Thursday, April 17, 2014

Creek Colour

On Thursday I couldn't resist a return visit out to Birch's Creek at Smeaton. Some terrific colours all round as the autumn continues to drop leaves all over, and then some nice reflected light late in the day due to the blood red skies from local burn offs. I've been to this spot so many times, I feel it deserves a name - so from this day forth I'm calling it Smeaton Cascades. If you are out that way looking for it, its located almost under the bridge, a few hundred metres downstream from the Mill.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Quite a range of images from Wednesday here in Ballarat. I went for a run over to Victoria Park, and passed some very interesting growths of fungus, so later in the day I popped over to grab a few frames of this furry fungus. And then Deb and I wandered up to Lake Wendouree to see what the sunset would bring. Though it was very cloudy, there were some nice clouds, and the sun managed to find a gap just for a few minutes. And to finish off, this proud gull paraded in front of us…is he the same one you can in the previous 2 images?!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Moon Eclipse

With a lot of buzz around about the moon eclipse on Tuesday, I decided a good location would be on the west side of Lake Burrumbeet, up in the north west corner. The clouds decided against that idea, and it wasn't until way after moonrise that a very faint, pale moon became visible in the fading twilight. So I headed back to Ballarat, and a few miles down the road at Windermere the darkening sky really gave the moon some prominence, so I pulled of into a side road and got to work. It really was quite a sight, with the distinct red glow we had all been reading about quite apparent. I took a range of images, packed up the gear, and just as I was reversing the car, the headlights lit up this patch of grasses along this fence line, with the moon sitting serenely above it all….out came the gear again for what I think is the most interesting image of the evening. Earlier in the evening whilst waiting for the action, I caught some nice images of this "Southern Cross" brand windmill on the side of Mt Callender - this was the image I thought I was going home with until the moon put on its show.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Almost Full at Lake Burrumbeet

I made the trip out to the west side of Lake Burrumbeet on Monday to catch the almost full moon, in fact it was 98.1% full, about 40 minutes before sunset. It was still quite light when it came up so it took a while before it made any real impact. In the first one thats a flock of pelicans basking in the late afternoon sun, oblivious to the moon behind them…or maybe they were all watching it in awe! Its the 3rd one here that I like the most, and it was almost an after thought as I was driving off. And a good solid, strong moon with the big lens to finish off.
Tonight is the eclipse of the moon right on sunset, really looking forward to that!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Walk in the Creek

On Sunday afternoon I took a couple of fellow photographers out to Birch's Creek at Smeaton. I'm a regular visitor here and I thought it was a great place to share so they could have a play around with some running water images before they head off on a trip to the outback in a week or so. Whilst I've been here many times, I thought I'd take the opportunity to look for interesting reflections as the light was great. So this is my selection from a walk, literally, in the creek!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Moon, Sun, Moon

After 4 days of grey skies and rain, some great autumn weather returned on Saturday. I spent most of the day in Melbourne, but still had time to slip out to Lake Burrumbeet's south shore for a fantastic end to the day. The moon is looking great as we head into a total eclipse of the full moon on Tuesday evening, and that sunset was a killer! The sand bars at the Lake are really giving me fantastic opportunities lately…I'll almost be sorry to see the lake fill up again!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Bullarook or Birch's?

Though the official name of this creek location is the Bullarook Creek Streamside Reserve, out past Kingston, if you follow the creek downstream into Smeaton it changes name to Birch's Creek. On Friday afternoon it seemed like a good choice for a visit as the good rain we've had in the last few days has certainly helped the flow…and it was a good chance to try out my new gumboots (the left foot on my previous pair had sprung a leak!).