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Ettalong Beach

Ettalong Beach is in the Central Coast of New South Wales, some 80km north of Sydney.

(Sony A200, ISO 100, f/8, 70mm [105mm equiv.], 1/125s)

I took this sunset photo in August of 2011, while spending a couple of days there at a company event.

Mount Ngauruhoe

Tongariro National Park, in the North Island of New Zealand, is home to a number of volcanoes and other geologically-active areas. Mount Ngauruhoe, the red mountain seen here, is one of those – it is an active volcano that erupted multiple times in the last century. This is also the mountain that “played” Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings movie series.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/8, 17mm [25mm equiv.], 1/640s)

This photo was taken in May of 2017, from the track of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is an amazing 20km hike through the national park – in the photo, you can see the trail crossing the valley and winding up the mountain.

Bird and flower

Australia doesn’t have hummingbirds, but we do have many species of honeyeaters (they eat nectar, not honey, but close enough). I’m not particularly good at identifying birds, but I believe the one shown here is a New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae).

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/5.6, 70mm [105mm equiv.], 1/200s)

I took this photo at the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, in the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney, in September of 2017.

Afternoon by the canal

England has a network of navigable canals that work a bit like roads, a bit like camping grounds, a bit like small communities. Many people either own or rent these long boats that act pretty much like a floating campervan and move around the country either for a holiday or as a way of life.

(Sony A200, ISO 100, f/7.1, 70mm [105mm equiv.], 1/125s)

This photo was taken on the segment that connects Bradford-on-Avon to Bath, in September of 2011.

Perth

This is the Perth city centre, seen from the esplanade in South Perth, across the Swan River.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/2.8, 40mm [60mm equiv.], 1.3s)

I spent a week in Perth in October of 2014. Beautiful city, but *so* *many* *spiders*!

Sunset at the Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles are a set of limestone formations on the shore of Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. There are not actually twelve of them; there were nine until a few years ago, when one of them collapsed.

(Olympus C200, ISO 150, f/3.6, 8.5mm [35mm equiv.], 1/50s)

This is a very old photo, taken with a fixed-lens digital camera that was already old at the time; it’s low-resolution, the dynamic range is not great and the camera only gave me a jpeg file. Still, this was a beautiful sunset and I really like how it came up in the photo. This was taken in March of 2006.

Kirkjufell

Kirkjufell, on the northern shore of the Snæfellsness peninsula, is probably Iceland’s most distinctive mountain; an image search for “Iceland mountain” will give you hundreds of photos of this exact peak. This one is the one I took.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/11, 45mm [67mm equiv.], 1/100s)

You may notice that the shape of the most well-known church in Iceland, Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik, strongly resembles this mountain; the church was designed based on Iceland’s landscapes.

This photo is also from October of 2013 (in fact, it was taken on the same day as the one in the previous post).

Londrangar

The Londrangar cliffs are on the Snæfellsness peninsula, in western Iceland, just south of the Snæfellsjökull peak.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/4.5, 22mm [33mm equiv.], 1/160s)

This is another photo from my visit to Iceland in October of 2013, and it was taken from a viewpoint that one reaches by following a muddy trail from a large parking lot on the side of the road that encircles the peninsula.

Iceland again

My random number generator (courtesy of random.org) picked another photo from Iceland this time (I have quite a few of them). This one was taken on the side of the road a bit south of Stykkishólmur, in the Snæfellsness peninsula.

(Sony A65, ISO 800, f/5.6, 70mm [105mm equiv.], 1/160s)

It was early in the morning (in October of 2013) and still a bit dark, so this photo came out quite “noisy” (grainy). Still, I quite like the contrast between the orange grass and the snow-peaked mountains in the background.

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.