Ibis Above

It was a mostly grey morning at Lake Wendouree on Tuesday, however there was a patch of colour in some high level clouds that made a fleeting appearance through the fast moving clouds. I took a heap of photos as the ibis were continually flying back and forth an managed to catch a couple of nice images. These 2 were taken 6 minutes apart. I really like the ibis...their silhouette against the sky is really nice, more so than a lot of other birds.

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Monday Morning

A great start to the week on Monday out north west of Ballarat around the windfarm at Waubra. It took me a few miles out the freeway to spot some fog around the towers and when I made it out to Addington I was buried in amongst it and had to find a spot that was clear to grab these images, all taken at ground level. I've got some pretty amazing aerials to share soon.....




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Wildlife (!)

Here's some local wildlife (!) from Sunday morning at Leigh Creek....

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Morning Moods

On Saturday morning I caught just a few brief minutes of some fantastic, intense light just as the sun rose, finding a gap between the horizon and the low bank of clouds. This is looking east from the far side of Mt Warrenheip.
The day before on a much greyer morning this flock of ibis didn't seem to be too worried about flying so close to the wind towers at the Lal Lal Wind Farm.


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Walking on Water

A couple of visits to Lake Wendouree for sunrise during the week gave me some nice images...I particularly like the "Jesus" ducks!



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Two Stop Tuesday

I've got a few days of images to catch up on, starting with a very nice morning on Tuesday at a couple of different spots.
First up was out at Lal Lal Reservoir...this view always gives me something nice...
On the way back in to Ballarat I could see some great fog sitting over the valley around the Gong Gong Reservoir and the views from up high were quite spectacular ... maybe even weather calendar possibilities?!




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The Hat Trick

I have some exciting news to share today......
The new 2020 Australian Bureau of Meteorology Calendar is released today and I'm happy to report I have made it in again. This is my third year in a row, the first time anyone has achieved this, and this time, after two years as Mr June, I'm Mr September! The photo is from a fantastic morning over the Lal Lal Creek Valley just south of Bungaree when the conditions were perfect and whilst taking a number of images, I head the whistle of the train in the distance and waited a minute or so before the train to Melbourne entered the scene to add that extra element to an amazing scene.
You can get your calendar with all the other fantastic images here... http://www.bom.gov.au/calendar/
http://www.bom.gov.au/calendar/


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Four Views

Running a bit late with todays post.....
Another lovely foggy morning on Monday out west of Ballarat at the Bo Peep Creek. This creek runs into Lake Burrumbeet and whilst it's officially own as the Burrumbeet Creek, I like to go with what the locals have been calling it for years. Here's 4 different views....



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Warrenheip Wonder

Once again some fantastic conditions at Mt Warrenheip on Sunday morning...here's a couple of images....

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Moody Mornings

Here's a couple more muddy mornings from a busy week at Lake Wendouree. First up is a very dark, grey start to Saturday at the Yacht Club whilst the second image is from a few days ago when I discovered these yellow lillies in a quite corner of the lake on a nice foggy morning.

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Another Great Sunrise

Lake Wendouree has really been putting on a show this week with another great sunrise on Friday morning. This series were capture from the north west corner of the lake....almost the same spot from where I captured that amazing sun pillar a few days ago. The first and last images here were taken in the same spot 10 minutes apart......




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THe Calm

On the west side of Lake Wendouree there is an area known as Fairyland and it's a great spot to take in the sunrise when it's very windy. You can always find some calm water in here, as I did on Thursday morning......


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Silo Set

Before I got over to Lake Burrumbeet for the pelican images I posted earlier, there was some nice pre-dawn colour on the horizon that added nicely to this view of the silos at Windermere.
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Go On...Count them!

Last week at Lake Burrumbeet I found a pod of  39 pelicans and was hopeful that they were returning to the lake in the numbers of recent years. So on Wednesday morning I made a visit to the south shore of the lake and really hit the jackpot with this pod of 342! (Yes, I counted them!).
On the way home I made another stop at the Bo Peep Creek (which flows into the Lake) and caught these 2 loners who decided to take off..perhaps to join the other group?



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The Sun Pillar

I've seen a lot of fantastic sights at Lake Wendouree over the years and Tuesday morning gave me one of them. Initially the sky looked pretty plain, however just before sunrise this sun pillar started to appear and just kept getting bigger and bigger. And in case you need to know whythis happens.....
sun pillar is a vertical shaft of light extending upward or downward from the sun. Typically seen during sunrise or sunset, sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off the surfaces of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds (like cirrostratus clouds).
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West and East

There was some fantastic foggy conditions on Monday morning and though I captured plenty of great images, it's this pair that may be the most unique. I made my way out to Mt Warrenheip where there was a break in the fog above the mountain and the view back to the lights of Ballarat was quite amazing. After spending a while there, I then headed back into Ballarat and spent some time at Lake Wendouree where the second image here shows the peak of Mt Warrenheip in the far distance sitting above the amazing carpet of fog. Make sure you click on these for a larger look!

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Through the Trees

On Sunday morning at Mt Warrenheip there was a bit of colour, and a touch of fog, on the horizon for sunrise, shown in the first image here. Then I changed tack with a different camera and lens for these views looking through the trees.




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Ibis Above

It was a mostly grey morning at Lake Wendouree on Tuesday, however there was a patch of colour in some high level clouds that made a fleetin...