Another year in Perth and I finally managed to catch the Australia day fireworks display in Perth. No two ways about it – this was the wrong spot to be in – the water mist from the river boats fogged up my lenses and made everything hazy, there were people everywhere and no way to avoid having them in the frame and large trees blocked the view more often than not. Eitherway it was a fun show with a few interesting new twists!
Short half day trip visiting a nearby underground Nickel mine near the village of Kambalda in the Goldfields. It takes a long time to get some tourists to go down there, but the wait is worth it!
Needless to say dark underground settings do not make an easy photographic experience, but there are endless opportunities for someone who isn’t running around trying to see everything.
The endless mazes of tunnels are full of extreme activity, yet 500 metres further down can look as if some planetary exploration program was abandoned 15 years ago.
Instead of flying to Brussels a quick 3 day trip through Europe proved to be a very nice alternative indeed! Going through Slovenia on day 1, visiting the Skocjanske jame, then Postojna on the second day, followed by a drive through the Leogang UCI world championships track for this year (missed riding by a few minutes).
Day 3 included a quick cable car/walking trip to Zugspitze followed by a no-so fast getaway back to Belgium through a 2 hour traffic jam in Luxembourg.
Quick single day trip to the Pinnacles in Western Australia a few hours drive north of Perth. The actual Pinnacles are found over a huge area in this mini-desert, but there is a special place for visitors where there are lots of them together. Ideally this location should be shot at sunset/sunrise, but that probably means sleeping there !
A year working at the Lake Giles Iron Ore exploration site has provided a lot of good memories, hard work and much learning.
Though many people think the operation is ‘way out in the bush’ this is no desert, steep hills and small mountain ranges combine with eucalyptus forests and dense shrub-rich creeks to make quite a special place to be working in.
Photographic oportunities are around every corner, but working from 5:30 till late evenings leaves little time for the imagination to prey on the land. Nevertheless I take every opportunity I have to document it!
What do you do to wow a special friend on a week visit to the UK in the middle of autumn? Tour the width of Scotland in 5 days of course !
Having been to Scotland a few times before I knew most of the places I planned to visit with the Isle of Skye being the one place I hadn’t been to since owning a camera.
Packing our nifty little Nissan Micra with some tattered road maps and scribbled sticky notes of what we wanted to see and where we planned to sleep we hit up the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
As it turned out Edinburgh was preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society!
Onward through the town of Inverness it really becomes apparent just how huge Loch Ness really is – it takes a good hour of solid driving to cover the length of the famous lake, with plenty of sights to see along the way. Not ones for overcrowded tourist attractions we gave the famous Urquhart castle a miss to concentrate on the more natural parts of the lake.
On our way to Skye we visited what must be one of the very best places to drive through anywhere in the world – Glencoe. Not satisfied with simply being there we got the treat of perfect weather – patchy clouds and a bit of mist here and there, the Scottish highland really was showing us itself in its very best form.
The famous Eilean Donan castle was there as always with its beautiful stonework. A place perhaps as romantic as it is savage in its appearance, no one forgets their visit there !
Arriving in Skye and getting through the better part of our (rather large) beer collection from the Black Isle brewery in the evening we woke up to a beautiful mirror-like Loch Portree. Not the worst of sights for a sore head!
It is often said that Skye is Scotland compressed into a small island. While in some ways I would disagree, Skye is indeed very special. If you only had one day to see Scotland, this is most definitely the place you would go.
Finishing up in the familiar-for-me Kinlochleven proved to be a refreshing experience. It seems the stress and miserable weather of a full-on 2 week field trip there didn’t allow me to fully appreciate the picturesque area!
And so our little trip was finished! Whilst time does fly when times and the company are good it felt like we had seen so much and driven so far that we’d been at it for weeks, yet a mere 5 days later we were back in London, already wishing for more!
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