....well, for a while, at least! This set comes from an early Saturday morning visit out around Addington and the wind farm. I knew the moon would still be almost full and with no clouds I knew it would add a nice element into the sky. I had to stop when I saw that lone cow silhouetted against the dam and then the next 2 show the wind towers before the sun had risen, and just after the sun had come up to bathe the landscape. Working my way back to Ballarat I made another couple of stops for the long view across to Lake Learmonth and then for the alpaca family. Now, about the last post..... Sunday morning we are heading south initially to Flinders Island from where we will be catching a boat north up to Erith Island (look that up on google...its pretty remote!). We will have around 2 weeks on this part of the trip before heading down to northern Tasmania for 6 nights touring the north part of the island. This was the original plan until I found out on Thursday that I've been offered a spot in the "Tarkine in Motion" Easter artists workshops as part of the Bob Brown Foundation's work on bringing more awareness to the Tarkine in north west Tassie. I'll be able to get some pretty remote access into this part of Tassie that's really hard to get to, so its going to be an exciting month coming up. I may not get a chance to post too much, especially in the first 2 weeks...so keep an eye out for some exciting images and stories coming up!
It's amazing how often we get great colour at Lake Wendouree and Friday morning was another example. This set was captured on the north side of the lake at Durham Point where the boat sheds there always offer a nice focal point to the images. And just for good measure I've added in a back and white image...which just might be my favourite!
On Thursday I made a couple of trips to Lake Wendouree. Around 6.30pm there were a few yachts out and with some very intense sun I was able to capture the first image here. By exposing for the brightness it has made the background appear really dark, giving a very strong graphical feel to the image. I love that small cloud, too! An hour or so later I managed to catch the sunset and then the almost full moonrise....quite a combination for the day!
Some of the most intense colour I have seen for quite a while at Lake Wendoure on Wednesday morning. This series was captured at Fairyland on the west side of the lake and the first 2 give a good overall view of where I was. They also show how quickly the light can change...there is about 6 minutes between these 2. It was the close-ups of the ducks that I really enjoyed capturing. The colour reflected off the water was amazing, and once again they show how the light went from the reds to the yellows. The last one here is a bit unusual. Whilst at this spot I felt something fluttering around my head and soon realised this dragonfly was dangling from a single thread. It was whipping back and forth in the strong wind and took me quite a few attempts to catch one in focus. You can also see how there appears be to something extra on the front of the dragonflies head...I reckon this may be the body of the spider that had spun the web that caught the dragonfly.
There was not too much in the way of clouds to work with on Tuesday morning, so I headed to this view across Lal Lal Reservoir that I knew would still give me some nice images. Some nice pre-sunrise colour was a nice start and as you can see in all these, the wooded point looks great from up close and from far away.
It took a while on Monday morning to find something worth capturing. It took the sun a while to crest the heavy cloud bank, and when it did I was out north of Ballarat at Mt Rowan where this row of birds were well placed. And later in the day the the white faced heron I had seen last week had climbed into the culvert under the path on the north side of Lake Wendouree that runs through to the North Gardens wetlands, and I managed 2 quick frames before he flew off.
On Sunday morning I had a chance to capture the towers of Mt Warrenheip and Mt Buninyong. Well almost...as you can see it was a bit foggy and I had to wailt until they appeared through the fog. And it gives me a chance to post a couple more images from that great morning at Mt Warrenheip from last week....once again featuring the towers.
As you can see from this series from Saturday morning at Lake Wendouree, the morning started off quite dull as one of the school crews puts in some last minute training for the big race on Sunday. The wake that came from the boats created some great waves that really peaked when the colour had really fired up and once again some well timed birds add nicely to the scene. These were all taken on the north side of the Lake at Durham Point where I also got to capture this group of kayakers putting in the hard yards as they went past, back and forth, quite a few times. Whenever I'm capturing a great sunrise like this looking across to Mt Warrenheip, I think it adds so much more to the image if you can find something to place in the foreground and this morning I think I was very fortunate. And for those of you technically minded, that first image of the rowers was shot at 10,000 ISO - it was pretty dark!
Something a little different today from my usual. Whilst I don't chase birds specifically, I'm always happy to grab a few images when they are there to be seen. The first one here is from Friday on the north side of Lake Wenduree at the culvert that runs underneath the road between the North Garden Wetlands and the Lake itself. I've noticed a couple of these white faced herons in the last few days and was happy to get one to pose so well for me. The second one is from the beginning of last week when I came across a very unusual sight in the Fairyland area. Whilst no expert I had a feeling this was an unusual sight ... a family of Magpie Geese with 12 new ones tagging along - check out those brown heads! I think one of the unusual apsects is the fact there were 3 adults. I've been past this spot a number of times since and they are no where to be seen.
On the way out to Lake Burrumbeet on Thursday morning it was grey and overcast .... however it's amazing how often you reap the rewards when you are prepared to get yourself out there amongst the landscape. Once there I could detect a slight sliver of colour on the horizon and it didn't take too long for the sky to put on a welcome colourful show at my favourite spot on the west side of the lake.
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