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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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Fingers from heaven

I just put a post on Facebook with light shining down from the skies on a recent trek I undertook to Dodital, Uttarkhand (India). To me it looked like fingers from heaven. This inspired me to find some other similar shots using light, reflections or sunlight that in a similar way that rejoice in nature and reflect something of heaven.

Strzlecki, Australia

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
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Finding love after the death of Osama bin Laden

I have been quite concerned by images of people celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, and even comments by world leaders who said they “welcome” the news.

It is unpleasant to see anyone rejoicing at the death of another human being, no matter what they have done.

I try not to make a lot of political comment on this blog as it is about Visited Planet photography but my website does have a mission of educating, equipping and encouraging and so I wanted to post this excellent quote I received via Facebook that reminds us how important love is in the world. Thanks to Sharolyn Newington for sharing it.

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are some good positive images of love in places where there is struggle and difficulty; showing how powerful it still shines even in the darkness of life where there might be poverty, greed, oppression, exploitation or plain hard work.

Women embracing in a village that had been displaced by the government's creation of National Parks. India.

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Celebrating St Patrick's Day and all things Irish

I know everyone has been concerned with Japan, New Zealand and Australia in recent months with unfolding disasters across these nations. However the downturn in Ireland’s economic fortunes is also of concern to many and there has again been a out-flux of immigrants to nations around the world such as Australia and New Zealand.

“Remember the Celtic Tiger? Well, she turned out to be a pussycat with a shamrock. Ireland was the hot country of the 2000s as youth from throughout the euro zone flocked there for jobs in finance, software development, restaurants, what have you…That was then. A property bubble burst badly, leaving Irish banks technically insolvent and the government deeply in debt — its ratio of deficit to GDP, at 14.3%, is higher than that of Greece…the Irish government pledges to cut more, but you can’t get blood from a blarney stone.”
– Howard Gold, 9/27/2010

Last year I met a number of young Irish men with working holiday visas in Australia. They said their parents had told them to stay away as long as possible as there was no work to come home to. It seemed a very sad indictment of affairs.
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Photo gallery: Celebrating women for International Women's Day

March 8 this year was the centenary of International Women’s Day. The annual event marks the economic, political and social achievements of women.

With a view to celebrating those achievements here’s a short gallery of some of the amazing women I’ve met during travels around the world. These women were working in the fields to put food on the table for their children, they were tending and milking buffalo, cooking meals, raising children, teaching their grandchildren and even representing the rights of those less fortunate in local politics.

The woman on the right was a social advocate for village people in India displaced by the creation of new national parks. Pic: Joanne Lane,

I think the key is for women not to set any limits.
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