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Anzac Day 2016

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We commemorate ANZAC day and pay tribute to our veterans and peace keepers as if it was all in the past…whether its instant news coverage or not – there seems to be today,  slaughters everywhere in the same names of ideology, nationalism and religion.  ANZAC Day is a thank you and a rememberance of those that sacrificed not just their life in war but also in their lives and sanity of their survival.

A few images from Sydney’s Anzac Parade last weekend and public holiday – for those of you that do not recognise the anacronym ANZAC – it means Australian, New Zealand Army Corp and also celebrates the friendship and mateship of Australians and New Zealanders that was forged when they fought together in the trenches of World War 1.   ANZAC MarchEasy Soldier 1501Handshake Digger

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Australia’s Women (Trees)

Australia’s Women (Trees)

The Australian ‘Bush’ is an amazing place with over 600 species of eucalypts (gum trees).  Whether it’s Snow Gums  with their feet in snow and ice or delicate Ghost Gums in arid landscapes or the Red River Gums in ancient river beds – they are wonderful trees. With some imagination you can see many things in the magnificence of these trees – here are 3 examples titled ‘Women of Australia’.

 

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The Kangaroos Visit Rome Art Exhibition opens in Rome this week. It will be opened by the Australian ambassador to Italy and is very exciting!  After much deliberation and useful suggestions the 4 entries I chose to exhibit are being fastened this week to the walls of the contemporary art gallery – the Galleria Guilia in Via Della Barchetta.   The selected images are below…8993 Salt Lakes WA W

Beautiful patterns from the river systems in Central & Western Australia

Beautiful patterns from the river systems in Central & Western Australia

Karatha CoastAerial Patterns Over Outback Queensland

 

Just back from New Zealand where I am constantly in awe of the art works sculptured by the country’s powerful, glacial fed river systems of the South Island.  The power of nature results in art works which are both inspiring and humbling in their beauty.  I have shared a few examples, taken only a few weeks ago    Braided River Waimakiriri GSChasm Rock Sculpture GSNZ Braided RIver System GS

Australia is a huge continent with great diversity and there is no better way to appreciate this than from the air. Even the famous monolith of Uluru (Ayrs Rock)  or the sacred site of Kata Juta (The Olgas) are even more majestic when looked down upon and their total size can be appreciated.  The salt lakes of the interior and the world’s longest parallel sand dunes are absolutely stunning in colour, texture and natural art.
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9183 Parallel Sand Dunes Gibson Desert W  9244 Simpson Desert W8993 Salt Lakes WA W 9105 Uluru

A while ago  I was in Paris which I love and after I had been back a while I had to go to Melbourne (Australia) and it was only after wandering around the centre of Melbourne that I realised why it is considered the most European of Australian cities.   I began to see a resemblance..  As you will see, there are in fact a few similarities – Images are of both Paris and Melbourne.

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From the air, you begin to realize just how massive and diverse the continent of Australia is. This selection of aerial images show the patterns and colours that can be seen from above and include flooded river systems, Lake Eyre, the Channel Country, Simpson Desert and its Parallel Sand Dunes (largest parallel dune system in the world), salt lakes and coastal landscapes.Aerial Patterns Over Outback QueenslandPortrait of Lake Eyre Approach ViewAerial Tree Patterns in Central AustraliaPatterns of an Aerial Tree - Flooded RiverSalt Lake Near Wyndham WABetween Paradurboo & ExmouthPatterns of Flooded River SystemsKaratha CoastKaratha SaltLake Eyre Approach ViewLake Eyre Colours 2Lake Eyre South Fan PatternOnslow CoastParallel Sand Dunes Simpson DesertSalt Lakes in Central Australia

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 TRAVEL ALWAYS AROUSES THE SENSES – SIGHTS, SMELLS, AND ESPECIALLY THE COLOURS OF DIFFERENT CULTURES AND COUNTRIES…. 

 

Children also make delightful subjects especially in  developing countries –  because when you talk to them and take their photograph, they don’t automatically pose or immediately turn on the cheesy smile.

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As much as colour can set a scene I think black and white imagery can set the mood and capture the expression.  These a few of my favourite shots from various parts of the world.

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Sihanoukville Village Children

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 TRAVEL ALWAYS AROUSES THE SENSES – SIGHTS, SMELLS, AND ESPECIALLY THE COLOURS OF DIFFERENT CULTURES AND COUNTRIES…. 

 

Children also make delightful subjects especially in  developing countries –  because when you talk to them and take their photograph, they don’t automatically pose or immediately turn on the cheesy smile.

Bagan Monk Boy Myanmar W

As much as colour can set a scene I think black and white imagery can set the mood and capture the expression.  These a few of my favourite shots from various parts of the world.

 

Masai School Students WBest Friends Madagascar WTibetan Kids Ladakh WShe Aint Heavy Zambia WGIRL ON AN OXMexican Indian Child  W
Back Street Boy Madagascar WBROTHER LOVESihanoukville Village Children

 

London

London is an amazing, eclectic, culturally diverse, modern city.  Yet, on almost every corner there are reminders in monumCity of London Area Street SceneTrafalgar Square Londonents and buildings, of a history dating back centuries. Fountain in Trafalgar Square  LondonLondon from Gypsy HillNelsons Column Trafalgar SquareBattersea Power Station in the Rain London St Mary Axe  The Gherkin LondonLondon CanalsWhitechapel East End London   Leadenhall Markets The City  London Victoria Palace BallerinaBread Stall Borough Market LondonBrixton Market  London Travelling Carnival Greenwich London   London Eye Embankment Londons Bridges Over The Thames Millenium Bridge London  St Pauls Cathedral From Vauxhall Bridge  London Streets of Central London Thames Sundial and Tower Bridge London Red London Telephone Boxes  Smithfield Market LondonView of Westminster London

From the air, you begin to realize just how massive and diverse the continent of Australia is. This selection of aerial images show the patterns and colours that can be seen from above and include flooded river systems, Lake Eyre, the Channel Country, Simpson Desert and its Parallel Sand Dunes (largest parallel dune system in the world), salt lakes and coastal landscapes.Aerial Patterns Over Outback Queensland Portrait of Lake Eyre Approach View Aerial Tree Patterns in Central Australia Patterns of an Aerial Tree - Flooded RiverSalt Lake Near Wyndham WA Between Paradurboo & Exmouth Patterns of Flooded River Systems Karatha Coast Karatha Salt Lake Eyre Approach View Lake Eyre Colours 2 Lake Eyre South Fan Pattern Onslow Coast Parallel Sand Dunes Simpson Desert Salt Lakes in Central Australia

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Greenland –   the least populated country in the world & the largest island on earth.  What an incredible country – most of the landmass, certainly in winter, is covered with ice and snow.  I was there at the end of Inuit Girl and Puppythe European summer and the ice had melted in the south, the grass was green and wildflowers bloomed inIceberg in Prince Christian Sound Greenland profusion.   Travelling through the spectacular Prince Christian Sound, we navigated the large and beautiful icebergs, gazed in awe at the hanging glaciers and those that had crept to touch the aquamarine waters of the sound. A small Inuit village was tucked into the shelter of a cove, as usual the large white church dominating the tiny settlement.

The capital, Nuuk is not so beautiful but an interesting capital city and surrounded by spectacular scenery. The small towns of Nanortalik and Qatortok were deInuit Kids Playing in a Fountain on a Summer Day in GreenlandGlacier Prince Christian Sound Greenlandlightful, with their brightly painted houses, small harbours, and friendly Inuit people out and about enjoying the daylight and the occasional warmth from the short summer’s sun.

 House at Nanortalik


House at NanortalikLocal Inuit Family Preparing Freshly Caught Fish in Their BackyaTown of Nanortalik

Seaweed Harvesting at Dusk  W The 3 islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Cenangan & Nusa Penida are off the coast of Bali in Indonesia.  They are islands where the people of all ages work incredibly hard to scrape a living from harvesting the rich, green seaweed around the coastal fringes of their islands.  The seaweed is then sent to Japan and China for processing where it is used in diet foods, icecream, cosmetics etc..    Lembongan and Cenangan are becoming a haven for travellers and the islands are bringing more prosperity to some of the population and as a result they are beginning to change.  Nusa Penida is the largest and the most intriguing, because it is the most ‘untouched’ and gives the visitor an insight into what Bali must have been like before being discovered  by westerners.Unloading At Toyapakeh Nusa Penida W Elderly Seaweed Farmer On  Nusa Penida W Lembongan Beach at Sundown W Seaweed Harvesting off Lembongan Beach Public Boat Lembongan W Fisherman Nusa Lembongan WBreakfast on the BeachUnloading the Public Boat on Nusa Lembongan

Myanmar

I was first in Myanmar (or Burma as it was then) many years ago. Once illegally over the Thai border by motorbike into a ‘Karen’ stronghold near Three Pagoda Pass and again flying in on Burma Air or as we called it Bummer Air and travelling around by truck, bus and train.  I was back there last December and found a country determined to embrace modern tourism.  However, it doesn’t take much time or effort to wander beyond the well -known and find yourself back in an amazing ‘real’ Asia of yesteryear!

It is a wonderful country of shining, golden temples, ancient, heritage sites, a dramatic coastline and  high mountains.  Colourful, tribal people gather at the local markets and everywhere the people of Myanmar are full of warmth and friendliness,   seemingly now, without the fear of mixing with foreigners.

Young Nun in Central Yangon View of Yangon from The RiverBeggar and Baby at Local Market in Bagan, MyanmarEgg Seller at a Temple in Bagan Ballons Over Bagan   Monk and Mobile PhoneLocal Market Bagan Older Monk at Mahagandayon Monastery in MandalayTheravada Buddhist Scriptures at Mahagandayon Monastery in Manda   Daily Life on the Ayeyarwady River in MandalayMonk With Alms Bowl at Mahagandayon MonasteryKuthodaw Pagoda Mandalay

Malaysia

Malaysia is a country of contrasts.  The capital, Kuala Lumpur, appears as a modern, progressive city with fabulous architecture ranging from the restored, British colonial buildings to the sky – reaching  Petronas Towers. It is a show piece that belies the divePenang an 'island' state of Malaysiarsity of its peoples,  living standards,  and awe-inspiring natural environment  – from islands with beautiful beaches to jungles with some of the world’s most fascinating creatures.   The ‘island’ of Penang, with its World Heritage Listing for its colonial history and architecture is worth several days just wandering the streets especially in the Indian section, where an alternative culture is very prominent.


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