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My travel webpages showcase some recent destinations that my wife and I have visited and the journeys to reach them. We are independent travellers; I arrange each element of the trip and generally avoid taking packaged holidays, unless the package adds something that I could not arrange myself.
I intend to update these pages with new destinations that we travel and older ones from my portfolio. Inevitably, there is some overlap with my wildlife pages, but I’ve written them from different perspectives and I try to avoid unnecessary duplication.
These travel webpages feature images about the journey and destination including wildlife and nature photographic opportunities while my wildlife webpages are collections of images with common taxonomic classification or habitat.
Images from a four-week tour during the Australian spring of 2013 to Victoria, South Australia, Tasmanian and Sydney.
Landscape, nature and wildlife highlights include:
(a) Shipwreck Coast, Grampian Mountains, East Gippsland lakes,
(b) Flora such as wax-lip orchids and cat's claw,
(c) Koalas, southern right whales, Australian fur seals, Burrunan dolphins, small bush birds such as the fairy wren, honeyeaters and water birds like cormorants, pelicans and little penguins.
Short walk photo essays:
(a) Victoria's Maits Rest Rainforest path wanders through ancient myrtle beech Eucalyptus forest and tree ferns glades,
(b) South Australia's Granite Island nature reserve reached by a causeway from Victor Harbor and has an easy circular trail around the island,
(c) Victoria's Grampian Mountains has several short trails the most spectacular being, the medium grade Grand Canyon Loop,
(d) Central Gippsland's Tarra Bulga National Park has several excellent short walks through mountain ash, tree ferns and ancient myrtle beech. South Gippsland's Wilson Promontory National Park has some good bush walks with indigenous plants and wildlife,
(e) Melbourne's bush walks in the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne and the Briars Wildlife Sanctuary,
(f) Tasmania is surprising large with diverse regions such as the wild and wet west coast, the warmer and drier east coast and high central plateau. There are excellent and varied short walks in Lake St Clair, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Parks,
(g) Sydney featuring its icons, the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, China Town and Manly Beach.
Mauritius is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean about 2000 km from the African coast. Nature and wildlife photography from a three-week visit during May 2013 to the island’s west coast, highlights include: Scenic drive through the Black River Gorges National Park and photo essays of walks along the Black River Gorges trails.
Short walk photo essays: Several walks in the Black River Gorges National Park featuring Macchabee, Parakeet and Mare aux Joncs Trails.
Photographs from a four-week tour during New Zealand's spring 2012 of both the North and South Islands.
Landscape and wildlife highlights include:
(a) Rotorua thermal and volcanic landscapes, Kaikoura Peninsula, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Otago Peninsula and The National Park;
(b) Sperm whales, dusky dolphins, Hooker's sea lion, New Zealand fur seals, seabirds such as cormorants, shy albatross, Salvin's albatross, antipodean albatross, northern royal albatross, little blue penguin and yellow-eyed penguin.
Short walk photo essays:
(a) Whangarei town basin heritage trail and Hihiaua art walkway: An interesting walk alongside Hatea River featuring sculptures such as the 'Waka and Wave' and heritage building such as the Clock Tower.
(b) Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway that runs for several kilometres from Point Kean along the coast path towards South Bay.
(c) Kea Point Track is a one-hour return easy walk starting at Mount Cook's White Horse Hill campground carpark, which winds its way through scrub and sub-alpine grasslands finishing with vistas of Mueller Glacier.
(d) Tasman Glacier View Track starts at the end of the unsealed Tasman Valley Road and winds its way up past the Blue Lakes to a viewpoint, which overlooks the Tasman Glacier and the mountains.
Photography in Seychelles displaying image collections of:
(a) Landscapes around Mahe Island beaches and interior;
(b) Nature and wildlife of flora and fauna such the indigenous Seychelles pitcher plant, Seychelles fruit bat and striated heron, a Seychelles sub-species;
(c) The critically endangered hawksbill turtle nesting on Anse Bazarca beach;
(d) The tiny capital of Victoria.
Three scenic short walk photo essays:
(a) An easy one and a half hour walks along the rocky northwest coast within the Morne Seychelles National Park to a small-secluded Anse Major beach;
(b) Glacis La Reserve trail is easy going one-hour uphill stroll from the Montagne Posee road through a native palm forest to granite slopes (glacis) at the top of a hill. The forest is home, to five of the six endemic palms including vulnerable Millionaire's salad palm (Deckenia nobilis);
(c) Glacis Trois Frères Trail is a moderate level walk through tropical forest and over steep granites slopes. At the top, there are vistas of the east coast, offshore islands and Victoria and the vulnerable endemic Seychelles pitcher plant (Nepenthes pervillei).
Singapore is one of my most travelled detonations and I’ve been taking images for several decades. My Singapore travel pages feature three photographic galley categories:
(a) Heritage and culture featuring images from the early eighties and nineties of the Colonial Heart, Singapore River, Old Harbour, China Town, Little India, Environs and Places of Worship.
(b) Singapore Botanic Gardens, three photo essays in the Tanglin core, Central core and Bukit Timah core with additional image galleries of nature, plant and wildlife found in the garden.
(c) Nature and wildlife subjects taken in Singapore’s parks, gardens and reserves with images of kingfishers, sunbirds, herons, egrets, bitterns, snakes, lizards, macaques, dragonflies, waterlilies and other tropical plants.
Trinidad with its sister island Tobago is an island republic in the Caribbean close to Venezuela in South America. Features nature and wildlife photography from a three-week visit during April 2015:
(a) Images of birds and animals photographed at Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge, a world-renowned nature destination, which is located high in the Northern Range mountains. The house overlooks the Arima valley and has several nature trails in reclaimed forest.
(b) Leatherback turtles nest on Trinidad's north and east coasts. Mt Plaisir Estate Hotel is located close to the beach at Grande Riviere where turtles come ashore at night to nest. Images of turtles nesting and other wildlife such as black vultures are featured on the beach some in front of the hotel.
(c) A tour around the island featuring nature and wildlife photographed at Caroni Swamp, Waterloo and Orange Valley Mudflats, La Vaga Estate and the coasts.