NOT SO HEARTBREAKING

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 30 September 2018

I walked to the beach at Anglesea a little disappointed at the heavy cloud cover and the possibility that my expedition was going to be a waste of time. I have had a number of similar experiences in the past and not seen the bright sunrise that I crave, so this promised to be another heartbreaking drive home. I continued my walk to the beach anyway and noticed that there was also a high tide, another thing that I try to avoid, which severely limited my access along the coastline. Even though I didn't see any rays from the sun, there was a five minute period where a small amount of pink appeared in the clouds, and that coupled with the reflections in the wet sand provided me with a lovely soft image to take home after, of course, I stopped off for my usual breakfast reward in a nearby cafe. (2551)

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JUST ENOUGH

Wynyard, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 29 September 2018

Just outside of Wynyard, I crossed the bridge over the Inglis River and took a short detour to photograph the small waterway. I was rewarded with this image and a few others, and although it was difficult to make it to the edge of the water, there was enough of a glimpse to make it worthwhile. (2550)

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THE BURL

Sanatorium Lake, Victoria, Australia

Friday 28 September 2018

A burl (American English) or bur or burr (UK English) is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds. A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus.' [Wikipedia] (2549)

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TWO SUNS

Campbells Cove, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 27 September 2018

Some of the beach huts at Campbells Cove are amazing, having been heavily modified and decorated over the years. This one has a picture of the sun painted on its doors and combined with the real sun and the long shadows cast by the verandas, was too irresistible for me not to shoot on a recent photographic expedition. (2548)

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I WAS SO COLD

Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 26 September 2018

I don't think I have ever been so cold as when I stood on this pier at Portarlington trying to capture the last light of the day. The wind was so strong that I had to hold my tripod to stop it being blown away. I was also raining, on and off, so I managed to get wet too! Although there wasn't a lot of colour in the sky, it was still enough to make an interesting image, and as I post this photo today, I can still feel the cold. (2547)

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A FEW HARDY SURFERS

Bancoora Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 25 September 2018

The Bancoora Beach, just south of Geelong is a lovely place to visit, to take a swim or to go for a surf. There is a surf lifesaving club on site and a wonderful white sandy beach to make the experience both safe and pleasurable. Of course, at sunrise, there were only a few hardy surfers and myself on the beach when I visited. And also a dog whose paw prints can be clearly seen in the foreground. (2546)

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IT HAS IT ALL

Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria, Australia

Monday 24 September 2018

The wonderful Loch Ard Gorge, at the end of the Great Ocean Road, is one of my favourite places to photograph. It has it all, a white sandy beach, sheer colourful cliffs, beautiful green water with subdued waves, and when the sun and clouds cooperating, a beautiful sunset. The only distraction is the hordes of tourists, but the fact I love this spot means that everyone else does too! (2545)

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QUIET REFLECTION

William Ricketts Sanctuary, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 23 September 2018

Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. Many travel across the world to visit this place time and time again.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (2544)

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TURBULENT

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 22 September 2018

When I chose my daily photograph for posting online, I'm sometimes drawn to bright and sunny images, while other times a moody overcast sky catches my attention. Today the later is the case. These stormy clouds and turbulent seas were captured at the remote Red Rocks Beach, on the Great Ocean Road. It is a bit of a hike to get to them, but well worth the effort. (2543)

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IT'S A SHAME

Campbells Cove, Victoria, Australia

Friday 21 September 2018

I'm not a boating person, but I'm pretty sure this boat isn't seaworthy. In addition to missing it's back, the rest of the vessel is in a bit of disrepair. But I love it just the same. It was perfect for my photograph at Campbells Cove, with the dozens of colourful beach huts in the background and the calm Port Phillip on the left. It's a shame I couldn't take the boat out for a ride, as there wasn't a cloud in the sky to ruin the day. (2542)

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AN EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 20 September 2018

A cold winters morning and a lovely sunrise can be an exhilarating experience, and certainly, one that will fully wake you up. The beach at Jan Juc is very close to home and one I have visited many times. It is relatively flat and provides many opportunities to capture reflections of the colourful sunrise, as was the case in this image. (2541)

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TOUGH FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 19 September 2018

There are amazing cliffs along the Great Ocean Road, some of which make it tough for a photographer like me to make it down to the beach. A bit of a hike at Addiscot Beach and this image show just what I mean. But the effort was worthwhile, with the colours and the ruggedness great to photograph and show the world. (2540)

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COMPLETE CONTRAST

Liffey Falls, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Sometimes I love walking in the 'bush' when it is dark and mysterious, and sometimes it is nice to see the warm sun above with the light filtering down through the canopy to the ground below. In the latter case, there is a golden glow that appears overhead and provides an inviting feeling that is in complete contrast to the darker experience. (2539)

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AWARD-WINNING

Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

Monday 17 September 2018

I'm not sure that this is one of my best photos, but it comes from a fantastic day at Port Fairy. I hopped aboard a small charter boat and slowly travelled along the river until we finally reached the ocean. The little boat then took me around the island where this lighthouse is situated and then further out to sea, before completing a circuit of the bay and returning me back to the wharf in Port Fairy. The sea was incredibly calm and the day sunny, so while this image mightn't be award-winning, the experience was. (2538)

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WHY ARE THEY THERE?

Rocky Point, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 16 September 2018

Sitting here in my office, processing this image from Rocky Point, I got wondering why the birds were sitting on the rock stack in the centre of the image. I know, a silly thing to be thinking about, but were they there waiting to find food in the ocean, or warming themselves after the cold night, or just watching the beautiful sunrise, like me? I guess we will never know! (2537)

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A FEELING OF CALM

Inverleigh, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 15 September 2018

An early morning expedition to Inverleigh revealed a lovely and tranquil scene on the Barwon River. There was almost no wind, so the surface of the river was reflecting the trees that grew over the waterway. There was also fog along the river valley, which provided a real feeling of calm and seclusion. This was a wonderful morning, finished off with an equally wonderful breakfast in the small adjoining township. (2536)

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THE NUT

Stanley, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 14 September 2018

In the background of this photograph, there is a sheer-sided bluff call the Nut. It is the remains of an ancient volcanic plug that sits at the end of a peninsula in the north-west of Tasmania. The Nut overlooks the historic township of Stanley, which is one of my favourite places in this part of Tassie. Further around the coast, I climbed over a rock-strewn beach to capture this image, with its orange stained rocks and tufts of golden grass. (2535)

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BEAUTIFUL REFLECTIONS

Sanatorium Lake, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 13 September 2018

In the 19th century, the cool climate of the Macedon region was thought to provide a perfect environment for patients suffering tuberculosis. In 1899 a sanatorium was opened a short distance down the Mount from the lake in a building previously used as a private hospital. The lake was built to supply water to a new, larger sanatorium which due to opposition and lack of funding was never built. The original sanatorium closed in 1910 and was later destroyed by fire.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (2534)

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MYSTERIOUS AND SCARY

Edge of the World, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 12 September 2018

A lovely, if not chaotic scene today of the amazing Edge of the World beach in the north-west corner of Tasmania. This place is amazing and is strewn with heaps of tree branches that have washed up on the beach. While I was capturing these pictures, a storm was blowing in, one of many I suspect, which added to the mysterious and scary feeling that the name conjures up. It certainly felt like the end of the world. (2533)

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JUST SAYING

Southside Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 11 September 2018

A slower capture today, with the waves at Southside Beach engulfing rocks on the beach with silky smooth foam and beautifully flowing water. The sky isn't bad either, with the blue and pink of the very early sunrise catching the long thin clouds. Sometimes it pays dividends to get out of bed early, just saying! (2532)

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ABANDONED

Triplet Falls, Victoria, Australia

Monday 10 September 2018

The Otway Ranges were extensively logged in the 1800's and early 1900's, although it is hard to see any evidence in the National Parks that I love to visit today. There is, however, a small reminder of yesteryear at the Triplet Falls with an abandoned rail log truck and a rusting steam engine used to move timber from the hard to reach areas. This old log truck still has a load on (a recreation by Parks Victoria) and looks like nature is beginning to claim back some of what has been taken. (2531)

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THIS MAJESTIC STRUCTURE

Pyalong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 9 September 2018

A quick trip to central Victoria over the weekend resulted in a number of photographic opportunities, not the least of which was the wonderful railway trestle bridge at Pyalong, which was built in 1889 over Mollison's Creek. While this bridge is recognised by the Victorian Heritage Council, it is unfortunately in a state of disrepair and people are prohibited from getting too close due to the potential for harm from falling timber. Luckily I was able to walk along the river bank close enough to capture an image or two of this majestic structure. (2530)

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DARK AND SPOOKY

Lake Elizabeth, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 8 September 2018

Walking through the nature park towards Lake Elizabeth, I enjoyed the light. It ranged from extremely bright to dark and spooky. The path was flanked by wonderful tree ferns and amazing eucalypt trees. The reward for the short walk was, of course, Lake Elizabeth, a lake that didn't exist before 1950 but was created by a landslip that blocked a tributary of the Barwon River. (2529)

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ALWAYS A GOOD RESULT

Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 7 September 2018

I really fell in love with the architecture in the township of Mudgee, west of Sydney. Many of the 19th-century buildings have been preserved and they provide the town with an old world charm that is impossible to replicate with new buildings. The day before I walked along this street there had been a massive storm, with the residual clouds still looking threatening the next morning. But I managed this photo and many more and arrived back at my accommodation dry and happy, which is always a good result. (2528)

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SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 6 September 2018

Today's photo is a slightly different view of the Point Lonsdale pier. Along the shoreline there are lots of rocks and tucking myself behind one, I was able to capture the sunrise and the pier. The light is reflected off the wet sand and a few puffy clouds help provide an interest in the sky. (2527)

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BEAUTIFUL & PEACEFUL

Sailors Falls, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 5 September 2018

There wasn't very much water flowing over the Sailors Falls when I dropped in recently. The falls are right next to the main road, so there isn't much of a walk to view them, although the journey to the bottom, where I took this photo is a bit more difficult. The rocks are very rugged and almost cubic in nature at the face of the falls and have obviously fallen away over the years. The green life in the gully is very pretty and this is a beautiful and peaceful place to spend an hour. (2526)

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LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

Nelson Falls, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 4 September 2018

A large part of the walk into the Nelson Falls was along a pathway that was relatively dark, mostly because of the forest canopy, but also because it was a cloudy day. But every now and then there would be a patch where the sun came out from behind the clouds and the trees thinned out a little, so as to produce a light at the end of the tunnel effect. (2525)

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IN A RUGGED WAY

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Monday 3 September 2018

Not photographed as often, the south side of Williamstown faces down Port Phillip and is very attractive, in a rugged way. The lichen-covered rocks and the late afternoon sun make for a peaceful image, while the clouds above add a little colour to the photograph. (2524)

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A GOOD BACKDROP

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 2 September 2018

Driving home from Melbourne late this afternoon, I took a detour to Williamstown. There was a little bit of golden glow in the sun, in between the heavy overcast clouds. The view across the bay towards Melbourne is one of my favourites, so I took a pic or two of the little boats that are moored just off the beach. The ever-changing skyline of Melbourne is always a good backdrop for this type of photo. (2523)

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I LOVE THIS TIME OF DAY

Grassy Creek, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 1 September 2018

A soft light image today, captured at Grassy Creek, on the Great Ocean Road. I particularly love the leading lines created by the amazing rock formations at this site, all pointing towards the rising sun. When I took this photo, there was still some pink in the sky, but this was quickly making way for orange as the sun started to rise above the horizon. I really love this time of day. (2522)

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