Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Ballarat Badlands

The Ballarat Badlands is an old pyrite mine site from many years ago down south of Ballarat but still within the city limits. Its a place I visit a couple of times a year to have a walk around the amazing landforms that resemble (in miniature) the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Its not the place to visit after rain as the surface gets very messy and clingy so I knew the recent dry weather would give me the chance to wander as I liked.

Monday, March 30, 2015


Throughout the Ballarat district on Monday we had a number of planned burn-offs in operation, and by the end of the day there was quite a haze of smoke around. So even though there was little in the way of clouds, the sunset, especially out on the south shore of Lake Burrumbeet, was one of the most intense I have seen for a long time. And the almost total lack of wind here also really smoothed out the water for some great images from another of my favourite spots on the shoreline of the rapidly diminishing lake.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Gentle Lapping of the Waves......

Even though there were no clouds to work with on Sunday evening out at Lake Burrumbeet, the calmness of the evening and the gentle lapping of the waves created a really nice swell that caught the slowly sinking sun in a multitude of dazzling reflections. We are right in the middle of a calm, warm autumn spell that is so common here in Ballarat and everyone is making the most of the conditions before the onset of the colder times ahead. 


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mammoth Morn

On our last morning in Yellowstone National Park I made my way up to the Mammoth Terrraces for sunrise. Once again it was very cold, around minus 10! This image was about 20 minutes before the sunrise as I was just hanging around waiting, and it was only after looking at these images later on that I realised how special the light was in this one. Its an amazing location with so much around you in all directions that is so unique from anything you are used to...and our decision to go this time to Yellowstone in winter was a great decision.

An Evening Stroll

After some cold conditions the last few days, on Saturday the mild Autumn weather was a welcome return and so I spent a pleasant half an hour or so just before sunset up at Lake Wendouree with a couple of cameras in hand, just collecting whatever caught my eye. This time of year often provides some lovely light when combined with the colours of autumn and all this so close to home.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Both Sides of the Canyon

This is a set from our visit to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The Yellowstone River has 2 sets of magnificent falls that empty into the canyon that is 39km long. The conditions were ideal with the snow and just enough sunshine to light up the sides of the canyon and we were fortunate to get the view from 3 different spots - first is the traditional view from Artists Point on the south side, then a nice up close view of the Upper Falls (109 feet) and finally a view from the north side of the canyon of the Lower Falls (308 feet). You can probably see from these why we are so keen to keep visiting these parks!


Dark and Gloomy

Out at Lake Burrumbeet on Friday evening just before the non-existant sunset. Not a lot to work with, though I find on these dull and gloomy days that the inclusion of a water element at least adds some interest. I think its worth going back to some Yellowstone images.......