Seascapes, motorbike riding and a magpie

Photos taken in recent weeks in and around Apollo Bay.  Too few images on each subject to warrant a post on their own, but images too evocative of memorable moments not to share.  Once again, upon closer examination the ordinary often turns out to be anything but.

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Wild Dog Creek flowing gently out to the sea on a beach between Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek.
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The footpath through the dunes from the Great Ocean Road to Wild Dog beach.
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Nature does dune foliage very nicely.
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In the deep blue between dusk and darkness, the stars begin to sparkle into visibility over Apollo Bay.
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Apollo Bay and the Great Ocean Road after dusk.
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Under a full moon filtered through passing clouds:  Cape Patton in the distance, Boneyards (surf break) in the middle foreground, Whitecrest cabins lit up on the left and Sledgehammers surf break in the immediate foreground.
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Nightfall at Apollo Bay harbour.  This was taken at a slow shutter speed with the camera on a tripod and using a remote shutter release, focusing on depth of field.  It’s a sharp image.
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South east corner of Apollo Bay harbour.
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Apollo Bay harbour walls.
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The yacht casting the shadow of its forestay along the light beam is called ‘It’s Magic’.  It belongs to friends of mine.
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Able and willing pillion passenger on Mt Leura near Camperdown during a 250km tour of the Otways and hinterland.
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Spring in the western district.
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More mucking around with depth of field, at Mt Leura.
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Motorbike rider on Mt Leura.  Photo taken by pillion passenger.
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BMW R1200GS cruising around the Great Ocean Road near Carisbrook Creek.
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BMW R1200GS rider taking evasive action as a vehicle  travelling at high speed struggles to get back to its own side of the road.  Unfortunately this is not an uncommon occurrence.  It was unusual to capture a photo of it though.
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Bluebottle jellyfish blown ashore in an easterly on Marengo beach.  They are not an uncommon sight on the beach, but I have never been stung by one.
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Another bluebottle with one of its venomous tentacles visible.
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This very bold & confident father magpie has taken up temporary residence around my house.  He will fly down from trees or roof tops if I appear on the lawn with a morsel and call him.  He seems to think well of me, and does not swoop me during breeding season.  He swoops pedestrians on the street who are not known to him.  Who knew magpies had eyelashes?
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A beautiful bird.  I have not heard a more melodious or joyful song from any bird than the music of the magpie.
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After collecting some food from my hand, the father flew over the fence to his waiting baby and gave him the entire morsel.
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Soaring the spring shore break at Apollo Bay



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I swim in the ocean at Apollo Bay all year.  I have an appropriate wardrobe of wetsuits and accessories to stay warm as the seasons change.  This image shows the beach where most of my ocean swims start and finish.  I have a group of friends who swim all year round too.  I casually took this sunset photo on a beach walk one evening last week, and on looking at it later, it evoked the thoughts about ocean swimming with friends which appear with the photo.


One thought on “Seascapes, motorbike riding and a magpie

  1. One of my favourite photo subjects, moonlight on the water. What a fabulous shot, they all are. John, you easily have a themed calendar’s worth here, I’ll take one.

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