Buninyong and Burrumbeet

I've got millions of images here to work through so here's a couple from the last few days.
Another lovely sunrise from Mt Buninyong on Friday, and then a scene from out on the west side of Lake Burrumbeet...as you can see the harvest is in full swing around the district at the moment.

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A Tale of Two Lakes

Saturday morning started with a pretty nice sunrise at Lake Burrumbeet. I used to be able to drive to this part of the lake shore, however access has been blocked for some time now so it's a bit of hike, though well worth as this small island and it's trees always seems to offer something worthwhile.
Later in the day around 5pm a big downpour hit (remember to keep your windows closed at home when the rain is coming in from the east with a big wind behind it!). We had 15mm in a very short burst whilst the "official" Ballarat recording station at the Airport didn't receive a drop. I had a feeling it might pass through before sunset and so I was up at Lake Wendouree's south east corner for some beautiful, calm conditions, first looking across to the Yacht Club and then moving around to the right this view of the small pavilion on View Point.



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The Tower at the Top

On Friday morning well before dawn I was heading around the north side of Lake Wendouree when I looked across towards Mt Buninyong and realised that's where I needed to be! Whilst Mt Warrenheip was clear, I could see hanging over the top of Buninyong a nice canopy of low lying cloud, so I did a u-turn and headed out that way. I arrived in plenty of time, however it wasn't till just on the sunrise that some of the clouds started to light up above the mountain and lookout tower, and this is the result. As you can imagine I captured a number of images, however I like to let the occasional image bask in it's own glory.
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A Couple of Hills

After some great rain over the last 24 hours that has really freshened everything up, I went for a bit of a drive just before sunset on Thursday. I was heading out to Lake Burrumbeet....but I didn't make it! The clouds north of the freeway at Windermere led me north where this first image of some fantastic broody skies had me making my first stop. That's Saddleback Hill on the horizon.
Minutes after this the sky opened up for a huge downpour and I had to move quick to make the most of it to grab this rainbow with, once again, Saddleback Hill in the background. The clouds were moving through quickly and the rainbow was gone in a flash as I made my way up along side, you guessed it, Saddleback Hill for another great sky. 
Thinking that may be it, I decided to go home via Lake Learmonth and once again the conditions had me on the Lake's edge for one last shot for the evening. In the background you can see, surprise surprise, Weatherboard Hill!



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The North Shore

Another colourful sunrise on Wednesday morning at Lake Wendouree. This series is all from the north side of the lake and covers 28 minutes from before dawn to just as the sun rises. These 3 boat sheds always make a nice subject and the small crescent moon once again adds that nice extra element.



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Bookends to the Day

Some fantastic colour at Lake Wendouree on Tuesday, firstly with a great sunrise that really put on a colourful show, and whilst the sunset didn't have the same colour, it certainly had the clouds to make up for it. And thanks to some birds for once again adding that extra element to a couple of these.Three from the morning, three from the evening......





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Is This It? 2

Do you remember a week or so ago I posted what I considered to be my favourite Forget-me-nots image from Mt Warrenheip? I'd made many visits there to capture that image, and whilst I'll always continue to return in the future, it's going to take something very special to top that image.
On Monday morning a similar experience occurred out at Lake Burrumbeet. You've seen many pelican images lately, in fact I haven't posted a lot of them as how many do you really want to see?!
On they way out west on Monday morning the conditions looked clear and cloudless, nothing too exciting, however as soon as I could see the lake I realised there were a few pockets of low lying mist, usually perfect conditions for photography, especially with the calm conditions. And the pelicans were in full force. I came home with an exceptional collection of images, however today I'm posting just the one...this could well be my favourite pelican image of all time.
Take a guess at how many are there....I'll tell you tomorrow and I think you'll be surprised!
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The Lal Lal Bridge

Sunday morning's forecast was for patchy fog, though when I left home in Ballarat it all seemed quite clear. Heading out towards Warrenheip I soon realised we could be in for a good one, and by the time I made my way out to this spot at Bungaree and got up high I knew I was in for something very special (I seem to say that a lot, don't I?).
This is the railway bridge that spans the Lal Lal Creek from before sunrise in the first image here, to a series showing the amazing light once the sun had risen. This is just a small sample of the amazing images from this morning....the last one here is from a stop at Mt Warrenheip well after the sunrise when the low lying mists were reluctant to leave.
I also captured some great video of the train going across the bridge that I'll post later.....




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Up In The Sky.......

When I left home on Saturday morning well before dawn (and let me tell you, it's getting earlier and earlier as we head into Summer!) it was mostly overcast, however out towards the south east it appeared a bit lighter on the horizon.  So I headed out through Dunnstown and realised my best chance for some morning colour was out looking across the Lal Lal Reservoir. I just had time by the time I had parked, got my gear and climbed over a fence, to get airborne and grab a few images of the very short lived burst of colour. The sun's position at this time of year is right down the middle of this view and works well with the reflection. Whilst shooting the aerials I did stop briefly to take the third image here of a close up of the reflection, all the while leaving the drone hovering that you can see towards the bottom of the frame...amazing how stable these things are!
Packing up and heading back to the car I looked to the west and saw an incoming plane and before long this huge Emirates A380 Super Jumbo went straight overhead at a surprisingly low altitude. I reckon it was at least half the normal height of the jets we see around the district, maybe the pilot was giving those on-board a close view of our district! 



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Can You Work This Out?

I've been quite intrigued by this image I have sitting here for about 3 days now, it was taken at that fantastic sunrise down at Mt Buninyong that I still need to go through all the images from. I don't usually feel I need to explain my images, however this one is quite unique and does need some explaining.......
As you can see some fantastic layering across the landscape on this foggy morning. Now at first glance that band of white looks to be the open sky sitting below the higher band of clouds along the top of the image. In fact the white is a layer of fog behind the distant hill, and sitting above it is the darker clouds. Make sure you click on this for a bigger look and you'll see what I mean...it's a strange one! And would you believe it was the final image I took that morning?
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A Colourful Start to the End of the Week

There was a very nice sunset on Friday morning with my first stop being the north west corner of Lake Burrumbeet where you get a great layered view across the lake with Mounts Warrenheip and Buninyong in the background. Then just a minute or so south of there is another one of my Burrumbeet trees that I've stopped at many times...this was probably one of the more colourful ones.
Another minute or so from there at Sayyers Bay where I captured the last three images here. I do like the lone reed against the backdrop of the shimmering early morning light.
I did capture some nice aerials here too, that I'll get to soon (along with that fantastic sunrise at Mt Buninyong a couple of days ago.)




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The Calendars

OK, some follow up on my calendars....I have put together a range of images that shows you the images in each calendar. As you’ll see it’s been a pretty amazing year, all these images taken over the last 11 months! And in case you missed the original post, here it is again.....
This year I’m producing 5 different themed calendars, all images taken over the last year, including my own Weather version! 
1. District - 12 fantastic images all captured outside the Ballarat city limits and all within 42kms (that’s my limit for district images, can anyone guess the relevance of 42kms?)
2. Lake Wendouree - 12 stunning images from what may well be my most visited location, Ballarat’s iconic Lake Wendouree
3. Weather - another 12 images showcasing our amazing, changeable weather throughout the year.
4. Looking Down - 12 views all captured within the Ballarat City limits taken from up high, views we’ve never been able to capture before the advent of personal aerial photography
5. Alive - birds, horses, cows, rakalis, pelicans, just some of the amazing “wildlife” that’s crossed my path this year!
As well as the main image for each month, I’ve also included some smaller images related to each of the images. They are an A4 size page that opens up to a full A3 size (the spiral binder runs through the middle). I’ve decided to go with this layout this year as people have commented in the past that the A3 size calendars can be a little costly to post. This new size will easily fit in a standard A4 size envelope.
The cost is (a remarkable!) $12 each and if you buy 2 or more they’re $10 each! Can I be cheesey enough to say what a great Christmas present?! And you can mix and match the different versions if you want. I’m also offering you the chance to pick your own images. You’ve seen my images over the last year and if you order 10 calendars I’ll put together your own, unique version where you get to choose your 12 favourite images. Keep in mind that the images need to be in a landscape format as vertical images won’t fit the format of the page.

I’d really appreciate if you could share this with others....the more calendars we get out there, the more I get out there!
And make sure you click on the images for a larger look......





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The Trees

I've got a bit of catching up to do...this set is from two nights ago on Wednesday evening when I made a return visit to Lake Burrumbeet to the same spot I had been to the night before. This time, with some good calm conditions, I was able to get a some aerials of what's becoming a common theme out at Burrumbeet....the trees. Some intense colour in the third one here as the almost setting sun really lit up the trees and shoreline. And another good example of not having to rely on spectacular skies to make an image......a few placed birds also helps!



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Back to Buninyong

So after all the excitement of the calendar yesterday, would you believe this morning found me on the side of Mt Buninyong in the same spot as the calendar image for another incredible sunrise. Here’s a couple of images taken 11 minutes part just after the sunrise has lit up the low lying fog. It always amazes how quickly the light can change from the intense strong colours in the first image to the softer, more subtle feel of the second image here.
Got a heap more from here, as well as last night that I’ll get to soon........

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It's Calendar Time!

I have some exciting news to share......I have an image featured in the Bureau of Meteorology 2018 Australian Weather Calendar. This is a pretty hard gig to get, so I'm pretty happy about it! It shows a fantastic winter morning view from the side of Mt Buninyong. They are a fantastic, very large size and have a heap of other info on each of the pages. You can order them off the BoM website, however.......
Whilst we are talking calendars, I'm pleased to announce my 2018 calendars...yes, that's plural! This year I'm producing 5 different themed calendars, all images taken over the last year, including my own Weather version! 
1. District - 12 fantastic images all captured outside the Ballarat city limits and all within 42kms
2. Lake Wendoure - 12 stunning images from what may well be my most visited location, Ballarat's iconic Lake Wendouree
3. Weather - another 12 images showcasing our amazing, changeable weather throughout the year.
4. Looking Down - 12 views all captured within the Ballarat City limits taken from up high, views we've never been able to capture before the advent of personal aerial photography
5. Alive - birds, horses, cows, rakalis, pelicans, just some of the amazing "wildlife" that's crossed my path this year!
As well as the main image for each month, I've also included some smaller snippets related to each of the images. You'll see from the attached images the covers, and selected pages from each. They are an A4 size page that opens up to a full A3 size (the spiral binder runs through the middle). I've decided to go with this layout this year as people have commented in the past that the A3 size calendars can be a little costly to post. This new size will easily fit in a standard A4 size envelope.
The cost is (a remarkable!) $12 each and if you buy 2 or more they're $10 each! And you can mix and match the different versions if you want. I'm also offering you the chance to pick your own images. You've seen my images over the last year and if you order 10 calendars I'll put together your own, unique version. Keep in mind that the images need to be in a landscape format as vertical images won't fit the format of the page.
I'd really appreciate if you could share this with others....the more calendars we get out there, the more I get out there!
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Buninyong and Burrumbeet

I've got millions of images here to work through so here's a couple from the last few days. Another lovely sunrise from Mt Buninyon...