THE OLD CHURCH

Tarraville, Victoria, Australia

Friday 27 February 2015

'The tiny town of Tarraville, located near Port Albert, is notable for its early wooden Church of England - Christ Church.

The building is listed on National Estate records as Victorias second oldest timber building.

The Christ Church is a rectangular timber Gothic Revival which was built in 1856 to a design by J. H. W. Pettit and George Hastings.

It was reputedly the first church in Gippsland and is 'a rare surviving example of drop slab construction' with the building being constructed without the use of nails.' [www.tourismwellington.com.au] (1240)

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HISTORIC LANDMARK

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 26 February 2015

Today's my image is of the not so often shown underside of the Princes Bridge in Melbourne. When I captured the image the sun was very low and was shining into the cavern and highlighting the beautiful steel structure. The foundation stone for this bridge was laid in 1846 and opened in 1851 and has become one of Melbourne's historic landmarks. (1239)

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MORE SPECTACULAR

Breamlea, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 25 February 2015

This area of Thompson Creek is normally more of a wetland than a river but because the mouth of the creek at Point Impossibe is blocked by a sandbar, the water has bank back to make a more spectacular waterway for the locals and for me to take a sunset photo. (1238)

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THE OAST HOUSE

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 24 February 2015

'An oast, oast house or hop kiln is a building designed for kilning (drying) hops as part of the brewing process. They can be found in most hop-growing (and former hop-growing) areas and are often good examples of vernacular architecture. They consist of two or three storeys on which the hops were spread out to be dried by hot air from a wood or charcoal-fired kiln at the bottom. The drying floors were thin and perforated to permit the heat to pass through and escape through a cowl in the roof which turned with the wind. The freshly picked hops from the fields were raked in to dry and then raked out to cool before being bagged up and sent to the brewery.' [Wikipedia] (1237)

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FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND

13th Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 23 February 2015

One of the rookie mistakes a landscape photographer can make is to leave footprints in the pristine sand that will be in shot when the photograph is taken. Point in case is this recent image I took at 13th Beach where I traipsed the full length of the beach before turning around and realising the image was not bad behind me albeit with a long line of footprints. Most times, if there aren't too many they can be brushed out in Photoshop, and even this image I could have attempted to remove most of my clumsy mistake but it serves as a reminder of what not to do again. (1236)

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NOT ALL ARE RED

Red Rock Beach, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 22 February 2015

The rocks on Red Rock Beach are not all red! Some of them are actually green with moss, so I think this beach is misnamed. But naming problems aside it is one of the prettiest beaches around Geelong and that is a big statement considering all of the beautiful coast I have at my disposal. The morning I captured this image I was lucky enough to have a wonderful sunrise that shot sunrays up into the clouds & sky and provided a delightful distraction from the inappropriate green rocks in the foreground. (1235)

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LONG SHADOWS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 21 February 2015

The long shadows of the first light over Melbourne's Yarra River. This isn't a view of Melbourne that is normally seen as photographers generally look the other way at the city skyline. But I think the bend on the Yarra, lined with these beautiful old trees isn't a bad view either, particularly on a lovely morning like this. (1234)

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THE LAYERS

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Friday 20 February 2015

I am intrigued by the layers of rock in the cliffs at Urquhart Bluff, particularly when the early morning light catches the different colours in each. These layers would have been laid down over millions of years and sea is trying it's best to claim them back by erosion in just a few hundred years. Geology wasn't very interesting when I was at school but the older I get the more fascinating the subject gets. (1233)

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JETTIES ARE THE SAME

St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 19 February 2015

I have found that most jetties are the same, a number of posts sticking out of the water, a deck made of wood or concrete and a handrail on one or both sides. Fishermen love them, boaties tie up to them and sometimes swimmers diver from them. All in all exactly the same. Then there is this little jetty at St Kilda that has an unusual wall that I presume isn't just for looks, but it's purpose eludes me. Just when you think you have seen them all! (1232)

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THEY GO WELL TOGETHER

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Why do beaches and sunsets go so well together? I'm thinking that mankind has been pondering that question for several millennium. If I could hazard a guess, it has to do with the peacefulness that comes from the sound of waves, the smell of the sea and the end of the day's work and the expectation of not having to do anything other than sit and wait for the stars to shine. It could also be the soft colours that the sun produces as it slips past the horizon. What ever the reason, I could just sit and look at this type of scene forever! (1231)

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WONDERFUL OLD WOODEN POSTS

St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 17 February 2015

I stumbled upon the slipway at St Kilda's foreshore by accident. I had intended to go out onto the huge pier and marina but had arrived too late for the sunrise (there is nothing worse than driving an hour to get to a destination only to see the best sunrise happen half way into the journey), but I digress. I walked along the beach and found this instead. What impressed me was the wonderful old wooden posts that are now supporting a relatively new metal deck and these in turn are supporting two rusty old railway tracks that are doing a great job of holding up a flock of seagulls. (1230)

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DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR

Werribee, Victoria, Australia

Monday 16 February 2015

How wonderful is the ironwork on this new walking bridge over the Werribee River! I guess that most people wouldn't give it a second glance but having done a little metal work at school and having a father who is into metal fabrication, there is a lot of work and talent that has gone into this construction. And this is as good as it is going to be, the galvanised surface is still bright but will soon become dull and I figure that in time it will probably start to rust. The other thing that I noticed that was highly unusual were the lights. Each light is covered with a sphere that has random size holes all over the bottom two thirds and this creates lovely light spots on the concrete below and small lights in the handrail add to the overall lighting experience. 'Do yourself a favour' to quote Molly (an Australian joke!) and take a closer look at the workmanship of some of the things that we take for granted in our everyday life. (1229)

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UNBELIEVABLE RUGGEDNESS

Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 15 February 2015

The unbelievable ruggedness of this coastline that wrecked so many sailing boats in the early days just amazes me. The day I visited the weather was relatively calm yet the waves continually pounded the cliffs and rock stacks in an attempt to remove them from the map. It was a bit of a worry to think that the small point of rock I was standing on to capture this image would one day be claimed by the sea too ... luckily it wasn't today! (1228)

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SAND RIDGES

Breamlea, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 14 February 2015

I find it amazing that the wind can produce these sand ridges in the dunes on the beaches near where I live, and I presume on the beaches everywhere. I don't know how they start but I'm guessing that as one starts it causes the airflow to swirl and begin to produce more ridges and as these become established the swirls get more intense ... being a photographer and not a scientist I'm just guessing but would love to have someone who really knows set me straight. Whatever the reason, they sure make a great subject for a photo. (1227)

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FROM THE YARRA

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 12 February 2015

I think you could class this image as being taken at the end of the blue hour, just the tiny glimpse of pink starting to emerge. It is a view of Melbourne's Southbank from the Yarra River very early in the morning this week. I love the reflections cast by the lights along the river and the darker outlines of the buildings in the almost smooth water. (1225)

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A UNIQUE VIEW

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 11 February 2015

Standing in the middle of millions of dollars worth of yachts and boats was only one of the thoughts that crossed my mind as I walked through the marina at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. I really liked the look of all of the masts spearing the skyline, all without any of their sails flying and vigorously bobbing around to make a sharp photo more difficult to take. And I was eyeing off the changing colours in the sky as the sun rose and turned the clouds pink and blue. There was also a Ferris Wheel and office blocks in the background to make the scene even more busy ... perhaps too much so? Busy or not it is a unique view of the marina and one I've not seen before. (1224)

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SURROUNDED BY NATURE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 10 February 2015

At first glance it might be possible to get the feeling that this image is in a rural setting, with a pathway and trees lining a peaceful river. Then you catch a glimpse of the high rise buildings hidden between the trees and in the background and the illusion is shattered. This image is only five minutes walk from the CBD of Melbourne and the trees and pathway are overlooking the beautiful Yarra River. We are very lucky in Melbourne to have such wonderful public open spaces and parklands and to be able to leave the rat race behind for a few moments and be surrounded by nature. (1223)

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CITY FLOWERS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Monday 9 February 2015

At the eastern side of Birrarung Marr I found these sunflowers, nearing the end of their bloom with only one or two hanging on to see this mornings sunrise.

'Birrarung Marr is an inner-city park between the central business district in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and the Yarra River. It was opened in 2002. The name means 'river of mists' and 'river bank' in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people, the Indigenous inhabitants at the time of European settlement of the Melbourne area.' [Wikipedia] (1222)

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YOUR NEXT BREAK AWAY

Breamlea, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 8 February 2015

Beaches aren't the tidiest places in the world, but this is perhaps their enduring attraction. Beaches remind me of holidays, a chance to get away from the structure of everyday life and relax. I think that freedom from having to dress up and stay clean and tidy is great for recharging the battery to get through the rest of the year. So, if you are back at work and stuck in the normal routine, here is a glimpse of what your next holiday could be and perhaps you can put it on your computer screen as an incentive to look forward to your next break away. (1221)

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GREAT LATE AFTERNOON LIGHT

Point Impossible, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 7 February 2015

The things we do for a great reflective shot! Wet feet again trying to get this shot into the sun with reflections of the clouds in the foreground water. I can hear my daughter scolding me because she gave me a pair of waders for just this sort of an occasion, but I didn't go down to the beach with the intention of getting into the water so they were left in the boot of my car! All that aside, I hope you like the image taken next to the mouth of the Thompson Creek, with a huge sunburst and great late afternoon light. (1220)

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BUSKER ETIQUETTE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 6 February 2015

There were three groups of buskers in the Bourke Street Mall yesterday, a percussion duo near the Elizabeth Street end, a very talented trio singing and playing pop covers and Tash Sultana at the Swanston Street end playing very energetically 'Folk Blues Roots Alternative Acoustic Rock' (her description, www.tashsultana.com). I was very impressed at what appeared to be 'busker etiquette' where each of them took their turn and stopped to let the next group play. It was a beautiful afternoon in the mall and each set of buskers attracted large crowds, and hopefully sufficient funds to pay for their day. (1219)

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TOTALLY OUT OF PLACE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 5 February 2015

I had a lovely day today, visiting Melbourne to view the 'Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism' at the State Library and then wandering around the CBD looking at the interesting and unusual in a city bustling with people, trams, buses and cars. These lamps caught my eye outside the old Post Office building. Their different sizes, shapes and materials tied together with string and sitting on the foundation stones of the historic building looked interesting and totally out of place in a modern city of today. (1218)

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THE 'POP' RECIPE

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 4 February 2015

I get very pleased with myself when a photo just 'pops' during post processing. This image is a point in case. If you look at it as large as you can, you almost feel like you can walk into the scene, across the native grass of the open area, straight past the little clouds that are hanging just above the tree line and then up into the mountains at the back. I wish I could bottle the 'pop' recipe because it has been a bit hit and miss for me lately. I'm not sure if it is because I'm tired or if the pressure to post a new photo every day is taking it's toll. But tonight I sit here and feel like I've got my mojo back again! Apologies for the chest beating. (1217)

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HELLS GATE

Entrance Island, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Hells Gates is the name of the mouth of Macquarie Harbour on the West Coast of Tasmania. It is a notoriously shallow and dangerous channel entrance to the harbour. The actual channel is between Macquarie Heads on the west and Entrance Island (pictured here) on the east (the main length of the harbour runs southeast of Hells Gates). [Wikipedia] (1216)

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ONLY TWO ROCK STACKS

Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia

Monday 2 February 2015

This image is taken from the eastern side of the Twelve Apostles viewing area. It shows only two rock stacks while the other side has considerably more, but is also more often photographed. I am not sure if I should persevere with taking photos into the sun, particularly when the sun is higher in the sky as it shows too many sun spots and a 'foggy' appearance that I'm not fond of and have trouble minimising. (1215)

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DROPS OF WATER ON THE GRASS

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 1 February 2015

The drops of water on the grass in the foreground might give an indication as to how cold and wet it was on the morning I visited Queenscliff. The sun struggled to breakthrough the clouds and there weren't very many boats leaving the safe haven of the new marina. (1214)

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