Thursday was busy...up again at 5am to shoot Fingal Heads and Dreamtime Beach, and then later on a visit to Natural Bridge Falls in Springbrook National Park, just over the border in Queensland. First shot here is early morning Dreamtime Beach and then a view across to Mt Warning from the Condong Bridge. Stay tuned .... I'm attempting the big climb to the top of the peak next!
I'm on the side of the road in Tamworth, its 8.13am. Put in a very big day first up and made it to the Warrumbungles National Park. But heres a couple...1st pic of the trip at Harcourt, near Bendigo, for sunrise. and last night from the grounds of the caravan park in Coonabarabran......must get going again....
Had a quick visit down to Mt Buninyong on Monday morning and got quite a nice selection in the overcast conditions. I'm posting this a bit earlier than usual as I am heading off very early Tuesday morning for the big drive up to northern NSW - keep checking for some great new images over the coming week as I head into totally new territory.
Went down to Box Hill, Melbourne, for Xmas day, and witnessed some fantastic electrical storms passing by, and about 6.30 after leaving for the trip home got hit by the heaviest downpour I have ever seen. Managed to capture one lightning bolt at Box Hill, then a nice sky at Bungaree and just made it back to Ballarat to catch the last of the sunset at Lake Wendouree.
On Saturday morning I got up at 4am to see if I could spot the Lovejoy Comet....and there its was, quite clear above the eastern horizon above Lake Wendouree. Certainly worth the effort if you can get yourself out of bed. So at about 5.15am I thought it might be worthwhile to go down to the lookout on top of Mt Buninyong, and once again I was presented with some great sunrise scenics. So Merry Xmas to all and a particular hello to David and his mate that joined me on top of the lookout! Make sure you click on the images for a larger look! And if you want to find out more about the comet you can check out this site.....
Newlyn Reservoir is about 26 kms from Ballarat...bright and sunny when I got there, but shortly after the clouds moved in, one last burst of sunrays managed to escape! The reservoir is a lot fuller than my last visit, probably 18 months ago, the shore is much closer in, I reckon last time I could walk out another 100 metres. And on the way home there was some nice soft tones in the east above Forest Hill.
West of Ballarat stands the Windermere Palm, just off the Western Fwy on the road up to Lake Learmonth. I have driven passed it many times, but Saturday night it really caught my eye...dark, brooding skies and standing all alone in the middle of a full wheat crop. Very strange to see a palm here, perhaps it was planted in a garden of a long vanished homestead? And some more from the west side of Lake Burrumbeet as a rain band passed by.
A bit of fog around on Monday morning, starting with a couple of views from the Black Hill Lookout here in Ballarat. The first one is lookin...