Cape Otway Victoria.


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As you know I have been down to Victoria in the last week to visit with Leanne Cole, photographer extraordinaire IMG_9308for a few days of R&R and photographing with a like-minded soul. We had a great time together and this post on Cape Otway was one of our first stops on our whirlwind tour of a small portion of Victoria on the coast just a couple of hours west of Melbourne.

The weather that particular week took a turn for the worse when most of the eastern side of Australia was caught in a low that had it on its knees with really cold weather. It even snowed in Queensland, which doesn’t happen very often.

We took this all in our stride, rugged up accordingly and set off. We actually liked that the clouds were grey and foreboding, it added interest to the scene and was in stark contrast to the lighthouse shining in all its white glory. Even with my fear of heights I managed to go up to the top of the lighthouse and back down unscathed. Im so glad I did it was a great view from up there.

Cape Otway lighthouse was built in 1848 from stone cut only 5km away and transported by oxen to the site. It took 10 months for the lighthouse to be built to such specific requirements that no cement was needed to assemble the tower. The lamp was transported from London by small boats tackling the pounding surf but managed to install it in one piece!

At present it is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Australia and we had the privilege of photographing it.

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1854 saw the start of the telegraph network which was revolutionary in Australia at the time.  The telegraph station at Cape Otway was built in 1859 and housed the operators and their families as well as telegraph operating rooms.

For more information on this unique lighthouse please go to their website – Cape Otway Lighthouse.  There is a lovely cafe there – the Light keepers cafe, that kept us warm with a lovely meal and a warm fire.

Below I have a gallery of photos that I took on my visit.

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  1. Love that stormlight on the white lighthouse and fence rails

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    • Thanks LA. Yes that’s what appealed to me too. The white of the rails leading to the lighthouse and the contrast with the dark storm clouds. Never thought I’d say I’m glad it was a miserable day! 🙂

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      • I had exactly the same when I was in Tasmania, one particular day was rainy and overcast but I was fantastic for doing BW conversions and gave me great skies. In someways bad weather is better lighting than blue skies, much softer shadows for a start. Looks like a great day out either way.

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      • Yes its a win, win situation. I hope to go to Tassie in a couple of months and wouldnt mind a bit of brooding while there lol! 🙂

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  2. Lighthouse shots are especially stunning!

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  3. That brooding sky is perfect for offsetting the white of the lighthouse. Great photos.

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  4. What a wonderful adventure you shared with Leanne, Kaz! And these photos are truly stunning. I absolutely love that the storm clouds were part of the landscape (despite your cold) as they absolutely add a dramatic and mysterious feel to each photo, rather perfect for seascapes and a white lighthouse! Love the views from the top (especially with the red railing in the foreground). Glad you worked up the courage to go up – we are the delighted beneficiaries 🙂 More, more, more!

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  5. They are so storming, which is fantastic, love them, I still think the grey sky was a blessing, and we got some rather unique images. Great images, fantastic really, and really stunning, do you think I can stop using the word really now, really. 😀

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  6. Just the right kind of weather for these photos Karen. You did a fantastic job capturing the feeling of impending storm and cold against the warmth of the safety fo the lighthouse.

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  7. Really lovely captures, Karen 😉

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  8. Whoa! That first one is absolute magig. Framing, tones, textures. The way the white or lighthouse and fence combine those two elements to standout among the sullen tones surrounding them is exquisite.

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  9. Some great shots of a stung area Kaz, I agree completely that the grey skies add a wonderful sense of drama which is far more interesting that the usual blue sky! Makes me think of family holidays in Cornwall as a kid , waiting for the sky to show us a pitch of blue!

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  10. Stunning! There is something quite fitting about foreboding skies and seas and a lighthouse! Rugged, protective, riding out the storms.

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  11. wild and moody!! I love light houses and lands end!!

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  12. Beautiful pics as usual. I am not surprised that they are, because when you put a good photographer and a wonderful scenery together you see great images.
    Thanks for the visit to Cape Otway!

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  13. I love the light in these photos. The contrast of the white rails against the blue grey sky and water is stunning.

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