Spring Has Well and Truly Sprung!

As we get further into Spring you'll find more and more baby birds at Lake Wendouree. A family of plovers has set up home just near the Boatshed Restaurant - be careful, the parents are very protective and quick to charge you! I was hiding behind a tree to capture this one.
And of course a swan family on parade across the lake is always a great sight!

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Fountain Fun

I captured some aerials of the new Lake Wendouree fountain on Saturday morning just before dawn......

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"...a perfect morning...."

On Friday  the APSCON conference got underway with my first workshop - the sunrise at Lake Burrumbeet. As one of the attendees commented "...a perfect morning...."
I grabbed a few images.....




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A Few Birds

I've made a couple of visits to Lake Wendouree over the last couple of mornings to capture some birds......always something to find there.


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Weekend Prep

The Australian Photography Society Conference (APSCON) is on in Ballarat this weekend and I'm going to have a busy weekend. On Friday I have three different workshops to do and on Sunday morning I am one of the Keynote Presenters with a presentation on my local Ballarat district work.
So on Wednesday morning I made a visit to Lake Burrumbeet to check out the lay of the land for the first of the workshops for Friday...sunrise at Lake Burrumbeet. The first image here is from Black Swamp which is on the other side of the road on the west of the Lake, and the the next 2 images are from Sawyers Bay on the west side of the Lake...I'm sure everyone will have a great time at this fantastic, local location.


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First Light

On Tuesday morning I headed north before sunrise and found a nice spot near Smeaton just as the sun was breaking through the cloud and fog. The first image shows Mt Koorrocheang in the distance as the fog started to roll in....not long after this I was overrun by the fog and had to wait for an opening on the horizon for the sun to make a brief appearance.

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Worth the Wait

It took a while for the sun to get above the bank of clouds on the horizon on Monday morning, but when it did it was quite spectacular. These 2 images from out east of Ballarat at Leigh Creek.

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In The Way.....

On Sunday morning at Lake Wendouree I had an unusual obstacle to contend with.....
A gulp of cormorants (yes, that's the collective noun!) flew in and landed and whilst following them just off-shore and lining up a few shots, a swan walked into the frame. And a little later whilst grabbing a few images of the first new batch of cygnets for the season, the same thing happened! At least I did get one nice unimpeded image of the cygnet.


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A New Ballarat Icon?

One thing I can say about the new fountain in Lake Wendouree that I visited for the first time on a cold, wet, windy Saturday morning is...it's certainly colourful!
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Still Good

I have a workshop coming up in a week or so at Lal Lal Falls so on Friday morning I dropped in to see how the flow is going. Still looking pretty good and will be helped along with the recent rain and bit more over the next week. It always amazes me how the water can keep flowing for so long...where does it all come from?!
....and this tree near the falls also caught my eye.


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Now, That's Red....!

The 3 images from Thursday morning are all from just near Mt Coghill, north west of Ballarat. It was a real surprise to see the colour of the water in this dam, something you would never realise unless you were up high looking down. 


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A Couple of Lakes

On Wednesday morning I visited a couple of local lakes. The first one was the Bostock Reservoir just outside of Ballan. One lone blossom tree really added a nice highlight to the view over a mirror smooth lake surface. And amazingly, just a couple of months earlier, the water level was much lower...the second image here is what was on view...hopefully the sheep got out in time!
And coming back into Ballarat some lingering fog in the distance across the abstracts of the rowing course, lit up by the early morning sun.


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Tuesday Morning

I made a visit to Lake Learmonth on Tuesday morning for some nice colour...especially in the 1st image when zooming right in. The 2nd and 3rd images are of the small dam that sits on the edge of the lake.....you may remember from previous posts, it's the dam that looks like a guitar from up high!


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Before Dawn

I stop at the quarry quite regularly as it always offer a nice image of a scene more industrial than my usual landscape. Here's a couple from before dawn on Monday...

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Spring Has Sprung!

Spring arrived in spectacular style on Sunday morning with a fantastic sunrise at Lake Wendouree, followed by some amazing mammatus cloud formations later during the afternoon, and even the sunset wasn't too bad!




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The End of Winter

An early Saturday morning drive out west of Ballarat through Windermere and Bo Peep had me stopping a couple of times. First stop was just off the freeway at Windermere where this tractor was driving back and forth across the paddock...not really sure what he was doing. And then I noticed a couple of semi trailers coming along the freeway.
From there I popped over to another of my favourite trees at Bo Peep and was happy to see a couple of (I think) wedge tailed eagles adding nicely to the silhouette. The fourth image here is a crop of the third with one of the eagles coming in for a landing...can you see the other one just to the right?
And that's it for another winter!




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Persistance Pays Off

I've been following the new Lal Lal windfarm on a regular basis for quite a few months now and on Friday morning I got the conditions I've been chasing......and check out the video!


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Low Lying Cloud

A quiet Thursday morning with just a bit of low lying cloud at Mt Warrenheip......nothing like this morning (pics to come!)
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Mullock 'Mazing

I've been photographing mullock heaps for a long time now...the amazing colours you can find always offers something worth catching and in the Ballarat district we are really spoiled for opportunities. Here's a couple from out near Creswick on Wednesday morning...amazing how this tree can decide this is the best spot to grow!

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Spring Has Well and Truly Sprung!

As we get further into Spring you'll find more and more baby birds at Lake Wendouree. A family of plovers has set up home just near the ...