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On my walks along the small waterways near my home, I see non-degradable litter in the water and along the banks.
We must all ensure that we either, avoid using non recyclable products, or at lease ensure we dispose of plastics and non-recyclable so they do not reach our waterways.
You can see that this poor koala has sustained significant facial injuries. This rescued Koala is now being rehabilitated in Healesville Sanctuary which belongs within the Zoos in Victoria, Australia. Their motto 'Saving wildlife is not what we do, it's who we are.'
Paddy's Castle, a sandstone outcrop in Grampians National Park, has a fantastic 360 view over the entire valley. We literally felt like sitting on top of the world surrounded by nature. Sitting right over the valley, felt indeed like looking out of a castle. It was my favourite location that we discovered in the Grampians. There was no one else around. No sound of any civilisation. If we make it back to this picturesque range, this will definitely be a location we would like to re-visit.
Wild Action is a zoo that visits schools. It is based on an 11 acre property north of Melbourne in the Macedon Ranges, but representatives travel with animals to schools. The presentation is suitable for primary and secondary students. I saw this particular representative at the National Education Summit in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
In celebration of Australia Day, the National Museum hosted their Continuing Culture festival. One of the highlights of the day was being welcomed aboard the Paddle Steamer Enterprise.
The steam boat is the largest functional object at the Museum. The vessel was launched in 1878 after being built in Echuca on the Murray River. Here, you see Bob, one of the volunteer crew. Perhaps he is dreaming of the good old days when paddle steamers were a common sight on great inland waterways.
This is a baby kookaburra. Just a couple of days ago, his parents took him on his first flight. The celebratory joy, marked by constant laughing from the parents, was an amazing experience to behold. The baby has a shorter beak than the mature kookaburras and, as yet, there is no colour on the wings.
Farewell, Surf City! A last look at this very cool 1934 chev. It started life as a bread van before converting to a camper van. As well as all the home comforts the van also has space for an electric piano, electric guitar and Marshall amp. It has two jukeboxes and of course a dance floor! Remember, you're never too old to Rock 'n' Roll!
A few more highlights to show you at Marques in the Park. Up next, a change of pace with a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
With landscapes and urban shots I seek to include movement in the frame with passing figures. Here, the expression on his face and perhaps his thoughts as well suggest weather in mind. The weather is stormy with the approaching line of dark clouds. Soon after I had to run for cover as the rain set in.
This photo was taken in Melbourne centre city in April 2020.
We thought that the COVID lockdown would be over in that year.
Bourke Street (Centre city) looks exactly the same at the end of August 2021.
Hopefully in 2022, may look somewhat different.
Not far from the Grampians Mountain Range in Western Victoria, Australia is Lake Lonsdale is a large, shallow reservoir on the Mt William Creek. This lake has its own catchment and is reliant on natural inflows. Although the catchment can be a substantial producer of water during wet years because of its very large area, it isn't reliable during times of drought. Given its relatively shallow depth, the lake also has high evaporation losses over summer months.
My father Alex passed away peacefully at home in Melbourne last week surrounded by his loving family.
I took this portrait shot of Alex in December 2016 in his house at Dalmeny on the South Coast.
He was 95 years of age and in his last years loved walking and dancing - as well as a good glass of red wine - as you can see here! Farewell Alex, we will miss you.
Early autumn is my favourite time of year with so many festivals taking place around Canberra. These events include Enlighten (which begins tonight) and the Balloon Spectacular.
Today I continue my series of performance and parade shots from the Multicultural Festival. Here you see Kate Ceberano, headline act at the opening night concert.
Excitable owners and their dogs! For my new series I am at the ACT Flyball competition. My head was spinning at the end of this shoot. The noise level was phenomenal with buzzers, whistles and yells to accompany the dog chorus. I hope you can join me in this series for all the excitement!
Autumn has come and gone in South-Western Australia. We have had some wonderful weather, leaves falling and chilly evenings. Today marks the official beginning of Winter 2015. I woke this morning to a red glow on the interior walls of my house and wondered what was treating it. Looking outside to the east, I saw this scene, had to grab the camera, make a memory for myself, and for those who were sleeping in. It made me feel warm and alive, and of the beauty that nature makes for us.
Hutt Lagoon, near Kalbarri in Western Australia, is also known as the Pink Lake. Like many of its kind in our state, its pink hue is created by bacteria (dunaliella salina), which becomes trapped in the salt granules
there are two types of algae present in the lake that produce a reddish-orange organic pigment called Beta-Carotene, that is used commercially as a coloring pigment in food and medicines. It is the worlds largest system of algae farms dedicated to the production of this pigment
During the Sydney Vivid Festival of Light...
it was only a short trip and the only day we had there was threatening to be a write off with showers and wind, however when the evening approached the weather cleared and we were able to enjoy the viewing of illuminations around Sydney...
i chose this photo of the Opera House because of the strong light beams that were illuminating the famous "sails"...
Continuing with the lovely morning at Lake Tekapo in New Zealand back in the Spring of 2013...
a bonus at that time was that the beautiful lupines just started to bloom and provided colours that complimented the dawn mood and light very nicely... not all of them were blooming just yet and i needed to walk around to find a composition that would work for me...
i hope you like the result...
Technically not a great shot, I know.
I was set up with my 400mm checking out vegetation for close up wrens, when in the lake .... this Darter bird caught a fish (badly, I dare say)
Sadly, my settings were all wrong. Caught the bird anyway, but .... technically flawed but an interesting shot all the same.
Story of a photographer's life really.
This is a male Satin Bowerbird.
They are known due to "its practice of building and decorating a bower to attract females. This consists of two parallel walls of sticks, is built on the ground, and is used as a courtship arena during the breeding season. The male decorates it with bright blue coloured objects that it collects; the majority of decorations away from human habitation.
An exterior view of the Mad Max II Museum in Silverton.
If you know the Australian film, Mad Max II: The Road Warrior, you will recall the menacing mood of the Outback environments where the film was shot. Mad Max II was shot at locations in and around Silverton and Broken Hill.
Because of its authentic Outback atmosphere, Silverton (population about 50) and its Hotel often feature in film and TV productions.
We spent the New Year in 2017 on Kangaroo Island just off the coast of mainland in South Australia. It was a great place for us to get away from civilisation and we spent most of our time there on the more rugged west end of the island.
The feature that I set out to photograph especially, was a group of boulders called the Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park. For three days I drove each morning and evening through a winding road that leads up to the rocks, hoping for some ....
Gibson's Steps are the first stop along the D Shipwreck coastline if you are heading west from Melbourne. Once you descend the 86 steps down the sheer cliff face, you are rewarded with this view!
Once on the beach you are dwarfed by the 70 metre high cliffs one one side and you can see the giant limestone stacks rising up out of the sea.
The steps were carved into the face of the cliff by local settler Hugh Gibson, who worked on the route originally used by the Kirrae Whurrong people.
Venturing out into the city at night is always an adventure – more so for a young child where it all seems very exciting. Her wide open armed pose is one of possibility and acceptance, a lack of fear for the darkness that as adults we know too well.
This Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) making an aggressive display was having an absolute meltdown because a magpie had landed on a branch in its tree. The poor magpie didn't really deserve this treatment as the Wattlebird later stole the magpie's piece of bread. The robbery may be seen here.
Decades ago, a storm washed away this road near Bermagui on the South Coast. Long since closed to cars, nature has gradually reclaimed the asphalt. In this shot, you can see one of the few sections where the white lines down the middle of the road are still visible. Although an abandoned highway, it now serves as a walking and mountain bike trail.
Patrick Mills and San Antonio Spurs teammate Aron Baynes hold aloft the Larry O’Brien trophy. NBA championship winner Mills was home in Canberra today to accept the keys to the city. He also had photos taken with fans at the reception in Civic Square.
My son was in a class with Patty Mills at College; and my son’s boss coached Mills. It’s a small town!
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