Lombok Sunset

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Sunset from Medana Beach

I’m still in Indonesia but we’ve moved from Bali to Lombok. We’ve based ourselves on the north of the island on the coast and we’re dialling up the relaxation a notch.

I captured the sunset a few moments ago, looking out towards the Gili Islands.

We will head over to the Gilis on Thursday and see if we can snorkel with the giant turtles here.


Volcano Sunrise

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Sunrise over Bali

I climbed Mount Batur again this morning to watch the sun rise.

At the summit with guide, Dede

We set out from our accommodation in Ubud just after 0200 and arrived at the base of Batur just over an hour later.  Our ascent took less time than it did last year, but it definitely felt more challenging. Our guide was a 19 year old Balanese guy called Dede who was working as a mountain guide to fund his studies in Denpasar and sometimes ascended Batur twice a day. Perhaps some of his energy transferred to us and encouraged us to make the ascent faster than we would have done.

We climbed to the top crater this year – we didn’t make it to this level last year – and we sat waiting for the sun to rise over Bali. The sky was wonderfully clear and we were even able to see Mt Rinjani on Lombok from our crater vantage point.

Crater Rim Walking

Once the sun had risen, we climbed up and around the crater rim.  This climb was mainly on hands and knees and the exposure managed to turn a few other crater climbers back – the crater rim is steep sided and steam rises gently from open vents in the inner crater wall making the narrow track damp and slippery in places.

The descent was just as challenging as our ascent, sharp volcanic rock rolled underfoot as we slowly picked our way down through the narrow channels created by the hundreds who make the journey to the summit of Batur every day.

Long Time Indonesia

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Rice Terrace on Bali

We are currently travelling in Indonesia.

Last summer we climbed an active volcano on Bali, Mount Batur, from the top of which we saw an incredible sunrise.  This year we will return to climb Batur once again.

Yesterday we visited a few temples around Ubud. I always like to find places that are remote and that attract few tourists; I’ve always been this way.  Finding places like that in Ubud is pretty challenging, but sometimes it’s the journey to the places rather than the places themselves that are most beautiful.

A very good friend of mine pointed out last week that I’ve not posted anything to my blog since 2016, so this one is for you Gav.

Introducing a Photography Project

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Thames Sunset

I’m back in Wales at my parents place for Christmas.  It’s always nice to come home and to see family, especially around this time of year.

I have brought my camera with me and have decided that I want to take on a photography project whilst I’m here, the idea for which came to me a few weeks ago when I went to see Kris Roe from the Ataris play in Kingston, London.  If you’re familiar with the Ataris, you’ll know that many of their songs focus on growing up.

I’ve decided to visit the many places that I used to hang out when I was growing up and take photographs of these places at different times throughout the year.  I’ll then put together a short slideshow that I can share with the friends that I had the pleasure of growing up with.

Watch this space…

Capturing Sunsets

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Sunset over West London

I’ve been experimenting recently with capturing the sun setting near my home in London.  We are lucky to live close to the Thames on a lovely reach of the river between Barnes and Chiswick.  As the sun sets to the west the Thames path is bathed in a beautiful light.  Here’s one of my favourite shots to date.

A winter walk with a new camera

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Blue Shoes!
As part of my “procrastinate less” theme that I wanted to put into play this year, I went out and bought myself a new camera, and with it rekindled my love of photography. I went for a Canon 6D and paired it with a 24-105 L lens – I’m very pleased with it so far.

Yesterday was a wintery Saturday, cold blue skies and just enough cloud to provide interesting views for shooting. I went for a walk up a hill not too far away and tried to capture the best of colours offered by the afternoon.

More photography here…