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This week’s travel theme from Ailsa’s blog ‘Where’s my backpack?’ is Brown. It was bizarre looking through all my travel photos and noticing how many different shades of brown there were in many shots. Here is my go at this week’s theme, and as usual the images link through to the larger photos on my Flickr site.

I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a few Olympic Games events, and lived in Athens, Greece for several months. This beautiful old church in the heart of the old town had beautiful brick and tile work in lovely hues of brown.


One of the most surprising places to visit in Japan would have to be the old town of Takayama tucked away in the mountains. It’s streets are lined with many traditional wooden Japanese houses in beautiful hues of brown. This isn’t a museum, but a living and thriving town who have preserved their architectural heritage.


New York City, USA, has the wonderful High Line elevated park that goes between and through buildings. This lovely preserved stain glass and brick wall was one of my favourite sites to see while walking on the park.


Back home in Queensland, Australia, and the wonderful Fraser Island is a treasure trove of natural beauty. These mushrooms on the forest floor and logs would eventually turn to brown as they decayed and died. Vibrant in life though…


And Mother Nature won this battle against the ship that strayed to close to the sandy shores. The rusting brown hues shone in many different ways as the sun flickered in and out between the clouds.


In Victoria, Australia is the lovely Beech Forest on the South-Western coast. This was one of the first photos I posted on my blog, and I still love the strand of bark descending.

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My home state of NSW, Australia, has plenty of natural sites too, whether it is the brown winged kookaburras with their noisy laugh.


Or brown octopus nestling in the tidal rockpools of Jervis Bay.


The brown wooden barrels in the cellars of the Hunter Valley wineries have got plenty of yummy stuff hidden in their depths.


But heaven on earth for me is Port Stephens. I love this shot of the jutting rocks and the pristine water which is sanctuary to the dolphins.


Thanks Ailsa, great theme this week!


This week’s travel theme is Pathways, which caused me a different problem from the previous travel themes of which photos not to include. Ailsa has given us a good one this week, as my most vivid memories of travels are walking down pathways in places that I have never been to before. You can find the link to Ailsa’s travel theme at . Quite often when I travel I like to leave the map behind and just walk to wherever it leads me. There is always a metro stop, or taxi, or a local who can guide me back to the roof over my head for the night. Sometimes it is also fun to watch the pathways that others take, enjoying the observation of their journeys. BTW – all the images below link through to my larger photos on Flickr.

The first photo is one I took in Thailand on a remote beach on one of the islands in the Andaman Sea. It was fun watching the crabs make the little balls of sand and then scurry on their paths back to the holes they originated from. There were hundreds of these patterns all over the beach, in what must have been a daily ritual.

Travel Theme - Pathways - Andaman Islands Crab

The second photos is from the day we spent in the university town of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. This is a very walking and cycling friendly place, where the car definitely does not rule, and the beautiful pathway along the river was well traversed – with the matching pathway on the water leading to other destinations.

Travel Theme - Pathways - Cambridge

The next two photos are from my first and second trips to Japan. Kyoto has the well known Philosopher’s Walk with the many temples and shrines dotted along it’s pathway. There are many other paths leading off of these trails, enticing you to explore. Kyoto would have to be one of the most beautiful and green cities I have ever visited.

Travel Theme - Pathways - Kyoto

In contrast the lesser known Kanazawa on the Western coast of the island of Honshu is often overlooked, but what a mistake. The home of gold leaf and the preserve of the old Japanese culture in the town has many sites that have avoided war and destruction. This photo is from the old Samurai Quarter that still exists today in the same layout and structures from those times. People still live there, and you can just imagine the Samurai walking through the pathways with their wooden shoes clanking on the stones.

Travel Theme - Pathways - Kanazawa

Not all pathways are laid out on the ground. The British canal system spurred on the industrial revolution and the many pathways that criss-cross the country show you a different side of the country that often cannot be seen from the motorways and highways. This shot was taken in a tiny village called Lyneal, and you can see the accompanying pathway alongside the canal where the older canal boats would be towed by horse along the waterways.

Travel Theme - Pathways - Lyneal Canal

The next two shots are of the pathways that marked out the UCI Mountain Bike 2009 World Championship Cross Country course at Mt Stromlo in Canberra, Australia. No other sport allows you to get so close to the riders, and watching the likes of Nino Schirter and Julien Absolon carve it up on the trails was awesome. I can’t wait to take my new MTB steed down to Mt Stromlo for a spin.

Travel Theme - Pathways - MTB XC Worlds 09 - 1

Travel Theme - Pathways - MTB XC Worlds 09 - 2

The island of Mykonos in Greece and it’s main town centre is a labyrinth of pathways that were designed to confuse invaders. Now it just confuses hapless tourists like me, but it certainly is fun.

Travel Theme - Pathways - Mykonos

If you ever get the chance to visit Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia then do it. This place is stunningly beautiful and typifies the Australian outback and the ancient history of the Aboriginal peoples. This photo was taken on our trip to Ubirr with its ancient rock paintings. Climbing up this rock along the pathway of your choosing provided us a stunning vista of the wetlands. My wife and one of my best friends can be seen navigating the rock. It was humbling to contemplate that maybe as much as 25,000 years ago or more the indigenous people of Australia walked these very paths.

Travel Theme - Pathways - Ubirr

The last shot was taken at the Versailles Palace Gardens in Versailles, France. I could have taken many similar shots like this one throughout the gardens, and you never know where a break in the hedges along the pathways might lead you.

Travel Theme - Pathways - Versailles

Ailsa at ‘Where’s My Backpack?’ has given us a tough travel theme this week – Dance. It is not a subject that I usually shoot, but I have trawled through some of my photos and maybe (?) have some loose interpretations to the theme. As usual, all my photos link through to the larger images on my Flickr site.

This first photo is from a couple of years back at the Festival of the Winds on Bondi Beach, which shows off kites and all kinds of other displays to do with the wind. These flags together show a painting of girls dancing and in the gusting wind they really did dance.

Festival of the Winds - Bondi Beach

The next photo was when we went to the Great Barrier Reef to dive at the outer reef. I have a bit of a phobia for diving, but this was too good to pass up. The fish swam and danced around me to a song that I could not hear. It was absolutely amazing and this little glimpse through the lens does not do the experience justice, I was totally surrounded.

Great Barrier Reef - Underwater

The next two shots are from our trip to Mayan Mexico, where we went to Xcaret ecological park (I wrote about this trip in an earlier post). We had the opportunity to watch quite a few traditional Mexican dances from the performers in the shows. The costumes were vibrant and full of colour. I had never seen traditional dance like this before.

Riviera Maya - Xcaret dancers

Riviera Maya  -  Xcaret Mayan performers

On the final day of our honeymoon in Shanghai, China, we decided to walk the length of the Bund where we finished up at what must have been a monument to the Chinese Communist revolution. In the middle of this, a group of older woman arrived and started practicing group dance together with a set of small red pom-poms on a cord. My Chinese is non-existent so I did not get the chance to ask someone what this was. Nevertheless we sat there for at least half an hour to watch the show.

Shanghai Morning Dance

The final shot was from the first night we spent in New York. We arrived on Halloween and was told by the concierge to check out the parade. It was crazy busy with people 5-6 deep from the barricades on the street. The parade was cool to watch, especially the group of university students who performed Michael Jackson’s Thriller. This was one of the girls who was dancing through the streets on stilts – impressive.

New York Halloween 2006 Parade

Tough challenge this week. Thanks Ailsa.

OK – I am now hooked on the weekly travel theme from ‘Where’s my backpack?‘. This week’s travel theme is light, and it would have to be my favourite type of photographic setting. I love shooting at night with the artificial city lights. I love shooting sunsets with the sun fading. So the question was which ones would make the cut. These photos were taken in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Greece, and the United States. I look forward to travelling more and capturing more photos of light.

The first shot was a spectacular sunset captured in the NSW Hunter Valley. The sun lit up the clouds in all their glory – beautiful spot, and great wine too.

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This second shot was taken outside of my house when I lived in Manchester in the UK. It was the first time I had seen snow in England and I was giddy as a school kid (at 1am in the morning mind you). The night lights bathed the snow in a surreal golden colour.

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This third shot was taken inside the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada. This part of the cathedral is in the rear, where the natural light descends gloriously down from the ceiling.

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The next shot was taken at the Vivid Festival of light in Sydney from 2011. The Sydney Opera House is hosting a pretty good canvas for the projected light.

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This shot is a weird one, and sorry to the vegetarians. My mother in-law got remarried a few years back and we celebrated the occasion outdoors under the moonlight with a spit roast. Once the sun set, the night was pretty much lit by the roast and moon – and the pig was delicious thanks to my brother in law.

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Sydney Harbour is constantly abuzz with boats and ferries, and at night their lights leave trails against the old coat hanger. I have quite a few of these in my type of shots in my collection.

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Sunset in the Greek Islands is an experience that I would recommend to anyone. Santorini, Crete, and Mykonos are all well known islands. But my favourite is Paros, and a calming sunset it is.

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The Vivid Festival offers up too many shots of Sydney all lit up. This next photo is of Customs House from the 2012 show, where this animation came to life.

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I can’t get away from sunsets. Here the Northen Midlands, United Kingdom, countryside is bathed in the light of the setting sun over the fields at English Frankton.

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The last shot was from my third trip to New York, USA. The Empire State Building always puts on a light show.

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I have decided to add one other from our wedding where we had the chefs cook for all of us with large open flame pans in front of all the guests. Our photographer for the evening thought it would be a good idea to get a photo of us in front of the flame. It was a great night! (Thanks Alison for the photos).


This week’s travel theme is ‘Contrast’ – , which had me for the most part well and truly stumped. I realised when sifting through my photos that I don’t shoot a lot of contrasting photos, but rather try and find the complimentary elements in the photograph and frame that shot. But I found a couple of photos, that hopefully reflect the theme. All the images link through to the larger photos on my Flickr site.

This first shot was from my first trip to the Great Ocean Road and the Otways in Victoria, Australia. Beautiful part of the world and now protected with State Forests and National Parks. The single dead Eucalyptus tree stood out among its peers in the living canopy.

Beech Forest dead Eucalyptus tree

The second shot was taken on the same trip, amongst the trees on the skywalk at Beech Forest. I love the way that the single strip of bark has fallen away from trunk.

Beech Forest peeling bark Eucalypt

This next shot was taken at the de Young Museum located in the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. The building was amazing with it’s weathered and rusted metal covering. The solitary sculpture contrast beautifully against the deep burnt orange colours of the cladding.

de Young Museum sculpture

Every year for the last few years Sydney has hosted a festival of light, called Vivid! Every year they do something amazing on the Sydney Opera House, and I caught this single ‘sail’ lit up against the others as it transitioned between displays.

Sydney Opera House - Vivid 2011

The last photo is probably the most poignant as it was taken at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. Even after all these years, family members still lovingly remember their fallen loved ones.

In Memory of a fallen Vietnam War soldier

I don’t normally blog to the weekly themes but another blogger that I follow, Michael at retireediary, blogged a cool post to the weekly travel theme “benches”. BTW, if you get the chance check out the rest of his blog of his many travels and awesome photos from his trips.

This travel theme reminded me of a single photo I snapped when on a work trip to San Francisco many years ago. It is not the best photo, but it is one of my favourites as it captured a moment that you only see when you travel. Travel Theme: Benches

3 Monkeys on a bench with their Chief

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil…

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