TweetJust over a week ago, Wellington bore the brunt of yet another southerly blast which brought lower temperatures to the New Zealand capital and massive ocean swells. I love days like that as I know Cook Strait will come to life in a dramatic way. One early afternoon, I spotted two surfers walking along the [...]
TweetThe series of images of New Zealand's Farewell Spit continues today with this view of barchan dunes at Ocean Beach stretching towards the horizon, as the sun sets on a summer evening. It might not look like it, but a very strong wind was blasting sand all over the place. Thankfully, the Mamiya7II and 50mm [...]
TweetA southern royal albatross (Diomedea epomophora) spreads its wing in flight, against the backdrop of the snow-capped Kaikoura Ranges, South Island, New Zealand. Click on image for more details. More albatross photos here.
TweetThe ever changing sand dunes of Farewell Spit take on a fiery hue as the sun sets. The sand formation located at the very tip of New Zealand's South Island stretches 25Km into the ocean. It is inhabited but hosts a variety of wading birds and sea mammals such as the New Zealand fur seal [...]
TweetA ray of light emerges from low lying clouds and shines on a versant of the Remarkables mountain range, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand. The Remarkables are one of two mountain ranges in the world with a north-south orientation. Print sizes and prices for this picture are here.
TweetA distant white-breasted cormorant flies above the crashing waves, near Cape Farewell Arch, South Island, New Zealand. Cape Farewell – a headland of cretaceous quartz sandstone – is the South Island's most northerly point and was named by Captain James Cook upon leaving New Zealand in 1770. To its east lies the shifting sand dunes [...]
TweetEuropean traditions in the South Pacific. Celebrating Christmas in the middle of summer. There is something magical about living in New Zealand… Wellingtonians gathered on December 12, at the Botanic Garden's Sound Shell, for a 'Kaleidoscope of European Carols' organized by the European Forum. The multi-cultural event featured traditional dances and Christmas carols from Germany, [...]
TweetA Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) standing in the Savanna, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. From several hundred thousands to less than four thousand alive today, the population of the solitary Black Rhinoceros is one of the sadder tales of African wildlife in the 20th century. While its name implies a differentiation from other species, the shape [...]
TweetLyall Bay, home to Wellington's second most popular beach, is also the best place to watch surfers catch a few waves on their lunch break or after a storm. According to Lonely Planet, Wellington is the Coolest Little Capital in the World. Wellington is 4th on LP's Top 10 Cities 2011 list. The fact that [...]
TweetOn 24 October 2010, over 25,000 Wellingtonians attended 'Diwali Festival Of Lights', the Indian New Year, at TSB Arena. A variety of dances from Kerala, Rajasthan, Sri Lanka were presented, as well as performances from acclaimed master magician, Uday Jadugar. Diwali in Wellington concluded with a fireworks display on the city's waterfront. Diwali's roots lie [...]
TweetThe South Island town of Kaikoura attracts thousands of bird-watching enthusiasts every year. Its proximity with a deep ocean trench provides an ideal ecological environment producing a substantial food chain capable of sustaining a complex array of birds and other marine species. To order prints of the pictures below, simply click on any image or [...]
TweetDespite New Zealand's societal malaise and semblance of inclusiveness, multiculturalism in the South Pacific island-nation is moving forward, if the growing success of Diwali (the Indian New Year) is anything to go by. With festivities in Auckland Wellington attracting dozens of thousands every year, Diwali has become one of New Zealand's most celebrated cultural festivals. [...]
TweetOn my way to Timbuktu (Mali), I came across this scene on the shore of the Niger river: a mother comforting a little girl with a handful of peanuts.
TweetThe exploration of water continues, this time in infrared. The Photo Of The Day is the 'Devil's Throat' waterfall in Foz Do Iguaçu, Parana, Brazil. Devil's Throat cataracts are only one – and the largest – of over 200 distinct waterfalls at Iguaçu. Read more about the Devil's Throat and Iguaçu here. To order a [...]
TweetOne of the largest storms of the year has been battering New Zealand for over a week now. I had planned to drive to Taranaki to shoot magnificent 6 to 9m waves but floods and landslides cut that trip short. In Wellington, a relatively long distance away from the action, winds and swells were strong [...]
TweetThe undular and dynamic shapes of the Saharan sand near the town of Al-Madam (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) are a testimony of saltation, the geological process which blows grains of sand across a landscape. Wind has long been perceived as being the main erosion agent in this region of the world, however, recent findings by [...]
TweetA woman walks on a small bridge crossing Canal Levassor in Fort-de-France, Martinique. The canal links 'Rivière Madame' to the Caribbean Sea. To order a wide format Fine Art print of this image, click here.
TweetBordering the Taklamakan Desert and stretching from Uzbekistan to the region of Hami in the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang in China, Tian Shan is one of Central Asia’s longest mountain ranges. Seen from the air, the crumpled terrain presents a visual spectacle of geometric shapes made of snow, light and shadows. Fine Are prints [...]
TweetSmoking with one hand and washing his clothes with another, a man crouching at a village's water well pump in rural Punjab (India) proves that men can also multitask! To order a wide format Fine Art print of this picture, click here, or visit the India gallery.
TweetA woman sits on the ground at the market in Markala, near Ségou, Mali. Markala is home to a Festival of Mask and Puppetry and Ségou hosts one Mali's largest cultural festival: Festival Sur Le Niger. You can see Tim Short's video of this festival here.
TweetA woman walks down the steps leading to Emperor Tự Đức's tomb in Hue, Vietnam. The complex in which the tomb is located was used as a luxurious retreat by the emperor and his many wives. The enormous cost and forced labor used in its construction make Tự Đức's 12ha palatial residence unmatched in the whole of [...]
TweetOne of the highlights of my discovery of the Dogon plateau was the series of dances performed in the village of Tireli. Under intense heat, dozens of villagers performed sacred dances, wearing an array of colorful masks and dresses. Watch a short and fascinating National Geographic video on the Dogon Dama (mask festival in honor [...]
Tweet 'La Alhambra' – the 'red one' – is one of Spain's most important architecture example of the moor period. Built in the 14th century by the kings of Granada, at the height of their power, the fortified hilltop complex is one of the most complete medieval Islamic palaces in the world. Although it is classified as a [...]
Tweet Today's photo is dedicated to my good friend and music genius from Martinique, Paco Charlery. Bon voyage Paco. You can listen to Paco's music here. A group of tuareg men ride their camels in the Sahara, at sunset, near Timbuktu, Mali. The tuareg are a nomadic people with significant populations spanning the north-african and sub-saharan nations of Algeria, [...]