Steam Time

Another image today from the Steaming Cliffs of Lake Rotomahana in New Zealand. As you can see an incredible array of colour in the cliffs and with the steam swirling around it all, it was quite a surreal place.
I'm working on a special little project this week that I'll post tomorrow.......stay tuned!
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Flowing

With consistent rain this month there is a lot of water around the Ballarat district at the moment and I'm making the most if it. This series from Wednesday afternoon comes from a local stream ..... I never get tired of playing with the textures the flowing water creates.


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Amongst the Trees

With strong winds forecast all week I wasn't expecting to be able to go flying for a while. However on Tuesday morning the east side of Mt Warrenheip was well sheltered and with a combination of fog and sunlight I was able to capture a nice series of images in amongst the trees.



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Blue Moon USA

I was pleased to see one of my USA images has been chosen as the Photo of the Day on the top USA Photography magazine "Outdoor Photographer". You can check it out here.....
https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/photo-of-the-day-by-andrew-thomas/
https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/photo-of-the-day-by-andrew-thomas/

Just a Touch

After Saturday's hike at Mt Buninyong, I wasn't expecting to be down there again quite so soon. However on Sunday morning the only place I could see that had a chance of some nice conditions was the top of the mountain that had a nice cap of fog. Once I got down there just in time for sunrise, I was happy to see  a light dusting of snow and though there wasn't all that much, it still gave me something new to play around with. Added to the foggy conditions I came how with quite a nice series. One other thing...it was COLD!



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Up Close Up High

On Saturday we did the Mt Buninyong hike and though the conditions weren't that exciting for photography I was happy to stop and play around with some of the great vibrant mosses growing on the trees along the side of the road. 
And these quiet days are always a good chance to pull out a few images from recent days that never saw the light of day. A couple from out at Learmonth on a lovely foggy morning from back in June, and from a couple of weeks ago the wind farm was a nice place to be.



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Friday Features

There was a very nice sunrise on Friday morning at Lake Wendouree where I captured a range of images at the end of the rowing course. I'd noticed as I left home that there was a sliver of a moon which I caught above the Judges Box followed by another Judges Box image as the sky really fired up. I was taking a few pics of the amazing clouds when a swan came by and rather than just show the one image I've put together this set into the one image as I was madly firing away as he flew through. With some very strong winds at the time, the edge of the lake was throwing up some nice water as well.



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The Steaming Cliffs

The Steaming Cliffs at Lake Rotomahana were one of the highlights of the New Zealand trip, an amazing geothermal area on the shores of the Lake. Can you see whats over in the bottom right corner of this image? They breed the swans tough over there!
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Water Falling

With plenty of water around the Ballarat district at the moment, I was keen to make the most of it so on Thursday I made a visit to Moorabool Falls. This series all seemed suited to black and white, though one of them still has a bit of colour in it. Hopefully the wet conditions will continue for a while yet so I can visit some of my other favourite spots.



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Lake Stillness


This is a view along the shoreline of Lake Rotomahana, one of the areas we got to visit in New Zealand. Super still conditions made for some great reflections as we zipped past in the small dinghy we were in!
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They're Back!

On my run around Lake Wendouree on Wednesday morning I came across this years first batch of cygnets, so I went back later in the day for a few images. One thing I learnt from my return visit is how I can still manage to find a bit of a sprint when a wildly flapping swan charges you...the father was very protective! 
...and the sunset later in the day wasn't too bad, either!



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Lake Time

Just a few catch-up images from Lake Wendouree over the last week or so....it's amazing how often you can find just a touch of colour amongst all the grey and gloom of winter


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New Zealand 1

I'm back from a fantastic time in New Zealand based around Rotorua on the North Island and its many geo-thermal features. Whilst the main purpose of the trip was for some scientific research photography I was still able to visit a number of sites that gave me many opportunities. 
One of the places we visited was the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village in Rotorua. We were honoured to have the Tuhourangi Tribal Authority (TTA) chairman Alan Skipwith take us on a personal tour throughout the Village. The hospitality shown by Alan in our three days there was nothing short of incredible and was one of the highlights of the whole trip. Here's a few words about the Village......

Discover the unique geothermal landscape of Te Whakarewarewa Valley.  Being the only living geothermal Māori village, we are gifted with geothermal vents that provide a life-giving energy resource.
See our boiling hot pools and bubbling mud, and learn how our residents utilise and respect the ever-changing forces beneath our land.


As you all know I am a big fan of foggy, misty conditions and I had plenty to work with here as the thermal vents scattered throughout the landscape of the village create some unique conditions. How good would it be to live amongst this and only have to go outside into your neighbourhood to find all this?! The drizzly, overcast conditions really enhanced the images I was able to capture.
I have heaps more from the trip that I'll get to soon - I can now start to appreciate whilst everyone has always been telling me to get myself over to New Zealand!


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The Calm Side

A quick visit to Mt Warrenheip on Tuesday morning where I found a bit of fog on the side of the mountain. Luckily on this side of the mountain it was quite calm so I could go for a fly...the other side was blowing a gale!
I'm just about to head off to New Zealand for 5 days, so I may be missing in action.....but I will be back!
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A Wet July

The good rain we've had throughout July has really got the district quite saturated so on Monday I took the opportunity to make the most of it and found this nice series on a local river.


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Moon and Magpie

On Sunday morning I captured the still almost full, but not eclipsed, moon through the trees and clouds before the squawking of a magpie in a nest caught my attention, just as some nice early morning clouds were passing through to really light up the sky behind the nest.
And with all the excitement of the eclipse on Saturday morning taking all the attention, a couple of images from Friday evening had some nice clouds formations as the sun set, and then on the other side of Lake Wendouree, the rising moon starting its journey into the eclipse the following morning.



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After the Eclipse

After capturing the images of the eclipsed moon at lake Wendouree on Saturday morning, I thought I'd head out of town to see if I could find another interesting location. However as the morning light improved, the moon (that was still in eclipse) was getting fainter and fainter and really didn't offer much in the way of new images. However I still captured some nice views at Lake Burrumbeet with some great clouds, great rocks and a couple of well timed swans right on sunrise.


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Eclipsed

In case you missed it, here's the eclipse over Lake Wendouree in Ballarat this morning around 6.20am. And that bright star is actually Mars!
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Persistance Pays Off

Pinnacles National Park in the USA?  The Grampians? Nope...this amazing view is only 23 kms from Ballarat, and is an image I have been after for some time, having been here a number of times this year. On Thursday morning I got just the conditions I was after with the low lying fog, and when the sun lit up the rocks on the top I knew I had something special. I'll leave you guessing as to where this is......!
I've left it a bit larger than normal...make sure you click on it for a bigger look!
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Steam Time

Another image today from the Steaming Cliffs of Lake Rotomahana in New Zealand. As you can see an incredible array of colour in the cliffs a...