photo of the week
Every week I'm on the road I choose a photo of the week. Sometimes it's a fantastic photo, other times it's all about what that shot meant to me. Be sure to let me know what you think.
I am so very fortunate to have won the life lottery and be Australian. A LOT of hard work, blood, sweat and tears has gone into Brad and I being able to live 400m from this beach on the stunningly beautiful Gold Coast. I am always appreciative of where I live but never more than when I get to see it under these sunset conditions.
Unfortunately due to Mr Trump's government shut down we couldn't get into the Hoh River trail, however we did get a long way into the national park which was amazingly stunning. I had no idea that there was such a thing as cold weather rainforest or that it was so very beautiful.
While Waikiki isn't my go to destination for a beach holiday I can understand why its popular. Its a great family beach, there is everything you might need close by and its supremely safe. On this occasion it was a great overnight break between the flights over and back to Seattle and made me consider that I need to do more of Hawaii.
Brad has some very good friends on the river at Chinderah and we headed down and camped overnight last weekend. This was taken with my phone and while I'm sure you can figure out its crap quality, what you don't know is that is a cane fire behind those trees. It is a sunset but the glow is primarily burning cane. I didn't have time to get back out to the road to actually get the cane on fire sadly.
My great friend Julia gave me a gorgeous card and some sachets of Africafe the coffee we had found and were obsessed with when I left Africa. I have been drinking them around the world when ever I can and am down to my last two! This is me, drinking coffee from Kenya in Bali for Julia. Love you Jules!
This is terrible quality and I know it is not great, but our very first night in Bali after a gap of 26 years we saw a turtle on the beach in Seminyak. I can't believe our luck and we were accompanied by two other women both of whom were as keen as we were to get it back into the water. We were all so relieved when it swam off into the swell.
Sometimes the photo of the week just has to be home. Budds Beach between Surfers Paradise and Main Beach is a favourite spot of mine. I'll never be able to afford to live on this amazing basin but I can eat at Bumble and stroll the foreshore for free!
I've never been to Vivid in Sydney before and had the most amazing luck! I booked my ticket on an affordable boat and when I went to line up the woman directed me to this other dock with about 20 other people. I wasn't quite sure what was going on but this amazing mega yacht pulls up, we all get on and I spend the evening with free drinks, amazing food and cruising around the harbour away from the maddening crowds. I'll take that!
Our last week in Greece was on Zakynthos which we loved. Lots to see there but its not a huge island so you can spend 8 or 9 days and switch between sunbaking and sightseeing. This is Zante the main town where you come in to on the ferry. We were a bit early for the first ferry of the day and the sun was coming up coating the town in an amazing golden hue.
We only had two weeks for Greece so rather than trying to spread ourselves too thin we only did the Ionian Islands in the north. While this isn't a spectacular sunset pic, it had been a gorgeous day and we had swum and sun baked during the day, strolled around the village in the afternoon and ate Calamari at this lovely little family owned restaurant for sunset. It was one of the best vacation days I've had. Just Brad and I in Greece.
Malta is an amazing collection of history and culture. Valletta is in fact European City Of Culture for 2018. This is the view over to the Three Cities from the path up to Barrakka Gardens . The view is much more impressive from the gardens but it was very overcast and rainy and this was the best shot I managed to get this day. I really feel like it encapsulated Matla though - ancient fortresses with modern mega yacht marina's.
We are both usually up pretty early but on this particular day in Nice, after two days of travelling, we were both wide awake at 4:30 am. As per usual we got up, dressed and headed out walking the streets. We had gone around 5km's I guess and were just about to turn around when Brad spotted another marine just around the corner. I nearlly didn't follow him (you have no idea how many boats I've looked at in my life!) but I don't know what came over me that day and I did in fact follow. The travel gods must have led me that way because just before the marina was this amazing restaurant with dive platforms straight into the sea. How amazing. Fancy a dive after lunch - why not hey???
The Katy Trail is a rail trail running 370 miles across Missouri, mostly following the river. Its all flat and easy to ride and most people do it in about a week. This was Sedalia which was at the end of my first day. So very "small town USA" and I met some lovely people that evening. It like so many small towns is really struggling and the Katy Trail is helping to bring tourism to this area. Its a stunning slice of the country and I have all my fingers crossed that towns like this will benefit from this cycling tourism.
There are so many beautiful locations around Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, the snow capped mountains, the private boat sheds and beaches but this one of Chambers boat house was where we spent quite a few afternoons having cocktails and watching the kids catch crawdaddies and generally relaxing the afternoons away. I will always remember it fondly.
Egypt is not in any better position than it was when we went 5 years ago sadly. This however made it very easy to spend a full morning cruising the Nile on a Feluca, eating a traditional lunch at a Nubian village and then sitting still for an hour to capture the sunset over the opposite bank. All for around $15 AUD. My last day in Africa and a sad day but the perfect day at the same time.
The Danakil Depression in north east Ethiopia is a stunning collection of salt pans, heat and the most atrocious smell you can imagine in parts. At up to 116m below sea level it is an incredible thing to see. It is VERY hot (got to 52 degrees when I was there) and there is camel riding involved, however its one of the most stunning natural phenomenon I've ever seen. If you are close - GO!
We visited the Mersi (pronounced mercy) tribe in Ethiopian's Omo valley who are famous for their huge lip plates. This incredibly pretty young girl was clearly born with a cleft pallet and we wondered if that made her inherently so much more beautiful. She hasn't started her lip plate yet and just struck me how pretty she was. I've got so much better photo's of the tribe but I keep coming back to this one.
Jenny - photography lover but someone who hates lugging around HUGE camera's so my images are all from my Olympus OMD or my little Sony digital.