Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Barwon River Walk, Fyansford, Victoria, Australia.

Sunday afternoon, I could be lazy or I could go for a walk and capture some shots from the local river which in places is quite picturesque.

Lazy Sunday Afternoon
Lazy Sunday Afternoon

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Elusive Capture

Carisbrook Falls, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

The path ended. The view captured. This is as close as I am going to get (for now).

Elusive Capture
Elusive Capture

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Birds Eye

Carisbrook Creek, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

If I had waders with me I would have been able to scramble my way along the creek to hopefully meet the base of my intended target, Carisbrook Falls, but instead I had to find my way back to the path by way of leverage off a few trees and continue the climb up the valley.

Only once was there another view from on high of the creek, and here it is.

Birds Eye
Birds Eye

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Waters Edge

Carisbrook Creek, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

I did make it to the waters edge of the creek, the last 10 metres on my backside sliding in the mud down the steep sided valley…that was fun. I am still picking mud out of my tripod. It was worth it though.

The creek is narrow, fast moving and crystal clear.

This image processed in Lightroom and Analog Efex Pro.

Carisbrook Creek
Carisbrook Creek

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Distant Target

Carisbrook Creek, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

On one side of the Great Ocean Road is obviously ocean, on the other for a fair proportion of its length is the Great Otway National Park. Every now and then you are given access to the park via tantalising walks with promises of a waterfall, peak or picnic ground as your prize. This time a waterfall, Carisbrook Falls, a promised short walk.

The view on the way up the fairly steep walk was of dense temperate rainforest with sneaky glimpses of the creek that obviously feeds (or fed) the waterfall, Carisbrook Creek.  Could I get down to the water for a closer look?

The trees in the region are showing signs of severe stress, this is due to an overpopulation of koalas literally eating the lot, there is much contention about what to do with this situation, relocate or cull.

Here I set the scene with a 5 shot panorama stitched in Lightroom and processed further in Colour Efex Pro.

Distant Target
Distant Target

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Sand Softened

Kennett River, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

A final image of the beach and rocks at this great little spot on the iconic road.

After all the realist imaginings of the previous few images, I present a dreamer’s impression of the scene. I’ll be back to this spot again, its a magic place.

This image processed in Lightroom and Colour Efex Pro

Sand Softened
Sand Softened

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Slime Dragon

Kennett River, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

While the beach and rocks of Kennett River were mostly devoid of life, there were a couple of notable exceptions.

The tiny vibrant blue barnacle-like molluscs that were scattered everywhere among the rocks and of course, the ‘snout nosed slime dragon’ that I have captured here.

Yes, I know it is seaweed, but it could equally have been the dragon, who are we to know what lurks in the depths of our oceans. It’s the last frontier for man on this planet, and in this, a hope to leave it perhaps undiscovered, mysterious and pristine, some hope.

Slime Dragon
Slime Dragon

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Opposites Attract

Kennett River, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

Isn’t the world a constant wonder? The fascinating things you find and say “well, how did that happen?”

Opposites Attract
Opposites Attract

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Rock Scaled

Kennett River, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

I promise to move on to another location in a couple of days, but have a few more interesting images to share from this one.

Here the scaly monster from the deep has lain for an eon, gathering lichen and barnacles like the abandoned hulk of a ship, the tail long since lost, but the scaled armour still visible and proud.

Image processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.

Rock Scaled
Rock Scaled

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Rock Pool

Kennett River, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

A discrete environment replenished daily by the washing tides, the community live together no matter what, with no escape for some until the ocean returns.

I love the vibrant colours and the fascinating life one finds within a rock pool.

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Rock Pool
Rock Pool

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