Salar De Uyuni a rather large mirror I have ever seen, incredible reflections on the salt flats, apparently the largest in the world, Heck of a journey to get here although well worth the trip. The Perfect way to end the day of a 3 day tours, A magical sunset. A 3 day tour is approximately 100 USD, including accommodation, some meals, sharing with 6 people in a 4wd, nothing flash although a great way to get around on a budget. You can purchase this image and more here. Bolivia, Nikon D810
Los Cuernos, The Horns of Patagonia.
Just before dawn I set out on my first trek, fresh, windy although not freezing or maybe I had just the right about of layers on. It was so windy at times I had to stop and sit, the wind picking up water from the near by lake was like little stings to my face, how good it is to be alive and a witness to this magical place. How wonderful it was to have the track all to myself, the clouds were low and quit thick and most of the times hidden…I still felt the magic, singing fav tunes to myself along the way…….
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Ollantaytambo, Peru, The last Fortress of The Incas. Personal Journey
At the far end of the Sacred Valley of the Incas hides a precious gem only a few tourists to Peru have on their radar including myself until I was given the heads up. Nice to just go with the flow….
The ancient Inca fortress was built around the middle of the 15th century and is the second most well-preserved ruin in Peru. Ollantaytambo is separated into 4 distinct areas: The ancient town, the temple hill, the ceremonial area and the agricultural sector. While there are other things to do in Ollantaytambo, I opted for an easier day, after a walk up to the top, chilling and enjoying the view, a nice cold drink at a local cafe and watched daily life and entertaining ordinary moments. It was nice to slow down the last week of my South America journey.
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Wow direct flights to Santiago, Chile!!!!
Cerro Santa Lucia.
An early morning walk, the streets were quiet and my journey had begun……………. Well worth climb to the top, the views were spectacular, a lovely introduction to the city of Santiago and a little training for treks to follow.
Spectacular Panoramic View of Santiago
Walk up for about 45 minutes or take the cable cart to the top, a great introduction to Santiago city, a bit foggy so the Andes were not as clear as I would have liked, i heard after the rain is the best time for better visibility, next time maybe?? FYI
Llama at first site.
What a great site after coming down the hill, super soft, super cute, the owner was saying it’s ok squeeze him tight, all i could hear in my mind was my eldest daughter saying, “careful he might spit on you”, nope he was just as sweet as can be, a great way to start my travels through South America.
Along the way so many may cross your paths, some noticed and some un noticed, I absolutely enjoyed encountering this living creative full of confidence. Ha, an amazing place suspending in time and definitely it’s own charm. Want to checkout more of my work?
What 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.
One of the things i have learnt over the last 30 years of travel is to go with the flow, yes of course a plan but always flexible, those unexpected detours, destinations have often been the best journeys and memories. Earlier this year while in India with purpose to shoot for Alongsiders Org, I made sure I included a few extra days in-between shoots, My intention was to go up to North and greet the mountains! Chatting to a few peeps from Alongsiders, turned out that a one of the guys in Visakhapatnam was from Chandigarh which was half way to my destination, how awesome, they asked if I would change my second shoot from Delhi to Chandigarh!!!! Ummmm yes, they were amazing I was picked up from Delhi airport, thank God for that, too much city for me and would not visit otherwise, a 5 or so hours to Chandigarh. So I met a very cool pastor and a few others who more than happy to help, given only a couple of days I have to make a choice, I love that he looked at me and said “Dharamshala! you will love it, there are so many hippies” how did he know lol. They were amazing, organised my bus and dropped me off at the station. 6 or so hours later!!! But I met one of the most sweetest young ladies on the way, with a story to share……I love that complete strangers can share what they might not share to those closet to you, including myself…..What I didn’t know was that The Dalai Lama has a house and yes he was in the house, I did go up the the high security doors to see if I could meet him of course I knew I needed an appointment! hey if you don’t try at least the answer will always be no! A very cool young taxi driver who saved the day a few days earlier, dropped me off, I had a few hours to kill before my bus back for my 3rd unexpected shoot, a humble village in Punjabi…..and the journey continued, So very blessed, especially when things turnout better than expected!
All oiled up after a massage, yes that hike left me a little stiff, oh look there he is, I asked if I could take a photo, climbed up on the chair, trying not to fall, the ultimate selfie!!!!
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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3 Silvers and a huge smile.
Sweet little nun in Yangon, Bogyoke Aung San Market.
Is this the most incredible smile or what?!
Nothing grabs my attention faster than a beautiful heartfelt smile. These are the kind of smiles that let me know i am in exactly the right place and time. The first thing i noticed about the Burmese people is their wellness to smile, some just go for it, others will wait until they have caught your eyes, looking a little shy, woman and children will often wave at you as you pass by in a tut tut, on a train or anytime they feel like it as a reaction or they go first. Even the blokes will give you that smile that gives you that universal “welcome” Really lovely people, kind polite and all but ready to help.
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