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East India (Kolkata, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kalimpong, Lachen)
Photographs from 3 cities in East India (Kolkata, Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong)and surrounding area
Journeys through Poland
In autumn the light is softer, the sky brighter and it is less crowded in the cities. I took the train and bus journeys to the pictured destinations and to those places that personally mean so much to me. It was great to explore the ancient castles and churches, visit the towns with their colourful historic buildings and modern structures, and to meet people.
Just hippeastrum, Gold Coast, Australia
These exotic plants have the power to change the look of the gardens in spring. Their buds emerge fast from the base of the plants and, over a period of few days, they start flowering red, white and many other colours not depicted here. Their green, and often glossy leaves surround the thick hollow stems and enhance the cheerful beauty of the plants. The photographs here are suitable for calendars, postcards, gardening brochures, magazines
In the middle of June when tourists crowd on the shore of the Adriatic Sea, Zagreb belongs to the locals and those few visitors who prefer to enjoy the sites of this great city. I was free to amble around admiring the ancient churches, elegant historic buildings and parks. Visiting the Mirogoj Cemetery set at the foot of Mount Medvedica was to experience one of the most beautiful cemeteries I have ever seen.
Mexico travel photography
Mexico is an incredible country that has much to offer to its visitors: from the fascinating sites of the gigantic Mexico City to the mountain villages and the vibrant colonial towns; from the ancient pyramids of Aztecs and Maya to the newest Caribbean resorts there is always something to explore, to admire and to surprise.
Tokyo: Old And New
Tokyo, Japan. A city of amazing contrast. From the skyscrapers and frantic pace of Shinjuku, to traditional Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines and a more relaxed pace in old Asakusa, Japanese people combine ancient customs and traditions with neon lights and state of the art technology.
Reptiles - Snakes of Queensland, Australia.
Pictured are an Amethystine python, 5 metres in length, the black and white striped Bandy Bandy, an adult Carpet Python, a baby Carpet python resting amongst the leaves of a palm tree, the Small-eyed Snake which is deadly, eating one of its kind, the smaller Northern Tree Snake followed by images of a Common Tree Snake scaling a gum tree and also after a successful hunt, eating a Green Tree Frog. Amazing images mostly taken in the rainforests of Far North Queensland, Australia.
Children, beach and water play
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers running and walking through water, being splashed by the waves, pouring water, sitting and playing in sand, walking on sand, picking shells, or taking part in other activities at the beach.
Magic of fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are some of the most enjoyable objects to photograph. The bright pyramids of apples and tomatoes on the market stalls, sweet figs, cocoa pods clinging to a tree trunk and a cluster of grapes in the vineyard, they all fascinate with their colours, smells, flavours and their varied shapes.
Aboriginal Health Community
Community health centres and initiatives such as child care and healthy eating programs do much to improve health on Aboriginal communities. Particular emphasis is put on the health of babies, children and the elderly
Trains - Steam - Duke of Edinburgh 621.
Steam Engine 621 - Duke of Edinburgh is seen here pulling into the restored Strathalbyn Railway Station in the Adelaide region, to pick up tourists on its journey to Victor Harbour, on the South Coast of South Australia. This majestic train commands attention as it passes by, whistles bellowing and steam pouring from the funnels as it echos the bygone era of rail transport.
Aboriginal Rock Art
Aboriginal rock art is located in the Arkaroo Hills area of the Southern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. This is one of two places visited and photographed. Each line, symbol or mark represents an aboriginal event. Some of the symbols are depicted on a nearby sign, included in these images, which interprets the meanings of these sacred markings.
What is a landscape without a sky? Blue skies, thunderous gloom, bushfire haze, signs of rain, cloud carpet from above, brilliant rainbows and sunsets, fireworks and dust. Cumulus, stratus, cirrus and all the combinations. Amazing colours, patterns & textures.
Destination Gold Coast, Australia
The images here intend to show only some of the city's highlights. Sitting on the east coast of Australia and on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the Gold Coast is a favourite tourist destination. It is known for its climate, great beaches, eye catching high rises, parks, leafy suburbs by the canals and the picturesque hinterland. The city is also home to arts, universities, modern hospitals and shopping centres. .
Cultures around the world
What are cultures? Cultures are the way of life of different ethnic groups or nationalities. Facets can include food, dress, traditional behaviours or rituals, religion and beliefs, language and societal structures. Travel gives one the opportunity the experience and learn about different cultures, however living in countries other than one's own as I do, gives the opportunity for deeper immersion and a greater empathy and understanding. These photographs try to convey that.
Medjugorje â€“ the town between the mountains
More than a million pilgrims visit this little town in Hercegovina in former Yugoslavia. It is best known for the apparitions when the Virgin Mary reportedly showed herself to six young people in 1981, a phenomenon not officially approved by the Catholic Church but under investigation by a church commission. Large crowds attend mass at the Church of St James the Apostle, and many walk up Krizevac, the Cross Mountain, a rocky path with the Stations of the Cross, up to a crucifix erected in 1933.
Many people visit Nepal to go trekking with the Annapurna region being one of the most popular regions for this. Depending on the time of year, it can be a great opportunity to see Himalayan flowers in bloom and the snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna range while also having the chance to interact with and learn from the local Nepali people.
Flowers - Eucalyptus - Gum Tree Flowers.
These Australian Eucalyptus - Gum tree flowers, have red caps on their gum nuts prior to flowering. Once the flowers start to emerge, the red caps fall off. When the flowers fall off, a huge ribbed and cylindrically shaped gum nut is left. Amazing nature!
Photos of Morocco
These photographs give an overview of Morocco: its culture, its attractions, its people and what makes it such a unique place to visit.The color of Morocco is what makes it such an attractive destination for tourists, and hence for travel sections in newspapers and magazines.
The South Australian holiday
The images in this lightbox were taken during my recent trip to South Australia. The southern region of the State has wonderful scenery, rose gardens, historic towns and an incredible number of vineyards. Kangaroo Island is one of its great nature attractions with the Remarkable Rocks and seal colonies.
This is a series of bird phots shot in either Far North Queensland or the Northern Territory Australia. It includes Parrots, predator birds and others. All images were shot at 21Mpixels and are suitable for sizable enlargements (A2 at least) or for quality publications.
Australian National Parks
Australia has many national parks throughout the country. These cover areas as diverse as deserts, rocky gorges, forests, rivers and the coast. Here is a sample of a few.
Animals - Agile Wallaby.
View images of the Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis) with a new baby in the pouch. The babys' head can be seen inside and also just outside the pouch, exploring a new world. There are also images of rather curious Agile Wallabies as they munch on grass and look a little bemused but very cute!
Aboriginal Education Pre & Primary
The most successful education programs for young indigenous children on remote communities involves aboriginal teachers, teaching aides, or parents who become directly involved with the programs.
Sikkim - Green Lake trek to Kangchenjunga base camp
The Green Lake trek in Sikkim (India) starts at the small village of Lachan and travels through spectacular Rhododendron and Teak forests, along a glacier moraine. It passes some of the most beautiful mountains including Siniolcho and Kanchenjunga (the third highest mountain in the world).
A fascinating mixture of spices, use of traditional cooking techniques such as tagines and the mixture of savoury and sweet have made Moroccan food not only a taste sensation in Morocco but it has spread throughout the world. Couscous, tagine and the enigmatic pastilla remain highlights of any visit to Morocco.
Aboriginal Communities NT
Remote Aboriginal communities are spread right across the Northern Territory - in bushland and along the coast in Arnhem Land, in the central deserts and offshore islands. The small townships are dynamic areas with inhabitants who look after vast tracts of land as part of their traditional indigenous commitments. Outstations are at the heart of these land management obligations and essential for continuing culture.
Historic Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island was discovered by Captain James Cook in 1774. A party of convicts and soldiers established a settlement in 1788 to produce food for Sydney. The British established a penitentiary in 1825 but the conditions were terrible.In 1852 Bishop Wilson recommended closure of the settlement and all had left by 1855. A year later the descendents of the Bounty mutineers were brought from Pitcairn Island to settle on Norfolk Island. The island is now a popular tourist destination.
Architecture, a contemporary take
This lightbox contains the photographs of skyscrapers and bridges, shipyard, hot house and decorative elements of architecture as seen in Australia, Egypt, Macau, Malaysia, Poland and Singapore.
Cape Ranges & Ningaloo reef
The Cape Ranges National park near Exmouth (Western Australia) borders the Ningaloo reef and has abundant wildlife. Rock Wallaby can be seen on walks though gorges that are formed in old coral reefs. Bright coral fish and turtles provide spectacular sights while snorkling from the beaches. Nearby, boats take you on whale watching trips that include swimming with the enormous Whale shark.
Through the years the human animal has been into construction, at first by adapting and using naturally available materials, and then by manufacturing special ones for specific purposes. Here are examples from different times and different parts of the world.
The whole world is experiencing rapid climate change. Since the 1950s the average Australian temperatures risen by about 1°C This has resulted in more frequent heatwaves and a decrease in the numbers of frosts and cold days. Ver the last 50 years rainfall in the northwest of the continent has increased while much of eastern Australia and the far southwest have experienced a decline. Storms, dust clouds,floods, droughts are becoming commonplace.
Vineyards of South Australia
The South Australia's wine producing regions of the Riverland, Barossa and Clare Valleys are some of the most attractive tourist destinations. A traveller can explore their numerous wineries and vineyards, learn about the varieties of grapes, their harvest and process of making wine. In the small towns with the churches and old houses one can find a range of places to enjoy a light lunch or dinner with a glass of some famous local wine.
Grandparents and their grandchildren
It is said that grandchildren are the dessert of life. It is arguably true that grandparents have more time for their grandchildren than parents have. And grandchildren seem to enjoy and benefit from the experience and wisdom of their grandparents. Researchers David A Coall and Ralph Hertwig have found evidence that the presence of grandparents can substantially increase the chances of a child surviving the high-risk period of infancy and childhood.
Agriculture - Crops.
From the golden carpet of flowering Canola crops and the greenest fields of Grain crops to the vast and colourful Sugar Cane crops - Agricultural beauty.
Aboriginal Fire Management
Just as they have for thousands of years, indigenous Australians use fire to management land and landscapes. Early season burns reduce the chance for late dry season wildfires that can devastate the land. Fire is used to clear land around rock art sites to ensure bigger late season fires don't damage the rock.
An architecture gem, Zamosc, Poland
Zamosc is a renaissance city in the south east part of the country. It is named after Jan Zamoyski, one of the wealthiest and the most enlightened magnate of the 16th century Poland. He realised the importance of a defensible place near the Ukrainian border, and commissioned the Italian architect Bernardo Morando to work with him on a project. The result was the remarkable city with the merchant houses, colonnaded arcades and one of the best in Europe Main Market Square.
The beautiful Tilba valley on the south coast of NSW hides the National Trust classified village of Central Tilba. The village was established on the slopes of Mt Dromedary to serve gold mining boom in the 19th century and then relaxed as a centre for the local dairying industry. Today the picturesque town caters for a tourists.
Seascapes from South Western Australia
The coastline of the south western corner of Australia is buffeted by weather and waves coming in from vast expanses of open water in the Indian and Southern oceans. The coastline is made up of rugged rocky shores and peaceful white sandy beaches. The weather systems arriving from Antarctica bring spectacular cloud formations and wild seas providing viewers with awesome displays of natures power and beauty. Here are a few images from the region that show the beauty and contrasts to be found.
Birds - Australian Raptors 2.
Australian raptors such as Black Kites, Nankeen Kestrel, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kites and the powerful Brown Falcon, all in their wild habitats. These majestic native birds were photographed mainly in northern Queensland, Australia.
Protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Sea Turtles are the friendly custodians of the coral reefs : always a pleasure to meet them underwater.
Young Aboriginal people have a varied upbringing. They participate in ceremonies from a very young age, learning how to dance and play music, as well as being taught stories about tribal history and responsibilities. Much of their time is spent outdoors learning how to gather bush tucker and hunt.
Melbourne & Surrounds
More than a post card.....this selection of images depends on unusual angles, light, locations, combinations of old and new to present a point of view or bias. Each image begins to tell a story.....
Gymea Lily Life Cycle
Doryanthes excelsa, known as Gymea Lily, is a flowering plant indigenous to the coastal areas of New South Wales near Sydney. The plant has sword-like leaves more than a meter long. It flowers in spring and summer, sending up a flower spike up to 6 m high, which at its apex bears a large cluster of bright red flowers, each 10 cm across. This series, showing a whole flower head from unopened, through the opening of all flowers; then dying and drying, took six weeks.
Dogon Country, Mali
Visiting the Dogon country in Mali is taking a step back in time as is shown when visiting the "foxman", who solves people's problems using sticks and stones in an earthen square. Occurring at the end of 3 days spent walking through the Dogon villages, located at the rugged foot of the Bandiagara Escarpment, or falaise, in central Mali, it showed the importance of tradition for this group of people today. The Dogon traditionally have complex symbolism, often linked to their religio
Aerial Views of Gracemere
A variety of aerial views of Gracemere, Queensland and surrounding areas
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the most important event of the Chinese calender and is a centuries old tradition. The New Year festival spans 15 days and involves many customs and festivities including exchanging of red enveloples, dragon and lion dances, fireworks, traditional foods and lighting of lanterns.