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Gold Coast, Australia
The images here intend to show the elements of architecture in sync with a setting of this city by the ocean. In recent times some eye-catching structures have been built or completed in Surfers Paradise; a series of latest boutiques and fashion stores mushroomed in many places; beach facilities have been greatly improved or redesigned; trees, shrubs and flowers planted where possible for the enjoyment of the local and international tourists.
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.
Architecture in Cuba
It is impossible to visit Cuba and not to enjoy its countryside, hospitable people and its unique architecture. Discovered in the fifteenth century the island is a smorgasbord of styles reflecting changes in its history and prosperity, traditions and lifestyle. This set of photos shows the simple houses, palace and mansions, residential buildings and churches. Many have been included in the UNESCO heritage list and every effort is made to preserve them.
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.
Austria at a glance
There is plenty to enjoy in Vienna, the capital of Austria; monumental buildings such as the opera house, imperial palace complex of Schonbrunn or baroque Belvedere palace and museum with countless paintings and sculptures; there are also art exhibitions, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. South of Vienna in the Danube River valley is a sacred destination, the Melk Abbey. Both the valley (Wachau) and the abbey are considered UNESCO world heritage site.
Banja Luka travel, Bosnia and Herzegovina
I had only a few hours in this second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina but I have seen enough to consider a future visit to Banja Luka. The city is located on the banks of the Vrbas River and charms with its greenery, colourful churches, stately buildings and the ruins of a medieval castle. The surrounding dense forests, waterfalls, hot springs and a host of other natural treasures (not pictured here) may add to the enjoyment of a traveller.
Berlin at a Glance, Germany
Berlin is the city where the East meets the West, where the modern buildings and neat green spaces run the length of what once was the Berlin Wall. Then there are quarters where the churches and opulent palaces, elegant gardens, galleries and museums exhibiting treasures from the past, not only German but also those from other countries. With many cafes and restaurants, great shopping places and an interesting nightlife scene Berlin is a city not to be missed on any European tour.
Churches, mosques, temples, S-E Asia
This lightbox contains images of religious places I have visited while travelling through a few countries of South East Asia. Some of them are very old, others more contemporary but they all reflect the culture and customs of their builders.
Colours of Hippeastrum Flowers
My interest in hippeastrum started a while ago when a kind stranger gave me some bulbs. This year I had a fascinating display of colour in my garden and began to take notice of hippeastrum growing in other places. A popular but somewhat inaccurate name for these flowers is amaryllis. The photographs here are suitable for calendars, postcards, gardening brochures, magazines
Coombabah Lakelands is a magic Australian bushland with kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and many kinds of birds (some migratory, some local species). All this is just minutes away from a busy city. It is exciting to walk along the many paths and watch the animals, birds and various other creatures come into view.
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. .
Norway is a country stretching the length of the western edge of Scandinavia from the North Cape to the southern city of Kristiansand and its capital Oslo. With the mountains and forest, fjords and lakes, cities and small towns with the old wooden buildings and rich historic sites, Norway is a great country to visit. Mountaineering, skiing, scenic tours by various modes of transport, pleasant atmosphere of the cities are the promise of an enjoyable holiday.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The old Bastakia and Deira, the Dubai Creek with its many dhows bringing cargo from Iran, India, China or Sri Lanka to the port and docks, the traditional souks and shopping malls on steroids, glass and steel sky-scrapers that speak of the future and myriads of leisure activities make Dubai a very interesting travel destination.
Guilin, Guangxi, China
This lightbox contains images of the Southern Chinese city of Guilin and its surroundings. Blessed with the striking karst mountains and caves, pretty villages and the old towns situated on the banks of the south flowing Li River, the region is of great interest to local and international visitors.
Malacca is about two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. This set of photographs is a snapshot of its historic centre, a UNESCO Heritage Site and its environs. Arriving here one can explore Chinatown with its temples and shop-houses, Dutch Square (Red Square) with Christ Church, Clock Tower, City Hall and landmarks such as the ruins of Portuguese fortress.
It's about the roses
Many species of roses are native to Asia but they grow in other temperate climate regions. The southern part of South Australia has such favourable conditions; roses grow in private gardens, in parks and on the nature strip. The Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and the Ruston's Rose Garden in Renmark have great collections of shrubs, climbers and miniature plants. Among them are classes of the hybrid tea rose, floribunda and grandiflora in a range of colours and fragrances.
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
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a great city to visit at any time. In sultry January, when people were getting ready for the New Year, we enjoyed walking along the festooned streets of the Chinatown. We visited a Hindu temple, a stunning mosque or two and delighted in the colonial architecture. In other parts of the city we saw the glittering towers and elegant shopping malls, tried some Italian food and perfect cappuccinos. Yes, we'd like to go there again!
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.
Markets of many people
In the mornings the markets open around the world. They offer fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, fish, meat and flowers. Some also sell a range of clothes and household items, handicraft and artisans work. Whether they are small and temporary like those on the streets of Baracoa or the permanent ones in Xochimilco, Dolac or Oaxaca, they are all meeting the needs of their own people and each is an expression of their culture.
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.
Nothing like Cuba
The photographs in this lightbox were taken during my recent visit to Cuba. It was a fascinating journey from the tobacco country on the western tip of the island through the capital city of Havana to the most eastern town of Baracoa.
Old and New Egypt
Egypt has a wealth of ancient monuments, cities with churches, mosques and narrow streets teeming with life, of villages and fields along the Nile and a choice of holiday resorts. The photos here offer a glance at some of these amazing attractions.
Orchids of Singapore
Orchids delight with their many colours, unusual forms, showy flowers or those of charming modesty. Wandering around the National Orchid Garden in Singapore I admired their splendid collection of orchid species in a tropical setting. I hope that some of their beauty would be reflected in the photographs.
Pyramids of Mexico
The pyramids of Mexico are an overwhelming sight when seen for the first time. Rising from the grassy countryside as do the pyramids of Tenochtitlan and set against the brilliant blue sky on the flattened top of Monte Alban or hiding in the jungles of Palenque, they all speak of the rise and fall of their societies, their gods, religion and their customs.
Spring, South-East Queensland
The new spring comes rapidly with the warm rains, and bubbles of colour appear everywhere; purple on tibouchinas, pink on the twigs of bauhinia and the hues of red and gold on grevilleas. Soon roses, lilies, gardenias and other plants start to bloom, creating a different tapestry of colours for the approaching summer.
The Eagles' Nests Trail of Castles, Poland
Travelling on an overcast day from Czestochowa towards Krakow and with the sun only sometimes peering through the clouds it was not a preferred time to visit the medieval castles on that trail. Often built by the kings and noblemen to defend the borders, they are an important part of the history and also a great tourist attraction. So I felt they deserve to be included in the series of my images from Poland.
The Maguire's Hippeastrum Farm, QLD
The farm is renowned for its impressive collection of hippeastrum. As the Woombye property expanded during its twenty-five years of existence, the owners have grown and developed many fascinating varieties. For years, their flowers have been attracting the attention of the local and international growers. In this lightbox, Iâ€™ve shown only some of the images taken on the farm. I wish to give my thanks to the kind owners Mick and Nell Maguire for making me feel so welcome.
The Remarkable Rocks, South Australia
The Remarkable Rocks are one of the great attractions of Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Balanced on the cliff top by the Great Australian Bight, those granite rocks acquired their strange surreal shapes because they were exposed to the harsh southern winds and rains for millenia. A species of red lichens grows on the rocks mostly on the ocean side of the cliff and give them the orange colour.
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.
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.
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.