A POPULAR DESTINATION

Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 29 June 2016

'Portarlington is a historic coastal township located on the Bellarine Peninsula, 28 km from the city of Geelong, in the state of Victoria, Australia. The gently rising hills behind the town feature vineyards and olive groves, overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Portarlington is a popular family holiday destination and a centre of fishing and aquaculture (mussels).' [Wikipedia] (1728)

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AN IMPORTANT BIRD AREA

Hawley Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 28 June 2016

'Hawley Beach is a seaside resort town 22 kilometres (14 mi) from the nearest main town (Devonport). At the 2006 census, the town had a population of 596. Nearby is the small town of Port Sorell and locality of Shearwater.

Hawley Beach is known for its minute red sand crabs, hooded plovers and reasonable fishing. It borders the Rubicon Estuary, which has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area because of its importance for waders, especially pied oystercatchers.' [Wikipedia] (1727)

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THE LOCH

Loch Ard, Scotland

Monday 27 June 2016

'Loch Ard (Scottish Gaelic: Loch na h-Àirde) is a body of fresh water in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park of the Stirling District in Scotland. The name of the loch comes from àird, the Scottish Gaelic word for a promentory, headland, height, ultimately from àrd meaning high. The loch is approximately 4 kilometres long by 2 kilometres wide and runs approximately east-west along a sheltered glen.' [Wikipedia] (1726)

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SO REWARDING

Mount Stirling, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 26 June 2016

A visit to Victoria's high country is so rewarding. The views are amazing, the native bushland is unique and the history is great. Craig's Hut on Mount Stirling ticks all of these boxes, perched where it can overlook the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trees and bushes are typical of sub-Alpine areas and the old cattlemen's hut (not really that old) makes the scene look like it could be from the 1800's. Already looking forward to going back, next time for an overnight camp so that I can capture an early morning shot of this wonderful spot. (1725)

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PERFECT EXPERIENCE

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 25 June 2016

The reflections of the sky and rock are what attracted me to this scene. Oh, and the wondeful orange and pink sky of the early morning sunrise, and not forgetting the lovely white sand. And, did I mention that there was not a living soul on the beach at this time of the day? Just about the most perfect experience in the world! (1724)

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FARMED FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS

Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia

Friday 24 June 2016

'Established in the 1850s, Gulf Station was farmed for nearly 100 years by the Bell family.
Scottish settlers Agnes and William Bell were the first to lease the land where the property was established.

From the 1850s to the 1950s, Gulf Station supplied produce to gold miners of the district. The National Trust acquired stewardship of the property in 1976 and restored its buildings and cottage garden.

Gulf Station hosts regular events and activities including Heritage Festivals, Talks, Workshops and Lost Tradition Days where you can see working horses, sheep being sheared, butter being made in traditional churns and wood being worked without using power tools.' [nationaltrust.org.au] (1723)

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IN THE PARK

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 23 June 2016

The area occupied by Johnstone Park was originally known as Western Gully, a watercourse that drained towards Corio Bay. In 1849 a dam was built at the downstream end of the gully, near the present Gheringhap Street roundabout. The dam was fenced off in 1851 after at least one person and several horses drowned. The area was made into a park in March 1872, named after former Geelong mayor Robert De Bruce Johnstone. The park stretched from Gheringhap Street to Latrobe Terrace. In December that year the first band concert was held by the Geelong Artillery Corps band. An octagonal wooden bandstand was erected in the park during November 1873. [Wikipedia] (1722)

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SPEAK FOR ITSELF

Sand Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 22 June 2016

There isn't enough ways to say how beautiful Victoria's Surfcoast is. I have described it so many times that I'm beginning to repeat the same phrases, so perhaps today I will just let the image speak for itself as the sun rises over Sand Gully Beach. (1721)

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JUST SUCH A REMINDER

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 21 June 2016

On a very cold winters day, it is nice to think about the warmer months and see the sun again. Today's photo is just such a reminder, back when the sun was able to rise in a cloudless sky. The warm rays of light slide across the surface of the ocean towards the beach, where sun seekers are soon to be found. Waves continuously lap at the white sand and the nearby cliffs are covered with low, weathered flora. The long Point Lonsdale pier pushes out into the 'rip' as if pointing to the new day. (1720)

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LOW LIGHT

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Monday 20 June 2016

'The white lighthouse at Queenscliff was built 1862 to replace an earlier wooden lighthouse erected in 1853. It is built of the same bluestone that was used to build the Black Lighthouse but was painted white to distinguish it in daylight. The lamps and housings were manufactured by Chance Brothers in England. The light was converted to gas in 1890 and later converted to electricity in 1924. The lighthouse forms the front, or low, of a system of lights that gives mid-channel direction when in line with the High Light.' [lighthouses.org.au] (1719)

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CONVICT SITE

Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 19 June 2016

'Part of Tasmania's World Heritage Convict Sites, Brickendon Historic Farm and Convict Village is located just outside Longford, in northern Tasmania. Built by William Archer in 1824, the village is still owned by his descendents.

You have a rare chance to see the convict-built Gothic chapel, Dutch barns, chicken house, blacksmith shop and tool shed.' [discovertasmania.com.au] (1718)

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FAVOURITE DESTINATION

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 18 June 2016

'Standing to the east of our city on Corio Bay is our much loved and magnificent Art Deco masterpiece, Eastern Beach. It has been a favourite destination for families since opening in the late 1930s and it is as popular today as it was back then.

Eastern Beach was fully restored during the 1990’s as the first part of our major Waterfront precinct rejuvenation. In recent years the enclosure has had its children’s pool upgraded as well. The swimming enclosure is one of Geelong’s most well-known icons.' [intown.com.au] (1717)

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WHAT COULD BE BETTER

Sand Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 17 June 2016

Another image from Sand Gully. This is a very photogenic beach with beautifully coloured cliffs and white sand. There are enough rocks to make the scene interesting and with a few strategically placed clouds, what could be better? (1716)

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DANGER

Point Danger, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 16 June 2016

You might be able to guess why this area was called Point Danger by the early settlers. The rough sea and the huge rocks along this portion of the coast would have caused certain ruin for any ships that can too close. The stretch from Cape Otway to Port Fairy is aptly named the 'Shipwreck Coast'. Wikipedia cites 638 known shipwrecks along Victoria's coast, many of them along this stretch. (1715)

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LEFT HIGH & DRY

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 15 June 2016

This little pier is located in Barwon Heads, on the river side of the bridge. I was lucky enough to visit recently when the tide was out, enabling me to walk a long way upriver to where the pier and a number of boats had been left high and dry. The pier doesn't look all that substantial when viewed from this angle, but come high tide, there will be a number of fishermen using it, dangling their hooks in the water below. (1714)

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SOAKED WITH SUNLIGHT

Sand Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Wet rocks, soaked with water and morning sunlight look glass like in this image taken on Sand Gully Beach. The light blue sky reflected in the foreground water and contrasts well with the golden orange of the sunrise. Nearby crumbling cliffs overlook the scene and lines of fluffy clouds finish off the image as another day begins. (1713)

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WINDLESS AIR

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 13 June 2016

A very dull photo today. Fog over Corio Bay early in the morning is a little spooky, with the moored boats disappearing into the fog and beyond. The Griffins Gully jetty can be clearly seen in the foreground, but the other side of the bay is completely missing. Makes one wonder what it would have been like for the very early sailors who ventured from their home shores to the unknown worlds in tiny little ships, and then encountering fog. No GPS navigation in those days and certainly no engines to keep them going in the windless air. (1712)

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COLOURFUL DESCRIPTION

Binalong Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 12 June 2016

The sand on this part of Tasmania's east coast is incredibly white, and the water so aqua in colour. The number of footprints in the sand are a bit of a giveaway to how popular this beach is, but when I walked along this stretch, there wasn't a sole to be seen. The rocks surrounding this bay are also known for their colourful orange colour. A beautiful blue sky tops of the colourful description of a wonderful place to visit. (1711)

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MORE'S THE PITY

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 11 June 2016

This lovely little bay is just outside of Eden, on New South Wales' south coast. This area of Australia is particulars beautiful, and it varies so much around every corner I visited. Within the beauty of this image are a few 'ugly spots'. A rope that has washed up on the beach, alongside seaweed and even tree branches. It is almost impossible to visit a beach these days without finding evidence of the human race, more's the pity. (1710)

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A PERENNIAL RIVER

Werribee, Victoria, Australia

Friday 10 June 2016

'The Werribee River is a perennial river of the Port Phillip catchment that is located on the plain west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The headwaters of a tributary, the Lerderderg River, are north of Ballan near Daylesford and it flows across the basalt plain, through the suburb of Werribee to enter Port Phillip. A linear park follows the Werribee River along much of its course. In total the Werribee River completes a journey of approximately 110 kilometres.' [Wikipedia] (1709)

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DUNE CALCARENITE

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 9 June 2016

'Point Roadknight is a narrow ridge of dune calcarenite that parallels the adjoining Urquhart Bluff Beach. The point and its reef protrude 500 m to the east and afford considerable protection to the beach.

The beach is 700 m long and faces north-east. It lies between the slippery Soapy Rocks and the point. ' [visitgreatoceanroad.org.au] (1708)

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GRACEFUL ARC

Norman Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Walking along Norman Beach, on Victoria's Wilsons Promontory, I noticed that Tidal River took a sharp left hand turn and then made a graceful arc around this cone shaped rock. The lush trees from the National Park grow down to the water line and the sand on the beach is beautifully white and pristine. This area of Victoria is so nice, as evidenced by the hoards of people that come here to camp during the warmer months. (1707)

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PEACEFUL

Port Albert, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 7 June 2016

A peaceful early morning image from Port Albert, on Victoria's east coast. There wasn't much activity in the sleepy little fishing village as I strolled along the waterfront. These fishing boats sit idle, either waiting to go to work, or having recently come back from an overnight trip. The bollards along the seawall were strung together by a solid chain and the water was almost perfectly flat, allowing for a great reflection of the yellow sky. (1706)

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WONDERFUL SCENERY

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Monday 6 June 2016

I had a friend around today to do a bit of Photoshoping together. We worked on this image and experimented with a number of different techniques used by the Photoshop experts that I have watched & learned from over the years. The image is a morning sunrise over the 'Heads' at Point Lonsdale, with a great star burst and reflections in the low tide pools. This is a great spot to take photographs, with most local photographers coming here regularly to capture the wonderful scenery. (1705)

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EVERYTHING YOU NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT RIPPLES

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 5 June 2016

'Ripples are relatively small, elongated ridges that form on bed surfaces perpendicular to current flow. With continuous current flow in one direction, asymmetrical ripples form. Asymmetrical ripples contain a steeper slope downstream. With an alternation in current flow from one direction to the opposite symmetrical ripples form. Symmetrical ripples tend to have the same slope on both sides of the crest.

Symmetrical ripples form as water molecules oscillate in small circles. A particle of water within a wave does not move with the wave but rather it moves in a small circle between the wave crest and wave trough. This movement of water molecules is the same for all water molecules effected by the wave. The water molecules continue to do this to a depth equal to 1/2 the wavelength. The water molecule traveling in a circular pattern interacts with the sediment on the floor and moves the sediment into symmetrical ripples.' [Wikipedia] (1704)

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NO SURFERS

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 4 June 2016

Dark clouds formed over the Jan Juc coast. Although almost black on the bottom, these clouds had a bright pink top, being the reflection of the setting sun late in the afternoon. The waves were white from the rough surf and froth was being left all over the beach. The Jan Juc surf lifesaving club house was perched high in the dunes to the left of the image but there were no surfers to watch out for that day. (1703)

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THE UPSIDE

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Friday 3 June 2016

The beach at Barwon Heads was an amazing mess when I visited recently. The bad weather had obviously brought up huge amounts of seaweed from the ocean floor and deposited it all over the sand and rocks. The upside, from my point of view, was the way the late afternoon sun caught the orange coloured weed and almost made it glow. It turned an almost boring scene into a colourful picture. (1702)

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CORIO BAY FOG

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 2 June 2016

Boy was it cold this morning! We have been waiting for winter to finally arrive, and I had to be out in it when it decided to visit Geelong. Cold fingers, nose and ears were the result as I tried to capture boats on Corio Bay in the fog. Luckily there wasn't any rain and a flock of seven seagulls almost stood still long enough for me to capture this image of Cunningham Pier with boats moored in front of it. I'm not sure about taking photos of fog. I love colourful images but this one almost turned out high key, because the sun refused to show itself all morning. A positive for the morning though was the lack of fishermen ... not one of them was brave enough to come out in the cold! (1701)

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TOTAL SOLITUDE

Inverloch, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 1 June 2016

I'm a great fan of the early morning photo shoot. There is something wonderful about the peace and quiet, the soft colourful light and the absence of other people that appeals to me. The photoshoot at Inverloch overlooking the waterway and pier was such an experience, although there were two fishermen on the end of the pier that interfered with my need for total solitude. The colours in the sky were so amazing that I almost didn't mind the fishermen ... this time. (1700)

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