THE BLUFF

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 20 August 2017

'Located near the mouth of Barwon River, Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary protects 17ha predominately composed of reef. The eastern half of the reef is basalt, formed from lava flow, and is exposed to the flow of the river. The western side is old sandstone and influenced by ocean swell. On the outer edges of the reef are the wrecks of two ships. The variation in conditions across the reef results in the presence of a huge diversity of plants and animals. ' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (2145)

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DON'T GET TRAPPED

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 19 August 2017

The cliffs along the Great Ocean Road are ever changing. The sea keeps encroaching the land with the result that the tall rock faces eventually give up and fall to the beach below, where the tides continue to dominate. I find that it is important to consult the tide times before venturing to some of these beaches so that I don't get trapped by the sea. Even though the tide had turned and was meant to be subsiding, I still had a difficult time passing this stretch of Addiscot Beach. (2144)

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GOLDEN GLOW

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Friday 18 August 2017

'Elizabeth Quay is a major Western Australian mixed-use development project in the Perth central business district. Located on the north shore of Perth Water and centred on the landmark Swan Bells, it is named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.

The project includes construction of an artificial inlet on what was previously the Esplanade Reserve, and modifications to the surrounding environs including Barrack Square. A cable car to Kings Park has been allowed for in the plans, although this would not be constructed in the initial phase and is subject to approval from the state government.' [Wikipedia] (2143)

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UNIQUELY AUSTRALIA

Silverband Falls, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 17 August 2017

'The concept of 'the bush' has become iconic in Australia. In reference to the landscape, 'bush' refers to any sparsely-inhabited region, regardless of vegetation. 'The bush' in this sense was something that was uniquely Australian. Bush poets such as Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson revered the bush as a source of national ideals, as did contemporaneous painters in the Heidelberg School like Tom Roberts (1856-1931), Arthur Streeton (1867-1943) and Frederick McCubbin (1855-1917).' [Wikipedia] (2142)

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HUGE MOSS-COVERED TREES

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 16 August 2017

'Maits Rest is a must-see. Named after former forestry patrol officer Maitland Bryant, Maits Rest has a short walk that meanders through a tranquil fern garden, past huge moss-covered trees. Some are up to 300 years old! A wooden boardwalk protects the delicate ecosystem whilst providing visitors with a unique view of the forest. Glow worm walk at night' [visitotways.com] (2141)

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SECURE MOORINGS

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 15 August 2017

'A mooring refers to any permanent structure to which a vessel may be secured. Examples include quays, wharfs, jetties, piers, anchor buoys, and mooring buoys. A ship is secured to a mooring to forestall free movement of the ship on the water. An anchor mooring fixes a vessel's position relative to a point on the bottom of a waterway without connecting the vessel to shore. As a verb, mooring refers to the act of attaching a vessel to a mooring. The term likely stems from the Dutch verb meren (to moor), used in English since the end of the 15th century.' [Wikipedia] (2140)

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PRESERVED

Noojee, Victoria, Australia

Monday 14 August 2017

'The Noojee railway line is a closed railway line in Victoria, Australia. Branching off from the Gippsland line at Warragul station, it was built to service the timber industry in the upper Latrobe River area, transporting timber as well as providing a general goods and passenger service to townships in the area. The final section of the line between Neerim South and Noojee traversed increasingly hilly terrain and featured a number of large timber trestle bridges. Extensively and repeatedly damaged by bushfires over the years, the line was closed in the 1950s and dismantled. The last remaining large trestle bridge on the line has been preserved and has become a popular local tourist attraction.' [Wikipedia]' (2139)

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THE SMALL ABANDONED BUILDING

Murgheboluc, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 13 August 2017

Driving home along the Hamilton Highway late this afternoon, I stopped at a small reserve at Murgheboluc. In the paddock next door was a very small abandoned building on a tiny hill, in amongst the gum trees. It was the former St Andrews Anglican church and had also been the local school in the mid 1800's before a new school was built nearby in 1874. The sunlight steaming through the trees and casting long shadows was glorious and worthy of a capture. (2138)

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THE MOST SIGNIFICANT RIVER

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Saturday 12 August 2017

'The River Torrens is the most significant river of the Adelaide Plains and was one of the reasons for the siting of the city of Adelaide, capital of South Australia. It flows 85 kilometres from its source in the Adelaide Hills near Mount Pleasant, across the Adelaide Plains, past the city centre and empties into Gulf St Vincent between Henley Beach South and West Beach. The river is also known by its native Kaurna name Karra wirra-parri.' [Wikipedia] (2137)

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A POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATION

Wye River, Victoria, Australia

Friday 11 August 2017

'Wye River is a small town in Victoria, Australia. It is also the name given to the waterway which flows through the town and into the sea at this point. Situated some 155 km west of Melbourne, on the Otway Coast part of the scenic Great Ocean Road, the Wye River township is a popular tourist destination about 15 km west of the resort town of Lorne, Victoria. It became a popular place for Melburnians to holiday after the Great Ocean Road was officially opened in 1932.' [Wikipedia] (2136)

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NONDESCRIPT BUSHES

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 10 August 2017

A wonderful sunrise over the 'rip' at the entrance of Port Phillip. Although still reasonably dark, the contrasting sky provides a lovely backdrop to the iconic lighthouse that has stood guard over this dangerous stretch of water. The landscape is covered with hardy, but a little nondescript bushes that didn't want to stand still for me while I took their photo. (2135)

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COOL TEMPERATE RAINFOREST

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 9 August 2017

'Cool temperate rainforest has the most extensive range in Victoria with at least a total of 17,700 ha growing in the Otways, Central Highlands, East Gippsland and South Gippsland. This rainforest type generally exists in high rain fall, higher altitude fertile environments. Cool Temperate Rainforest in Victoria is dominated be either myrtle beech or southern sassafras or a combination of both. Each region where this rainforest exists has its own unique variation with the most obvious differences being the canopy trees that make up the rainforest.' [vicrainforest.org] (2134)

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WIDE SANDY BEACHES

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 8 August 2017

'Point Addis Marine National Park features spectacular scenery with wide sandy beaches, crumbling limestone and sandstone cliffs and rocky platforms. Fascinating marine life unique to our coastline can be found in the 4,600ha protected by the park. The world renowned surfing reserve, Bells Beach, is just one feature along the 9km of rugged coastline between Torquay and Anglesea exposed to intense wave action from the Southern Ocean.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (2133)

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ANCIENT RAINFOREST

Maits Rest, Victoria, Australia

Monday 7 August 2017

'This 30 minute walk along mixture of board walk and gravel paths takes you along a valley floor in part of the ancient rainforest. Giant myrtle beeches rise through the mists and create a canopy for the amazing array of tree ferns and moss on the forest floor. Many of the beech trees are hundreds of years old and form an important part of this cool temperate rainforest within the Great Otway National Park.' [greatoceanroad.info] (2132)

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THE MEMORIAL ARCH

Eastern View, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 6 August 2017

'On 26 November 1932 the Great Ocean Road route was officially opened by the Lieutenant Governor, Sir William Irvine. It was a sight to see with a procession of 40 cars and schoolchildren lining parts of the route.

Road travellers during the early years paid a toll at gates at Eastern View, where a memorial arch was erected. Drivers paid two shillings and sixpence and passengers one shilling and sixpence. The toll was abolished when the Trust moved to hand over the road as a gift to the State Government on 2 October 1936.' [visitvictoria.com] (2131)

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SEAWEED LITTER

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 5 August 2017

This stretch of the Addiscot Beach has been fenced off to stop the public from accessing a conservation area. Seaweed has been deposited on the wire where the sea has had little regard for the conservation measures and gone past this man-made barrier. I thought it made for an interesting photograph, with the leaning posts and the seaweed litter being in sharp contrast to the beautiful sunrise in the distance. (2130)

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WATER FLOWS

Silverband Falls, Victoria, Australia

Friday 4 August 2017

Just below the Silverband Falls, the river disappears and looks like this. The water must be travelling underground, although during wetter times, this dry creek bed would be flowing. There is evidence of the size of the water flows with the amount of logs and rocks that are strewn everywhere. I loved the colours of the rocks which ranged from yellow to pink, and wondered what the scene would be like at the end of winter. (2129)

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WHALE WATCHING

Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 3 August 2017

'Almost every year between June and September, female Southern Right whales return to the waters of Warrnambool’s Logans Beach to calve. The whales often swim within a hundred metres of the shore. They can be viewed from a specially constructed platform in the sand dunes or from the beach.

Southern Right Whales have been visiting Warrnambool for hundreds of years. Once they were hunted almost to the point of extinction, but since whaling was outlawed in 1935, their numbers have been growing.' [warrnambool.vic.gov.au] (2128)

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ADVENTUROUS FISHER FOLK

St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 2 August 2017

'All along the Great Eastern Drive, from Orford to St Helens and the Bay of Fires, you’ll find opportunities to throw in a line and try for local catches of Australian salmon, flathead, bream, even shark and skate. More adventurous fisher folk can also try for a catch of abalone or southern rock lobster (licences required) or join a deep sea or game fishing charter. St Helens is a prime place to join a professional fishing charter and give offshore and big game fishing a try.' [eastcoasttasmania.com] (2127)

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BITTERLY COLD

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 1 August 2017

It was bitterly cold this morning, with my weather app saying the temperature felt like 0.2C. I had planned a photographic trip to Addiscot Beach, a half hour drive from my home, so I stuck to the plan and braved the elements. It was so cold that at one stage the lens on my camera fogged up and had to be cleaned before I could continue. There was a reasonable sunrise for my trouble and I bagged a number of interesting shots, with this one being one of them. (2126)

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