LOTS OF SCENES

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 13 February 2016

A simple shot from the lovely Addiscot Beach, on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. I particularly love the green moss on the yellow rocks and the late afternoon sun striking the end of the cliff, turning it golden. The cliffs in the distance are made of completely different rock, appearing to be more red in colour. I was fortunate that the sea was very calm on this day, with the waves barely causing me concern as I travelled the length of the beach finding lots of scenes to photograph. (1591)

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PEACEFUL SETTING

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Friday 12 February 2016

'Nestled by the sea, complete with rare and significant trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental pond amongst its many attractions, the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, opened in 1860, provides a peaceful setting in which to enjoy a picnic, take a stroll along the intricate pathways or just relax and daydream on the cool green lawns.' [visitwilliamstown.com.au] (1590)

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A SHELTER ON THE JOURNEY

St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 11 February 2016

Part way out to the end of the long St Kilda Pier there are these small green and gold shelters. I presume the builders of the pier considered that the long walk in a city that is renowned for having four seasons in one day, might need to have a shelter on the journey to the end and back. (1589)

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THEIR HIDEOUT

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 10 February 2016

After walking for a long time, over tessellated rocks and soft white sand, I finally found where the pirates were presumably living. This beach shack and boat shed seem like they belong on a beach in Pirates Bay and the little 'tinny' pulled up on the sand nearby is certainly a major clue. No sign of life though, so I can't confirm my theory, just yet, but I plan to come back here and try again, perhaps at sunrise when the light is better and the pirates are bound to be bringing the loot back to their hideout. (1588)

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PATTERNS IN THE WATER

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 9 February 2016

There is a small storm water drain that discharges onto Torquay's surf beach. Following a large storm, which dumped a large amount of rain onto the township, this river was cut into the wet sand on the beach. I particularly loved the patterns that the water made as it travelled over the sand, and the late afternoon sun was just beginning to be reflected colour onto the wet surface of the subsiding flow. (1587)

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BATHURST CLASS CORVETTE

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Monday 8 February 2016

'HMAS Castlemaine is one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World War II, and is the last such vessel still afloat, having been restored by volunteers over four decades. The Bathurst class corvettes were designed in Australia, with an emphasis on minesweeping and escort capabilities however their wartime tasks were extended to include ferrying supplies and troops, search and rescue, evacuation and shore bombardment. Their range varied between 2500-3000 nautical miles, depending upon time out of dock, but it provided them with sufficient endurance to patrol the long Australian coastline and around New Guinea.' [hmascastlemaine.org.au] (1586)

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TOO GOOD TO LEAVE

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 7 February 2016

I think I found where the pirates went ashore at Pirates Bay in south eastern Tasmania. These small boats are a dead giveaway to their activities. Gauging from the rust on the near boat though, the pirates haven't put to sea for a long time. I'm guessing that this idyllic place is just too good to leave, and I for one, don't blame them! (1585)

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BARELY A RIPPLE

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 6 February 2016

The lovely Jan Juc beach has been a favourite of mine, having a wide expanse of flat sand. The result is that there is often a mirror finish to the beach as the water sits for a long time before trickling back into the sea. You can see clouds on the sand in this image, it is so reflective, and the sun trails across the water with barely a ripple. (1584)

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CHANGED MY EXPECTATIONS

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Friday 5 February 2016

Golden grasses, to match a golden sunrise. The area around Swan Bay isn't generally the best coastline to photograph. It is a bit swampy and not all that accessible. I did find a small [goat] track that took me part of the way to where I wanted to go and found the shoreline, which was more mud than beach sand. On the walk back I was thinking that it had been a total waste of time, that is until I changed my expectations from wanting a good water shot, to looking at the beautiful grass bushes that blended wonderfully with the sun, which by now was trying to shine through the light cloud cover. Not really a waste of time at all! (1583)

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CAUGHT A GLIMPSE

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 4 February 2016

Just about ready to pack up and go home, when I took a look over my shoulder for a last time and caught a glimpse of this scene. The lovely warm sun was higher that I normally like to shoot, but the shadows cast by the rocks in the foreground looked great, so I took another set of images, with this as the result. Not a bad way to finish a photo shoot, in my humble opinion. (1582)

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LOOKING FOR PIRATES

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 3 February 2016

I had the chance to take a quick trip down to Tassie yesterday and visit Pirates Bay, on the southeast coast. The day was perfect for everyone but a photographer, with a lovely blue sky and hardly a cloud to be seen. But the walk along the beach was fantastic and the scenery superb. I've said it before, but Tasmania is a lovely place to visit and to capture images of, and I had a great time this visit. (1581)

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SECOND CHOICE

Portland, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 2 February 2016

'When it comes to Town Halls Portland's is a fairly modest affair, but it's a building with an interesting history and plenty of local stories to tell.

The building was the result of a competition where Council offered a ten pound prize to design a new Town Hall for Portland ... there were three entries and they couldn't decide on which one to choose so they tossed a coin.

The winner was John Barrows, but when they costed his design they realised it came in at twice their budget ... so they had to go with the second choice ... by Alexander Ross.

Alexander Ross didn't receive the prize because it had already been awarded to John Barrows, but he did get to see his building come to fruition.' [www.abc.net.au] (1580)

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NEARING THE END OF THE BLUE HOUR

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Monday 1 February 2016

I was lucky enough to be on the Palm Cove beach during the blue hour and witnessed the pinks and oranges of the early morning as the sun began it's daily trek across our sky. The pier had one or two fishermen right out at the end, but far enough away to not bother me. I have seen a pier or two in my time, but this one was very substantial, and I presume built to withstand the occasional cyclone that hits the coast of Far North Queensland. (1579)

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