Why You Shouldn’t Go Straight to College

They were some of the worst years of my life. And not just for me.  I know many who feel the same. I can see why parents are keen to send their kids straight to college. Especially if they’ve never been themselves. Most parents I know consider their children going to university as the ultimate accolade in parenting. A decoration […]

There is More to Life than Getting Married

I’m not anti-marriage. I am madly in love with Andrew, and I am committed to spending the rest of my life with him. Trust me. There is no one else. Yet…, anyway. I’m joking, I’m joking. Apart from a couple of guys. Ha ha ha 🙂 I’m joking, I’m joking. Call me conventional.  I’m not into polyamorous relationships or orgies or that […]

Tea Time

One of the most interesting countries I’ve visited has been China. It’s huge and I’ve always enjoyed visiting. Despite not knowing any Chinese, and English not being widely spoken, we’ve always somehow managed to get by. I’ve also found the people there to be very friendly, even if it’s been hard to communicate. I’ve noticed a lot more Chinese people […]

Malabar Sunset

I haven’t looked at this photograph in years! It’s a pretty old one, taken with a point and shoot. It was from a wedding we went to in southern India a few years ago. It was a beautiful sunset!

Wandering Yangon

I loved these buildings in Yangon. I don’t know why. I just liked how people would live so close together. I could spend hours wandering around Yangon.

After Dead Woman’s Pass

This is one of my favourite photos. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it’s downhill and I like walking downhill.  This was also taken when we had just finished hiking up to Dead Woman’s pass on the Inca Trail. It’s the highest point and I was out of shape – I was glad that it was over!

Starting Santa Cruz

This is the beginning of the Santa Cruz trek in the Cordillera Blanca mountains in Peru. This must be one of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever hiked. We were lucky and met some great people on this trip too!

Volcano Above the Clouds

This is a volcano we spotted on our hike down Mount Ijen in east Java.  The sun was coming up and we could see a few volcanoes poking up through the clouds. It’s a stunningly beautiful part of Indonesia.

Mountain Spotting

This is Mount Lefroy – at least, I think it is! (Please correct me if I’m wrong!) It’s one of the mountains we came across while walking the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail near Lake Louise. It’s a beautiful hike. We had tea at the St Agnes Tea House as it was late in the day.  The tea house at […]

The Tastiest Soba Noodles in the World!

Mmmmmm mmmmmmm!!!!!!!  I don’t usually enjoy soba noodles that much but these were amazing! This is a tempura noodle dish from a restaurant called Ebisu in Takayama.  It’s a small soba restaurant that’s been in the area for over 100 years. They were by far the tastiest soba noodles that we ate in Japan.  I also loved the English menu […]

Yatai at the Takayama Matsuri

This is a float or “yatai” being displayed for the spring matsuri festival in Takayama, Japan. The festival is held for two days twice a year. Once in spring and once in autumn.  If the weather is good, the yatai are taken out of their storehouses and paraded around town.  There are several floats, all are beautiful and ornate.  Some are […]

Taditional Houses in Shirakawa-go, Japan

Here’s a traditional house in Shirakawa-go, Japan. I loved these houses! It’s a pretty cool area to visit. I’d love to spend more time in the mountains next time I go back to Japan. There was a lot of snow around and many of the trails weren’t open when we were there in April. You can also stay in one […]

Wandering Around the Golden Temple

This is the Golden Temple in Amritsar.  Amritsar is a cool town in the Punjab, not far from the India-Pakistan border.  I’d always wanted to visit the Golden Temple. Fortunately, it’s one of those places that ended up being far more wonderful than I had imagined. I loved wandering around this place. You can hear music and people praying. It’s […]

The Elephant

Here’s an elephant having a bath in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. It’s a brilliant place to see elephants as there are so many there.

Canyon de Chelly

This is Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. It’s part of Navajo Nation which I didn’t know much about before I visited. You can drive into the canyon if you have a guide or you can walk down yourself. Would love to go back and explore it properly.

Autumn Colours

I love Autumn. It’s one of my favourite times of year. I got to visit Westonbirt Arboretum a few days ago. It’s near the Cotswolds and well worth a visit, especially at this time of year. The colours are beautiful!

Glacial Lakes

This is a, well basically, out of focus panorama of a glacial lake we encountered while hiking the Besseggen Ridge in Norway. I’d dreamed of hiking it for years. It was harder than I thought – I felt like I was rock climbing up a cliff at some points! It was worth the effort though

Half Dome Satisfaction

This is Andrew on our way back from climbing the Half Dome.  It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, and the views from the top were stunning.  It rained torrentially that afternoon which caused a huge rock fall.  I was soaking wet and freezing cold by the time we got back to camp.

Boats in Vancouver Harbour

I loved Vancouver.  We didn’t have much time there (story of my life), but I enjoyed walking around the city.  There are lots of green spaces and amazing places to eat and drink.  I can see why it’s consistently rated as one of the best cities in the world to live in.

Clear Ocean Water on the Gili Islands

This is the clear ocean water just off Gili Trawangan.  The coral off the north east of the island is good for snorkelling.  It is very sharp and shallow though, so it’s painful to get out there! There are some half decent sandy beaches in Gili Trawangan but they are rapidly being built on, and quickly disappearing.

The Flowing River

This flowing river was shot on a walk near Paradise Creek, not far from Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada.  I saw my first ever north American porcupine here and had no idea what it was! It was pretty close to us, munching away on some leaves. It’s an amazing creature.

Mirror-like Reflections on Lake Annette

This is Lake Annette in Jasper National Park.  We were driving around manically trying to see as many of the beautiful lakes as possible while the sun was shining.  We had to drive another 6-7 hours to Kamloops that day so we didn’t have much time. This is my second panorama ever.  There is lots wrong with it to be […]

Avalanche Lake

This is Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park in Montana.  It’s a huge park.  We were there early in the season and the Going-to-the-Sun road was still closed.  I hope I get to go back there one day! It had been raining heavily by the time we arrived, so the walk up to this lake was pretty muddy.  It wasn’t […]

Offerings on the Ganges

These are some offerings we lit in Varanasi.  They’re little flowers with candles in them which we laid down to float on the Ganges. Varanasi is a fascinating place. I miss India. It can be a challenging country to travel around.  The poverty is confronting.  It’s an aggressive society to live in.  Although, maybe my opinion’s been coloured by what I’ve read. […]

Torres del Paine

This is the path to Mirador Cuernos in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile. It’s one of the most scenic places I’ve ever visited. It’s also one of the windiest! The wind in Torres del Paine is crazy!  Gusts would appear from nowhere, knocking us down like demons.  We could hardly stand up, let alone walk, at some […]

Patricia Lake

This is Patricia Lake in Jasper National Park, Canada.  The weather wasn’t great when we were in Canada and a lot of trails were closed.  We had a few sunny spells – this was one of them. We saw some beautiful scenery in Canada.  Although, the national parks were packed with bus loads of tourists.  It was very different to […]

Masai Mara Lion

This is a young lion we came across in the Masai Mara in Kenya. It’s definitely the best place to see the “Big Five” which include the African elephant, black rhinoceros, cape buffalo, lion and leopard. We saw them all within a few hours of arriving. To be honest, I thought I’d get bored of driving around, trying to spot […]

Stormy Weather at Bryce Canyon National Park

Here are some wild clouds in Bryce Canyon!  This national park is one of my favourites.  It was so peaceful compared to Zion, far quieter, and freezing cold!  There was still snow on the ground in some places.  It’s high up at around 2,500m/8,500 ft.  We walked around a lot and found it quiet hard to breathe in some places. […]

Hiking up Tunupa Volcano

This is a guy in our group making his way up Tunupa Volcano. Tunupa is a dormant volcano that lies above the salt flats in Bolivia. This part’s about 5,000m up. It started to get pretty steep at this point. I was exhausted and hadn’t been well for a few days. I probably shouldn’t have done it but I’m glad […]

Sunset on Gili Air

This is a sunset on Gili Air, a tiny island near Lombok, Indonesia. You can see Mount Agung on Bali in the distance. The lady on the right went out and stood in the water for about twenty minutes. I hoped that she was alright. 20 years ago the Gili Islands would have been beautiful.  Now they are very busy […]

Autumn In Jiuzhaigou 

This is Jiuzhaigou National Park in China. It’s around a 10-12 hour drive from Chengdu, less to Xi’an. It’s one of the most scenic places I’ve ever visited. We missed the peak of the fall colours but the park was still stunning. Would love to go back.  

The White Rim Road

This is the windy section of the 100-mile White Rim Road. I think it’s called the Shafer Trail.  The road loops around and below the Island in the Sky and provides beautiful views of the surrounding area.  You need a permite and a 4X4 to drive it.  Some people even mountain bike it!  Trips usually take 2-3 days by vehicle or 3-4 days […]

Norwegian Dreams in Lustrafjord

The weather wasn’t great when we were in Norway.  But we had a few hours here and there when the sun was shining.  This photo was taken between the quaint village of Skjolden and Solvorn.  It was the day after we had finished hiking the Besseggen Ridge and I was pretty tired still! Lustrafjord is the innermost arm of the […]

Tower Bridge on a Cold Winter’s Evening

I love walking along the Thames. It’s one of my favourite things to do in London. This photo was taken on a freezing Saturday night (rock and roll!), shortly after I’d bought my first tripod. It’s not the sturdiest of tripods but perfect for backpacking. I’ve loved using it. I grew up mistakingly calling Tower Bridge “London Bridge”… I even […]

Prayer Flags on the Friendship Highway in Tibet

This is a road sign that we came across on the Friendship Highway on our way from Lhasa to Nepal.  It’s one of the highest roads in the world.  Its highest pass is above 5,000m – I was feeling a bit nauseous by that point! Tibet is one of the most magical places I’ve visited. There’s a unique culture there although […]

The Road to Monument Valley

Here’s the road to Monument Valley.  We drove down from the north after we’d visited the Canyonlands.  The weather was crazy when we were in Utah – lots of storm. I loved the clouds! They looked so majestic.

The View from the Mirage in Las Vegas

Here’s another photo from Las Vegas. The Mirage hotel has a “volcano” that regularly “erupts” after the sun goes down. It’s pretty tacky but I went to see it 3-4 times! Here’s the view from the Mirage.  You can see the Palazzo and the Venetian and a few casinos on the Strip. I loved Las Vegas!

Arriving in Las Vegas

Vegas Baby! I loved Las Vegas! I wasn’t sure what to expect but I found it fascinating! Most of our time was spent catching up with a great friend who serendipitously happened to be over from Australia at the same time. Would love to go back! Here’s a photo of the Las Vegas Boulevard sign at night, near the Flamingo […]

Wandering the Streets of the Old Samurai District

Here’s a photo I took while wandering around Nagamachi, the old Samurai District of Kanazawa.  Kanazawa was somehow spared the bombing that engulfed much of Japan during the second world war.  As a result, it’s one of the few places in Japan where you can visit a genuine Samurai house.

Under the Majestic Redwood Trees at Redwood National Park

Here’s Andrew standing under some beautifully tall Redwood Trees. I was pretty non-plussed about visiting this park to be honest. I’m not sure why, I just didn’t think it would be all that. How wrong could I have been! I was mesmerised! Walking through the forest of these super old giants was a pretty humbling experience. Would love to go […]

Storm Chasing in the Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA

I take far too many photos. I love photography. Problem is, it’s difficult to get round to processing them. And then it seems kind of pointless. Why take photos if no one’s ever going to see them. So, providing that I have internet access, I’ve decided to try and post at least one photo a day. Will see how long […]

DSLR Travel Tips

Should you really bother taking a big conspicuous DSLR camera on vacation with you, even if you’re going to potentially dangerous or non-camera friendly places? Yes. Definitely. If you have one – take it. They aren’t the most subtle of cameras, and I wouldn’t walk around some cities with my DSLR hanging off my arm. Despite the extra weight, I would have deeply regretted […]