Lal Lal Falls Up High

After my visit to Lal Lal Falls on Saturday with the Knox group, I was keen to return whilst the water levels are so high. So on Wednesday morning I was there for sunrise (and before) and though there was still plenty of water, the drop off in flow was quite noticeable. 
Whilst the falls themselves are the focal point, there are some great views downstream along the Lal Lal Creek and looking across to the Lal Lal Reservoir. In the 4th image here you can see a faint pink glow to the water...that's the reflected light from a few pink clouds high above.




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A New One

As you know there is nothing I like more than waterfalls, and the prospect of finding a new one in the Ballarat district is always exciting (well, at least it is to me!). You may remember in a recent post that I showed of Dobbertains Tunnel on the Woady Yallock River. Some follow up information from a couple of different sources about the same area had me primed for something special...and I was not let down. As you can imagine, when you find something like this you take more than one or two images, however I feel this one was worthy of its own post. Only problem is I can't decide if I prefer the colour or black and white version!
Thanks to Jim for the initial mention, and Tim for guiding me to this spot, it really made my day, if not the week, or month!

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Woowookarung

I had an email from a friend over the weekend about the spring flowers at Woowookarung. Woowookarung Regional Park is a brand new 641 hectare park in Ballarat. The park is perfect for a variety of activities, including bushwalking, jogging, mountain bike riding, nature appreciation and even stargazing. Most locals will probably know it as the Canadian Forest on the eastern outskirts of Ballarat.
So on Monday I thought a visit might be worthwhile to see what I could find. I'm no expert on native flora so I'm afraid I can't identify these examples, however I thought they make a nice set, all taken with my macro lens.
PS...not a bad end to the day at Lake Wendouree after a very wet afternoon.....







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A Full Weekend

Time to get into some serious images from the weekend with the Knox Photographic Society!
Starting with a couple more from the great sunrise at Lake Burrumbeet on Saturday. From there we headed north into the wind farm area around Waubra with a stop at a canola field just north of Burrumbeet. 
After lunch we headed out to Lal Lal Falls, where I was pleasantly surprised to see so much water flowing. We also had time to have a walk around the small township of Lal Lal where this small pond and jetty offered some great reflections. We finished off Saturday with a BBQ and a presentation where I got to share some of my images with them.
Sunday morning the plans were to hit the side of Mt Buninyong. Three years ago when the same group came to Ballarat, we also started the day here, however on that occasion we were totally fogged in! So those that had come back were very pleased to finally see the view, especially as the rising sun created such a strong image, as did the light across the fields soon afterwards.
We finished off the weekend with a trip out to one of my favourite spots north of Creswick near Smeaton, where the old pump house and mullock heap of the Berry Mine is always a popular stop. We were really fortunate here as on the trip out from Ballarat there was hardly a cloud to be seen...as you can see that quickly changed!
There were a couple of other stops across the weekend that I didn't photograph, preferring to leave the visitors to see what they could capture from my favourite spots around the district. Everyone went home happy and pretty tired, as 2 mornings starting at 5.30 am tends to make you pretty tired!
You can see what you get to see on one of my weekends so keep it in mind if any one is interested in a similar outing!











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Waiting For The Light

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a group of 28 keen photographers from the Knox Photographic Society come to Ballarat for a weekend workshop. We started the weekend out at my favourite spot on the west side of Lake Burrumbeet. We were all feeling pretty happy with the conditions as there had been a lot of rain overnight and I think most were expecting a bit of a drenching to start the weekend off. Just a couple of quick pics showing part of the group getting ready for the dawn. As you can see from the second image here, it wasn't too bad at all!
I'll post a few more from Saturday in another post as I kept them very busy throughout the day!

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A Quick Fix......

Running a bit behind for Saturday's post, I have a big group from the Knox Photography Society on a weekend workshop......just managed to find a few minutes to post a couple of images from a nice Friday morning at Lake Wendouree......

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Only One......

On Thursday I took just one pic.......
I was coming around the north west side of Lake Wendouree around 2.30 in the arvo and noticed this pair of crested grebes. Initially they were just floating along hunkered down, a bit too far out, however they gradually floated in closer to shore and when they decided to sit up I quickly grabbed this shot before it was all over. It looks like the grebe families have arrived, as there were quite a number of young ones floating around and also over near the end of the rowing course was another batch...well worth a look!
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Lal Lal Falls Up High

After my visit to Lal Lal Falls on Saturday with the Knox group, I was keen to return whilst the water levels are so high. So on Wednesday m...