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Travel theme: Faces

Two women at the Amber Fort, Jaipur. They are listening to a third woman off to the right.

Two women at the Amber Fort, Jaipur. They are listening to a third woman off to the right.

I had a marvellous time going through my travel photos to find ones to fit Ailsa’s travel theme of faces. Old memories came back and the travels seemed like yesterday. I’ve tried to choose faces with interesting expressions. The people in the feature image at top all look quite serious, despite this being the first official tasting during our three-day trip to the Champagne region.

India – Tordi Gar

These women are looking back at another woman who has just walked away from them.

These women are looking back at another woman who has just walked away from them.

What a fascinating contrast of faces here!

What a fascinating contrast of faces here!

Nepal

The focus of the photo is the man, the tour guide for our trek in the Himalayan foothills. I grabbed the shot of him napping on the public bus, and also caught the woman. Is she curious? Disapproving? I'm not sure!

The focus of the photo is the man, the tour guide for our trek in the Himalayan foothills. I grabbed the shot of him napping on the public bus, and also caught the woman who turned to look right at me. Is she curious? Disapproving? I’m not sure!

They are looking at their photos on the digital camera of someone in my group. Amidst the excitement, one boy looked directly up at me as if to say,"What are you people doing here?"

These are grass cutters in Chitwan. They are looking at their photos on the digital camera of someone in my group. Amidst the excitement, one boy looked directly up at me.

Sailing – ‘Tenacious’ in the Atlantic

The woman is Barbara Campbell, who has captained both of the Jubilee Sailing Trust's tall ships. Her expression is pure concentration as she tackles a torn sail with needle and thread.

The woman is Barbara Campbell, who has captained both of the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ships. Her expression is pure concentration as she tackles a torn sail with needle and thread.

It's raining, the decks are slippery and wet, the ship is heeled over -- but look at those smiles!

It’s raining, the decks are slippery and wet, the ship is heeled over — but look at those smiles!

Mauritius

Fisherman on one of the many commercial fishing boats in Port Louis harbour, Mauritius. They watched us sail in in 'Lord Nelson' with reactions from enthusiasm to indifference.

Fisherman on one of the many commercial fishing boats in Port Louis harbour, Mauritius. They watched us sail in in ‘Lord Nelson’ with reactions from enthusiasm to indifference.

Peru

A couple of poor quality scans of old prints here, apologies! But I like how in both, the two people have different reactions to being photographed.

Reed island, Lake Titicaca: The small girl looks unsure of what is expected, but the older one seems to have learned that tourist photos mean money.

Reed island, Lake Titicaca: The small girl looks unsure of what is expected, but the older one seems to have learned that tourist photos mean money.

Amantani island, Lake Titicaca: The woman was determined that we would take of photo of her and her son; the boy, however, had other ideas!

Amantani island, Lake Titicaca: The woman was determined that we would take of photo of her and her son; the boy, however, had other ideas!

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Lord Nelson, Indian Ocean, sunrise
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Early mornings around the world

Mist in the hills around Cairns.

Mist in the hills around Cairns.

For someone who insists she is not an early bird, I have a remarkable number of photographs taken very early in the morning! I haven’t inflicted them all on you, but there are quite a few, from various travels. They are in no particular order other than alphabetical by place name.

A man on the beach, Durban.

A man on the beach, Durban.

The pier, Eastbourne.

The pier, Eastbourne.

Boats in Galle harbour, Sri Lanka.

Boats in Galle harbour, Sri Lanka.

The grounds of the Park Hyatt, Goa.

The grounds of the Park Hyatt, Goa.

Great Barrier Reef.

Great Barrier Reef.

On lookout during the 4am-8am watch, 'Lord Nelson', Indian Ocean.

On lookout during the 4am-8am watch, ‘Lord Nelson’, Indian Ocean.

'Sudarshini' and 'Tarangini' of the Indian Navy, off Kochi.

‘Sudarshini’ and ‘Tarangini’ of the Indian Navy, off Kochi.

Fishing boats near Mauritius.

Fishing boats near Mauritius.

Sailboats at Opua, New Zealand.

Sailboats at Opua, New Zealand.

Mt Fishtail seen from Pokhara, Nepal.

Mt Fishtail seen from Pokhara, Nepal.

San Luis de Potosi, Mexico.

San Luis de Potosi, Mexico.

Sunrise over Sydney harbour (from my bed at the Shangri La hotel).

Sunrise over Sydney harbour (from my bed at the Shangri La hotel).

Rising sun captured in a gum tree, Sydney.

Rising sun captured in a gum tree, Sydney.

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Roads I have travelled down

Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week is roadscapes. Here are a few shots of roads from my travels.

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Six covers in search of a novel

I’ve stopped writing novels for a while, but I’ve not stopped thinking about ideas for novels. ‘In Your Sights’ is the only one I am seriously considering, and my editor keeps urging me to stop considering and start writing! If nothing else, they give me an excuse to present six unrelated photographs in a, ahem, ‘novel’ way!

A serial rapist; a secret lover; a cyber stalker who posts disturbing photographs online. And a woman who must distinguish friend from enemy before she becomes the next victim. (photo: Cockatoo Island, Sydney)

A serial rapist; a secret lover; a cyber stalker who posts disturbing photographs online. And a woman who must distinguish friend from enemy before she becomes the next victim. (photo: Cockatoo Island, Sydney)

In the sequel to my novel “Too Close”, Greg’s mother Mona is forced to confront her past when a young woman appears, claiming to be the baby Mona abandoned at birth. (photo: fallen memorial, Waverley Cemetery, Sydney)

In the sequel to my novel Too Close, Greg’s mother Mona is forced to confront her past when a young woman appears and claims to be the baby Mona abandoned at birth. (photo: fallen memorial, Waverley Cemetery, Sydney)

My memoirs. (photo: Chitwan, Nepal, sunrise)

My memoirs. (photo: Chitwan, Nepal, sunrise)

A group of marine scientists charters a tall ship for a mission in the Indian Ocean. Only two people survive a vicious attack by pirates: Dr Miranda Flemming, head of the research team; Matt Smythe-Rogers, head of the security team. They are drawn to each other; they despise each other; to survive in a life raft on the open ocean until a friendly ship finds them, they have no choice but to rely on each other.(photo: INS Sudarshini, sunrise, off the coast India)

A group of marine scientists charters a tall ship for a mission in the Indian Ocean. Only two people survive a vicious attack by pirates: Dr Miranda Flemming, head of the research team; Matt Smythe-Rogers, head of the security team. They are drawn to each other; they despise each other; to survive in a life raft on the open ocean until a friendly ship finds them, they have no choice but to rely on each other. (photo: INS Sudarshini, sunrise, off the coast of India)

As a girl, Eva dreamed of being the world’s most famous flamenco dancer. As a woman, she will sacrifice everything to fulfill her desires. (photo: Granada, Spain)

As a girl, Eva dreamed of being the world’s most famous flamenco dancer. As a woman, she will sacrifice everything to fulfill her desires. (photo: Granada, Spain)

Light, amusing chick-lit about the ups and downs of a woman who owns a flower shop, and her search for True Love. (photo: my Osteospermums again!)

Light, amusing chick-lit about the ups and downs of a woman who owns a flower shop, and her search for True Love. (photo: my Osteospermums again!)