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It is theme week, I do look forward to them each month. I didn’t think I would be a theme sort of person, but I like to see what I can do for them. I have to say there have been some incredible images coming in. I think this is a great post and think the photos are beautiful, I hope you agree. 
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Recently I said that I was going to start deleting photos and posts from my old blog, I have to because of the storage problem. I’ve paid for extra space for a while now, but now that I am here I don’t want to lose all those post, so I thought I might try reposting some.  I hope you enjoy seeing some again, or for some the first time.  This post was originally posted on the 23rd of August 2015, so basically a year ago. 

Travelling back from the Mallee recently I stopped off near Castlemaine, I told you about it a couple days ago,and how I caught up with Bev from FOZZIE.M. She took me for a drive to a local mountain and we stopped at some of the places for photos. It was foggy and I love it when it is like that. You can get some great photos with it.



The area we went to, for me, is really what I think the Australian bush is really like. The fog helps create some atmosphere in it as well.



A bare tree in the fog is even better.



What Bev wanted to show me were the rocks up there. They are big and really dominate the landscape. They are also very odd, and I think Bev loves them. They are also very strange the way they just sit there and the shapes of them. Quite intriguing.


There are also some wonderful trees with amazing textures on the bark. The fog makes the environment very damp so the grain of the bark just comes out. I like the saturated look you get from wet and damp conditions. It is such a contrast to what it will be like in summer.



This is one of Bev’s favourite rocks, but I think it might be one of mine now as well. Have to love a big rock that just hangs there. It is quite amazing. Nature is wonderful, not something I really appreciated when I was younger, but the older I get the more I want to explore it, share it and protect it.


I have a few more photos from that day, but not from the top. I’ve decided to leave those for another day. It was a great day driving around with Bev and I really want to thank her for taking the time to see me and do that. I am really looking forward to going back up there. I know there is a lot more to see. I hope your weekend is going well. I’m trying to get organized for my trip, can’t believe it is just over a week away.

Last weekend I showed you some images that were taken when I went to the Piggery Café a couple of weeks ago, however on the same day we went for a walk through the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens which are right next door. They are the gardens that were part of the Burnham Beeches Mansion which is in the same grounds. They are very extensive and while I went into them, we didn’t spend a lot of time there, I would like to go back and explore it more one day.


There are flowers everywhere. I used the Nikon 28-300mm to take these images, but if I went again I would be sure to pack my macro lens.

alfrednicholas-gardens-flowers-lake-dandenongs-4176There are ponds up near the top.

The gardens are on the side of a hill and as you wander you go further and further down.


At the bottom you will find a small lake with some great wooden arch bridges and a funny boathouse. It was autumn when we went and the trees were beginning to change. They made the lake very beautiful.

They are beautiful gardens and I have a friend that I know will especially want to go there and wander around with me. She loves photographing flowers and we often visit gardens together.

Here are some more images for you. I hope you enjoy them. Winter seems to have finally arrived in my part of the world and it has been cold and wet. Hopefully when I travel to Tasmania next week the weather won’t be wet.

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Here I am up in the Mallee again and I’m trying to get out and take photos as much as I can.  Yesterday I got to go out to Lake Albacutya and have a look around. Jonesy from Yaapeet is great and often takes me around. He has a 4WD that can handle the very sandy roads. I would’t be able to see it otherwise.

The weather was very warm and it seems up here mother nature thinks it’s still summer. Though there have been blue skies and amazing wispy clouds, they do look good in photos.

I have done a few photos to show you, just a few. I have a small laptop here and I can’t really see what I’m doing so hopefully they will look okay.


Photographing Rainforests

Last week when I was in Apollo Bay we went to a couple of different rainforests, and, of course, took photos of them.  I have never really tried to photograph them before, and I have to admit, my first thought was, “how hard can it be”.  Well, as it turned out very hard.

As I went through all the images that I had taken I realised that the sun did ruin many images. The forest is too dark and the sun too bright and just not a great combination.  I should have had my tripod with me, and I should have done lots of different exposures, which I think if I were to go back, that is what I would do.

After going through lots of photos and trying to find one suitable to use for Monochrome Madness this week on my other blog, I found this one.


I do really like the way the light is coming through the trees onto the fern, the light then becomes the focus, rather than taking the focus away from something else.

I would like to get better at photographing rainforests, but I think I would need to go on overcast days, or very early in the morning before the sun comes up, which is doable, I like early mornings.  There is a rainforest about an hour from where I live, so I think I will have to investigate it some more, and see what I can get.  Might even be interesting to do when it is raining, though maybe straight after it had rained.

I did do another image, that I had to crop a lot and then made it black and white as well.


I don’t know if it is as powerful, but it really has me longing for a macro lens.  It was difficult to get with the lens I had.

I like both, but I think the first is the one I keep going back to.  What do you think?

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