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A photo from yesterday's trip with Klaudio, Santo and Steve, from Melbourne to Geelong, and afterwards on to Portarlington and several other coastal towns on or near the Bellarine Peninsula.

Here, the strong backlighting looking north from Cunningham's Pier in Geelong (about 70km from Melbourne), combined with the late morning haze of a hot Summer morning, made shooting sometimes a little difficult, but could reward with interesting light and shadow, as Klaudio (daddo) already showed in his latest upload.

Cunningham's Pier was first constructed as the Railway Pier in the 1850s, when it must have been used in the exportation of wool and other primary products, and the importation of manufactured items from Great Britain. During that era the state of Victoria was in the midst of the world's biggest gold rush of the time, and the city is located not far from the gold-fields of Ballarat and the pastoral grazing country of the western district. By 1880 the pier had fallen into a state of disuse, but was eventually restored, keeping the old railway tracks. Today, the buildings on the end of the pier house entertainment venues, including the Bavera Brasserie, supposed to be one of the best restaurants in Geelong. The higher levels of Geelong's culinary services I have never experienced, but judging by the menu and the prices charged, it ought to be good. Here, the menu sits on a small stand, as if to tell us 'this place has class', outside the door of the brasserie, about an hour or so before lunch-time.

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