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Happy new year from Visited Planet

Apologies for the absence of posts over Christmas/New Year.

The start of 2013 has not brought a lot of joy for those enduring bush fires around Australia and those remembering the traumatic 2011 floods of two years ago. However these images of peace, joy and love will hopefully remind us all what is the usual holiday spirit of this time of year and a message for the year ahead.

Happy New Year from Visited Planet.


Ducks swim through lake reflections near Glenorchy, New Zealand.

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.

John Lennon

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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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Photo gallery: hiking around the world

Hiking is a passion of mine when I travel and I’m fortunate to have had experiences on the slopes of mountains in Italy and Switzerland, the moors of England, the highlands of Scotland, the rough ranges of Tasmania and the wilds of New Zealand.

I was inspired to produce this particular post of some of my favourite hikes by an article I wrote recently for Travel Wire Asia – “Hiking in the Cameron Highlands” about an experience there amongst the tea plantations, misty hills and alpine climate of this highland in Malaysia. The article was also part of a publication for Tourism Malaysia.

Hiking in the Cameron Highlands was memorable not just because of the incredible landscapes, but also the inherent danger in hiking in this region. You do need to be prepared for the challenges the mist, rain and cold bring to your person but also to navigation and therein lies part of the challenge that inspires many to visit this region every year.

Although that is true of hiking just about anywhere and all the images below are from places with changeable climates – something that contributes greatly to their inherent beauty too.

Here are some of my favourite images of places I’ve hiked around the world.

This first image of Sri Lanka features similar landscapes to those of the Cameron Highlands. Strolling through plantations past the pickers was a great way to take in part of the incredible production line that is tea in this part of the world.

Views that inspire from every angle – hiking the Routeburn in New Zealand.

The Overland Track is one of Australia’s best loved wilderness walks in the heart of Tasmania.

Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland

The highlands of Scotland beg further exploration, particularly around spectacular Glen Coe.

Poon Hill to Chomrong trek, Annapurna, Nepal
Stunning rice terraces in the Annapurna regions of Nepal.


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In pictures: sunsets in Asia

The sunset photograph is possibly the most over done image in the world. And yet some are so beautiful it’s hard not to keep clicking. In Asia they are particularly beautiful. That late afternoon light lends a dramatic touch to cities often drenched in heat haze and pollution. Architecture seems to soften and above all the sunset heralds the arrival of a cooler season, at least for a few hours. The movement of people heading home, or engaging in some time of leisure is also indeed wonderful. Here are some images from places around Asia taken from the Visited Planet database.

Strzelecki Track, South Australia

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Light and shadow

This post celebrates light and shadow that makes for glorious photography.

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I’ve learned that whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
– Helen Keller

Camel safari, Thar Desert, Rajasthan, IndiaBy Joanne Lane

Camel safari at sunset in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India

Chorten at sunsetLake NamtsoTibet, Chinaby Joanne Lane

Chorten at sunset, Lake Namtso, Tibet

 You can only come to the morning through the shadows.
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