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Bhutan_Paro_Selfless Prayers_Silvia Tomarchio Photography.jpgEvery now and then I stop and think how many I have met in my lifetime…..I really have no idea and while I remember plenty but not all,  I have never met anyone so selfless in my life until this brief encounter, Paro, Bhutan. I asked my guide to stop and ask him what he was doing. He had traveled around 14km already and he’s stop was at Tigers Nest or there about, when I asked why, he was doing this for his community, a prayer to protect them, to bless them. This was no ordinary display of love of his country, I mean I have seen people praying etc but this did not look easy at all and was something else, what an incredible act, the most beautiful selfless act I have ever been privileged to witness. It really is a country like no other. And I was puffed at a few hours of walking up, half way to Tigers Nest!


Say A liTTle PrayeR

Prayer Flag_Bhutan_Silvia Tomarchio PhotographyWhat can one say about Bhutan, it’s peaceful, quiet, stunning landscape, the light breeze and the sound of prayer flags, I laid down as close to the edge, listen to the sounds and watched those flags, dance in the wind. No other sounds, it was magical. You can purchase this image here and many others.

Haa, Bhutan

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By far my favourite place in Bhutan, a small village closer to India, where beautiful people go about their day to day life, for a traveller like me, extraordinary moments. Meeting locals will always make a place I visit extra special.

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Million Dollar Smile? (priceless)

For me no matter where I travel and what I see, nothing warms the heart faster than a sincere smile, moments earlier i turned to see this gorgeous woman chatting to my girls and smiling away, language barrier? I think not, she was fascinated by them and I couldn’t help but fall in love with her, and i had to  ask her for a hug, no journey is complete without the people you meet.
Sule Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar, Burma

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Smiles change everything and is the beginning of inner change, the ultimate exchange next to hugs.

It’s hard not to return a smile, how fast do you see a shift, I love the reaction the spontaneous response, smile loud, smile proud. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, I never photographed a person that has has caught my attention and visa versa without smiling first. Smiles gives you permission to connect.

Morning rituals, Ganges River


Morning rituals, Ganges River, Varanasi, India.

I was up at 5am, i had to gentle wake the hotel manager to make sure he had organised this for me. A short walk to the river and on a boat, cruising to Dashashwamedh Ghat for Assi Ghat, I opted to jump off after watching the sunrise and just sit for awhile and enjoy. The locals come down everyday for their daily bath and their spiritual cleanse.

Cham Dance, Darjeeling, India


Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, you see on day 5 of my trip the government announced the the 500 and 1000 notes were no longer going to be used, a way for them to weed out the tax evaders or something like that, this overnight announcement left the Indian public in dire straights, I heard many times, the rich are crying and poor are finally laughing, well that also left many tourist without money including myself, I was lucky enough to have some money exchanged but unfortunately not enough to travel to our destination planned. So we stayed in Darjeeling at went to the local monastery to witness this amazing ritual, Cham Dance, apparently only happens once every 12 years. I was lucky enough to join the local photography club with my mate, given front row seats to capture this colourful often amusing performance by the monks. This is the info I found online Cham Dance

For more info please checkout my mate Surendra Pradhams post 1001 Things about North Bengal

Ahhhhh India, you just gotta go with it……always makes for pleasant surprises.

Ganges in Varanasi


I feel so very blessed that I have been able to visit some of the most beautiful, full of culture, rich traditions but what makes each and every place unique are the souls you meet along the way, a simple smile, a nodding gesture to confirm that I may take their portrait, some blissfully unaware as they go about their daily lives. With a quiet smile, i will often approach the person i just photographed to show them their portrait, i love the reaction on faces, they look at the pic then at me, some smile, some a little dazed at looking at themselves. The images were all captured over 4 days along the Ganges {Ganga } River.

While bodies burned as part of their funerals it seemed so normal and no one flinched,

The bodies are first dipped into the river to be purified, the a family member would walk around the body clockwise to represent the 5 elements, Earth, wind, fire, water and the spirit. The closer the body was to the river, showed the family’s wealth. For the families that cannot afford this type of funeral, i was told a huge rock was tied and they were thrown into the middle of the river. One around was 24/7 for the Hindu people and another Ghat was for all others. I was there during one of their most important festivals of the year, bringing thousands more……..

Each day I would start my walk from Assi Ghat to Dashashwamedh Ghat, stopped by many to share their culture and stories with me, funny enough the first little ladies to stop me, called out with huge smiles, waving me over, I didn’t quite understand what they said or more like i didn’t expect it, still confused, i said I’m sorry i don’t understand you, they pulled me over to their mums i guess and they pulled out their phones, “Selfie” hahahah you have got to be kidding me, no English but they know the word selfie!!!! so we all too turns in selfies, such a laugh. The first of many selfies request.

Road Trip and Competitions…..


A great couple of days away, off to Warrnambool with my daughter for her gymnastic competition, so we thought we would leave a day earlier and have a little adventure. So windy, a lot of rain and bloody cold, even with 5 layers on, I can’t find one of my jackets!! She even gave me a hall pass to go shoot while she competed, pass on the hall pass, Love equals compromise and that we did……_DSC2658


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“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
― Wayne W. Dyer



Oh that light…..


Crazy GPS took us the long way around to Hopkins Fall, just outside of Warrnambool


Breakwater, Warrnambool

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Just before sunset


this is what a good soaking looks like, ahhh a couple walking towards me saw the whole thing, “bit wet?” laughing with feeling refreshed, just a bit!!! It’s been awhile, funny how i forget the cold as soon as i see that ocean, well for a few minutes anyway….


Selfie at Thunder Point.


A beautiful woman

About month ago as some of you know, I was over in Broome for a week, I packed my favourite lenses, spare everything except for a spare battery charger. Having a great day at Town beach through the mangroves in my undies, i used up one battery, live view hey!!! With my usual routine, when i got in I pull out my charger to my devastation, it wasn’t working, omg, I have planned this trip for 7 years, I have yet to do my aerial photography and more and 5 days to go! I started asking everyone what camera they had, even another guest posted it on Broome camera club, nothing!!!!

Feeling crap and 24 minutes to sunset i walked  to Cable beach to watch the sunset, I took my camera and promised myself only 4  shots trying to save battery, needless to say it was a beautiful way to end the day.

On my way back I was having conversations with God, praying for the charger to work when i got back, asking myself, how could this be, holding back tears, I’m a lucky person shit like this doesn’t happen to me, I asked for a little miracle, nope it wasn’t working when i got back……I met Ayumi and asked if she had a camera, she did, we tried her cable but it didn’t work, she then offers me her Olympus camera with all her lenses for the rest of the week, taken back, thinking are you sure? asking myself would i do that? I asked “are you sure?”, “yes” she said. I knew she meant it, a few years back I was in Japan and they have to be the nicest people i have ever met in all my travel, I have so many kindness stories from that trip with my girls, so helpful and beautiful. The few times we got lost, when we asked for directions, they say, “I will take you there” and  walk with us, “are you sure?” “yes, I have time” Time, what a beautiful gift to give, Wow I thought. Note :don’t use the lobster as a landmark, didn’t take long before we realised they were everywhere.

Spectacular Reddell beach on the day before i left, until the battery ran out, gee it did alright, then i packed it all up and sat in the  water, smile, warm sun on my face and a feeling of satisfaction, closed my eyes to re visit all that I had seen. The evening came quickly…i went to see the Staircase to the moon for the second time, no camera, Ayumi was meant to meet up so i left her camera for her, she called to say she couldn’t make it and then she organising the Italian guys to bring the camera and my tripod, what a gal!

Set up the camera and this young Irish guy sets up beside me, we chat, then yell out “omg where have you been all week?” he just looks at me, so I explain, can you believe he had a Nikon D810!!!! I mean come on, you have got to be kidding! And he had a spare battery I could have used to shoot the moon!

We all had a great dinner when we got back, fresh fish of the day, they cooked and cleaned up. The morning i was leaving I drove down to the beach to have a few quiet moments of gratitude, she called, thought i had left for the airport. Of course I was going to give her a massive hug before I left.

With so much love and gratitude, I thank you sweet lady for your kindness and generosity,  our home is always open for you when you come to Melbourne, I will be waiting with open arms and road trips!!!! So God didn’t give me the miracle I asked for but he gave me a beautiful new friendship……A very precious gift. So I guess I am lucky after all, now matter how far and wide of beautiful a destination is, it’s made special by the people you mean….even the 10 minute friendships…..but that’s another story…


A spare two for my next trip!