Thursday, October 20, 2016

St George Cascades

After the great sunrise the day before at St Georges Lake in Creswick (more images to come later) I was keen to return. Not that I was expecting another foggy morning, however I wanted to explore the area downstream of the lake spillway. There used to be a very nice waterfall off the end of the lake, however after the floods of 2011 there has been a huge amount of reconstruction work going at the lake.They have removed the waterfall and replaced with a huge spillway - the second image here shows how one half is a sea of rocky boulders and the other section is the original sandstone base. I had noticed the day before some nice sections and as the water is still flowing there are still some great sections that are worth capturing. 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sensational St George's Lake

I was up well before sunrise on Wednesday, heading north of Ballarat out past Creswick. I had an image I was asked to get of Calembeen Park in Creswick, however I had some time to fill in and ended up way north at Birch's Creek at Lawrence. Whilst I did capture some nice images from that part of the morning, it was as I was heading back to Creswick that I realised I might be onto something special.....a low lying fog had moved in and I quickly realised it was around St Georges Lake. It turned into something very special, and whilst I did capture many fantastic images, I'm letting this single image tell the story. Whilst I did catch a glimpse of someone else heading off onto the trail around the lake, I had this amazing scene to myself.
I've left this image a bit larger than normal, so make sure you click on it for a larger look. And is it just me ... can you see the buffalo profile?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

From Wild to Mild to Wild

I had a pretty busy day on Tuesday. Starting with a local Probus Club talk late in the morning, then after a quick lunch I gave another presentation to a visiting U3A Club from the Mornington Peninsula. With thank-you gifts of a Lions Club Christmas Cake from the Probus group, then bottle of Cape Schanck Pinot Noir from the Mornington group - who stays landscape photography doesn't pay!
Whilst I was on my way to the second presentation via Lake Wendouree, I couldn't resist stopping for some spectacular clouds above View Point. Later in the day a quick visit to the Lake gave me another couple of nice images...just enough colour and reflection right on sunset, and the from the same spot as earlier in the day this view of View Point once again was worth capturing.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Yellow and More Yellow

I haven't captured too much of this seasons canola crops in the Ballarat district as I have been concentrating on my waterfalls. On Monday out around the Waubra area I couldn't help but stop for a few images as the fields are looking great, and with the perfect sky for contrast. A bit further on at Evansford another field of yellow caught my eye...the cape weed. I've never seen so many fields of cape weed as they literally cover the hillsides. I would imagine it's something to do with the abundant rainfall. Certainly worth a drive on a sunny day to take it all in.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Early Bird......

I'm glad I made the effort to get up early on Sunday morning for a visit to Lake Wendouree. The day didn't really offer too much more and when the rain set in during the afternoon that was it. Whilst the sunrise wasn't overly colourful, the clouds more than made up for it in the pond behind the judges box at the end of the rowing course. Whilst it was still pretty windy, this spot is nicely protected to give me a nice calm foreground.
Sunday's lack of action also give me a chance to post a couple of recent images that deserve an airing....first up is from an early, frosty morning visit to the Devils Kitchen from back in June. Then from just last Friday, another early morning visit to the Lal Lal Reservoir showing where Harris Creek winds it way into the reservoir.

Image © Central Highlands Water

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wombats and Kangaroos

On Saturday I was out past Daylesford visiting a couple of locations in my CHW project, the Wombat and Bullarto Reservoirs. I was pleased to find both of them had something extra to offer....waterfalls and cascades! The first one here shows just downstream of the Wombat Reservoir where there is quite a big waterfall, though extremely hard to get to...this image is looking down from the edge of the bank, there is actually a lot more of the falls above this shot. And then further downstream I found this nice ledge with just the right amount of water.
Then it was over to Bullarto where the Kangaroo Creek flows after leaving the reservoir through this fantastic set of cascades that went on, and downwards, for a few hundred metres...plenty to play around with here on a windy afternoon!
Images © Central Highlands Water


Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Morning

A fantastic morning out around the Lal Lal Reservoir on Friday morning offered me a range of images. Some great fog added some nice atmospherics both at ground level and from's amazing how golden that first bit of light is when it hits the landscape. The rocky gorge was a bit of a bonus just as I was getting ready to leave...and then I found the spider web.
Images © Central Highlands Water