Foggy Monday Morn

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 looking west out to Lake Wendouree and then switching around 180 degrees and looking out to the east to Mt Warrenheip.
After this I made a quick visit out to Kryal Castle where the fog was even thicker, though the light was more dramatic on the front of the Castle...and the last shows the trees behind on the side of the mountain.



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Sunday Scenics

Sunday morning at Lake Wendouree was another of those mornings that initially didn't look too promising. As is often the case, the sun found a few gaps to create some nice light reflected off the Lake's surface, helped along by the speedboat. And then the sky really put on a great show above Ibis Island. On my way back home around the north side of the Lake this view had me grabbing a few more frames...especially when the swans floated into the scene.


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Water Flowing

With around 3 inches of rain the last few days, I was keen to see if any of the local waterfalls had started flowing again. These 2 images show Granite Falls and Moorabool Falls from up  high and what was most surprising was how green the surrounds were at both spots. I don't usually like direct sunlight for my waterfall images, however in the second image here of Moorabool Falls I think it actually helps by really lighting up the scene.
And I thought it was worthwhile to make a quick stop for the last image here, looking north to Mt Warrenheip from Yendon as another rain front moved in, contrasting nicely with the green of the paddock.


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Lake View

With all the exciting weather this week, I've got quite a backlog of images to go through...here's a couple of boatsheds from Wednesday, the first around 5.30pm and then the last one around sunset.

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Above the Lake

Some very nice calm conditions at Lake Wendouree on Friday before all the rain that arrived later in the day. The rowers were out enjoying the stillness as were the pelicans. And in case you were wondering what's out in the middle of the lake, the last one here will give you some idea.....



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Welcome Rain

Some very welcome heavy rain on Thursday finally cleared around lunchtime and whilst not enough to get the waterfalls flowing, a spot that always benefits is the Yarrowee River, this series from a section of the river in Redan. And this sort of image always looks good in black and white.


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Wednesday Wonders

An action packed day on Wednesday starting with a fantastic sunrise at Lake Burrumbeet. Some amazing reflections off the colourful sky as a pod of pelicans cruise in.
Then later in the day a big storm came through Ballarat and I caught this amazing sky at Lake Wendouree. The forecast was for continued rain so I was almost caught off guard when the clouds parted right on sunset for a spectacular end to the day at the same spot from just a couple of hours earlier.
I've got some more great Lake Burrumbeet images to post next.....




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Tuesday Travels

Nothing too exciting on Tuesday morning, however I found a couple of views out north east of Ballarat that were quite nice. Some great fields of harvested canola around the district at the moment and the rows always create something interesting. And there was a very brief burst of sunlight above this small rocky outcrop that caught my eye.

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What a Difference a Day Makes.....

Actually it was more like 10 hours. 
After Sunday evenings spectacular sunset, on Monday morning we had one of the thickest fogs in Ballarat I've seen for a long time. This series from around Lake Wendouree were a huge contrast to the previous evening, the first 2 images gives a great idea of the difference from the same spot....



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One of the Best

We had an epic sunset on Sunday evening at Lake Wendouree with the best clouds and colour I've seen all year. To start with there was a spectacular rainbow over the boatsheds on the north side of the lake, and as nice as that was, it had nothing on the drama that then unfolded over the Grammar and High School boatsheds. This reminds me of another epic sunset back in November 2010 that I've always considered one of the best, and I captured that one from this same spot...it's hard to choose.
Here's a few.....
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Extraordinary

As you know I've been up to Lake Wendouree hundreds of times over the years, always looking for something just a little different from the usual sunrises and sunsets. I think on Saturday morning I found it.....there is only one word to describe these scenes from up high....Extraordinary!
These patterns alongside the rowing course have been sculpted by the weed eaters that keep the Lake clear...I have no idea why they are like this. With some fantastic clouds reflected in the Lakes calm surface the overall look is quite surreal.
A small group of pelicans, a lone rower and his coach, and 3 canoeists added to this incredible morning.




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Perfect Timing

There was quite a nice sunrise at Lake Wendouree on Friday morning before the heat arrived later in the day. I took a number of images as the colour built up, and then this family arrived at just the right time!
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Before the Heat.....

Thursday morning at Lake Burrumbeet looked a bit like what was forecast for later in the day - hot! However it was actually quite cool with some nice low mist sitting on the lake. The third one here is one of my most photographed trees on the west side of the lake.....


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Right on Cue......

When I got up to Lake Wendouree on Wednesday morning a large, dark bank of clouds on the horizon looked like it would stop any sunrise from taking off. However, as is often the case, if you are prepared to wait a little while you are often rewarded as this set show. Some quite intense yellow/orangey clouds fired above the dark bank on the horizon and then, almost as if on cue, one of my pelicans arrived!


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The Wonder of Warrenheip

I've been making regular visits to Mt Warrenheip over the last few weeks, always coming home with something nice, particularly when there is some foggy, misty conditions. The first one here is from Tuesday morning, the other two from last week. As you can see, the ferns are looking pretty amazing!
And if you didn't realise it, these are all aerial images!


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Lily Time

Something a bit different from Monday......
On my recent runs around Lake Wendouree I've noticed we've hit water lily season, so on a day that was looking grey and dreary I took the opportunity to see what I could find......

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Foggy Monday Morn

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...