Monthly Archives: March 2018

Golden Gate

San Francisco still has portions of its coastline that look “wilder” than one might expect. This is a view of the Golden Gate Bridge way in the distance, from the Land’s End area at the northwest end of the peninsula.

(Sony A65, ISO 400, f/9, 17mm [25mm equiv.], 1/1250s)

I’ve been to San Francisco many times, and the Land’s End park is one my favourite parts of the city. This particular photo was taken in May of 2014, early in a beautiful morning.


The small town of Silvan is 40km east of Melbourne, in the Yarra Ranges. Every year, in September and October, it is the home of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

(Sony A200, ISO 100, f/5.6, 40mm [60mm equiv.], 1/250s)

I visited the festival in October of 2009, on a cloudy and drizzly day that made the colours of the tulips stand out even more.


In Sneffels Jokulis craterem, quem delibat umbra Scartaris, Julii intra kalendas descende, audax viator, et terrestre centrum attinges; quod feci. Arne Saknussemm

Descend, bold traveller, into the crater of the jökull of Snæfell, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the Kalends of July, and you will attain the centre of the earth. I did it. Arne Saknussemm

The Snæfellsjökull mountain, on the western tip of the Snæfellsness peninsula in Iceland, is the start of the journey to the centre of the Earth in Jules Verne’s book. It is, as many mountains in Iceland, a volcano; it is believed to have last erupted around 1,800 years ago.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/9, 30mm [45mm equiv.], 1/80s)

This photo, taken in October of 2013, shows the mountain as seen from the village of Hellnar, looking more or less northwest – that is Hellnar Church in the foreground.

Cat Café, Melbourne

I spent a long weekend in Melbourne a while back, and one of the things I had to do there was to visit the Cat Café that had recently opened.

(Sony A65, ISO 1600, f/22, 35mm [52mm equiv.], 1/25s)

This is Jasper, one of the several cats living at the Café. I had a great time there; they had many cats with very different personalities, and many environments where they can play or relax. This photo was taken in June of 2015, but the Cat Café Melbourne is still open, at a different location now but still in the centre of Melbourne. Worth a visit.