Lake Wallace, Edenhope: pier at dusk, early summer 

Like many who moved, or were born, here after the drought turned the lake into a puddle (at most), I have never seen Lake Wallace full. But, while the lake itself is lovely, what amazed me most the evening this shot was taken was the foreshore atmosphere: family groups spread along the banks, enjoying a meal and activities with friends and dogs; motor boats on the water; people cruising by; it felt pretty great to among them. 

The locals who grew up here remember it being fuller than it is now, with yachting another favourite pastime. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a good follow-up season to keep the lake in good health, and bring visitors to this special part of Victoria. 

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Bool Lagoon, SA: over the boardwalk 

A visit to Bool Lagoon, in South Australia’s southeast region, after heavy spring rains showed vast expanses of water – a welcome sight after many disappointingly dry years. The boardwalks were all under water, this one by about a foot (30cm).

It will, no doubt, be worth returning to again soon see the birds that have returned to this important wildlife park.

Panasonic Lumix GX7 with 14-45mm lens. Mild adjustments made and border added in Snapseed app. 

Winter Morning Beauty: bejewelled leaf

As I prepared to leave for work, this fallen leaf outside my window caught my eye. I grabbed my camera, with macro lens already attached, on the way out and fired off two shots before getting in the car – this was the second one. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 with Panasonic Leica 45mm macro lens and in-camera low key filter. Cropped and border applied in Snapseed app. 

Greetings From Geelong! a shag on a pier

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In Australia – and for all I know, elsewhere also – cormorants are colloquially known as “shags”. Having some time to wander the waterfront in the port city of Geelong, south-west of Melbourne, I sat for a moment on this small pier and watched a shag dry its wings until some tourists (people like myself, I suppose) came along with their loudly-clicking cameras and frightened it off.

Formerly a working pier, the much longer Cunningham Pier (at left) is now dedicated to recreation, and boasts a restaurant and function centre.

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