Magic

The forecast for Sunday morning was calm and freezing cold and that's exactly how it turned out (minus 3.4, in fact!). I had a fantastic morning both above and at ground level capturing an incredible array of images. Initially heading out of town I ended up back at Lake Wendouree where the fog was lingering and, after many stops, I was coming around the south side of the lake when this view caught my eye. I quickly pulled up and from just near St Pat's Point this was the view looking across to the Yacht Club area. I took heaps of images, just watching and waiting as the birds came and went, finally deciding to leave when the fog had cleared. I especially like the very subtle outline of Nazareth House in the background. So only the one image to share at this stage...this one deserved to be on its own. Make sure you click on it for the full size view!
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A Saturday to Remember

The forecast for Saturday was for calm weather, so I was keen to capture some aerials as it had been windy for quite a few days. However when I left home there was a bit of drizzle around so I had to be content with ground level images. I'm not complaining! It turned out to be one of those mornings where the more you drive around the more you find.
Started with a lovely crescent moon out north of Creswick well before sunrise...you can also spot one of the planets as well.
From there I headed west as I could see some low lying fog out around the hills. Out around Ascot as I was heading west I caught a glimpse of some sunrise colour behind me and quickly pulled over to catch this sunrise over Mt Coghill. It started off tame enough, and then developed into something quite extraordinary, especially when zooming in to the top of the hill as the sun lit up the clouds and low lying mist.
I was pretty content with the morning, little realising there was plenty left to capture! Coming back past Shallowback Hill I spotted the mist pouring over the hill, to be topped off by the rainbow behind....quite an amazing sight and my favourite from the morning. And then a view looking across to Mt Hollowback was worth another stop. One last stop for another rainbow looking south below an incredible cloud front moving through - whew, what a morning!
Oh, the sunset at Lake Wendouree that night wasn't too shabby, either!
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Another Lake Wendouree Morning To Remember

Fortunately the sunrise and morning at Lake Wendouree was pretty nice...as the rest of the day was pretty miserable. It always amazes what I can find on a visit to Lake Wendouree. Having been there literally hundreds of times, it seems there is always something different to capture, especially when you get light like this in just a short time! First image here is from St Pat's Point before I moved around to the west side of the lake.



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Upstream

With all the rain we are getting at the moment I was keen to visit some flowing water. Upstream from Moorabool Falls there are some nice smaller cascades that are looking vibrant, especially the mosses that cling to the rocks. A couple here in close and then a panorama to give you an overall idea of the location.
And still the rain continues......


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Colour or Drama

Once again, on Wednesday afternoon I hit the road late afternoon with a particular location in mind that quickly changed when I realised the conditions looked more promising in the opposite direction. 
Can you get tired of rainbows? I think not! They are always an amazing sight and can be quite different as these 2 distinct ones show. The first one was along the Windermere - Learmonth Road and from there I headed a bit further west out to Burrumbeet North to catch the last 2 rainbows here. 
And in between the two there was some dramatic light over Mt Shallowback as the clouds moved through.



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A Smaller Landscape

On a very grey, wet, wintery day on Tuesday I found this in the garden. A good chance to get out the macro lens and look into a smaller landscape than usual.
And these quiet days also gives me the chance to go back a day to Mondays fantastic skies out at Lake Burrumbeet. The last one here is Mt Buninyong being bombed by a passing downpour!





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North and South

The west side of Lake Burrumbeet turned out to be a good choice for the sunrise on Monday morning. On the way out I had a feeling the clouds might co-operate and I was not disappointed. The first one here shows the colour looking to the north - you can see a rainfall squall moving through nicely.
Around 20 minutes later the sun found a hole in the clouds to light up the scene looking to the south across Sawyers Bay, just as another incredible cloud formation moved through.
I have quite a few other images of the amazing clouds to post a bit later on...some really spectacular images of an amazing morning.

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Mt Warrenheip on a Sunday Morn

Some fantastic conditions around Mt Warrenheip on Sunday morning. When I headed out that way before dawn it was th only place I could see with any fog, all the other high points, especially Mt Buninyong, were clear. As it turned out the longer I was there the more the fog built up to give me some great conditions to work with from up high. It's an amazing sight when the sun finally breaks through!
I did capture some ground level images as well...the first image here is the start of the day. The last image was of the sun trying to break through the fog, captured just as I was leaving the area and happened to glance back towards the mountain......thought it was worth a stop!





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Saturday Scenics

Late Saturday afternoon I was out west of Ballarat on the side of Weatherboard Hill. The first thing that caught my eye was this view looking south east towards Windermere as a massive rainbow appeared for a short time. You could actually watch it move from right to left across the landscape. In this image you can also see the Windermere Seed silos catching the light.
From the same spot I just had to turn to the right to catch some great rays out on the western horizon above Mt Cole near Beaufort. 
I made a quick stop at Lake Burrumbeet on the way back to Ballarat and it looked like the sun would fade away without much action. However, as you can see here, by the time I got back to the south east corner of Lake Wendouree the sky had fired up for another great end to the day.


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A Sunrise and a Sunset

I kept close to home on Friday with a couple of visits to Lake Wendouree. At sunrise the ibis were busy, flying back and forth with twigs and branches as they are building their new nests. In the 2nd image here the ibis is reaching up and wrestling off another branch before flying back out to the small islands that are just off shore. Heading for home a quick stop (and why not!) to capture our latest brood of cygnets.
The end to the day wasn't too bad, either, with some nice conditions at View Point on the east side of the lake.





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Moorabool Magic

All week I've been trying to get down to Moorabool Falls to check how its looking after the good rain we've had over the last week. Whilst I have seen it much fuller, its still looking great and is probably the fullest it's been all year. I spent most of my time playing around downstream of the main falls as there was some lovely reflected light off the trees above that were just catching the late afternoon sun and creating some lovely golden reflections to the water. This fallen tree log also caught my eye, though I'm not sure which I prefer...the overall view or the more intimate close up. And to finish how could I not include one of the falls themselves..even if it's only the base. Those small patches of the vibrant green moss make all the difference!



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A Lake of Fog

As soon as I got outside on Wednesday morning I realised there was a bit of fog around. As I headed west out of Ballarat it actually got quite thick, especially around Windermere. However once I got up onto the side of Weatherboard Hill it had cleared enough for me to get an overall view of the lay of the land. Looking south towards Lake Burrumbeet I though I'd take a chance that the edge of the lake might be right on the edge of the fog bank. And by now I had also realised the setting full moon was making quite a statement in the sky. I made my way to what I call Pelican Point (no pelicans today!) and in the windiest conditions I have flown in I captured this view looking west across the sea of fog.
Oh, and I also made a stop on the way back to Ballarat for this scene at Windermere as the sun was rising and trying to burn it's way through the fog.

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Magic

The forecast for Sunday morning was calm and freezing cold and that's exactly how it turned out (minus 3.4, in fact!). I had a fantastic...