Majestic Mt Beckworth

A fantastic start to the week on Monday morning. I was keen with the forecast calm weather to get some aerials and as I headed north out of Ballarat I could see some fog shrouding some of the low lying hills. Before long I found myself buried in the fog and decided to head out to Mt Beckworth where I was hoping the fog was low lying enough for me to get up above it to see what the view offered....and it was amazing! Once the sun lit up the landscape it was an incredible sight. Whilst I have quite a selection of images to work through this panorama deserves it's own post. Make sure you click on it for a bigger look - I've left it large than normal, I hope you have a big screen!
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More Colour and Drama

Another colourful start to the day on Sunday, once again close to home at Lake Wendouree. Initially the sky was looking pretty lacklustre, however as the sun rose the warmth it created enticed the clouds to form and this view shows the judges box at the end of the rowing course.
As you know, usually its around sunrise or sunset that the light is at its most dramatic. However, just occasionally you get something during the day that really stands out. Around 2pm a storm moved through Ballarat and the light at Lake Wendouree was something special. This is one of the small islands on the west side of the lake, and with the bright sunlight spotlighting the trees and the dark, threatening skies behind, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more dramatic sight so close home .... and that bird flying towards me just adds that extra little element!

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Colour All Around

Some great colour around on Saturday, starting with some lovely clouds at sunrise looking north at Lake Wendouree. Helping out were some seagulls, adding that extra element into the scene.
And later in the day I spotted some colour building at sunset so made a quick dash up to View Point where the sky exploded into this colourful display.


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More Frosty Friday Fun

This series is from Friday morning...before I captured the 2 images in the previous post. After heading out well before dawn I was once again drawn to the area around Lal Lal Reservoir, and whilst I have been to this spot many times I feel this series is quite a new look at some of the incredible scenery in this spot. 
The first image here, looking down on an arm of the reservoir, shows an early morning mad flurry of cockatoos as they break free from the trees they have been nesting in throughout the night. Almost as startling as this view is the noise they make when they take off!
The second image shows some great coloured cloud reflections in the water that gives a unique look to this view.
The last 2 images are a bit further around from the previous, along the Moorabool River's course where the overall view from up high is quite a surprise. The last one shows just how frosty it was - minus 3 degrees!



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Frosty Friday

A very cold and frosty Friday morning with the temperature dropping down to around minus 3 degrees. Some great conditions down around Lal Lal Reservoir in Harris Road where I caught this first one as the sun was starting to warm up the air and actually increased the fog. A few miles further on I stopped for this fogbow near Mt Warrenheip, and nice continuation of this weeks "bows". Plenty of aerials to get to that I'll post tomorrow.

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A Late Burst of Light

Not a lot to show from Thursday afternoons travels though this late burst of light above the northern reaches of Mt Warrenheip was certainly colourful. So a good chance to post another image from Monday afternoons travels around the Waubra area where the constantly changing light was lighting up different past of the landscape.

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Water Flow

With some good rain over the last week or so I took the opportunity on Wednesday to check out one of my water sites to see how things were looking. This little weir on the Bo Peep Creek is always a good guide and as you can see it was flowing strongly. Everywhere you go is now saturated and any rain that falls is now running off into the water systems so with continued rain the waterfalls should get a chance to get flowing steadily. I also made a quick visit to Lake Burrumbeet on the way home to catch a bit of winter light looking across to Mt Callender.


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Winter Wonders

Though the weather may seem dark, wet and windy there is still plenty to find to photograph. This weather is actually pretty nice to get out and into and with it constantly changing one of the things to look for are rainbows.....and I found a couple of them on Tuesday afternoon, firstly out at Windermere above this set of silos. Later on just at sunset another downpour set up perfect conditions for this rainbow over Lake Wendouree.


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The Pay Off

On Monday I had a friend visiting from Port Lincoln in South Australia, another keen photographer. We headed out after lunch into the fast darkening and gloomy skies that quickly turned to some quite heavy rain. These conditions can often work well with the wind towers out around Waubra and initially it looked like monotonal images might be the order of the day. However our persistence paid off and we were rewarded with a really nice rainbow sitting atop Mt Bolton.



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Sundays Sensational Sunrise

Some massive colour on Sunday morning at Lake Wendouree. And as nice as it looked, I can tell you it was freezing cold with the northerly wind really whipping off the lake. 




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Saturday Scenics

Some lovely conditions on Saturday morning starting with some amazing skies along the Yendon - Lal Lal Road. That big smear of clouds had recently passed overhead dropping quite a downpour before moving away. By the time I was coming home past Mt Warrenheip it looked worth a quick trip up the side of the mountain where the sun was trying to break through the lingering mist...can you tell which of these images are aerials?!




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Be Prepared

On Friday afternoon I had an appointment out at Blampied and it was one of the those winter days when it pays to carry your camera with you as the fast moving clouds can unexpectedly offer something pretty special. And indeed it did....once I had made the climb up the hill out of Creswick heading towards Newlyn I was presented with this sight.....!
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Always Something......

A bit limited with opportunities on Thursday with this image of the Ballarat City Rowing Club Rooms that worked best in black and white. And days like this always gives me a chance to post a couple of catch-up images. These 2 are from last Sunday morning out around Mt Misery (hidden in the fog!) and just a bit further up the road for a high view of part of the wind farm at Addington - a really lovely part of the local district.


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A Different Sunrise

Something a bit different from Wednesday mornings spectacular sunrise. When I hit the road it was pretty obvious the clouds were set up for something big and as I headed north out of Ballarat my plans were to get out under the clouds. So I turned onto the freeway off Creswick Rd and headed east. As I went past the Boral Depot there I noticed the great plume of steam....... Anyway, I actually made my way out to Brown Hill before I decided go back and explore the Boral potential. I've shot countless sunrises and sunsets and they always impress, however this morning I thought there was an opportunity to capture something a bit different. The first image here gives a you a great overview of the set-up as the colour took off whilst the second image here shows just how intense the colour was when lighting up the steam pouring out of the chimney. The last image was almost an after-thought....looking past the factory into the paddocks that were covered in a heavy frost just as the colour started to fade back.


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Dean and Clarke

On Tuesday morning when I headed out of Ballarat I quickly realised the forecast fog was too thick! Not often I would say that......and after driving around I decided a visit to Dean Reservoir might at least offer some possibilities. The foreground elements in these 2 images contrasts nicely with the soft background.
Heading for home I detected a lightening in the sky and on top of the road that goes through Clarkes Hill the sun was trying valiantly to break through...the sunlight these sheep would surely appreciate after a long cold night. Last one here is a car on its way north along the Daylesford Rd that I captured from lower down in Boundary Church Road. So all up, not a bad morning!



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Lal Lal Falls

I made a visit to Lal Lal Falls on Monday morning and was pleased to see there was some quite good flow after the rain we had during the previous week. A couple of views here that you may not have seen before. And as I was driving out of the car park I made a quick stop to grab the full moon through the trees.


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Mt Misery Magic

This is a continuation of my previous post. Once again on Sunday morning we planned to visit Lake Burrumbeet, and once again I could tell the best conditions were north of there around the wind farm. We made our way over to a location that gave as a nice view of Mt Misery that was cloaked in some very promising clouds...and waited for the sun to rise. This is the result....and amazing view when you consider you can find this less than 30 minutes from Ballarat!



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Majestic Mt Beckworth

A fantastic start to the week on Monday morning. I was keen with the forecast calm weather to get some aerials and as I headed north out of ...