THE YARRA RIVER MONSTER

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 26 March 2015

'Deborah Halpern (born 1957 in Melbourne) is an artist working in Victoria Australia, notable for her prominent and popular works of public art. Halpern is a sculptor, mosaic artist and ceramic artist

Inspired by the free spirit of Pablo Picasso Deborah's famous works include the surreal sculpture such as 'Angel' which was once featured in the moat of the National Gallery of Victoria (but since relocated to Birrarung Marr)' [Wikipedia] (1267)

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MUCH BETTER WAVES

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 25 March 2015

Today's photo shows the full length of Torquay's surf beach looking west. Not so attractive at this end but a lovely sandy beach at the other end, and I'm assured much better waves too. The building in the background is the Surf Lifesaving Club used by the selfless volunteers that man this section of the coast during the summer months. (1266)

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WAITING IN THE LANE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Laneways in Melbourne can be tricky to photograph, very low light particularly on overcast days, moving people everywhere, and yesterday also rain. But I couldn't help myself and took this image of one with a motorbike sitting outside a barber shop waiting for it's owner to return. I also took an image looking back the other way with cafe diners enjoying Melbourne's wonderful coffee ... but I will leave that one for another day. (1265)

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A LOVELY MELBOURNE SKYLINE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Monday 23 March 2015

This morning, sitting on the platform at Marshall Station at 5:45am I came to the sudden realisation that I incorrectly read the train timetable the night before & I was going to miss the sunrise in Melbourne. And if that wasn't bad enough, the wind was gusting and it was trying to rain. Sure enough, half way to Melbourne I looked out the window of the train and saw the best sunrise, vivid reds and oranges and there was still more 45 minutes to reach my destination. Jumping off the train at Southern Cross Station and catching two trams I finally made it out St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance just as the colour in the sky vanished. On arrival I was however greeted with a lovely Melbourne skyline and a stunning view back into the city along St Kilda Road. All in all ... not a bad result for what I had imagined was going to be a disastrous morning. (1264)

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SUNDAY SPECIAL

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 22 March 2015

A soft and laid back image for today as the end of the weekend fast approaches … a Sunday Special if you like. Trees that grow around our coastline have to be tougher than most, with the rocks they grow in, the wind that pounds their foliage and the salt air that should make it impossible to thrive, but these two Eucalyptus overlooking Cattle Bay stand head and shoulders above the other weathered trees. (1263)

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CALM & PEACEFUL

Werribee, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 21 March 2015

My best photos seem to all have water in them, either at the beach or on a river like this one in Werribee. I was so lucky to find this river on a very still morning with the surface almost glass like and just one or two fluffy pink clouds in the sky and also reflected in the water below. It is the end of Saturday here, so hope you like this calm & peaceful image to start your weekend off. (1262)

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TESTIMONIES TO PERSEVERANCE

Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria, Australia

Friday 20 March 2015

Near the end of the Great Ocean Road is a stretch of coast that is littered with rock stacks, from the Twelve Apostles through to the Bay of Martyrs. In the middle of this wonder is the Loch Ard Gorge and the surrounding inlets with their wonderful testimonies to perseverance against the Southern Ocean and the winds that pound from the harsh south. This one is called the Razorback and is more elongated than the others, but just as spectacular in appearance. (1261)

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LASTED A FLEETING MOMENT

Rye, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 19 March 2015

Walking along the Rye beach waiting for the sun to rise, I was disappointed to find that the pink in the sky only lasted a fleeting moment and went back to grey. Luckily I was able to captured this small burst of colour along with part of the pier in the background and then begin planning the next mornings photo shoot and hope for something a bit more spectacular. (1260)

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THE ROAD TO BERMAGUI

Cuttagee Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 18 March 2015

I love traveling along country roads and over old wooden bridges like this one. You can see where some of the wooden planks have been replaced on this bridge and as a result are missing the original road surface. There are weeds along the edges and the side railings are crooked and have rust stains running down the fading white posts from the old metal bolts. There is a distinct sound created by these old bridges when you drive over them, like every bolt is loose and that the timber is only just sitting there. Sometimes with the really old bridges, I hold my breath until reaching the other side, and breathe a sigh of relief when I finally make it to safety at the end. (1259)

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MORNING HUNTING

Tomaga River, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 17 March 2015

I became very excited when I drove over the Tomaga River and saw the incredible cloud formation that was being mirrored in the water below, with a warm sunrise thrown in for good measure. You can't plan a scene like this … it is purely good luck, but if you aren't out morning after morning hunting for the next great image, then you will never have good luck. It reminds me of the old saying, 'the harder I work the luckier I get'! (1258)

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WAVES STILL SPLASH OVER IT

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 16 March 2015

At one end of Eden's main swimming beach is this wonderful rock pool, constructed a long time ago as a safe alternative for the locals to use. The pool is almost full of sand that has been washed in by the sea and it is now impossible to swim laps due to the lack of depth but the waves still splash over it at one end and gush out through the rectangle slots at the other end. (1257)

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FIRE & BRIMSTONE

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 15 March 2015

I'm not sure what brimstone looks like, but the fiery sky and this rock jutting out into Cattle Bay reminded me of the old biblical term of fire and brimstone. I particularly love the yacht nestled into the saddle of the rock and the smooth streaming water that chose to wet my feet (and moved my tripod which took a lot of work to fix in Photoshop!) as I captured the image. (1256)

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STEAM-LOCOMOTIVE FUEL CROSSED THIS BRIDGE

Kilkunda, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 14 March 2015

'The 91 m long Kilcunda Bridge was built over the Bourne Creek. It is protected by the National Trust. This trestle bridge was constructed for the Victorian Railways to carry coal from what was then known as the Powlett Coal Fields. It is a particularly significant monument because most of the steam-locomotive fuel that serviced the Victorian Railways network, from 1911 until 1978, crossed over this bridge. Since disused, the bridge is now a tourist attraction and a part of the Bass Coast Rail Trail.' [Wikipedia] (1255)

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THE LIGHTHOUSE

Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia

Friday 13 March 2015

'Cape Otway Lighthouse is a lighthouse on Cape Otway in southern Victoria, Australia. The light was first lit in 1848 using a first order Fresnel lens and it was the second lighthouse completed on mainland Australia and it now remains the oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia.' [Wikipedia] (1254)

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THE MOST TENACIOUS

Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 12 March 2015

The vegetation around the coastline of the Great Ocean Road must take a beating from the relentless winds and as you can see in the foreground of this image, only the most tenacious grasses and bushes survive. This photo was taken very early in the morning and you can see the sun just starting to light up the tops of the rock stacks and the cliffs on the right hand side. (1253)

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WHAT I FOUND AT THE TOP

Thredbo, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 11 March 2015

Normally covered in snow during the winter and spring, this is one of the ski runs at Thredbo. I took the chair lift to the top of the one of main slope which overlooks Mount Kosciuszko's peak and had a coffee at the café with the highest view in Australia. Before coming down I spotted these small flowers in amongst the golden grass taking a last look at the warm sun before the onset of the colder months and being completely covered with snow and skiers. (1252)

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SPECTACULAR PASTEL SHADES

Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 10 March 2015

I have just returned from a two week road trip across Victoria and up the southern coast of New South Wales. The most magical photo shoot during that time was at Tomakin Beach where a sea mist rolled in just as the sun began to rise creating the most spectacular pastel shades over the entire scene and together with the wonderful rock formations contributed to a very pleasant image, in my humble opinion! (1251)

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THE LAKE IS EVEN MORE SO

Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 9 March 2015

I awoke in Jindabyne this morning and took a wander down to the lake as the sun began to rise. This is a wonderful part of the world that was completely transformed in the 1960's when the Snowy River Hydro Electric Scheme was being built and the old town of Jindabyne was relocated to it's present location and the old town submerged into the newly formed lake. The new town is beautiful and the lake is even more so. (1250)

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TWISTED SNOW GUMS

Charlotte Pass, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 8 March 2015

The beautiful Snow Gum Board Walk at Charlotte Pass was a great treat this afternoon. It is high in the Alpine region of Australia and although it is summer time here, the scenery is still very attractive and these twisted Snow Gums are so pretty as they enjoy the warmer weather before being surrounded by snow in a few months time. (1249)

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BROWN'S COWS

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Saturday 7 March 2015

My early morning rise was well and truly rewarded with a visual treat of more than twenty balloons taking off and flying over our national capital. The morning was very still and this makes for good ballooning although as each took off they seemed to drift off in a south westerly direction so there must have been a bit of a breeze. The only problem that I encountered was the behaviour of the pilots who seemed to totally disregard my desire to have all of the balloons in shot together as they took off and flew away like 'Brown's Cows'. (1248)

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THE PUBLIC JETTY

Mossy Point, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 6 March 2015

As I drove down to the water at Mossy Point, all I could see were boat sheds and jetties that had private signs on them and I was beginning to worry that I wouldn't get a shot or two of the lovely morning light over the water. Then between two bushes I found a sign that said 'Public Jetty' and a very skinny wooden structure appeared inviting me to take a very careful walk out onto the water. And I did ... after I captured this image. (1247)

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UNEXPECTED AND EERIE

Tomakin, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 5 March 2015

This mornings expeditions to Tomakin Beach was unexpected and eerie with fog rolling in just as the sun began to rise. It created a beautiful pastel pink light with the end of the beach partly obscured by the fog and fingers of colour in the low hanging clouds stretching out towards me. I don't think that this photo quite does the experience justice, but it does give you a bit of a feeling for what I witnessed. (1246)

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ABANDONED YACHT

Wasp Head Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 4 March 2015

A sunny beach scene today. I didn't get out of bed early enough this morning to get a sunrise so had to be content with a midmorning excursion to South Durras and the little beach just past it called Wasp Head. There were a few people on the sand at the other end and this small yacht abandoned at this end. (1245)

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ROLLING HILLS

Central Tilba, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Moving further up the south coast of New South Wales early this morning, I stopped at Central Tilba and walked several hundred metres back down the road to where I had earlier seen this gorgeous scene. Mount Dromedary in the background caught my eye first, but the cows grazing on the luscious green grass of the rolling hills helped created a very balanced image. (1244)

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BRIGHT & PEACEFUL

Wapengo Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 2 March 2015

On my way up the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, I stopped at this single lane bridge and walked down into the creek bed with it's exposed rock bed and water pools. I particularly liked the reflection of the little white bridge in the water, with a beautiful blue sky and a sunny day making a bright and peaceful scene in rural New South Wales. (1243)

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TODAY WAS THE FORMER

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 1 March 2015

What an exciting morning today. A quick trip down to Cocora beach and I was rewarded with this wonderful sunrise. Sometimes one gets lucky without the planning, and other times it is hard work that is rewarded. Today was the former, thank goodness! (1242)

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