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Ian Smith 2372
 
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I'm retired and do a reasonable amount of travelling. I'm a photographer/journalist by nature. I ride a pushbike at least one day a week and play golf as well.
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Moonbi, AustraliaMoonbiAustraliaMy blister burst on my left ankle, my arm was bleeding from scratches and I stubbed my right big toe. The pain was excruciating, I doubted I could...Moonbi, AustraliaMoonbiAustraliaNothing prepared me for what evolved in the next ten metres for here was one of the most extraordinary formations ever. It looked for all the world...Moonbi, AustraliaMoonbiAustraliaThen I cut across the front of the formations and reached another huge one, seemingly almost ready to slide down the hill judging by its undercut....Moonbi, AustraliaMoonbiAustraliaNear the top the weeds flattened out and when I neared the largest outcrop it was sad to see that someone had painted their initials on it. I...Moonbi, AustraliaMoonbiAustraliaI turned back, got through another fence and headed across the next saddle. More bloody farmers’ friends. My boots were once again uncomfortably...Moonbi, AustraliaMoonbiAustraliaRocks perched precariously on other rocks, a massive shard sticking up without its mother lode like a giant broken eggshell, a tall rock coming to...Moonbi, AustraliaMoonbiAustraliaWhile the heights seemed readily attainable, the weeds were in Easter party mode. They were in abundance after the recent rains and walking through...Moonbi, AustraliaMoonbiAustraliaWHO NEEDS FRIENDS? Bidens Pilosa, aka farmers’ friend. There are things in nature that people don’t like. Most of them have a reason for being. I...Dalí Theatre-Museum, Figueres, SpainDalí Theatre-MuseumFigueres, SpainMuch of the rest is mayhem and, as Dali intended, you can never see it all in one visit, or two or three for that matter, because so much will...Dalí Theatre-Museum, Figueres, SpainDalí Theatre-MuseumFigueres, SpainIt’s set in what used to be an opera theatre that was accidentally burnt down during the Spanish Civil War and Dali’s idea was that you go in here...Dalí Theatre-Museum, Figueres, SpainDalí Theatre-MuseumFigueres, SpainThe short road to the carpark was being dug up and we had to wait about 15 minutes just to get into the carpark, relying entirely on those leaving...Dalí Theatre-Museum, Figueres, SpainDalí Theatre-MuseumFigueres, SpainMIDST MAYHEM AND MELANCHOLY It was crowded and seemingly disorganized, such a contrast to my previous visit to the famous Dali museum at Figueres,...Govetts Leap lookout, Bilpin, AustraliaGovetts Leap lookoutBilpin, AustraliaP.S. I can never visit Govetts without thinking of Gordon Childe, one of the 20th century’s most noted archaeologists and author of 26 books,...Pulpit Rock Track, Blackheath, AustraliaPulpit Rock TrackBlackheath, AustraliaI never feel good about broaching signs, but I realise they’re there to prevent the general public from having a mishap though, as a photographer,...Pulpit Rock Track, Blackheath, AustraliaPulpit Rock TrackBlackheath, AustraliaOn the return I started to note the little things. Delicate flowers showing out midst the gloom and fungi clinging under steps and small rocks....Pulpit Rock Track, New South Wales, AustraliaPulpit Rock TrackNew South Wales, AustraliaWhile I succeeded in that, something else happened that got me excited. Deep in Grose Valley a rainbow appeared and spanned across its width,...Pulpit Rock Track, New South Wales, AustraliaPulpit Rock TrackNew South Wales, AustraliaMy legs complained all the way, as they are wont to do these days, though climbing out of the waterway was a lot easier than descending. Probably...Popes Glen Track, Blackheath, AustraliaPopes Glen TrackBlackheath, AustraliaThe real danger, after you crossed the bridge with no deck (that was tricky) was the scouring at the sides of the steep steps here and there. It...Popes Glen Track, Blackheath, AustraliaPopes Glen TrackBlackheath, AustraliaAs a photographer there are times when you find yourself at a particular spot and are consciously aware that there’s a much better angle nearby....Govetts Leap lookout, Blackheath, AustraliaGovetts Leap lookoutBlackheath, AustraliaWHO’S A NAUGHTY BOY THEN The man from Slovakia had elaborated on his “indiscretion” at going beyond the boundary lines, not once, but several...
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