Leopard, Kruger National Park

Ah travel how I have missed you!

    After months of working 10- 12 hour days and a seemingly unrelenting things-to-do list, I can’t believe how great it feels to be back on the road experiencing new sights, sounds and cultures. Sitting in the truck, wind blowing through my hair as we power down the highway in Swaziland.   I feel…

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Market Stall in South African village.

First Impressions – Contrasts of South Africa

The quaint cafes, galleries and craft shops litter seemingly semi-deserted small villages and towns on the journey between Johannesburg and Kruger National Park giving a peaceful yet eerie sophisticated edge that could easily lead the visitor into thinking that this is typical nationwide.   Venture a little further afield to find the polar opposite of towns…

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Yangshuo Karst Landscape, Guangxi, China

Moving on from the Middle Kingdom

The evolution of my life over the past 18 months since moving on from China has been both difficult and easy at times, but always interesting.   It has played such a huge role in my life over the past decade and I realise now that I definitely chose to leave at the right time with…

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Emin Minaret in Turfan, Xinjiang, China.

Turfan, Xinjiang, China

Being located out in the Taklamakan Desert below sea level it is hard to imagine anything growing in the barren, rocky landscape however Turfan is known for its grapes, melons and the nearby flaming mountains, as well as having the notoriety of being the hottest place in China. Built some 2,000 years ago the ancient…

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Putuo Zongcheng Temple, China

Chengde, China

Although Chengde was always at the end of a long tour its gorgeous temples and wonderful Imperial Resort were a great reward for making the 3-4 hour journey north from Beijing. Back in the Qing dynasty Chengde was developed as a summer getaway for the emperors, with a key part of the landscape the temples…

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Glimpse into Wutaishan

Wonderful Wutaishan, China

With a name that translates to literally mean “five plateau mountain” Wutaishan is one of the 4 sacred Buddhist peaks in China.   Home to more than 50 temples and monasteries, Wutaishan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. With some of the temples dating back to the Yuan dynasty and a few of…

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Tibetan Festival in Langmusi

Tibetan Nomad Festival, Langmusi

How awesome was this Tibetan nomad festival in Langmusi, China on International Children’s Day, 2002. I was incredibly fortunate to experience this event with one of my groups and it was definitely worth arriving after 2am in the morning for.  We had broken down on the grasslands in the middle of Sichuan the previous day…

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New Blog Category – ‘remembering …’

If you are a regular visitor you might have noticed I have introduced a new category of blog post called “remembering…”. I have spent the past few days delving back into my huge archive of film images, many of which have been locked away for the past 9 or 10 years.   Of course this has…

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On the streets of Yan'an, China.

On the Streets of Yan’an, China

Yan’an in China’s northwest gains its fame for being near to the end point for Mao Zedong’s Long March, with the town serving as the Communist capital in the revolution. For me it was definitely one of the more interesting stops on the tours I led in China, resulting in what was generally a very…

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Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou National Park, China

Jiuzhaigou is scenically one of the most spectacular landscapes I have ever seen, however I have realised I need to qualify this a little.  I grew up in an area that was very flat and dry, so in a way I find mountains, snow and the whole alpine scenery thing to be all quite exotic….

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In the village of Langmusi, China in 2001.

Lovely Langmusi

Straddling the Sichuan / Gansu border is the simply wonderful little village of Langmusi. The first time I visited this remote outpost was back in 1997.   The location is simply stunning, located up on the sweeping grasslands of the Tibetan plateau. There have been big changes since I first visited, apparently the roads in town…

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man riding on the roof of a truck in fengjie - a town set for destruction

Fengjie Before Destruction 2002

An ancient town with a history of some 2000 years sitting at the entrance of the stunning Qutang Gorge on the northern banks of the Yangzte River, China, Fengjie was one of the first to be destroyed to make way for the Three Gorges Dam project. This series of images was taken in July 2002…

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The Tangerine Ball

After my first few days of a six week stay in Guangdong province I fear I may have discovered a reality that I was hoping was an exaggeration or myth – there is some pretty serious pollution going on here!  Realistically the sun being a gorgeous tangerine colour in the gray afternoon skies is not…

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