Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Little Bit Different

I made a visit to the west side of Lake Wendouree on Saturday afternoon and spent some time watching all the birds in one of the small islands there. It was an on-going display of fly-bys and coming and goings and is obviously a busy time for the birds. I caught this pair at the top of this frame that were a bit different from all the others....I'm no expert on my birds so if anyone can identify them, please let me know!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Westerlies

Not a real lot happening on Friday on my trip out west of Ballarat, so I grabbed the big lens to pull in a few distant views of some late light setting across the hills west of Weatherboard and then looking out to the wind farm at Waubra across Lake Learmonth (thats the strip in the lower part of the 2nd and 3rd image).
I've got a big weekend coming up...the APSCON 2014 is in Ballarat for the next week. That's the Australian Photography Society Conference and I'm a guest speaker on Sunday morning. I've put together a great set of images to follow my theme "Eureka! Landscapes of the Ballarat District" .... and I'm taking a group out on Wednesday on a photo excursion.... should be a lot of fun!


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gakona Tipi Time

We spent our 5th night on the trip at a very small place called Gakona...in fact we stayed for the first time in a Tipi that night which was surprisingly warm and comfortable thanks to the fire we had going. The next morning I spotted  some nice colour in the sky and was off....less than a kilometre away was a great overlook of the Copper River and the ranges in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and this image is the last one I took of an awesome sunrise - really worth clicking on this for a larger look. I'll get to the colourful ones next!

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Sailors Creek Cascading

I was out at Daylesford on Thursday afternoon so I took the opportunity to visit the Blowhole area on Sailors Creek at Hepburn Springs. I was here a few weeks ago and spent my time on that visit at the Blowhole...this time I decided to concentrate on the creek in the area before it flows through the tunnel that exits as the Blowhole. Conditions varied between sunny and overcast, and that really evident in the colour tonings in this set. The last one here gives you an overall idea of where I was, knee deep with the gunboats on!



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The New Brood 2014

I was walking at Lake Wendouree around 2pm on Wednesday afternoon (in the cold and rain!) and I came across the first new brood of cygnets for this year. So later on in the day around 5pm I walked up to the lake with camera in hand to grab a few frames....and they were no where to be seen! The closest I got was this fly-by overhead. Not to be dissuaded I jumped in the car and found them on the other side of the lake. I had to get the car to travel this far so I'm amazed, and very impressed, how the managed to do it so quickly. It was quite windy as well so they had quite a trip across the windswept lake, so they fully deserved a chance to fuel up again on some nice, vibrant grass. This should be the first of what looks like being a bumper season around the lake for the birdlife.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rooting Around on Top of the Ice

This series is from our full day glacier hike on the Root Glacier in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park. I've got so many amazing images from this day, a totally new experience for me, that I don't know where to start, so this set seemed like as good a place as any. It seemed like every few minutes I was calling out for a "photo opportunity" stop....luckily those with me were very patient!


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Canoling

Still out on Tuesday looking for that perfect field of canola. These 2 are from out south of Windermere...not quite at its peak yet, however there is so much around that you see off in the distance whilst driving around, I'm sure the peak is still to come. Its always a great sight when you drive to the top of a hill and the yellow fields are spread out across the landscape....make sure you get out for a drive around the district in the next couple of weeks.

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