Beautiful places around the world I have visited and photographed.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Lightning over the Irrawaddy River
A German bunker in Pointe Du Hoc, Normandy
Pointe Du Hoc was the site of a 225-man US Ranger raid during D-Day to destroy a gun emplacement. Over half of the Rangers were KIA.
Landslide Lake, Elk River Trail, BC, Canada
Inside Rubjerg Knude lighthouse, Denmark
Rubjerg Knude is a collection of enormous, 30-40 meter sand dunes I have grown up watching shift and change a few kilometers away from our beach hut in Løkken, Denmark. For many years the lighthouse entrance has been buried under about 10 meters of sand - so it was a great surprise to visit from Myanmar this year and see it not only cleared and open, but with a mirrored art installaiton running all the way to the top.
Gwa beach, Rakhine State
Home of Arakan Nature Lodge
Fisherman rests on Inle Lake, Myanmar
The fishermen of Myanmar's Inle Lake have become an unlikely tourist attraction in the years since Myanmar opened to mainstream tourism due to their unusual one-legged paddling and fishing. As a result, it is all too easy to forget that these men and women are there to provide a livelihood for their families, rather than photo opportunities for foreigners. The lake itself is in a precarious state, again partly due to the influx of tourists. Pollution and littering are an enormous problem, fish stocks have declined and delicate ecosystems pushed possibly beyond the point of no return. It remains to be seen if recent multi-million dollar pledges to protect the lake's environment bear fruit.
Dr Sun Yat-sen's memorial tower, Guangzhou
Interior of the Dr Sun Yat-sen memorial tower in Guangzhou, China. China is covered in memorials bearing the same name; Dr Sun Yat-sen is the founding father of the Republic of China and has near-mythical status among Chinese people. The interior of the monument is rather nicer than the outside, unfortunately.
Mt Rinjani Crater View
Lombok, Indonesia, at around 2600m. The volcano at the top left is Gunung Agung, an active volcano on Bali over 200km away.
Red man @ The Artist's House, Bangkok
The Artist's House is tucked away on one of Bangkok's many narrow canals, and acts as a community center for Thais and foreigners alike to eat, drink and try every artistic activity they can think of. The red man sits on the canal watching boat after boat go by, while thousands of fish eat the brightly coloured food thrown beneath his feet by passers-by.
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Nanjing massacre memorial, Nanjing
The Nanjing Massacre, or Rape of Nanjing, is one of the darkest episodes in modern Chinese history. Starting in December, 1937 the occupying Japanese army massacred between 40-300,000 civilians in an orgy of death and destruction. The memorial is a very difficult visit, not least because it is built upon one of the now-open mass graves of the victims. The strangest thing to see as a European, however, remains the Nazi role in the massacre; not contributing to it, but acting as a humanitarian force saving the lives of many Chinese citizens by sheltering them in the German embassy.
Flowers bloom on Mandalay Hill
Mandalay Hill commands far and away the best view of the city from its prime location to the North-East of the Palace - although this photo was taken facing the other way. Two pagodas sit in the background, although in this case their opulence is overshadowed by the magnificent colour of the flowers. Mandalay Hill is popular with two group of people: tourists visit for the breathtaking sunset view, and monks visit for the tourists, to practice their English speaking. After my first visit in November I found myself being given a guided tour of a small monastery the next day, and speeding around Mandalay on motorbikes with a couple of monks!
Morning smog above Seoul, South Korea
South Korea is a heavily industrialised country, with much of its landscape, workforce and finances invested in manufacturing and production. The success of the Korean economy subsequently bears a heavy environmental price; this is actually one of the better days of visibility I have seen in the capital. Yet Korean industry is not the only contributor, nor even the worst - up to 50% of Seoul's air pollution drifts southward from Korea's giant neighbour China.
Eglise Saint-Andre Church
Inside Eglise Saint-Andre Church in Port-en-Bessin, Normandy, France. The church has a distinct naval theme: from ships banners hung from the rafters, to model ships along the walls, to giant shells decorating the entrance.
Kyeik Khout pagoda
Kyeik Khout pagoda in Thanlyin, a 45 minute drive from Yangon.