It was a cold winter evening, but we were sustained by a delicious sausage and apple pie and gravy from the foodhall, plus a very decent coffee. These photographs were all captured handheld using the default settings on an iPhone 12.
Back in August, in the time Before Second Wave, we enjoyed a grand day out riding a steam train at the Dean Forest Railway in Gloucestershire. It is a really lovely experience, especially for little ones, and I hope they will be able to survive the pandemic.
The spiders had been very busy spinning over night, and were enjoying a lazy Sunday morning in their webs. (Click for a higher resolution photo.)
18th September 2010: overnight our floating hotel had conveyed us to another beautiful harbour, the town of Skagway (population 968). Our morning began with the walk around the preserved and restored Klondike gold rush era central business district, learning about the history and conditions of frontier life.
Later we took a trip on the incredibly scenic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. This follows the same path as the prospectors up into the mountains, and crosses into the Canadian province of British Columbia. The train continues to the Yukon Territory but we alighted at the customs post in B.C. and enjoyed an exhilarating bicycle free-wheel back down the road to Skagway.
The 17th September 2010 was our first day in Alaska, the previous one being spent at sea cruising up from Vancouver. The first item on the itinerary was to cruise into the majestic Tracy Arm Fjord in glorious sunshine. We later docked in Juneau—the State Capital, which can only be accessed by sea and air—and took an excursion to see Bald Eagles and Humpback Whales.
Photographic entertainment while the Little One enjoyed an ice lolly during a day out to see the sights of London. This was taken by resting the camera on my backpack, which was across my lap. I had to do quite a lot of work on the RAW file but the end result is surprisingly good for basically a handheld shot in the middle of the day.
Our final day at the idyllic Treyarnon Beach in Cornwall saw a dramatic helicopter rescue operation by HM Coastguard, as well as another spectacular sunset.
An early Easter break saw us enjoying fabulous Cornish beaches (even Australians consider them “proper” beaches!) and the expected variety of British weathers. We had one evening with a beautiful sunset in Treyarnon, and a very cold and blustery blue sky day at Constantine.
A ferry trip to Manly provided another opportunity to photograph the icons of Sydney.
A trip to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo starts with a spectacular ferry ride across the blue ocean of the spectacular harbour. While the Australian animals are a highlight, the rest of the zoo is impressive too, and the bird flight show allows you to get up close to some amazing birds.
Photographs from my trip to Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Day 12 of the Championships.
When visiting a city for a few days at a relaxed pace, hanging out with locals, and staying in a residential neighbourhood rather than a touristy one, it is possible to imagine what it would be like to live there should the opportunity arise. With so many tasty brunches, day trips to the zoo and aquarium, a couple of evening visits to trendy restaurants, and many hours on the beach, our two weeks felt more like a continuous weekend that lasted a fortnight, which is perhaps the definition of a holiday!
I did take some “proper” photographs which will be published on this blog in due course but since this holiday was more about doing and experiencing than seeing, my Instagram feed perhaps gives the best flavour of the holiday—food, drinks, and local detail. Reviewing the raw photographs I did take with my camera, I realise that I inadvertently restricted my efforts to the classic and obvious Sydney photographic gems and disappointingly failed to capture any of the local character or street photography in the more off-the-beaten track neighbourhoods we visited.
With phone cameras such high quality these days, the Instagram moments I captured deserve better than an ephemeral life in the sidebar of this blog so here they are for posterity. 😎🇦🇺
A photograph from our 2014 visit that out-of-camera was a little dull so I used Luminar to bring back some of the drama that was present in the sky that day. That evening there was a huge storm.