The Mysterious Light on the Horizon

August 31, 2014  •  1 Comment

Marg and I walked to the ocean beach at Pottsville. It was our first time at this beach. The sea was wild and a storm was brewing to the south that was expected to bring around 100mm of rain. I saw two large rocks in the distance with waves crashing into them sending out huge plumes of spray.

I said "I'm going to walk to those rocks in the distance", Marg replied "Do you realise how far away they are?" Despite the distance I headed off towards the rocks and oncoming storm.

As I walked toward the rocks I kept my eye out for any further photo opportunities. I was scanning the ocean, I thought I could see a reddish yellow tinge right on the horizon, covering quite a large area. It was extremely subtle and so unusual that I took my sunglasses off and checked them, then looked at the horizon again...yep still there.  It looked like a shot out of the movies where an atomic explosion had lit up the sky from hundreds of kilometres away. I was fascinated and could think of no explanation for it.

Because of the weather there were very few people on the beach. Finally I came across a women coming the other way. By this time it had got a little brighter and I knew it was just not my imagination (or faulty sunglasses). I asked "Have you ever seen a light on the horizon like that before?" She looked and replied "All the years I've walked this beach I've never seen anything like that before."

We decided it had to be some sort of atmospheric disturbance even though the sky and sea were extremely dark.

As the light grew brighter and higher into the sky I began to realise that it was a rainbow that was rising out of the ocean like a moon rise. I have never seen anything like it before, nor had any of the half dozen people that I spoke to during the event. 

I managed to make it to the rocks. I took my photos and returned just in time to beat the rain.

Below are my images of the event.

Pottsville RainbowPottsville Rainbow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Second time lucky

March 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Well, it took a couple of weeks but today I made my second attempt to ride up to Cheviot Tunnel on the Rail Trail out of Yea. Not much commonsense this time either. Thirty two degrees and quite a strong headwind all the way up to the tunnel which is a 10 km constant climb.  But what a fun ride home. Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

ABOUT THE TUNNEL

Located midway between Yea and Molesworth, the Cheviot Tunnel is the longest rail trail tunnel in Victoria and a key feature of the original Tallarook to Mansfield Railway Line. 

Between Cheviot Station and Cheviot Tunnel, the line runs through four large cuttings. These are testament to the natural obstacles posed by this landscape. 

The tunnel was constructed from an estimated 675,000 handmade bricks using local clay. This was sourced from Quinlan’s pit in a nearby paddock just west of the Tunnel. Some steel hooks that held lanterns in emergencies still exist near the four indented safety alcoves. These are located at regular intervals along the eastern wall.

Cheviot Tunnel 2Cheviot Tunnel 2

 

Cheviot Tunnel 1Cheviot Tunnel 1

 

 

 


Why would I be beside the road 3km out of Yea?

March 17, 2014  •  1 Comment

I thought I would try out a blog on my new photography website. As the title suggests "What was I doing here?"

Well, I was waiting to be picked up by my neighbours Don and Di Smith after getting a puncture (the 2nd in 6 weeks) whilst riding on the Rail Trail.  

I had decided to ride out to Cheviot Tunnel, a round trip of 20km's.  After 2 km's I realised I'd left my water bottle at home. After 7km's the rear tyre went flat. So I'm in the middle of nowhere. The trail goes a long way from the road at this section and I've got no water. It's not like I'm in the middle of the Sahara but a drink would've been nice. To top it off I couldn't find my shoes I normally ride in so I grabbed an old pair of runners with a crack in the sole. No problems pedalling and I won't be walking anywhere. Yeah right. 

I started walking back until I could see the highway. Fortunately I had only walked about 3 to 4kms when I was able to scale a couple of fences and make my way across farmland, dodging cattle and cow pads to the highway.

Thanks Don and Di.

I hope you enjoy my new photography site. I still have a lot of images to upload, but at least it's a start.

If you have something nice to say about it you might like to make a comment in my Guestbook.

Michael

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