Just Enough.....

On Sunday there was a forecast of some early patchy fog which I was able to find around Lal Lal Reservoir and back on the road on the way into Lal Lal, the township. Plenty of birds around too, always adding that nice little touch to an image. The last one here shows a burst of foggy sunlight shining through the crook of a tree.




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Eagle Rock

I was heading home this morning after a great early morning shoot around Lal Lal Reservoir and whilst driving up the Lal Lal - Yendon Road something quite large flew past into the trees. I turned around and found this guy sitting in the trees. I had to wait quite a while until he decided to move...you can just see his foot has left the branch as he launches himself, though you may be forgiven in thinking he was about to do the "Eagle Rock"!
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A Tale of Two Lakes

After Fridays visit to Lake Burrumbeet, on Saturday I visited 2 more local lakes. For sunrise I was out at Lake Learmonth where some some intense colour was reflected into the calm lakes surface.
For sunset I made a quick visit to Lake Wendouree here in Ballarat where we were treated to a very nice show with some great clouds.



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Same View Four Times

Though there were no clouds on Friday morning there was still some very nice colour at Lake Burrumbeet. The smoke from recent burn-offs in the district has created some intense colour and this series shows basically the same viewpoint from before dawn until the sun has broken the horizon.



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Which State?

I've just got back from a few days up on the NSW-Victoria Border near Thredbo where I was helping a friend with some art history research photography. I managed to find some nice images for myself in a part of the world I have never been to before.
The first 2 images are views of the Murray River that I didn't realise was the Murray til I was told......Not sure what state I'm standing in the second image too as I'm right on the border!
The next 2 images were taken from the balcony of our apartment in Thredbo looking across to the west, the moon setting at night followed by some nice colour in the morning.
My favourite (so far) is the view looking up the strangely named Leather Barrel Creek, followed by our farewell morning when some great misty conditions gave me this view looking into the NSW highlands.
And of course the obligatory kangaroo image!






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Mondayitis

A brief bit of colour on Monday morning added some warmth to this scene at the Old Ballarat Cemetery. Would have been prefect for last Friday..the 13th!
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Some Autumn Colour

Yesterday was the middle of autumn so I went looking for some colour. This local fence always fires up at this time of the year and the grey and wet conditions really make the colours pop. The next 2 images here shows what happens when you put the camera on a slow shutter speed and try waving the camera around as you take the picture and the last is when you zoom at the time you press the shutter.



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Big Sky Ballarat

There was some good rain on Saturday, the best we've had for a long time. After some very heavy rain around lunchtime a huge mass of clouds passed through and over Lake Wendouree. I'm not sure if I prefer the colour or the black and white?

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Plow Time

On my way out to Lake Burrumbeet on Friday morning I caught sight of something at Windermere I thought might be worth stopping for...and I'm glad I did!




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Bird Bonanza

I've had a friend down from up north the last three days and each day we've been up at Lake Wendouree for the sunrise. Finally on Thursday morning there was some good light at the Palm Pond on the west side of the lake. Whilst the first one here is quite dramatic showing the view across the pond, there were a couple of birds I spent some time trying to capture. The white one is an Australian egret, not quite sure what the grey one is, so if you know please let me know!




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Tassie Time 2

These 3 images were taken on our first day on Erith Island, all in West Cove on the east side of the island (work that one out!). The first one was taken right after the boat had left just before the sun had risen - this set of rocks literally only 20 metres or so from the hut! The second image is looking the other way along the half kilometre long beach we had at our disposal just a little later when the sun was lighting up the landscape. You can see from these 2 images how pristine the beach was...no one had been here for a little while.
Later that day we had a pod of dolphins come into the cove and they put on quite a show. I took heaps of photos and this was my favourite with the spectacular coastline in the  background. The cliffs on the left are actually part of Deal Island that was around 2 kilometres away across the Murray Pass. We didn't see the dolphins again on the entire 9 days on the island.


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The Ghostly Swans

There was just enough colour in the sky on Wednesday morning at Lake Wendouree to warm up this scene of the ghostly swans on the west side of the Lake. An 8 second shutter speed gave me this surreal scene as the swans did there thing.
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Black and White

Nothing too exciting from Tuesday morning at Lake Wendouree, though this view of one of the yachts near the Yacht Club worked well in black and white. And it also gives me a chance to share another black and white image from last weeks lovely foggy morning in Sturt Street showing the Ballarat Mechanics Institute looking rather nice.

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Weatherboard Wonder

I've been back from Tassie for 6 days and this is the 3rd fantastic foggy morning I've had. These were taken out around Weatherboard, west of Ballarat and in a couple of these you get a glimpse of Lake Learmonth. The last one shows some great fog hugging the top of Weatherboard Hill.



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BIrding

There was a bit of colour in the sky on Sunday morning, however it was the birds that had my attention, especially a huge flock of cockatoos. The first one here gives a good idea of the mass with a lovely pink sky behind them looking to the west. Then when the sun had risen it cast a lovely warm glow over the birds. By looking directly up I was able to capture the moon as part of the scene, too. The last one shows a few of the gulls trying to get in on the action.



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Just Enough.....

On Sunday there was a forecast of some early patchy fog which I was able to find around Lal Lal Reservoir and back on the road on the way in...