Another Lake Wendouree Morning To Remember

Fortunately the sunrise and morning at Lake Wendouree was pretty nice...as the rest of the day was pretty miserable. It always amazes what I can find on a visit to Lake Wendouree. Having been there literally hundreds of times, it seems there is always something different to capture, especially when you get light like this in just a short time! First image here is from St Pat's Point before I moved around to the west side of the lake.



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Upstream

With all the rain we are getting at the moment I was keen to visit some flowing water. Upstream from Moorabool Falls there are some nice smaller cascades that are looking vibrant, especially the mosses that cling to the rocks. A couple here in close and then a panorama to give you an overall idea of the location.
And still the rain continues......


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Colour or Drama

Once again, on Wednesday afternoon I hit the road late afternoon with a particular location in mind that quickly changed when I realised the conditions looked more promising in the opposite direction. 
Can you get tired of rainbows? I think not! They are always an amazing sight and can be quite different as these 2 distinct ones show. The first one was along the Windermere - Learmonth Road and from there I headed a bit further west out to Burrumbeet North to catch the last 2 rainbows here. 
And in between the two there was some dramatic light over Mt Shallowback as the clouds moved through.



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A Smaller Landscape

On a very grey, wet, wintery day on Tuesday I found this in the garden. A good chance to get out the macro lens and look into a smaller landscape than usual.
And these quiet days also gives me the chance to go back a day to Mondays fantastic skies out at Lake Burrumbeet. The last one here is Mt Buninyong being bombed by a passing downpour!





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North and South

The west side of Lake Burrumbeet turned out to be a good choice for the sunrise on Monday morning. On the way out I had a feeling the clouds might co-operate and I was not disappointed. The first one here shows the colour looking to the north - you can see a rainfall squall moving through nicely.
Around 20 minutes later the sun found a hole in the clouds to light up the scene looking to the south across Sawyers Bay, just as another incredible cloud formation moved through.
I have quite a few other images of the amazing clouds to post a bit later on...some really spectacular images of an amazing morning.

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Mt Warrenheip on a Sunday Morn

Some fantastic conditions around Mt Warrenheip on Sunday morning. When I headed out that way before dawn it was th only place I could see with any fog, all the other high points, especially Mt Buninyong, were clear. As it turned out the longer I was there the more the fog built up to give me some great conditions to work with from up high. It's an amazing sight when the sun finally breaks through!
I did capture some ground level images as well...the first image here is the start of the day. The last image was of the sun trying to break through the fog, captured just as I was leaving the area and happened to glance back towards the mountain......thought it was worth a stop!





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Saturday Scenics

Late Saturday afternoon I was out west of Ballarat on the side of Weatherboard Hill. The first thing that caught my eye was this view looking south east towards Windermere as a massive rainbow appeared for a short time. You could actually watch it move from right to left across the landscape. In this image you can also see the Windermere Seed silos catching the light.
From the same spot I just had to turn to the right to catch some great rays out on the western horizon above Mt Cole near Beaufort. 
I made a quick stop at Lake Burrumbeet on the way back to Ballarat and it looked like the sun would fade away without much action. However, as you can see here, by the time I got back to the south east corner of Lake Wendouree the sky had fired up for another great end to the day.


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A Sunrise and a Sunset

I kept close to home on Friday with a couple of visits to Lake Wendouree. At sunrise the ibis were busy, flying back and forth with twigs and branches as they are building their new nests. In the 2nd image here the ibis is reaching up and wrestling off another branch before flying back out to the small islands that are just off shore. Heading for home a quick stop (and why not!) to capture our latest brood of cygnets.
The end to the day wasn't too bad, either, with some nice conditions at View Point on the east side of the lake.





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Moorabool Magic

All week I've been trying to get down to Moorabool Falls to check how its looking after the good rain we've had over the last week. Whilst I have seen it much fuller, its still looking great and is probably the fullest it's been all year. I spent most of my time playing around downstream of the main falls as there was some lovely reflected light off the trees above that were just catching the late afternoon sun and creating some lovely golden reflections to the water. This fallen tree log also caught my eye, though I'm not sure which I prefer...the overall view or the more intimate close up. And to finish how could I not include one of the falls themselves..even if it's only the base. Those small patches of the vibrant green moss make all the difference!



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A Lake of Fog

As soon as I got outside on Wednesday morning I realised there was a bit of fog around. As I headed west out of Ballarat it actually got quite thick, especially around Windermere. However once I got up onto the side of Weatherboard Hill it had cleared enough for me to get an overall view of the lay of the land. Looking south towards Lake Burrumbeet I though I'd take a chance that the edge of the lake might be right on the edge of the fog bank. And by now I had also realised the setting full moon was making quite a statement in the sky. I made my way to what I call Pelican Point (no pelicans today!) and in the windiest conditions I have flown in I captured this view looking west across the sea of fog.
Oh, and I also made a stop on the way back to Ballarat for this scene at Windermere as the sun was rising and trying to burn it's way through the fog.

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An Anniversary

Today, August 9, is the one year anniversary since my USA National Park book was released across the USA and Canada. To celebrate I thought I would share some previously unseen images from our last trip in August/September from last year.
First up is a very nice sunset on Santa Cruz Island, one of the islands that makes up the Channel Islands National Park, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles. 
Second image shows some nice autumn colour at Sequoia National Park, also in California.
From there we headed further north to Mt Rainier National Park in Washington where I captured this view of the upper reaches of Christine Falls. 
I'm finishing up with a couple of images from my all time favourite National Park - Yellowstone, in Wyoming. The first one shows some spectacular light bursting forth as the Old Faithful geyser gets ready to blow. And the last one is from my last morning in the park in the more northerly part of the park where I had a fantastic cold, foggy morning to send me on my way. After 5 visits to Yellowstone, I know I will always be happy to return.
I have so many unseen images filed away, I could do a catch up like this many times - maybe on each anniversary?!




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Lake Burrumbeet South Shore Sunrise

On Tuesday morning we had some nice calm conditions, the first for a few days. I ended up on the south side of Lake Burrumbeet where an initially OK sky developed into something quite spectacular.  With the high level of the lake at the moment these bushes just off-shore are too far out to wade to, however when you can fly your camera over to them, you can still get the shot!


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Moon Marvel

On Monday afternoon, once again I was planning on heading south east out of Ballarat, and once again the best conditions looked to be to the north. So I headed off chasing a huge cloud formation that promised a lot....and failed to deliver. I ended up out at Clunes and looking across to the west another cloud front looked promising and before I knew it I was way out past Waubra amongst the wind towers. You can always find something with the towers and I captured a number of images as I slowly made my way back to Ballarat. There was actually a nice burst of sunset colour behind a stand of towers that had me happy to head home. And then I headed back east....and saw this! Can you see the 2 sheep?!
Usually I'm well aware of the full moon dates, though I must admit to forgetting to check this one and as it had been mostly cloudy I hadn't caught a glimpse as it was rising. It's actually the day before the official full moon, but at 98% full you can hardly tell the difference.
As I mentioned I captured a number of images from this excursion, however I felt this one deserved it's own post. And make sure you click on it for a bigger look as I've left it larger than normal!
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Spectacular Stormy Sunday Scenics

On Sunday afternoon I was heading south-east out of Ballarat with a particular location in mind. However, as soon as I hit the road I could see the action was looking most promising north of the city.  With some storm clouds moving through I knew I just had to get myself in the right position to make the most of them. Travelling north up Gillies Road I think I made the right choice!



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Another Lake Wendouree Morning To Remember

Fortunately the sunrise and morning at Lake Wendouree was pretty nice...as the rest of the day was pretty miserable. It always amazes what I...