Geelong Foreshore

After using some Geelong Foreshore images in the Background Photo Challenge last week, I decided to post another offering from the same area.


Small boats, at their moorings, dot the bay with North Shore and its Shell oil refinery in the middle left distance. Close inspection of this photo will reveal the Shell chimney. An area landmark both day and night when the flame created by burning waste by-products can be seen for miles.

Cunningham Pier

Approximately ninety degrees to the east and Cunningham Pier nearly manages to hide Point Henry and the Alcoa plant on the horizon.

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Visitors, tourist and locals abound along the Geelong Foreshore when the sun shines on Corio Bay. Even a cool May afternoon finds the Eastern Beach promenade home to a few souls out to stretch their legs in the fresh air.

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The Geelong Waterfront Information Booth is only a short stroll up the hill followed by another ten to fifteen minute walk to the heart of Geelong’s Central Business District.

Geelong Palms 6

Back in the ‘good old days’ my wife’s grandfather was head groundsman for this whole area. His job was to ensure that the area was kept in the immaculate condition represented here. I probably benefitted from Pop’s work, years before I met his grand daughter, as our family spent some time at Eastern Beach with my relatives.

Wordless Wednesday

Now You See It!

My first Wordless Wednesday…..and it’s awful tough…no words!!



Word a Week Photography Challenge ~ Angle

Word of the Week Photo Challenge, this week, has resulted in some random photos which I think hit the mark….or at least close to it!

My first contribution is of a partial interior of Melbourne’s Southern Cross Railway Station. For anyone who visited Melbourne prior to 2006 you may have visited, or used, Spencer Street Station. The government of the day changed the name just prior to the 2006 Commonwealth Games.


The interior design of the roof provides many angles of which I have only captured a few in this shot.

My initial reaction to the new design was one of horror. However, I must confess to being happy with the outcome. It’s much easier to find your way to the next train and the addition of all manner of shops makes it a great place for visitors to begin their ‘spending spree’ in Melbourne. Anything from a quick snack to new outfit of clothes, top to bottom, can be purchased within the confines of the new Southern Cross Station.

SeaGulls3I enjoy the personality of seagulls and this pair were no different. Plenty of angles if you look carefully.

For the record, this shot was taken at the Warrnambool’s Breakwater on Victoria’s southern coastline.


The setting sun provided just the right amount of light to make the water sparkle as we neared the end of our sunset cruise at Cairns.


Lucky last….one disused bridge.

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Background

There have been many times during the past few years I have driven past these scenes and thought that I should bring a camera “one day”. Since commencing Blogging, in early April, photography has come to the forefront of my past times.

As a result my Nikon and I are beginning to understand each other a little better.

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The view across Corio Bay to Cunningham Pier and beyond, from The Esplanade, is ever-changing.

On public holidays the foreground is a hive of activity with families having a barbecue beneath the palm trees, to celebrate the holiday. While others congregate around activities at Cunningham Pier in the background.

Geelong Foreshore&Pier

If all is quiet on the pier there is, in all likelihood, going to be some activity over at the yacht club.

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As yet I still have not been to the restaurant at the far end of Cunningham Pier, nor can I am I old enough to remember when trams used to ply the length of the pier and continue on to and beyond the Central Business District.

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge ~ In the Background

A Word a Week Photography Challenge ~ Face

Word of the Week Photo Challenge again appeared a challenge until I opened my eyes a little and looked around. Even when my eyes were ‘open’ there were times when I did not recognise a ‘face’.

My first contribution was taken when taking photographs for the Weekly Photo Challenge. 6_1531SOX It is difficult to tell if that is a contented expression or a tough “come and try to take your bed back” message for his canine opponents.

My second photo is of a face which quietly follows my every move each and every time I enter our bedroom. Known as Honey Bear, I think that if we are reincarnated, I want to come back as Honey Bear.



Finally, to fill in time, before an appointment, this morning I decided to play with my camera along Geelong’s foreshore. In among Geelong’s foreshore palms was a single bollard.

DSC_1497B3A good idea to take a photograph.

Test the lens. Play with the settings.

Upload to computer. Cropping. Colouring.

Whoa! What do I see? Another face looking back at me!

And this time it was not mine.


Although very late in the week I have to repost this image of Sita.

Sita was our “Tiger Walk” tiger at Dreamworld.


Sugar Sweet in Cairns


All my life I have associated sugar and Queensland. What I did not know was 95% of Australia’s sugar industry is located in Queensland. New South Wales claims the other 5%. In total 80% of sugar produced in Australia is exported making Australia the third largest raw sugar supplier in the world. Sugar cane is Australia’s seventh largest agricultural export valued at nearly 2 billion dollars. (Source: Australian Sugar Cane Industry)


So it was only a mild surprise when some sugar cane fields appeared within five or ten minutes drive from our Cairns accommodation.


Over the years television stations have shown a ten second news clip of sugar cane trains without really depicting their proximity to the cane field. Little did I know just how close the track was to the field.


We also hear of the wet and dry seasons in the tropics. I am not sure if this field is being rested or if it is too wet to plant. We did visit the area a few months after the 2011 Queensland floods.


The big surprise during our touring was seeing bananas and sugar side by side.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Escape

While pondering this week’s photo challenge, I took a deep breath and let out a sigh of relief when I noticed stamen escaping from a bud on the bunch of flowers Number Two son presented his Mother for Mother’s Day last week. At least I had one photo. 1_1482Flwr


Then more inspiration. We have had an extended summer of around five months of literally no rain. Inch wide cracks appeared in the ground. During the past two weeks, however, 90 points of rain have fallen. Almost a flood!  Well, perhaps not quite a flood.

15_esc-1497_grasss But enough to make our backyard take on a tinge of green as seeds sprout and escape from the parched earth which has enveloped them for the past five, hot, dry months.


When the month of May arrives any self-respecting deciduous leaf should no longer be suspended above terra firma by an otherwise bare branch. The above leaves are slowly turning colour and will soon escape the branch’s clutches and join their mates on the covering the ground below.

Autumn Leaves

While the botanical world struggles with its seasonal battles, our feline-canine battles know no seasonal boundaries and continue daily. However, today’s cooler weather exacerbates these problems.

We have a regular battle in our backyard. Cat versus Dog. Dog versus Dog.

A few years ago were given a dog’s bed. That’s the piping construction on which Soxie, our ageing cat, has made home for today. He tends to wander, not come home at night, but when he is home we know that it is cold and wet or a cool change is not far away. This bed was meant to be Maggie’s (our Labrador). However, the bed soon proved to be no match for Maggie’s weight. Soxie thinks this is wonderful as he can snuggle down and escape from the cool wind and rain. And woe-betide the dog which tries to muscle in and suggest that this is a dogs bed! Both our canines know that it is better to escape the range of the feline claw than to try to claim the bed!Sox35

Soxie has again commandeered Maggie’s bed to escape from the cool breeze blowing across our backyard and Maggie again suffers the indignity of not being allowed into her bed. No points for guessing who is boss of this backyard. Maggie shows her displeasure in her usual manner by turning her back/rear end to Soxie.


We should know this behaviour as she has done it often enough to us when she has not had her own way.

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Going Bananas in Cairns

Our visit to Cairns was in April just a few after cyclone Yasi had ravaged Queensland hit the area in late January, early February of 2011.

We had heard that the banana plantations had been badly effected and accordingly banana prices had risen sharply in Victoria.


However, I did not know that bananas were a quick-growing plant and it appeared that some growers had cut their plants just above ground level prior to the cyclone. in doing this the ‘trunk’ of each plant could, or was blown down by cyclone Yasi but the root remained safely in the ground thereby saving the plants. By mid-April banana plants (not trees) had regenerated and were again approaching 15 to 20 feet in height.


A quick look in Wikipedia will inform states that banana plants can grow up to 30 feet tall and while banana plants do look like trees they are giant shoots as the banana plant is a herb not a tree. In fact, the banana is the largest plant on earth without a woody stem.

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Word of the Week Photo Challenge – Mountain

I have spent most of my life living on fairly open plains and, therefore, my definition of a mountain is an extinct volcano which stands about 100 metres above the surrounding lava plains and tops out at 367 metres above sea level.

While Australia does have The Great Dividing Range down its east coast they are geologically old and weather-beaten!  When visiting the Canadian Rockies in 1976 I read on a plaque that the Australian Mountains were already well eroded when the Rockies were formed.  This morning, Google and Wikipedia tend to contradict this belief and puts both sets of mountains at roughly the same age.  I was really hoping ours were older!

My contributions for this week come mainly from the Cairns region.


The next two were taken while on the Daintree River.100_5111Mtn

And if you have noticed that these photos are getting bigger?

It is because I have finally worked out how to enlarge them!!


So  watch out for bigger and better photos in future…hopefully!

Finally, if you were a fish….would you call this a mountain?

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Patterns

I was so pleased to see that Patterns was the theme for this week’s challenge as I had spent the previous day photographing a nearby church. As with all bluestone buildings built in that era I find it fascinating how stone masons were able to combine straight lines with circles and scallops in a seamless design.

DSC_1511Round When inside the church, the late afternoon sun makes a spectacle of the stain glass windows. This may not be the greatest photo but I wanted to include it as it is the ‘other side’ of the top photo. DSC_1535Round-in


Even the family Mother’s Day outing provided a readily recognised pattern for this challenge.


The pattern on a magpie’s back is one of my favourite natural patterns

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Patterns