Veiwing Humpbacks in Wilhemena Bay, Antarctica

Humpbacks – Up Close & Personal

  This was our first zodiac cruise morning where we took to the glass like waters that were shimmering white from the reflections of the snow covered landscape.   Cracks in the ice walls afford the most magical abstract textures, revealing patches of brilliant aquamarine ice and emitting a near ethereal glow against the stark…

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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a must do if ever in Australia. The best way to get in touch with this simply magnificent piece of nature is probably diving, but snorkelling certainly comes a very close second (IMHO). Once you’ve experienced its beauty from below the water then take the opportunity for…

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Santa Monica Pier

Best way to see LA in a day

  From the skyscrapers of the CBD and iconic Hollywood sign to the mansions of Beverly Hills and sweeping Pacific coastline that stretches from Santa Monica up to Malibu, taking to the skies to see all the major sights of LA by helicopter is an awesome way to spend an afternoon. It’s certainly not cheap…

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Swimming with the sharks and rays in Belize

  The weather was less than ideal from the moment I arrived on what can only be described as a Caribbean island paradise off the coast of Belize.   The non stop rain put a bit of a damper on pretty much every outdoor activity, but despite this I headed out as planned for a few…

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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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Koi Feeding Frenzy, Qingxiu Mountain, Nanning, China

Nanning is a vibrant, dynamic modern city with some 40% of its land mass dedicated to green spaces thus earning its reputation as China’s premier “green city”.   Getting a genuine taste of this relaxed and friendly destination is simply a matter of venturing into one of the many parks or gardens. Qingxiu Mountain is affectionately…

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The Nam Hai, Hoi An Beach, Vietnam

Slated as Vietnam’s premiere luxury resort, The Nam Hai certainly has pretty much attained the right formula. The grounds and rooms are both beautifully designed and practically laid out taking advantage of both classic Vietnamese architecture and the stunning beachfront location.  Each unit is stylishly appointed enjoying ocean views with attentive, well trained staff to…

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Dragon Boat Festival

One of the more popular theories on the origins of the Dragon Boat festival is as remembrance of the search for the suicidal ancient scholar Qu Yuan.   Accused of treason this popular poet drowned himself after being banished.  Local residents are said to have raced around the waters try to rescue him or retrieve his…

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sailing on jewel coloured waters at Boracay

Boracay – Getting there

Although this was my first visit to the Philippines I can confidently say it won’t be my last.    A huge surprise was just how close it is to Hong Kong.   (My flight from Shanghai to HK was longer than the HK to Manila section.) Flights to Boracay, despite being an easy 1 hour or so…

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Margaritas on Boracay

I don’t know if it was the gorgeous sweeping beach views under vibrantly coloured sunset skies, the light balmy sea breeze or the sparkling, clear turquoise waters that lap gently against the shores but the Margaritas at the bar on the far northern end of White Sand Beach were some of best to ever pass…

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Philippine Paradise

48 hours ago I lay stretched out on a wonderful, over-sized beach lounge lapping up the pure delight of being in the gorgeous surroundings of White Sand beach in Boracay (Philippines). After yesterdays sensational sunset wedding this morning we have ventured out of the luxury resort environs and moved around the headland to what I…

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The stunning Detian Falls on the China/Vietnam border is simply gorgeous in any season.

Guangxi’s Detian Falls

The magnificent Detian Falls located on the China/Vietnam border shines with vivid, jewel like colour and is definitely worth a visit. So much more attractive than just your standard trickle of water running over a cliff, Detian is some 200 metres wide and has three tiers of water rushing over its various edges. Despite the…

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2010 Calendar – Nature in Black & White

2010 “Nature in Black & White” Calendar – Images by Jillian Mitchell The absence of colour allows us to see more clearly the beautiful and intricate patterns of nature. A3 in size and printed on 200gsm high quality satin art paper the calendars come bound with white wire and are ready to hang. To purchase…

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