Motorbike Ride in the Otways Rainforest, Black Kites and Winter Ocean Swell

BMW R1200 GS motorbike ride through cool temperate rainforest in the Otway Ranges Afternoon sun in the Otways State Forest. The temperature in the hills didn't get above single figures. These coastal hills get a lot of rain. The cold clear air smelt deliciously of rich damp soil and the abundance of temperate rainforest vegetation. … Continue reading Motorbike Ride in the Otways Rainforest, Black Kites and Winter Ocean Swell

Beauty Hiding in Plain Sight – Mountain Ash, Native Birds, Seals, Swell at Little Henty Reef and Blues Slide Guitar riff.

Surf board on wave without rider

Nature provides special events in and around Apollo Bay from time to time, against a backdrop of spectacles equally beautiful and awe-inspiring but perhaps less appreciated because they are available all the time. The photos below could have been taken in and around Apollo Bay virtually anytime in daylight hours. Towering mountain ash in cool … Continue reading Beauty Hiding in Plain Sight – Mountain Ash, Native Birds, Seals, Swell at Little Henty Reef and Blues Slide Guitar riff.

The Aire River mouth, superb fairy-wren and seabirds

Aire River Mouth in the Otways

The Aire River is only about 40kms in length. It flows from its point of origin in the Otway Ranges, south east of Beech Forest, through the Great Otway National Park (in which it flows over the Hopetoun Falls). It then winds down through the foothills of the Otways and across the fertile coastal flats … Continue reading The Aire River mouth, superb fairy-wren and seabirds

Snow in the Otways

Snow in the Otway Ranges

A strong cold front passed over western Victoria today, bringing gale force winds, rain and hail. It also brought snow down to low elevations. A dusting of snow on the hilltops is a once or twice a year event. Today's snow was more than a dusting and more than I have seen in the area. … Continue reading Snow in the Otways

Lake Elizabeth in the Otway Ranges near Forrest; cool temperate rainforest and a dusky moorhen

Lake Elizabeth in the Otway Ranges (Victoria, Australia) was formed in mid-winter 1952 when the East Branch of the Barwon River was blocked by a landslide. 1952 was an unseasonably wet winter. When the river stopped flowing, a search party was sent upstream and the new naturally formed dam wall and lake were discovered. It … Continue reading Lake Elizabeth in the Otway Ranges near Forrest; cool temperate rainforest and a dusky moorhen