with so many names on it from of such a small population is heartbreaking. I have made it a point to not be political in my daily blog but just to show the beauty all around us, but this image makes you want to grab the ear of our world leaders and drag them to these tiny communities and show them the affect of their selfish conflicts. (1298)

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WE WILL REMEMBER

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 25 April 2015

This image is of the forecourt of the entrance to the visitor centre at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Today is an historic occasion, being 100 years to the day since Australia & New Zealand landed on the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey during the first world war. It was the first war after we became a nation and is seen by historians as the birth of our Australian identity and spirit. There was a shocking loss of life during this campaign that still emotionally affects us all 100 years later and the huge crowds at the Shrine of Remembrance on ANZAC day for the dawn service testifies to this.

It was estimated that 80,000 people attended today in Melbourne even with the rain and cold weather. These attendances are echoed all around Australia in every city and country town with similar services where people want to remember those who have fallen in the service of their country and be thankful for the freedom we have as a result. I attended a much smaller service this morning in Geelong with my friends and we watched the sunrise while listening to a sombre but very moving service and listed to various speakers and watch others lay wreaths at the memorial. (1297)

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A VERY QUIET SPOT

Kevington, Victoria, Australia

Friday 24 April 2015

This is a very quiet spot on the Goulburn River between Jamieson and Kevington. The autumn leaves are wonderfully coloured and the water looks like it is completely still. There wasn't even a breeze when I climbed down an embankment from the road above to captured this scene. The calmness of this season makes it one of my favourites and it certainly makes for better photography when trees and grass aren't moving around in the wind. (1296)

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THE OLD AND OLDER

Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 23 April 2015

This old fishing boat has wonderful character and has obviously been used for many decades. It's wooden hull is stained from living in the water for so long and all of the metal fixtures seem to be rusting. There doesn't seem to be much paint left on the mast and the ropes hanging over the side look like they might be frayed. But despite all of it's limitations, it is in far better condition than the remains of the boat on the left which appears to have been scuttled years earlier or even burnt to the water line in a fiery accident. (1295)

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ALL OF THE COLOURS

Binalong Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 22 April 2015

The beautiful Binalong Bay has been the subject of more than one of my daily photos, and why wouldn't it. The water is a beautiful blue and the sky is too. The rocks are amazing in colour, ranging from the ordinary brown to the extraordinary orange and the green life is so lush. The only boring part is the sand (just joking!) which is a lovely clean white providing a remarkable contrast for all of the other colours. (1294)

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ANOTHER TRANQUIL SCENE

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Today I have another tranquil scene to share, one from my favourite beach at Urquhart Bluff, well one of my favourites as there are too many to be so selective. The solitary rock in the foreground appears to be basking in the early morning sunlight as the sea recedes leaving behind wet sand to reflect the golden light. A few clouds loiter in the sky and the sun clears the horizon to begin the new day. Work has been very hectic for the past few weeks, which is why I think I've been subconsciously selecting soothing images for my daily posts ... hope you don't mind? (1293)

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A WONDERFUL ORANGE GLOW

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 20 April 2015

I love looking at all of these yachts moored at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. Many of the craft were visiting on the day I took this image and were waiting to participate in a number of races held over a long weekend of events. First thing in the morning gave me a small chance of capturing them without too much wind, although you will notice that the flags are fluttering, so keeping the yachts still enough in the low light photo was a bit of a challenge. There weren't very many clouds to be seen but the sky still warmed up just before sunrise with a wonderful orange glow. (1292)

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ENJOY A WONDERFUL WEEKEND.

Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 19 April 2015

Today I have an image of a desolate beach on the New South Wales south coast. Actually it isn't as desolate as it appears, but I really love this image with the waves gently rolling in and the seaweed strewn over the beach in the early morning light. Another of my peaceful images to help you enjoy a wonderful weekend and ease you into the next working week. (1291)

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RENOWNED FOR IT'S AUTUMN COLOURS

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 18 April 2015

I have just returned from a quick trip to Bright, in Victoria's north east. Bright is renowned for it's autumn colours and it was for this main reason that I made the trip and also for a lovely getaway with good friends. The leaves had begun to turn but according to the locals were yet to reveal their best colours. This little creek on the roadside at the entrance of the town caught my eye and with a sunrise just beginning to colour the sky I couldn't resist taking a quick shot to show you.

One thing I did find was that the mountains around the town made for a delayed sunrise. Normally I take photos early in the morning along Australia's coastline where the sunrise guides are 100% accurate, but mountains hide the horizon and make predicting sun times a little harder. (1290)

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SMALL BUT PICTURESQUE

Tomaga River, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 17 April 2015

The small but picturesque Tomaga River divides Tomakin and Mossy Point and, from an angling perspective, is the only estuary option in the immediate area. The much smaller Candalagan Creek, which divides Broulee and Mossy Point, is a sanctuary zone and off-limits to all fishing.

The Tomaga River begins as a trickle a short distance away at Mogo and winds its way for about 9km past the popular Mogo Zoo before spilling into Broulee Bay.' [www.fishingworld.com.au] (1289)

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CALM & TRANQUILLITY

Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 16 April 2015

I have writer's block tonight. Most days I look at my newly created image and the words just flow when I start writing the blog ... but not tonight. What I can say is that this photo was taken last weekend at Myrtleford. The little river was dead calm and provided a beautiful reflection of the trees and grasses on the opposite bank. The sky was totally blue, not one cloud but there wasn't too much of it in this image so I'm not upset (I prefer clouds as a general rule). I think the photo gives a sense of calm and tranquillity, which was certainly the experience I had when I was there. (1288)

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THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH IS WONDERFUL

Yarra Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 15 April 2015

The Australian bush is wonderful, the trees are uniquely different from other parts of the world. The sun is harsh and the wildlife is so amazing. Driving along this bush track on the weekend I felt very much at home in this setting and thought that I would miss it so much if I had to live anywhere else in the world. I'm sure that everyone thinks the same thing, the country that they grew up in is part of them and it would be unbearable to be permanently removed from it. (1287)

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LATE AFTERNOON ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Mount Stirling, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 14 April 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] One of my much wanted bucket list attractions was to visit Craig's Hut in Victoria's high country and over the past weekend I was able to tick it off! It was late afternoon and I had the feeling of being on top of the world, both from elation and also physically at 1,700 metres above sea level. It is a bit of an adventure to get there and a four-wheel drive was needed to make it to the top. Initially I was disappointed as a 'burn-off' was being conducted further down the mountain creating an unattractive cloud of smoke, but as the afternoon sun began to set the smoke started to turn pink and look like a thunder storm. (1286)

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THIS RUGGED BEAUTY

Wasp Head Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 13 April 2015

At the end of the beautiful Wasp Head Beach is this unusual rock formation. The colours of the stone range from white through yellow and even red and are very smooth in parts with distinct lines of harder and sharper rock. Trees and plant life grow on top of this rocky outcrop and seem to cascade down the sides. All of this rugged beauty overlooks a much softer white sandy beach with lovely blue water. Not a bad spot to spend a few lazy hours! (1285)

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A POINT IN CASE

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 12 April 2015

I might have said it before, but I do love walking on beaches at sunrise and I'm so often rewarded by beautifully coloured skies and sometimes even calm seas. The Anglesea main beach is a point in case with oranges and pinks lighting the sky in this image and because of the long exposure, a very flat and reflective sea completed the scene perfectly. (1284)

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A LITTLE VIOLENT

Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 11 April 2015

The sun begins to rise of Tomakin. It followed a very foggy start to the morning which cleared to reveal a striking cloud formation as the reds of the sunrise faded and the orange appeared. The sea was a little violent and near high tide as I climbed across very sharp rocks to get a better vantage point for my early photograph. Suffice to say I made it back without killing myself and be able to share this image with you today! (1283)

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HISTORIC RAILWAY BRIDGE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 10 April 2015

The Sandridge Bridge is a historic former railway bridge over the Yarra River in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The current bridge was designed by the Victorian Railways Department and the contract let to David Munro & Co in 1886, the four track bridge opening for traffic in 1888. The 178.4 metres (585 ft) long bridge which runs diagonally to the river's banks was redeveloped in 2006 as a new pedestrian and cycle path featuring public art. It is the third bridge on the site and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.' [Wikipedia] (1282)

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ABUNDANT BEAUTY

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 9 April 2015

On the south coast of New South Wales is a lovely little town called Eden. Undoubtedly called so by the first European to see it and recognise it's abundant beauty and likeness to the biblical place of the same name. I spent two nights here and had time to investigate some of the coastline, both north and south of the township and today's image is from one of the little bays I found. The remarkable part of this location was the red soil and rocks along the shore and the lovely green water I discovered that day. Much of this coastline is hard to navigate by foot due to the lush trees and bush that grows to the cliff edge and is almost impossible to walk through, except where there are tracks. It makes you wonder how the early settlers came ashore from their small sailing boats more than 200 years ago. (1281)

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NATURAL WONDERS

Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 8 April 2015

This iconic scene is from the western end of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Thousands, dare I say it, millions of photos have been taken of these rock stacks called the Twelve Apostles. Bus loads of tourists arrive every day of the year with each carrying dozens of camera totting passengers who generally want to take a photo of themselves or their loved one standing in front of the natural wonders and then be whisked away in their horseless carriages to another location along the road to bag yet another image to remind themselves of the holiday they are having. It reminds me of a wise person (name not now known) who said that we spend so much time behind the lens of a still or movie camera that we forget to soak in the atmosphere and spectacle of the event ... I can be guilty of this sometimes and I certainly can more easily remember the early mornings walking on beaches when I wasn't taking photos every few minutes. (1280)

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WONDERFUL ORANGE GLOW

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Today's image is from the end of the beach at Torquay. While similar to some other images I have created over the years, it is nonetheless another example of nature turning on a colourful sunrise just when I had almost given up hope that the mornings photo shoot would produce anything worthwhile. Luckily for me this brief spurt of colour was also reflected in a wet and reasonably flat sandy beach and the unremarkable crumbling cliff also produced a wonderful orange glow to compliment the scene. (1279)

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DEFINITELY WORTH THE VISIT

Charlotte Pass, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 6 April 2015

The view from Charlotte Pass is incredible. Rivers flow to the west from this high country area and wild flowers grow during the summer months before being covered by snow during the winter. I was able to drive most of the way to the pass with only a few hundred metres at the end down the pathways to reveal the true beauty of this lovely alpine region. Definitely worth the visit if you find yourself nearby! (1278)

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A BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN COLOUR

Spencers Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 5 April 2015

Spencers Creek is in Australia's alpine region and for a large part of the year the area is covered by snow. During the summer the landscape is revealed to show tufts of grass that have turned a beautiful golden colour under the bluest of skies, and the lack of trees provides a clue as to how harsh the weather can get in the colder months. (1277)

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PRETTY AS A PICTURE

Port Albert, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 4 April 2015

The quaint fishing village of Port Albert in Victoria's Gippsland region is as pretty as a picture first thing in the morning. It is a tiny place but there are dozens of boats and even before sunrise there were small fishing boats being launched from the boat ramp and then racing off into the darkness to, I suspect their favourite spot for attracting unsuspecting fish. (1276)

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NATURE DOESN'T HAVE ANY SUCH RULES

Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 3 April 2015

Sometimes I look at a photography and find it hard to say anything clever or knowledgeable about it ... the image is way better than anything I could type. This photo is a point in case. The morning was dark and there was fog over the water and the coastline. The sun began to rise and the sky lit up with the most amazing colours and then revealed a very unusual cloud formation that produced an almost vertical line across my image, both in the sky and in the reflected light on the water and wet sand. Some will look at this picture and say that it is heavily saturated in Photoshop, but in fact it has been toned down a little to make it look more realistic. It's funny how nature doesn't have any rules regarding what looks right, but people on G+ and FB can be quick to point out when I might have gone too far! (1275)

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THE LONG PIER

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 2 April 2015

I've shot this pier before, but usually at a very early sunrise and most often from below. I thought this view might provide a different perspective on the Bellarine Peninsular longest pier, and certainly the one with the most attractive view across the mouth of Port Phillip Bay. The sun is much higher in the sky than I normally like and of course much brighter than would normally be wise for a landscape photographer. I hope you like it. (1274)

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AUTHENTIC TO THE PERIOD

Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 1 April 2015

The historic Gulf Station at Yarra Glen boasts many original buildings including this wonderful old slab homestead. The property was established in the 1850's and is a local tourist attraction that is now run by the National Trust. Buildings from the early days almost always had wide verandas that helped keep the harsh summer weather off the walls, in the times before air-conditioning. I'm not sure that the iron table is from this era but everything else in view is very authentic to the period. (1273)

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