Rivers and CreeksAlthough Australia is considered a dry continent with vast areas of sandy and rocky desert, there are plenty of rivers and creeks in Victoria, the main rivers rising in the mountains of the Great Dividing Range and Australian Alps. Here are a few shots of some of the rivers and creeks that I encountered during my recent trip. The first is of the mighty Murray River, Australia's longest river at about 1500 miles. It flows from the Alps, westward, and then south to reach the ocean not far from Adelaide in South Australia. At this point, near the small town of Corowa, the Murray forms the border between Victoria and New South Wales. Geographers will notice the flood plain either side of the river itself, and botanists might be able to tell which type of eucalypts line the bank. The second image, taken at Corowa, shows a common mode of river transport. Further downstream by a couple of hundred miles, paddle steamers ply the waterway.More Like This
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I've travelled a bit in my life and visited many a forest in many an odd place. I've swung through the canopies of cloud forests in Costa Rica, and huddled soaked to the skin in rain forests also in Costa Rice; I've stared in awe at the giant sequoias in California's coastal belt, and scrambled through the beetle infested forest floor of the Amazon; the African bush forests seem a second home, I've been through them so many times; the wild unkempt pine forests of Scotland have trapped me on occasion with their dry cracking branches ready to shred the unwary; and I've strolled entranced through the leafy avenues of England's New Forest. Yet, all those adventures left me unprepared for a journey through a fern forest near in the Yarra Ranges National Park near Healesville, Victoria. My dear friend Coco kayandjay100 and her son Jack took my wife and I on a magical tour of this forest while we were in Victoria. I had never seen anything like it, nothing to comp
Here Comes the SunPhotographers love sunrise and sunset as those times usually provide good light for colour, and can provide dramatic 'scapes for little additional post-processing effort. So long as the Sun is more or less visible, and clouds do not entirely cover the sky, then useful shots can be obtained. Provided you make sure that the horizon is level and uprights that should be are vertical, then it is difficult to go wrong with a beautiful sunset shot. Yet, there are refinements, tweaks, little extras that can turn a good shot into something more memorable. I do not know how far I have succeeded in the memorable image stakes with the following short set, but I have tried.More Like This
The first shot was taken at the harbour in Lake's Entrance, Gippsland, Victroia, very shortly after sunrise. I used a lamppost to partially obscure the Sun, and managed to capture the "gold" sky that arises partially through a slight morning haze, before the blue of the day takes over. I tweaked the deep shadows to give more of
Birds Are The DevilUpdate 26th February 2015More Like This
I would like to thank everyone who has commented on and faved the photographs from this work - approximately 170 to date. It has proved impossible to thank everyone individually. The support and encouragement is very gratifying, and is very much appreciated.
I always enjoy looking at birds wherever I travel in the World. Being an amateur photographer means that I feel compelled to try to capture any new-to-me birds, exotic or not, whenever the opportunity arises. So it was in Victoria, Australia on my recent vacation. However, birds are the devil when it comes to capturing good images. They are flighty creatures not prone to hanging around while exposure settings are checked, focus regimes put in place, and cameras lifted to the eye. They are noisy creatures, squawking and fluttering in the leaves of trees and bushes, distracting even the most focussed of minds from the task in hand. They are sneaky devils as well, making eyes at the camera until