ST GEORGE AND THE DRAGON

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 1 August 2014

Another historic landmark in Melbourne is the State Library. 'The library opened in 1856, with a collection of 3,800 books chosen by Mr Justice Barry, the President of Trustees. The library now holds over 2 million books and 16,000 serials, including the diaries of the city's founders, John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner, and the folios of Captain James Cook, R.N.. It also houses the original armour of Ned Kelly.' [Wikipedia] This statue at the front of the building is of St George and the Dragon and Jeanne d'Arc is on the far side. (1029)

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STILL IMPRESSIVE

Carlton, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 31 July 2014

The incredible Royal Exhibition Building is located in the Carlton Gardens on the edge of Melbourne's CBD. A number of fountains are dotted around the perimeter of the heritage listed building including this one at the side entrance. While the water wasn't running, the fountain is still impressive, particularly with the building behind it. (1028)

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CREATE NEW LIFE

Heritage Landing, Gordon River, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 30 July 2014

At the top of the river, the cruise boat docked at Heritage Landing and allowed us to walk along a winding track through the heritage listed wilderness. It was almost impossible to take a photo as the forest was so dense causing a lack of light. At one or two places a huge Huon Pine had fallen to the ground taking other trees with it and the lichen and moss had begun to break down the decaying timber and create new life for the next millennium. (1027)

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A LOVELY SURPRISE

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 29 July 2014

A blood red sunrise was a lovely surprise for me on the Jan Juc beach yesterday. While looking at it, I thought to myself that people won't believe this is real, it was so vivid! (1026)

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ALMOST TRAPPED

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Monday 28 July 2014

I came close to getting trapped by a rising tide this morning. The narrow gap between the cliff on the left and the rock stack on the right is the only way back to the steps leading to the cliff top. The sunrise this morning was spectacular and I got carried away with taking photos of it and nearly didn't make it back ... I was lucky enough that the water across this gap was just low enough when the wave went back to let me jump over it, albeit getting wet boots. Note to self, check the tide times before venturing near the sea. (1025)

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CRACKED ASPHALT SURFACE

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 27 July 2014

It is hard to imagine that the small township of Daylesford ever needed a railway platform as long as this, but here it is in it's obvious state of disrepair. I love the large mosaic pattern of the cracked asphalt surface, exaggerated by the low angle of the early morning sun. This historic station is now home to a heritage railway run by volunteer enthusiasts. (1024)

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MY USUAL REWARD

Sunnymead, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 26 July 2014

The wonderful Sunnymead Beach is a photographers paradise, so many different views and angles that make you want to stay all day capturing natures beauty. Fortunately the lovely morning light didn't last all day so I came home via a local café where I had breakfast … one of my usual rewards for getting up so early. (1023)

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THE ARTIST

Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia

Friday 25 July 2014

At the recent historic Gulf Station open day I found this wonderful artist who hand paints old saw blades, milk tins, wine barrels and even plow discs. I asked him if he minded me taking the picture, which he didn't but commented that some people take photos of his work to copy it, something I reassured him I wouldn't and in fact couldn't do! I really admire this quality of work and have kicked myself since that I didn't buy the red milk tin with the old Arnott's Biscuits logo on it ... reminded me of my childhood. (1022)

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PROVIDED A GREAT PATTERN

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 24 July 2014

Lovely swirls today, the waves were getting in the way of my image so I took a photo of them. The waves provided a great pattern as it flowed between the rocks at Cumberland River on the Great Ocean Road. (1021)

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AN INVITING PLACE TO BE

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Another beautiful morning at Torquay on Victoria's Surf Coast. With the weather being so cold at the moment, it is great to look back a few months to when the sun did shine and the beach was an inviting place to be. (1020)

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USED FOR CEREMONIAL OCCASIONS

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Monday 21 July 2014

When I last visited Canberra, I took an early morning drive to the top of Mt Ainslie and was able to capture the city beginning to wake up on a cold Sunday morning. The most striking feature of this image is Anzac Parade, the red strip in the centre. It is 'a significant road and thoroughfare in the Australian capital Canberra, is used for ceremonial occasions and is the site of many major military memorials and is named in honour of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps of World War I' [Wikipedia] (1019)

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I WAS THRILLED

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 20 July 2014

This is a photograph of the oldest bridge across the Barwon River at Barwon Heads. It survived an attempt to be replaced a few years ago and luckily was given a face lift with a second walking bridge built alongside to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. This shot was taken in the early morning and I was thrilled to get a sunburst through the railings (as you might guess, it doesn't take much to thrill this photographer!) (1018)

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WATCH THE RIVER FLOW

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 19 July 2014

This abandoned dinghy lies in the shadow of an autumn tree on the bank of the Derwent River. The sun is going down on another wonderful day in the Apple Isle and time for a small beverage as I watch the river flow past my room for the night. (1017)

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WHAT IT COULD BE LIKE

Swansea, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 19 July 2014

Some of the Tasmanian coastline can be 'wild & woolly' and not the best place to be in bad weather. While it wasn't that bad when I travelled around the island state, this picture of the grass along the Swansea beach gives an indication of what it could be like! (1016)

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EVERY WATERWAY IS A PICTURE

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 17 July 2014

A stop off on my way across Tasmania to Strahan to view a small stream in the Franklin-Gordon National Park. The wilderness in this state is amazing and every waterway is a picture waiting to be taken, as I did with this one. (1015)

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NOT SAFE AT ALL

St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 16 July 2014

I couldn't believe this pier on Georges Bay … it was in total disrepair with the end dipping down towards the water. Not safe at all, but on a positive note it provided a great backdrop to my photo today with it's reflections in the bay soon after sunrise. (1014)

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UNBELIEVABLY INTERESTING

Lorne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 15 July 2014

I'm sure you think I go looking for rocks for my photos … well I don't, they just seem to get in the road of all the great image along the Great Ocean Road. And most of them are unbelievably interesting, like these ones just west of Lorne. The hill in the background isn't too bad either! (1013)

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OUTDO THE COLOURS

Red Rock Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 14 July 2014

The wonderful colours in these rocks almost outdo the colours in the morning sky as the sun rises. These are some of the most unusual rocks I have come across along Victoria's Surfcoast! (1012)

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I REALLY ADMIRE SCOTTISH PHOTOGRAPHERS

Loch Ard, Scotland

Sunday 13 July 2014

Being an Australian Photographer in Scotland I found the light so hard to understand. Everything seems so much softer, and hard for me to brighten in post production to what I remember the scene to be. I really admire the Scottish photographers who can make their images come alive. I love this scene of Loch Ard but I just couldn't make it sparkle the way I know it was on the day. (1011)

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BETTER THAN ANY WORDS I COULD WRITE

Bell's Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 12 July 2014

Early mornings on Bell's Beach can be so rewarding, and this image can explain better than any words I could write, so I will leave it there and let you soak in the colour and movement of one of my favourite sections of coastline. (1010)

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SO MANY SHIPS AND LIVES WERE LOST

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Friday 11 July 2014

Today I have a little more of Victoria's rugged coastline, part of the 'Shipwreck Coast' which claimed dozens of early sailing ships coming to and from Melbourne. The sea is relentless and the rocks are rugged and not having the navigation aides of today, it is no wonder so many ships and lives were lost. (1009)

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ORANGE TOPPED ROCKS

Binalong Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 10 July 2014

These orange lichen topped rocks are littered all over Binalong Bay and provide lovely colour to this little cove. Hope you like it as much as I did when I visited it recently! (1008)

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UNUSUAL STRIPES

Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Today's image is of the unusual striped lighthouse in Devonport, on the north coast of Tasmania. The white and red really stand out against the blue sky as I expect they were intended to do. The lighthouse is located at Mersey Bluff which gives a great view of shipping coming in and out of the port, including the ferry that I took back to the mainland. (1007)

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THE ROCK CIRCLE

St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 8 July 2014

This colourful rock circle is located near St Helens in Tasmania's east. With the tide receding a small pool of water is left behind to reflect the cloudy sky. I love the orange stains on the rocks that provide a wonderful contrast to the blue in the sky. (1006)

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THE LOG BESIDE THE LAGOON

Scamander, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 7 July 2014

On the way from St Helens to Swansea I crossed a long bridge at Scamander. Parking the car on the other side I walked towards the ocean and this log sitting beside the lagoon caught my eye, along with the colourful rocks surrounding it. (1005)

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SO SOFT AND COLOURFUL

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 6 July 2014

This image took 8 seconds to expose, which gives you an idea of how dark it was early on the morning I visited Point Lonsdale. I love this time of the day, generally there is little wind, there definitely isn't anyone around, except the odd pesky fisherman ... and I don't mean odd in the peculiar way, and the light is so soft and colourful. If only the whole day could be like this! (1004)

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ROCKY COVES

Binalong Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 5 July 2014

The beautiful Binalong Bay on Tasmania's east coast was bright and sunny on the day I visited. There were a number of rocky coves to explore and photograph and the rocks with their orange colour on the top half made for an interesting scene. (1003)

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SHORTER THAN IT REALLY IS

Cape Nelson, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 3 July 2014

The beautiful Cape Nelson lighthouse is a great tourist attraction in Victoria's far west. On the road to the lighthouse I had the opportunity to use my new 70-300mm lens and at the long end it makes to road look so much shorter that it really is. (1002)

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VERY SPECIAL TO EXPERIENCE

Lake Connewarra, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 2 July 2014

A sunrise over Lake Connewarra on a very still morning … very special to experience and even better to photograph. We are in the middle of winter here in the southern hemisphere so the mornings are now very cold making it hard to get out of bed! (1001)

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