The Mighty Murray River, the longest river in Australia, has many moods, but there is always something for the photographer, no matter where you are along it's length or what time of year you visit it.
These photos were taken in August - mid winter in Australia. The colours can vary a great deal depending on the time of year or even the time of day.
In this, the last instalment of our travel log, We travel to London from Sheffield by train, spend the evening at Criterion Theatre.
take a coach and ferry tour of London, and visit Didcot Railway centre before heading back to Australia.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, The summit is 1,085 metres above sea level. It is the highest point in the British Isles, outside the Scottish Highlands. It is also the only mountain in the UK with a railway to within meters of the summit.
The rack railway opened in 1896 and carries passengers 7.6 km from Llanberis to Summit station.
The falls are within waling distance from Llanberis - there are three main drops, and a number of cascades
The ruins of Dolbadarn Castle are situated in the 30 acre grounds of The Royal Victoria Hotel.
Porthmadog was our third stop in Wales.
There are three preserved narrow gauge railways at Porthmadog, two of them travel through the Snowdonia National Park with views of Snowdon.
The scenery is great and the two main railways offer a very enjoyable, and very relaxed way to see much of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.
See my Blog for more information.
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October is usually one of the best months to visit the National Rhododendron Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges just outside Melbourne.
This year, because Spring has been quite wet and cold, many Rhododendrons are not out yet, and some of the early ones have been damaged by the rain.
There is still a lot to see, but another visit later in November should be worthwhile.
Our first stop in Wales was near Brecon - famous for the Brecon Beacons. I did my Duke of Edinburgh Silver hike in this range of mountains - in the snow!
From there we travelled north to visit the Vale of Rheidol Railway. We took the train to Aberystwyth and back, and then descended into Devil's Bridge Gorge to photograph the water falls.
From there, we went into the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park ending in Tywyn on the coast.
Our day in Totnes was very full, as we visited a number of interesting places.
We wandered round the old town and Castle, travelled on the South Devon (steam) railway, visited the Buckfastleigh Butterfly & Otter farm, took the train back to Totnes, and visited the Rare Breeds Farm.
That made for a busy day but it also meant lots of photographs of which just a few are shown here!
I hope this small sample gives you a good overview of what we saw.
A day out with Sony and Camera House Croydon.
Up at 3am - bit of an effort, but well worth it.
First, ballooning over the misty Yarra Valley, then off to hunt some deer (with camera, of course), then a walk through the Redwood forest, and finally a visit to a blacksmith's shop - with photo opportunities all the way!
The next stage of our Journey.
Devon and Cornwall, on the South-Western corner of England, are largely un-spoilt, despite a few hundred years of being a favourite holiday destination. Rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and wide open moors are the reason for their popularity.
After arriving at St Pancras International on Eurostar, we travelled to Maidstone, where we stayed with family.
We hired a car and drove to Margate to visit and elderly aunt, and then followed the coast to Romney Sands, where we had time with family and rode the Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch Railway.
From there we travelled via Brighton, to Portsmouth where we took the ferry to the Isle of White to ride the Underground train.
After heading back to Portsmouth on the ferry, we drove to Reading where we returned our rent-a-car.
After Basel, we travelled to Lucerne by train.
We stayed there for three nights, and took a memorable trip up into the snow on mount Rigi, travelling up and back by rack railway.
Then it was off to Paris, again by train, for two days of sightseeing before heading to Great Britain.
A holiday in Europe gave some great photo opportunities - here, and in a number of subsequent galleries, I will share just a few of many memories we have to look back on.
We started our tour in Amsterdam, and after a few days there we boarded a river cruise boat which, over the next seven days, took us to Basel in Switzerland.
I enjoy the challenge of taking timed exposure shots at night. There are many variables to consider, because the camera has difficulty setting itself in the dark, but with trial, and a lot of error, the end results can be quite pleasing when it all comes together.
I hope you enjoy the results of my ‘night work’ in this gallery.
The huge variety on flowers, trees and ferns across Australia mean there is always an array of colour, whatever the Season.
There is always something to catch the eye, and the lens, if we take the time to look around at the beauty God has created for our enjoyment.
A Landscape photograph is usually a single image photo showing a portion of the scenery/view you can see.
The single image can be cropped to look like a ‘Panorama landscape’ so the two terms can be confusing.
See my Blog on ‘Panorama Landscapes’ for more info.
I love those calm still days by a river or some other body of water with trees along the bank. It is so peaceful. One can really appreciate gum trees when you see them duplicated in the water.
There are other forms of reflections that can make interesting photos, so I have decided to expand this gallery from just rivers to all sorts of photos where a reflection makes for an interesting view of things.
This gallery displays a wide range of flying creatures. They all demonstrate that God has amazing creativity, exceptional attention to detail and incredible engineering skills.
Bats did not seem to fit with birds, so they have ended up in this gallery. Perhaps, as some bats eat insects, it may not be the best place to show them!!
Some people swim in it, some ride on it in boats or surfboards, others fish in it, while many of us just like to stand and watch it. In my case I like watching it through the lens the camera. It's always changing because it's almost always on the move.
Sometimes it's nice to slow it down, whether that be a river or the sea. It's also nice to catch the reflections, sometimes of the sunset sometimes of the trees along the riverside but there's always something different if we stop look and shoot so we can take the memories home.
I hope you enjoy some of my memories of the water.
Australian Marsupials - Pouched animals.
Australia’s larger marsupials are the Kangaroo, Wallaby, Koala, and the Wombat.
There are also many smaller marsupials such as Possums, Tasmanian Devils, Bandicoots and the Bilby.
Whale watching in Port Macquarie.
Sadly, we did not see any breaching but we saw a few whales raising their tail flukes out of the water and sliding them back into the water. They were not close, but the 75-300 lens was handy.
The beauty of waterfalls never ceases to inspire me. Whether it is a gentle cascade over small rocks, a huge and powerful drop into a gorge or anything in-between, they all have a beauty that is so hard to describe in words.
Photography not only allows one to capture the moment, but also allows a degree of artistic licence to create a picture which the eye cannot see by slowing down the water.
I will write a blog on this shortly and explain some of the techniques I, and many others, use to create such lasting moments.
Watching the sun sink down to the horizon is always a joy.
The changing colours, the reflections on the clouds and the growing darkness produce such a peaceful ending to what are normally very busy days.