Amazon People

amazon people

What is the most amazing thing about the Amazon is its size. Having had traveled extensively through south-east Asia, the jungle, the swamp lands, the waterways, the lushness, the heat and humidity, the wildlife is fairly similar to what I’ve seen in Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar. But the actual size of the Amazon is …

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Manaus, Brazil

preocupada she was … manaus, brazil

Brazil has 280 million inhabitants. Manaus has nearly 3 million locals. Yet last night, when we went for a walk around the old historic centre, the streets were absolutely deserted! Seriously deserted. The block around Teatro Amazona had a few people strolling around, including a beauty queen vlogging while leaning far into the fountain in …

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who knew panama city was such a delight

who knew panama city was such a delight

When I told someone recently that we were going to Panama they exuberantly asked ‘are you going to go see the Suez canal?’ I had to laugh 😃 Yes, I’ve always wanted to see the Panama Canal. It’s an engineering feat that has always had an appeal to me. Other than that, previously, when I …

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new york skyline from level 49

new york skyline from level 49

After 14 months it’s time to bid farewell to New York! What an incredible year it has been in truly what may be the most exciting city in the world.  Whatever superlative you can think of, New York is it. This is the view we’re saying goodbye to.  For all the months, through all the seasons, …

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discovering new york with my x-t1

discovering new york with richard schulman

One of my goals while living in New York was to challenge myself with photography.  Try new genres.  Take classes.  Go out with my camera and just shoot.  I learnt it takes a lot of discipline to do this. Richard Schulman, a renowned photographer, gave me weekly assignments and of I went.  More often than …

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new york city aerial photography

2000 ft (and less) over new york

Oh what an adventure! If you haven’t done a helicopter trip over NY yet, you should. It all started with my neighbour Tom Grill, who is a life-long professional photographer. New York has been his muse for quite the many years. I’ve seen his work and he has made some amazing photos of the Big …

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captivating colombo - sri lanka

captivating colombo – sri lanka

It’s a beautiful feeling when a country so inspires you to keep coming back. Sri Lanka poses that magical appeal. From Ayurveda cleanses to beautiful and uncrowded beaches, deliciously spicy food and inspiring works from local architect Geoffrey Bawa, lush settings and wild animals. The capital Colombo is a beautiful colonial city, maintaining all its …

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dutchness: sometimes it still shocks me!

I like to say that I’ve been married to the Dutch, in once capacity or another, since 1999. I’m used to their directness. But inevitably there comes a moment when I still get very shocked at what I hear. Till now my most memorable moment of Dutchness came from my own mother-in-law, who at Amsterdam …

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the four kings of raja ampat

the four kings of raja ampat

What an incredibly beautiful world we live in! For the last two weeks we have been sailing on The Seven Seas Indonesia Liveaboard boat through the magnificent Raja Ampat region, part of the Coral Triangle, which is located to the west of Papua in Indonesia. Raja Ampat stands for the Four Kings, four main islands, …

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raja ampat kids

I love observing kids, who all over the world are the same: they play, laugh, sulk, stare at you in wonder, cry, tease and look away from shyness. These are the kids I bumped into while traversing the islands of Raja Ampat.

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stunning Hassan II mosque in Casablanca

a road trip through enchanting morocco and its imperial cities

Morocco is one of those magnificent destinations that deserves time and repeat visits. Rapidly developing while still preserving it’s strong culture and islamic tradition, balancing romanticism and a mystical atmosphere, Morocco definitely left me with strong imagery and memories. We will keep coming back. We drove from Tangier to Marrakech, passing through the four imperial …

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the joys of xmas tipping in new york

Oh what a stress! About a month or so ago we were made aware of this tradition in New York, that for the Xmas holidays it was expected for every tenant in the building to generously tip all the staff working there. Yes, it’s the season of giving. But oh my, why does it have …

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new york ... chasing the fall foliage

new york … chasing the fall foliage

I’ve always dreamt of seeing the beauty of the fall colors in the US North East. Forests of deciduous trees, leaves brilliantly shining in multiple shades of red, yellow and gold, reaching their peak while getting ready to shed all their leaves in order to accommodate the cold and bitter winter months. Trying to find …

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9/11 anniversary: haunting yet beautiful

9/11

Sep 11 is around the corner. This evening, as I came home, I noticed that the beams by the Freedom Tower went on and it’s the first time I see this. I quickly pulled out my camera and took shots over some 20 minutes.  And just as I finished, the lights went off.  Most probably …

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detroit. revival. survival.

detroit. revival. survival.

The signs say … Detroit: America’s great comeback city I have to admit, that after 4 days in Detroit, there is a lot to come back from. What I saw is abandoned glory. The city has been ravaged with suburbanization – where due to the crumbling of the automotive industry, the populace has abandoned the …

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garbage and waste

garbage and waste

There is nothing that upsets me more than the site of garbage in places where you shouldn’t see any. And wastefulness. When I lived in Bali, the garbage issue was out of control. During the rainy season, when the grounds were lush, everything looked dream like. But as soon as the dry season approached, the …

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New York State of Mind

new york state of mind

Every morning we wake up to this magnificent New York City skyline view.  What fascinates me the most is the many moods that this city exudes.  I always say that the city is unashamed of itself which is why the city photographs itself so well. My goal is take shots of it as it changes through …

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Artsy in Palouse

artsy in palouse

I attempted to do landscape photography in Palouse.  But I also tried to create some artistry with those landscape shots.  I played around with the photos for quite some time, ultimately ending up enjoying the process and the outcome.  Here is a selection.

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