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A European Visitor’s Guide to Hawaii

Sunbathing, service, costs and chickens! Hawaii is a great place to visit, but based on our recent experience some things may come as a surprise to European visitors, used to comparable destinations in Europe, the Caribbean or mainland USA. For Continue reading

Monday, November 25, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Amusing Pineapples, Hilarious Beach Blanket!

Day 17 The original plan for today was to visit the famous snorkelling beach of Hanauma Bay but Sod’s Law kicks in, it’s now closed on Tuesdays. Instead we opt for a drive up to the north coast of Oahu. Continue reading

Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Travel

Pearl Harbor

Day 16 Today we have another long-awaited organised tour: Pearl Harbor. Preparations are complicated by an additional security directive since we tried to arrange the same trip in 2016 – you are allowed no bags of any form, quite a Continue reading

Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Waimea to Waikiki

Day 14 Waimea is an odd place. After a lazy morning we go out in search of a coffee. The tiny cinema opposite has updated its programme. Apparently this week it’s "Angry Bird 2", showing on 5 days, "Sat cloed". Continue reading

Thursday, November 7, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Tours and Shows

Day 13 We have booked a guided tour of the Allerton Gardens. We are both expecting a short walk through a botanical garden with someone spouting a lot of Latin names, but it turns out to be nothing like that. Continue reading

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Helicopter over Hawaii

Day 12 The morning is centred on an activity I have been looking forward to all summer, my helicopter flight. After a short drive I arrive on time, check in, pay, and watch the safety briefing, which seems to be Continue reading

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Waimea Canyon

Day 11 Sleep is again interrupted by bedding problems and over-keen roosters. Chickens are in fact a major factor on Kauai. Almost everywhere you look you can see one or two padding around, and it’s rare that you can’t hear Continue reading

To The Summit

Day 8 – Haleakala For a mountain lodge the night is surprisingly noisy: large vehicles on the road, guests moving cars around all night, and a rooster who gets confused and starts crowing at 1 am. In addition we have Continue reading

Friday, October 25, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

We’re On The Road FROM Hana!

Back on “The Road to Hana”, but now “from”. The northern stretch is well-surfaced but we’re soon back to regular single-lane bridges. Our early start means we are well advanced on the way back before we meet consistent traffic, but Continue reading

Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Hunting Coffee in Hana

Day 6 I make a fairly early start and go down to the small beach to watch the sunrise. Just as the sun is getting established it starts raining, but the result is an amazing rainbow behind the hotel, and Continue reading

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

We’re On The Road To Hana…

Day 4 – Retail Therapy We’re awake early, and spend an hour catching up with political developments in the UK. Then at 7am we discover behind a nondescript door next to the “boutique doss house” a wonderful coffee shop which Continue reading

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Off To Hawaii

We finally managed to make our trip to Hawaii, which was cancelled at the last minute in 2016. Here’s how we got on… Day 1 We have a faultless flight by Virgin to San Francisco. Despite dire prognostications we leave Continue reading

Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Testing, Testing

I’ve been having a few problems with my RSS feed, hopefully now fixed. If you view my blog via the feed and don’t see a picture from my trip to the Kolmanskoppe diamond mining town, please let me know. Continue reading

Friday, January 4, 2019 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel, Website & Blog

The World’s Worst Panorama 2018

Here’s my traditional end of trip contribution to the world of fine art photography. Peter Lik watch out! From the left: Alison, Yours Truly, Nigel, Keith, Paul, John L, John B, Ann, Lee Continue reading

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Namibia – What Worked and What Didn’t

Here are some facts ands figures about our trip, and some guidance for prospective travellers and photographers. Cameras and Shot Count I took around 2900 shots (broken down to 2788 on the Panasonic G9, 78 on the GX8, and a Continue reading

Monday, December 10, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Normal Service Will Be Resumed After Completion Of This Rant

The last day of any trip is always a bit sad, and hard work with the travel. However this year three separate organisations covered themselves in something which is not glory, and I have to get this out of my Continue reading

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Humour, Namibia Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

The Andrew Johnston Iceland Camouflage Masterclass

The trouble is, there’s a recurring theme here… Continue reading

Monday, December 3, 2018 in Humour, Iceland Travel Blog, Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Typically Tropical!

Well, a line, anyway. We’ll all be back over the line sometime tomorrow, when we fly back. That’s sad. From the left: Lee (group leader and owner of Photo Adventures), Ann, John B, Paul, Alison, Keith, Nigel, Tuhafenny (our excellent Continue reading

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

The Twin-Lens Reflex :)

I noticed while gathering for the bushman walk that five of our group were "packing" a pair of Canons. This shot was inevitable. Thanks to John B for the title – excellent photographer’s joke. I am happy to explain if Continue reading

Into the Kalahari

Having been out until gone 11pm doing the night photography, I boycotted the dawn shoot back in the quiver tree forest, had a bit of a lie in, and joined the party at breakfast. We then moved off north. On Continue reading

The Quiver Tree Forest

Sadly we’re into the last few days of the trip and have to spend most of the next few days hacking back from the extreme south west of Namibia to Windhoek which is well to the north. Monday started with Continue reading

Ghost Towns

Today we visited two ghost towns based around diamond mines. In the morning we visited Elizabeth Bay, which is about half an hour from Lüderitz behind a substantial security screen as it shares its location and access road with an Continue reading

Monday, November 26, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

The British Government Reviews Its Brexit Strategy

Sorry it’s a bit fuzzy and not properly focused, but that’s nothing to do with my photography! Continue reading

Sunday, November 25, 2018 in Humour, Myanmar Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Empty

Lee agreed that we could all have a lie-in, so of course I woke up at 4, and was just getting back to sleep at 6 when the sun rose over the mountains and shone straight into my room. Bugger… Continue reading

Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

The Wolwedans Game Drive

We’ve been a bit spoiled by the game drives at Okonjima, where it was almost a challenge not to see a great variety of game. The Wolwedans equivalent was less productive: after 4 hours in the jeeps under a blazing Continue reading

And Another Dead Tree…

There’s a long-running joke between Frances and myself that I like to use a dead tree as foreground interest in my photos. In Namibia, it’s often the only viable target, and I’ve found that I’m in very good company. We Continue reading

Into Wolwedans

My cunning plan to have a lie-in worked, and I had a great night’s sleep, sorted myself out, and had a leisurely breakfast. Those who had chosen the "third 4.15 start in a row" option got back looking distinctly frazzled. Continue reading

Deadvlei

Deadvlei is the home of the iconic Namibian desert image: a dead tree on a salt plain with an orange dune in the background. Despite the ubiquity of such images, in practice it’s a single relatively small location, a bowl Continue reading

Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Oryx from the air

‘Nuff said. Continue reading

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel