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Illusive brumbies scamper away near the Blue Waterholes last month in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales.

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In pictures: Celebrating Australia Day

When I was young I always regretted that I wasn’t born a day earlier, on Australia Day. When I was a teenager and learned the history of white settlement and what that had meant, and still means, to Aboriginal people, my regrets disappeared. Today I can appreciate Australia Day for what it means in the sense of acknowledging the freedom we have to celebrate a modern, democratic state free of war and fear while still remembering the past and seeking to make the future one of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity for everyone on these shores.

With that in mind, here are some images of what it means to be an Australian on January 26. Happy Australia Day to everyone!

Feel free to add your own “Australia Day means … ” comment below.


Australia Day means… taking the time to learn from our elders.

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In pictures: Chitwan national park

I just spent the last few days in Nepal’s amazing Chitwan national park, an incredible wilderness area replete with various grasslands, forests and animals.

Here are some images of what can be seen here, and a small foretaste of what I will upload to galleries once I return to Australia.

UPDATE: Gallery now available for viewing online at this link.

The elephant safari is one of the most popular activities in the park.

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New gallery: Bee keeping

One of my latest hobbies is bee keeping and I spent a weekend recently near Toowoomba learning how to rob a hive. Not only was it a chance to understand these amazing creatures better but also an opportunity to spend time with beekeepers who probably had some 75 years of experience between them.

In between extraction duties I managed to snap a few very quick photos of activities, a rather difficult process with sticky gloved hands. But the result of which is a new gallery on my database – check it out here. I hope to add to this in future when I get my own hives.

Here are some of the images.

Smoking the bees to subdue them.

“The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey….and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.” – Winnie the Pooh

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In pictures: Bako national park

My latest post on Travel Wire Asia, and part of the Tourism Malaysia campaign, featured Bako National Park and some images taken from the Visited Planet database. Bako is in Malaysian Borneo and features the incredible carnivorous pitcher plant, wildlife like the Probiscus and Silver Leaf monkey and amazing walking tracks to waterfalls and beaches.

Here’s an excerpt:

YOU don’t have to go far in Sarawak to find the jungle. In fact you see it from the plane as you descend into the capital Kuching – a tangled green mass stretches out below you, actually covering three quarters of the state in Malaysian Borneo or 8.7 million hectares. Even if you’re not too sure of your maths, rest assured that’s a lot of jungle.

One of the best places to get a taste of this immense jungle and its inhabitants is in the state’s oldest national park, Bako, just a short bus and boat ride from the capital. In fact, there are few places in the world you can be in such a bustling city and within an hour in such intense forest.

Here are some of the images used in the article and a few more from the database.

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