Archive for January, 2015

Vimeo: Visited Planet 2015

Visited Planet is now on Vimeo. Here’s a slideshow to inspire for 2015.

Many of these images were used in the 2015 calendar still available here.

Visited Planet 2015 from Joanne Lane on Vimeo.


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Photo post: 2015 – International Year of Light

Following on from yesterday’s post detailing the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, this post covers the 2015 United Nations designated “Year of Light and Light Based Technologies”. The year of light has been developed to raise awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and its importance to humankind in fields such as energy, communication, medicine, education, agriculture and health.

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Photo post: 2014 – The international year of family farming

2014 was the international year of family farming. In my next post I’ll detail the current focus for 2015 (the year of light) but I think it’s worth revisiting 2014 first. Farming plays a vital role in economies around the world and contributes to food security, the growth of communities and protecting the environment. It has also increasingly become one of my roles and I wrote about my bit part farming for Gale here in 2013 (running Black Angus cattle on Queensland’s Darling Downs). This has helped me understand a little of the role of farming in communities here in Australia but also during my travels in developing and developed countries seeing how farming forms and has formed the backbone of many countries.

Tapiola cattle station, Dalby, Queensland

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Photographic book on sale: Pilgrimage

My journey on the Camino Frances from the French border to Santiago de Compostela inspired a reflective photographic book that I self published at the end of 2013 titled “Pilgrimage: images and reflection for days on the road“. It contains photographic insights and quotes pertinent to travel, adventure and pilgrimage. I used it as a gift for family and friends in 2014 who had also undertaken the pilgrimage in Spain or I felt shared a journey with me as common pilgrims through life.

Front cover.

Front cover.

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Book review: One Man and a Narrowboat: Slowing Down Time on England’s Waterways

Title: One Man and a Narrowboat
Author: Steve Haywood
Subject: canal boating, travel
Why: good travel reading

There are two quotes inside the book I read while narrow boating from Stratford-upon-Avon to Oxford: “Time and tide wait for no man” (Old English proverb) and “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana” (Old English joke). Both seemed fitting. Truth be told, the book “One Man and a Narrowboat: Slowing Down Time on England’s Waterways” by Steve Haywood was a good companion.

Not only did he describe so evocatively the scenes that flashed before me — the pubs, the characters, the bridges, the towns and countryside — but he put me in touch with the national soul, as was in fact his inspiration to spend a year jollying on the canals.

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