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Into the wild: landscapes from around the world

Landscapes are probably the most photographed subject around the world and often in my own travels. Their beauties are sometimes impossible to capture on camera and often, like David Byrne, it’s best to just enjoy them than try to capture the moment.

Still with that in mind, here are some images of landscapes around the world that try to do the places justice.

Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

Dolomites, Trentino, Italy

Dolomites, Itay.

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
― Ansel Adams

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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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Photo of the day – Scotland's stunning Glencoe

I’m heading back to Scotland in a few weeks and was reviewing some images today of what’s in store.

Here’s one of my favourite images of an absolutely stunning hike I did around Glencoe last year. I was recommended this hike to the “Lost Valley” by the receptionist where I was staying and it certainly was a little bit more involved than I originally thought taking up to seven hours.

But thanks to a friendly group of guys from in and around Glasgow who took me under their wing, we also climbed the munroe above the Lost Valley, wandered along the ridge and dropped down and around back to the car park via another valley. Just up and back to the Lost Valley would probably take half a day.

The weather was superb and the view were incredible. This image was taken looking back down on the Lost Valley, a place cattle thieves once took stolen livestock. I look forward to heading back to Glencoe shortly.

The Lost Valley, near Glencoe, Scotland. Pic: Joanne Lane,

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Photo gallery: British royalty and reflections on Prince William's tour Down Under

There’s been plenty of hype in recent days here in Australia about Prince William’s visit to flood and cyclone affected areas of Queensland and Victoria. It’s been great to see, despite our republican tendencies, that Australians remain very warm towards the British royal family.

The second in line to the royal throne has done much to endear himself to the Australian public. He visited communities devastated by the Black Saturday fires of 2009 in January 2010, and his visit this year coupled with the fact he is the son of the much-loved Princess Diana, has firmly cemented his place in Australia’s affections.

I was way too busy to get to any of the waiting points to see Prince William, even though he actually came right into Brisbane, probably about 5km from my house. In any case I had a dose of royalty last year when I visited the United Kingdom. These photos below are ones I took of the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles at the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland. Read more

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