A PERFECT DAY

Huonville, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Just outside of Huonville on a curve in the Huon River I pulled over my car to capture this beautiful vista. The scenery is wonderful all over Tasmania, but the Huon Valley is perhaps my favourite and on a perfect day like this one, unfortunately my photos just can't capture the full experience. (1055)

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THE OLDEST BRIDGE

Richmond, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 26 August 2014

The beautiful bridge at Richmond in Tasmania is the oldest bridge still in use in Australia. 'The foundation stone for the Richmond Bridge was laid on 11 December 1823 and construction continued using convict labour until completion in 1825. The bridge was originally named Bigge's Bridge after Royal Commissioner, John Thomas Bigge, who recognised the need for the bridge in 1820.' [Wikipedia] (1054)

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THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE APPLE ISLE

St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 25 August 2014

One of my many favourite places in Tasmania is St Helens. It is a beautiful water front town on the north east coast and being this side of the Apple Isle makes for great morning shots of the sunrise, like this one of the harbour. (1053)

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SANDY RIPPLES

Black Rock, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 24 August 2014

I'm loving the wave look of the sand on the Black Rock beach. I presume the rocks on this beach have helped create this effect and the sun creates great shadows to further accentuate the sandy ripples. (1052)

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PRESSURE OF PUBLIC SCRUTINY

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 23 August 2014

Captured at the White Night Festival earlier this year, this talented street artist draws her subject's face while the crowds wander past. I often marvel how these artists work under the pressure of public scrutiny and at the fast pace needed to complete so many commissions. (1051)

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THE CROOKED PIER

Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 22 August 2014

Most piers I have photographed are straight, with perhaps a right angle section, but this one in Strahan had a bend in it making it a little bit more interesting. It also appeared to have been refurbished in recent times with timber that hadn't yet greyed through exposure to the elements. (1050)

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WORST SITE OF PUNISHMENT

Sarah Island, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 21 August 2014

This photo, taken on Sarah Island conveys, I hope, just how rugged and windswept this little piece of land is in the middle of Macquarie Harbour. It was a penal settlement in the early 1800's and housed more than 1,100 convicts during it's 11 years of operation. It attained widespread notoriety as one of the worst sites of punishment in the British Empire with 9,100 lashes given to prisoners in 1823 alone!

The reason for my visit recently (as a tourist only!) was because I discovered that my 3 x Great Grandfather was in fact incarcerated on this island in 1823. His legal indiscretions led to the stay and his carpentry skills would have been put to good use in the boat building that was undertaken on the island. I am pleased to have had the experience, but saddened to think of how my forebear would have been treated on this small patch of earth about as far away from his original home in England as the authorities could have put him. (1049)

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WATCHING THE SUNRISE

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 20 August 2014

'Over 100 bollards are installed right around the Waterfront from Limeburner’s Point to Rippleside Park. Artist Jan Mitchell was commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong in 1995 to transform reclaimed timber pier pylons into these remarkable works of art. Following the Bollard Trail, you will meet some of the unique characters who played a part in Geelong's history, including NANCY NATTYKNICKERS
who sits astride her velocipede. The first velocipede was made in Geelong in
1869.' [www.geelongaustralia.com.au] (1048)

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TWO GRANITE STONES

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Tuesday 19 August 2014

''The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge was constructed in 1928 and crosses Lake Burley Griffin. Between the spans on the southern side are two granite stones from the 1817 Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames in London. These were presented to Australia after the 1817 bridge was demolished in the 1940s and replaced by a modern structure. A plaque reads, in part, Stones such as these from the bridge were presented to Australia and other parts of the British world to further historic links in the British Commonwealth of Nations.' [Wikipedia] (1047)

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WHY THE RED ROCKS?

Red Rock Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 18 August 2014

This is why the beach is called Red Rocks. At the southern end there is a pile of rocks that are dark red, even thought the cliffs seem to be more orange. Usually red means iron oxide that is rusting, but I'm no geologist so don't know what is going on here. I do know that it is a great name for the beach and that it is very photogenic! (1046)

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GOLDEN GLOWING PATHWAY

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 17 August 2014

Have you ever seen a path as interesting as this one. Obviously the bitumen surface has cracked a lot over the years and has been patched with a substance that shines in the late afternoon golden glow. This is the pathway down to Geelong's Eastern Beach with the Royal Geelong Yacht Club in the background. A lovely place to be at this time of the day. (1045)

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SIR REDMOND BARRY

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 16 August 2014

At the front of the State Library in Melbourne there is a statue of Sir Redmond Barry. 'Barry laid the foundations of the Supreme Court Library (Melbourne) and was the prime mover establishing the Melbourne Public Library. As a legislator he promoted the Parliamentary Library. He organised the Governor, Sir Charles Hotham, to lay the foundation stones of University of Melbourne, Melbourne Public Library and Sunbury Industrial School [later Sunbury Lunatic Asylum] in 1854 – all on the same day.

Sir Redmond Barry virtually single-handedly planned the Melbourne Public Library building and its contents. He had a 'hands-on' approach personally writing book selection and acquisition procedures - even to getting his hands dirty shelving books for the Library's 1856 opening. In 1862 and 1877-78 he went to Europe, England and America, purchasing books and pictures for University, Law and Public Libraries and Art Gallery. As Board of Trustees Chairman he was responsible for starting travelling libraries and supporting extended library hours. In September 1870 he 'acquired' Marcus Clarke as Public Library Trustees clerk (later secretary), who until his death in 1881 worked as sub-librarian.' [Wikipedia] (1044)

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MANY DIFFERENT PHASES

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Friday 15 August 2014

As it does everyday, the sun sets over the City of Geelong and the swimming enclosure at Easter Beach. Geelong is going through a transition period, with two of our largest employers preparing to close down. A lot of loyal employees will be out of work in the short term but over time I'm confident that the city will become even stronger as new employment opportunities arise as other businesses looking for good workers to make them grow establish themselves in our beautiful region. The sun will continue to rise and set over a city that has seen many different phases in the past 200 years. (1043)

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JUST A THEORY, MIND YOU

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 14 August 2014

On the morning I captured this image there was a fossicker with a metal detector combing the beach. As with most of these blokes, my question to the man that morning resulted in a 'nothing found' reply. I'm not sure if this was true, but all of these metal detecting men can't be finding 'nothing' or they would have long given up trying. I suspect that they don't want anyone to know what they have found so that they don't attract any additional competition! Just a theory, mind you. (1042)

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VERY PICTURESQUE

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 13 August 2014

The sea wall at Point Lonsdale looks even better with the glow of an early morning sunrise. This part of the coast just outside Port Phillip Bay and is very picturesque, particularly at this time of day. (1041)

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REFLECTIONS IN THE FOREGROUND

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 12 August 2014

This scene caught my eye because of the rising sun warmly lighting the Jan Juc cliff, and the reflections in the foreground pools of water. The combination ensured that I just had to capture it so I could share it with you. (1040)

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HOCHGURTEL FOUNTAIN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia

Monday 11 August 2014

The main entrance of the Royal Exhibition Building is spectacular and the ornate fountain in front of it even more so. 'The Exhibition Building and fountain were built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, which opened to visitors on 1 October 1880. This fountain was designed by Josef Hochgurtel, a young German artist from Cologne. It is Hochgurtel's only known piece of work in Australia.' [http://museumvictoria.com.au/] (1039)

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THERE GOES ANOTHER DAY

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 10 August 2014

Where does the weekend go? Another day ends so quickly … I'm sure that weekend days go quicker than weekdays! This is an image of the sun quickly disappearing over Geelong's iconic Eastern Beach. Despite the brightness of the sun it is still winter down here in the southern hemisphere, which is why there aren't any swimmers in the water. The days are however getting longer and I'm sure that this image will look completely different in a few more months. (1038)

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I DON'T BELIEVE THIS

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 9 August 2014

I drove for half an hour this morning to Anglesea's Main Beach and was rewarded with a fantastic sunrise. I have been criticised by some people over the years who think I over cook the colours in my images, but I don't believe this image is anywhere close to the spectacular colours I witnessed today. I hope that others can attest to how wonderful the morning sky can be, particularly in my part of the world. (1037)

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LIGHTING THE SURROUNDING PROMENADE

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Friday 8 August 2014

We had a lovely sunset tonight and I was fortunately able to get down to the waterfront as the sun was just getting colourful. A bit hard to see but the diving tower at the Eastern Beach swimming enclosure is almost obscured by the sun which is also lighting up the surrounding promenade. (1036)

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ISN'T JUST ANOTHER BORING BEACH

Zeally Bay, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 7 August 2014

Another sunrise on beautiful Zeally Bay. The unbelievable rock formations at low tide make this such a wonderful place to take photos … it isn't just another boring sandy beach! (1035)

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A FEW STRAY LEAVES

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 6 August 2014

Autumn in the Carlton Gardens. The nearly bare avenue of trees frames the lovely dome on the Royal Exhibition Building. Normally I would clean up a few stray leaves on the grass, but they were everywhere so I left them which I think adds to seasonal feel of the image. (1034)

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STARTED MY DAY WITH A SMILE

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 5 August 2014

This tiny rock stack sits alone on the Jan Juc beach. It isn't anywhere as large as it's cousins down the coast at the Twelve Apostles, but I think it is just as spectacular, and not as far to drive to take a photo of. The reflection on the wet sand was a bonus and of course the early morning sun that hadn't risen above the horizon provides an amazing range of colours to ensure my day started with a smile. (1033)

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SEEMINGLY RANDOM

Rowardennan, Scotland

Monday 4 August 2014

I'm a great fan of dry wall structures, particularly fences like this one. I think it is amazing that someone has stacked seemingly random size pieces of stone together to make a straight fence capable of withstanding the elements and farm animals. (1032)

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I LOVE THIS PLACE

Hawes, Yorkshire Dales, England

Sunday 3 August 2014

Have you ever been to Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales? It is a fantastic place with quaint rural township buildings framing a small stream that weaves between them. I love this place and hope to get back there soon! (1031)

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THE SHOE FENCE

South Western Victoria, Australia

Saturday 2 August 2014

Driving between Portland and Port Fairy I stopped the car quickly at the unusual sight of a section of fence covered in shoes! I have no idea why shoes are being left at this rural property in the lovely south west of Victoria, but it was intriguing enough to make me what to take a 'happy snap' of the mystery. (1030)

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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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