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.


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, 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).


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 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.


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.