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Morning mist

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On the way to the balloon festival… the morning was a bit on the foggy side. Misty morning is my favourite…The swan and friends are a bit romantic

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The hospital in the breaking dawn – a bit sinister…BalloonsDay1-1

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02/04/2014 at 7:58 am

I need a holiday!

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I need a holiday. Someplace where I can meet new people, do some different things, try new foods, fall asleep with strange sounds around me…

This is from Cabo San Lucas. This would be a good place to go… I really need a holiday!

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16/03/2014 at 12:09 am

One Day in Goa

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It was just one day, a stop on cruise itinerary. We had organised a driver for the day and instructed him to take him to some of his favourite places and anywhere we had to go. But… we were not interested in shopping and if he attempted to take us to one of the ubiquitous tourist shopping centres we would not get out of the car, nor would we give him a tip. He was very amenable and off we went…

First thing you can’t help noticing is the feral bulls. They’re very mellow, almost amiable… lean and lanky, they can be found ambling along the road, or rummaging in rubbish tips…

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Cathedral Se – Goa was occupied by the Portugese and this part of India is mostly Catholic. We did not actually visit the cathedral as a much bigger attraction was just across the road. But it made a wonderful photo.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Basilica Bom Jesus – home of the mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier. Roman Catholic gaudiness meets Indian gaudiness for a blinding tribute to… hmmm, not sure what, but it was gold on gold on gold…Basilica Bom Jesus

The actual remains of St Francis Xavier – through those little window are his actual body, minus a few bits and pieces purloined along the way by other churches in need of sacred relics. Basilica Bom Jesus - St Francis Xavier
View of the main church area. It is still an active church with regular services. One thing I noticed in India – things that are old are still in use. If not, they decay so rapidly, are reclaimed by the jungle, they soon disappear. This same day we visited the ruins of a cathedral that had been used until the 1930s. I thought it must have been abandoned at least 500 years ago, but very little can survive in the heat, rain, humidity that is western India unless it is continually looked after, maintained and repaired. This church was built in 1594. It’s got a lot of love and care over the centuries.
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The beach – the Arabian Sea. We had the best seafood of our lives here. Arabian seaDays pass so quickly when you are in port for just one day. Back on ship, we watched the fishing boats come in at the end of the day. Goa Fishing Boats   A little further down the harbour it becomes more urban. We had the most incredible, melon coloured light. Goa fishing boats

I thought the big oil tanks looked like giant hat boxes.Goa Seaport

Added a wee bit of glow to this sunset shot… I really loved the day in Goa. We also visited Mumbai and Cochin, but Goa was my favourite. I would love to return and spend a few weeks there and really explore it. Who knows – maybe one day. Goa Sunset

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16/01/2014 at 10:41 am

Tiger Buddha

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Found at the entrance to the Tiger Temple in Krabi, Thailand. Lifesize with penetrating eyes…

Big Buddha is watching…

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06/09/2013 at 2:37 am

Monkey Monkey in the Tree

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Yeah, the world’s been utterly crazily madly frantic ever since I returned from the blissful relaxation of Thailand. Business is very very good. New projects all ticking along. Still have around 1000 photos to process from the trip and two shoots booked this weekend. I’ve tried giving up sleep, but honestly, it’s not good for me. So, apologies that this blog has suffered so… I’ll try to do better.

In the meantime, here’s a couple of photos of an ageing gentleman lurking in a tree above me after I had a wonderful relaxing massage on the beach. Sure I complain – but really, I got nothing to complain about.3Monkeys-40 3Monkeys-12

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30/08/2013 at 11:52 pm

Li River cooking

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Li River CookingOf course a picture’s worth a thousand words, but it strikes me just how often a photo will tell me one story and then a year or two later, it tells me something rather different. I’ve worked on this one a few times, published it here  two years ago. Same photo, but one is in broad daylight. This version appears to be at dusk, with the sun setting off to the left. The cook seems so much lonelier, the task less joyful. Just one of those moment shots that I love. And… I guess all the stories it tells me are true. Wonder what I will see and hear next year…

 

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21/02/2013 at 12:21 am

Li River Homestead

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I’ve been using Lightroom to process my Raw files these days. Put off taking that on for a good long while – and like all things one should be doing, but isn’t, for watever reason – when you finally do it, you can’t quite remember why you resisted. I am very happy with how my images have been turning out lately. But… what about those old  images – the ones I saved the raw files from in the hope that ‘one day’ I would be able to make them look the way they should – if only I had known what I was doing behind the camera. This was washed out and dirty looking – the sort of holiday photos that make your eyes glaze over should someone pull them out and force you to look at them. I rather like it now.

And I would sure love to revisit China… This was taken on a day cruise on the Li River, ending up in Yangshuo. It was near the end of the month-long trip and we were very tired… it was nice to sit and watch the world go by… and what a world…

 

 

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16/02/2013 at 1:13 am

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