Take Me to the Beach.

It’s raining here, miserable and grey. So to make myself feel better I’m going on a trip to the beach…

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Sunset.

The humble sunset. Probably one of the most beautiful, most photographed phenomenon’s the world over. Is it possible to get sick of those ever changing mystical colours as they slowly paint the sky?

I am forever taking photos of sunsets. They are all similar yet they are all so vastly different. These were taken on the inlet by my parents house. Only in the month’s of May and September does the sun set in the perfect position for us to capture it, although it does its best the rest of the year too. IMG_4176 IMG_4179 IMG_4184 IMG_4200Do yourself a favour today. Step outside and capture your sunset.

Travel Theme: The Four Elements

This weeks travel theme over at Where’s My Backpack is very intriguing…entitled The Four Elements, we have to come up with photographs representing Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This challenge has taken me on a trip through old photographs and old memories.

EARTH

_MG_5798Moreton Bay Fig Tree – Sydney Botanical Gardens

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATree growing through the rocks – Rabbit Island, Cambodia

AIR

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Tui resting on its favourite flax plant – Taupo, New Zealand

_MG_9090Hang-gliders – Queenstown, New Zealand

WATER

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Up to 220,000 litres of water rushes through the Huka Falls every second – Taupo, New Zealand

_MG_7232The awesome power of Huka Falls as seen from our helicopter tour – Taupo, New Zealand

  FIREOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFire-twirlers on the beach – Ko Samet, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Huge burst of flames caused by the boys throwing their fire sticks into the air – Ko Samet, Thailand.

Shades of Angkor

Inspired by a fellow blogger over at retireediary I decided to dig up some of my old photos of Cambodia. Despite having not been there in five years, Cambodia is still one of my favourite countries in the world. I loved everything about it, the scenery, the food, the simplicity, and especially the people. They were warm, welcoming and very accommodating. These photos were taken on my basic point-and-shoot that I had at the time, I have tried to enhance them where I could.

I am currently sponsoring a child over in Phnom Penh, and I can’t wait for the day when I have enough time and money to travel over there and meet her.

The above photograph is of sunrise at Angkor Wat. You can see the scaffolding where they were working on repairs to the temple.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sunset at Phnom Bakheng

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASunrise at Angkor Wat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFriendly monkey at Angkor Wat 

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Wat Ta Phrom of Tomb Raider fame.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy favourite temple – Wat Bayon. This is the only temple of Angkor that was built as a Mahayana Buddhist shrine. It is suggested that the faces are representative of both Buddha and the king at the time, Jayavarman VII.

The Colours of Wine: Part I

My last few posts have been all about B&W, so I felt like it was time for an injection of colour into my life. And talk about wine. I love wine.

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These photographs were taken in Marlborough, New Zealand, during a wine tour. Marlborough is one of the most renowned wine regions in the world, with just the right terroir to produce some outstanding white’s.  _MG_7903 I find wineries such beautiful places, from their perfectly manicured gardens to their perfectly uniform vines. Each place has its own distinct style and character, achieving uniqueness amongst interchangeability. _MG_7900 But it’s the vines as well that have their own unique style, when seen from a distance they all look identical but when viewed up close, their myriad of personalities becomes apparent. _MG_7884