1 Had to go into work for a couple of hours today. I decided to stop off and grab a couple of shots of how terrible and brutal the winters are here in the tropics.
Headed home to start packing for our trip on Tuesday - excited MUCH. — at Townsville Yacht Club, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
2 I'd have to say that Fanny Bay in Darwin, would have to have some of the best sunsets going round.
I took this shot when gallivanting around the countryside about a decade ago. — at Darwin Yacht Club, Fannie Bay, Northern Territory, Australia
3 One of my favorite photos of my recent "South American Sojourn".
It was taken outside the El Drugstore restaurant. There are three cars like this, sitting on the street in which 4 people can dine in them as they have been fitted out with dining tables, with the vehicles bench seats providing the plush seating.
One of my favorite comments on this particular photo is that it appears as if Bonny & Clyde are going to come running out of the building to make thier getaway — at Colonia Del Sacramiento, Uraguay
4 It amazes me that what we call mountains here, are simply mounds when compared to the Andes. — in Sacred Valley, Pisac, Peru.
5 Don't think you could have got a more perfect day than this on Cooks Bay on the island of Moorea.
Then again, it'd be pretty hard to have any bad days in Tahiti. — at Moorea, Cooks Bay, Tahitti, French Polynesia
6 The Inca bricklayers did a hell of a job custom fitting the block work to the existing boulders.
You literally could spend days wandering taking photos of the ruins, I certainly made the most of my time there. — in Machu Piccho, Cusco, Peru.
7 One of my favorite shots from my visit to Ha Long Bay (Vietnam), was from the top of Đảo Ti Tốp.
On a clear sunny day, the shades of emerald green and blue are a sight to behold. — at Đảo Ti Tốp, Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam
8 The Brazil side of Iguacu Falls is spectacular, the only thing we could have wished for is a day full of sunshine.
Have to say the walk out along to the point is an experience. The roar of the water, the looking up at the wall of water coming at you, then peering down the cascading falls combined with the bone drenching mist makes for a one of a kind visit.
I only have Victoria Falls in Africa to cross off my bucket list, after visiting Niagara and Iguacu Falls in the Americas. — at Iguacu Falls, Foz Do Iguacu, Brasil
9 Only had about 20 minutes to check out this house of workshop and I'm always a bit wary of taking photos in such a place, but I loved the architecture and how "fresh" the place looked - even after a few hundred years. — at Catedral Primada de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 I thought I'd sneak just one more look at Iguaçu Falls in Brazil - brilliant place, even with drizzling rain. — at Iguacu Falls, Foz Do Iguacu, Brasil
11 I was wandering around The Strand on a Sunday morning, just playing around with my camera. I snapped this shot of Magnetic Island, which would have one of the very few times that there was no one around. — at The Strand, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
12 It rally amazes me just how young of a country Australia actually is. My shot of The San Isidro Cathedral (Buenos Aires province, Argentina) drives that notion home.
The cathedral was built on the site of a 1706 chapel, it designed by French architects Dunant and Paquin and inaugurated on July 14, 1898.
Aside from it's history, I loved it architecture and the various colours of the materials used in its construction. — at San Isidro Cathedral, Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
13 If you thought Montana was "Big Sky" country, then Peru may just put this into perspective.
Our bus driver pulled up on the side of the road, to let us out and take in all that we could of the Sacred Valley - from snow capped mountains to lush farming areas to raging rivers.
Just for those who were wondering, I shot this with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II with the EF16-35mm f/2.8 II USM lens @ 16mm and a circular polarizing filter, ISO 200 with an exposure of 1/4000 of a second at f/3.2. — at Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Perú.
14 Turning an ant hill into a mountain.
Coming back from visiting my brother Chook in Mount Isa over Easter, I pulled up just outside Charters Towers to water the horse and ended up taking this shot because I liked the contrast in colours of red, green, blue and white. — in Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia
15 I thought I'd take 5 minutes to check out the Burdekin river, while on my way to Charters Towers for the day. — in Macrossan, Queensland, Australia
16 We found a grain storage house while wondering around the ruins of Machu Picchu.
I took this photo as I was impressed by just how good the fit and finish of the stone work is, as well as the contrast of the stone and sky. — at Machupicchu, Cuzco, Perú.
17 On my way to Port Arthur, I stopped off in the Tasman National Park and stumbled on to this natural sight next to the Devi's Kitchen. — at Tasmans Arch, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania, Australia
18 Just waiting for rain!
I was floating around the Western regions of Tasmania when I came across this this polar opposites scenery of dry fields and brooding dark rain clouds. You also don't see too many fences with wooden posts these days either. — in Hamilton, Tasmania, Australia
19 Spending the Superbowl weekend in Lake Tahoe with a dozen of your mates can be a real eye opener. It may have been colder than an Eskimo's arse, but the scenery like my shot more than justifies heading out into the frigid temperatures.
Have to say that my kidneys & liver were rejoicing when I got home after this trip wink emoticon — with at Sierra-at-Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
20 ncredible place Machupicchu. It's one of three places in the world that I've visited, that you really have to experience for yourself, to really appreciate. — at Machupicchu, Cuzco, Perú.
21 I took this shot of the Convento de Santo Domingo in Cuzco (Peru) as I liked the two different styles of architecture.
The imposing walls of the compound give way to the intricate detail of the naves topped with domes - not a bad effort considering it was completed and consecrated in 1633. — at Convento de Santo Domingo del Cusco, Qorikancha, Cuzco, Peru
22 I didn't realize how much of a stunning effect shooting a digital camera into the sun had, until I took this shot with my then new Canon EOS 10D.
Have to say though, Fannie Bay is one of the best spots in the world for spectacular sunsets. — at Darwin Trailer Boat Club, Fannie Bay, Northern Territory, Australia
23 Loved the contrasts in this shot I took out on the Barkly Highway, just before the Northern Territory/Queensland border.
It also says a lot about the interior of most of Australia - parched ... waiting for rain. — at Barkly Highway. Northern Territory, Australia
24 For some, this may seem a desolate and lonely road, but for most of us Territorian's it's the only way to travel most of the lower 2/3rds of the Northern Territory. — at The Devils Marbles, Northern Territory, Australia
25 Interesting streetscape just outside the centre of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Obviously it is a bit of a tourist area, in what used to be the poor area of town, but I loved the colour & vibrancy and how the locals have transformed the area into a "destination" place with markets, museums, wining and dining. — at Caminito La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
26 I took this photo just outside Rotorua (NZ), a area known for it's geo-thermal activities, as I was impressed by the varying striking colours and the molten lava-like mass that the hardwood fire looks to have become.
One of the simplest pleasures I enjoy, is just sitting around a fire, staring off into its flames and coals for ages. Add a couple of mates and a few adult beverages - brilliant. — at Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua, New Zealand
27 New Zealand may be known as the "Island of the Long White Cloud" or the "Shakey Islands", but I reckon you get a bit of precipitation if you can grow green hair on a rock.
We spent about 3 hours wandering around the village and I was impressed at how much of the surrounding bushland was left in its natural state. — at Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua, New Zealand
28 Iguazu Falls has two sides, the Brazillian and the Argentine sides, Here we are on a cloudy rain drizzling day trying to get "the" perfect picture of our visit.
I was impressed that I actually got a few decent shots with this being a favourite as it shows the sheer volume of water that flows, with just a few days rain north of here. The brown silt of the run off in the water contrasted brilliantly to the somber blues, greys and black of the prevailing day.
The photo is a bit like life then, you go seeking perfection, but appreciate what you have. — at Devils Throat, Iguazu Falls, Brazil.
30 I'm wondering if these same coloured hills, captivated the copper miners back in 1883 as much as they did with me.
The old Iron Blow mine is located between Gormanston and Queenstown, about 250 kilometers northwest of Hobart, Tasmania. — at Iron Blow.
31 At an elevation of 2,972 m (9,751 ft) you're literally in the clouds and with the lack of oxygen, it was hard enough breathing - don't reckon I'd be any use in tendering crops on the terraced fields.
Stunningly beautiful countryside though. — in Pisac, Cusco, Peru.
32 Looks more like a scene from "English Country Manor" magazine, which was probably what the architects were going for when they built the place in 1841. — at Parliament House, Hobart, Tasmania. Australia
33 It was a bit of a hike, but I am so glad that I got the opportunity to take in one of the places that forged a young Australia, into what we are today - from penal colony ... to the vibrant multi-cultural nation that we have become. — at Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia
34 Overlooking the town of Gormanston, around 256 kilometres (159 miles) northwest of Hobart, Old Iron Blow Mine stands as a monument to more than a century of continuous copper mining in the Mount Lyell area.
I snapped this shot because it was cloudy and raining in one area of the valley and mine, while the other part was bright sunshine and dry as a bastard calf. — at Iron Blow, Tasmania, Australia
35 You'd have to try really hard to not take decent photos in Fiji.
Rovodrau Bay, about 50 kilometers outside Suva, is a brilliant spot to watch a new day dawning. — at The Pearl South Pacific Resort, Pacific Harbour, Fiji
36 This'll do me folks - a cabin in the woods. I can see me parking up in something like this. — at Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia
37 What impressed me in taking this shot, was how the shadows from the setting sun looks like another mountain is overlayed on the surrounding peaks.
Brilliant countryside none the less. — at Ollantaytambo - Templo Del Sol, Cuzco, Peru
38 Gotta say how lucky can you get. I was puttering along near Ingham, on my way to Sonia Reddicliffe's birthday in Mareeba and thought that I should pull over and have a crack with the camera.
I got myself one of those once in a lifetime shots, in that all the elements seemed to be in alignment and out of whack. It was all so wrong, for what the so-called purists say are ideal conditions for being able to get a great shot. — in Helens Hill, Queensland, Australia.
39 Checking out the Barramundi in Sonia Reddicliffe and Trevor Flux dam, up in Mareeba — at Sly's Roost, Mareeba, Queensland, Australia
40 Even though it was a cold, cloudy, miserable, drizzling kind of day, you could help but take in the vibrant colours and great scenery when looking out over the Iron Blow copper mine, down through Linda Valley and on to Lake Burbury in north-western Tasmania. — at Iron Blow, Tasmania, Australia
41 On a clear sunny day, standing atop Mt Wellington, overlooking Hobart (Tasmania), you really do feel like you're on top of the world. — at Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
42 After last weeks photo, some of you were wondering how good the view was from the top of Mount Wellington - I'm glad you asked.
This shot is looking out to the south of Hobart, towards Storm Bay. — at Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
43 The Plaza de Armas del Cuzco has four churches basically next to each other and is dominated by two buildings - La Compania on the left and the Cathedral on the right. BR>
Cusco Cathedral which started in 1559 and completed in 1669. It stands on the site where the Inca Wiracochas Palace once stood and is flanked by the church of El Triunfo to the right, and the church of Jesus Maria to the left. BR>
Compania de Jesus or La Compania as it is called, is a Jesuit church built in the 16th century, was the source of much controversy at the time it was constructed because of its grandeur, which threatened to surpass that of the Cathedral located in the same square. — at Plaza De Armas, Marruecos, Cuzco, Peru.
44 Found myself a little beach shack that I could easily park up in for a while .... oh hang on ..... I did ..... on several occasions as well. — at The Pearl South Pacific Resort, Pacific Harbour, Fiji.
45 Doesn't seem like 12 months ago that most of us Alice Springs Dingoes were trying to fill our lungs with oxygen from the rarefied heights of Cuzco, Peru. — at Saksaywaman, Cuzco, Peru
46 Like most things in life, it's all about timing. I took this shot in Tasman National Park when the tide was out and I think it made for a whole lot more interesting shot.
Speaking of timing - this shot marks the 150th weekly Facebook Header image update. Hard to imagine that its been 3 years since I started the updates. — at The Blow Hole, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania, Australia
47 Hard to fathom that it's been literally 3 years to the day since waking up to this view on Ha Long Bay.
Vietnam is right up there with my favorite places to visit. Thanks to Phil Wilkins and Jodi Anne for introducing me to its splendour. — in Ha Tou, Ha Long Bay, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam.
48 Rain clouds rolling in through the valley, brilliant sunshine on the jungle and boats passing on the emerald green waters in Tahiti - I reckon I found my own little piece of paradise, except for one thing ... the cost.
I could only afford to take photos in Tahiti, as it was bit like dating a stunningly beautiful woman - envious to look at .... ungodly expensive to maintain. — at Cooks Bay, Moorea, Tahitti
49 Gotta love getting up nice and early on a Sunday morning to watch the sun rise. — at Castle Hill, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
50 I was lucky enough to go out on the "Helena May", owned by my workmate Chris and his wife Lindy. The harbour cruise was my first time open ocean sailing and was brilliant.
I was in safe hands as Lindy has competed in several Sydney to Hobart yacht races and survived one of the vessels doing a complete barrel roll in heavy seas - thankfully it was only 10 knot weather on our ride. — at Townsville Harbour, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
51 There's something about a quite Sunday morning, looking out over the moored boats and bi-planes to Castle Hill, that makes one let out a little sigh of contentment. — at Townsville Breakwater, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
52 A different view of Castle Hill from Kissing Point Fort out at the Jezzine Barracks.
I took this shot from the top of the "Gun Store # 2" which a munitions bunker. — at Kissing Point, Townsville, Queensland, Australia