The stunning Sim at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Laos

There are I think a few unmissable sights in Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong is one of them! I am definitely a fan of architecture – Wat Xieng Thong is both beautiful and different with its spectacular coloured glass and tile mosaics. On the main, magnificent Sim building is the Flame Tree of the Forest…

Great Barrier Reef Views

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

  I have been out to the Great Barrier Reef a few times and gee it really still does manage to wow!!! I was fortunate enough to spend a few magnificent days up in Airlie Beach this last week and had a fabulous trip out to the reef where I did a helicopter flight up…

Glimpse into the temples of Wutaishan

Wonders of Wutaishan

  As one of China’s 4 sacred Buddhist peaks, Wutaishan is actually a collection of five peaks or plateaus that is home to in excess of 50 temples and monasteries. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, Wutaishan is a great place to explore for a couple of days. One of the things that…

Flower Hmong - Vietnam Ethnic Minorities

Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities

There is nothing I love more as a traveller than hanging out at markets.  Always a hive of activity they are a place where you will find real life – real people doing real things! Nowadays, people often talk about how the number of shots they take with a digital camera has increased substantially compared…

On the streets of Yan'an, China.

Images from the Streets of Yan’an, China

Yan’an in China’s north-west was a fantastic place for street photography.  This bizarre outpost was the Communist revolutionary capital with Mao Zedong basing his operations here for many years after the Long March which ended nearby. Spending time here often felt like I had stepped into a totally different world – one that was very…

Jiuzhaigou National Park

Spectacular Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou is spectacular Chinese alpine scenery, a world heritage site and world biosphere protected area in mountainous northern Sichuan, peppered with brilliantly coloured lakes and waterfalls ensconced amongst dense forest. I was totally blown away by this place when I first visited in 1997.   It was early October and the magnificence of fall was in…

Tibetan Festival in Langmusi

Langmusi Nomad Festival

The last gallery I posted contained a series of black and white images from the main very muddy street of Langmusi, China, taken back in 2001. This inspired me to seek out some colour photos of Langmusi from my massive collection of film archives – this is what i found!   Taken on the 1st June…

Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

The stunning dome and roof art inside this beautiful World Heritage site was one of those intoxicating subjects with an endless array of angles and detail to capture in one of Melbourne’s architectural icons. The building was open as part of Melbourne’s open house 2011. .

skyscapes and dramatic skies

Sky Landscapes – Cool Clouds

Something I have missed about Australia are the fantastic cloud formations you see in the cooler months on those stormy days. This particular day I was in literally in the middle of nowhere on a very flat, quite barren stretch of countryside in south west New South Wales – out the left hand side of…

Dragon Boat Festival in Xixi Wetland, Hangzhou

Happy Dragon Boat Festival

As I am unfortunately not in China for this year’s holiday I thought I should drag a selection of last year’s shots out of the archive. While often you see dragon boats racing up and down in straight lines, similar to a rowing regatta which is all very orderly and organised, the event I attended…

Dragon River Reflections, Yangshuo, China

Dragon River Views, Yangshuo, China

This is an image from one of my favorite places in the world – Yangshuo! The limestone karsts and surrounding landscape are carpeted with lush green vegetation and rice fields during the warmer months.   Simply add a light mist and there you are living smack bang in the middle of one of those traditional Chinese…

The laughing boatman

the laughing boatman, hoi an, vietnam

This old guy was stretched out on his boat sporting a wide, gold enhanced toothy, or perhaps I should say near toothless smile that beamed from his weather beaten face as he went about his business of eliciting customers for a boat ride along Hoi An’s Thu Bon river in Central Vietnam. Always a sucker…