Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Borumbeeta Falls

On Wednesday afternoon a chance meeting with an old friend around Lake Wendouree led to a very exciting new find - Borumbeeta Falls on the Moorabool River East, east of Ballarat between Gordon and Ballan. All my previous Moorabool River images have always been on the west branch so it was great to get to a totally new destination, and with such stunning results. I was expecting something considerably smaller than this, these falls would be in the 15-20 feet range. I managed to get quite a range of views in the one visit that shows clearly the environment they are located in. Whilst the railway bridge in the background is obviously quite dominant, it was still possible to get views that placed the falls back in a more natural environment. I noticed when driving there the distance was 32kms from home, so well within my 42km limit, and great to find something so special in a totally different direction from my usual travels around the district. I know there will be many more visits in the future.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Lawrence Weir

On Tuesday I made a visit out to Lawrence, which is just west of Smeaton, about 30kms north of Ballarat. The main reason was to check out the flow on the Lawrence Weir that sits on Birch's Creek. I haven't been here for quite a while and it was nice to have a play around the rocks on the weir wall, though the rain was a bit heavy at times. And thanks to Ev and Bob for the warming cuppa tea afterwards!


Monday, July 28, 2014

South Shore Setting Sun

A surprisingly sunny day on Monday, though the wind had quite a chill to it. I popped out to the south shore of Lake Burrumbeet to check on water levels, which are well up on a few months ago. Not much to work with in the sky and just at the last moment I found this nice view with the reflected sky through the marshes on the edge of the lake. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Sunrise at Lake Wendouree

I woke to some nice foggy conditions on Sunday morning, so I jumped in the car and headed up to Lake Wendouree. It took a while for the sun to burn its way through the fog and I had quite a long time to move around near the palm pond to grab quite a range of images. The nesting birds on the small islands were constantly moving around and patience paid off when I caught a couple of nice fly-bys. I was pretty content with this the amazing sunset later in the day was a real bonus...that's to come!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lower Moorabool Falls Cascades

On another grey Saturday afternoon I made the trip down to the Moorabool River West branch to have a play in the cascades of what I like to call the Lower Moorabool Falls Cascades. These are about 200 metres or so downstream from Moorabool Falls, and its another similar distance further down the river to Granite Falls. Plenty of great flow still at the moment and the granite along this section is actually quite easy to work in, literally. The roughness of the stone surface enables you to stand right in the flow (with gumboots on, of course!) without too much risk. I took many, many images here on this visit....this is a few of my favourites.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Even More Magic.....

....from Thursday morning at Mt Buninyong. Once the sun had made it over the horizon, the light created some great opportunities across the land, and even right in front of me on the gum trees where I was positioned. 


Blue Skies

Friday was mostly grey and overcast here in Ballarat. I headed out to Lake Burrumbeet to see what might happen, and though there were no great fireworks there was still some nice skies with distinct blue tones to them.