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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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Reflections 2: Pools, puddles and other bodies of water

This is my second post on the subject of Reflections, this time restricted to reflections in water. The first three are from Auckland, New Zealand, a place with a lot of water throwing back interesting images.

Maritime Museum, Auckland.

Maritime Museum, Auckland.

'Lord Nelson' and a puddle on the quayside, Auckland.

‘Lord Nelson’ and a puddle on the quayside, Auckland.

This image in a pool outside the Auckland Art Gallery reminds me of a watercolour painting.

This image in a pool outside the Auckland Art Gallery reminds me of a watercolour painting.

Palm trees reflected in a very shallow canal, Goa.

Palm trees reflected in a very shallow canal, Goa.

Sillustani, Lake Umayo near Puno in Peru.

Sillustani, Lake Umayo near Puno in Peru.

This puddle in Sydney is like a portal to another world.

This puddle in Sydney is like a portal to another world.

Abandoned

I played around with my images for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned. Some duotone here, some film grain there, and the finals look nothing like the original photos.

Abandoned tractor, New Zealand.

Abandoned tractor, New Zealand.

Abandoned boat, New Zealand.

Abandoned boat, New Zealand.

Abandoned boot, Sicily.

Abandoned boot, Sicily.

The originals
Here are the untouched originals, if you’d like to compare them with the finals.
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Travel Album: New Zealand

Bay of Islands

I recently spent eight days sailing along the north-east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Some images from the stunning Bay of Islands area seem a fitting contribution to Travel Photos Monday.

This formation is known as "the hole in the rock". No kidding.

This formation is known as “the hole in the rock”. No kidding.

Early morning, Opua.

Early morning, Opua.

The Pohutukawa is also known as the Christmas Bush because it flowers in December.

The Pohutukawa is also known as the Christmas Bush because it flowers in December.

The path from Opua to Paihia passes pebble beaches, mangroves and tree ferns.

The path from Opua to Paihia passes pebble beaches, mangroves and tree ferns.

The public toilets in Paihia have three of these perched along the roof.

The public toilets in Paihia have three of these perched along the roof.

On Motuarohia (Roberton) Island, a 450-metre (490-yard) climb is rewarded with sweeping views.

On Motuarohia (Roberton) Island, a 450-metre climb is rewarded with sweeping views.

A photomerged panaroma from the viewpoint on Motuarohia (Roberton) Island.

A photomerged panaroma from the viewpoint on Motuarohia (Roberton) Island.

Grasses growing along the shoreline.

Grasses growing along the shoreline.

A pod of dolphins came to visit! That's my ship, Lord Nelson, in the background.

A pod of dolphins came to visit! That’s my ship, Lord Nelson, in the background.

Dinner on Lord Nelson after a long day spent lazing on the beach.

Dinner on Lord Nelson after a long day spent lazing on the beach.

Even paradise looks a bit dismal in the rain.

Even paradise looks a bit dismal in the rain.

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