Hi Everyone

We are on a 6 week trip of a lifetime visiting Singapore (2 nights), Perth (5 nights), Melbourne (4 nights), touring the South and then the North Islands of New Zealand for nearly a month, finishing with 3 nights in Hong Kong.

A wonderful opportunity to take photographs of so many contrasting cultures and landscapes. We would like to share a selection of images we have taken along the way on our Nikon D7000 and D800 cameras. We hope you enjoy them and continue to follow us on our adventures.

(The most recent post will be the first you will see so by working backwards and through the 'older posts' you will get to the beginning of the trip. Posts will be added when we get the selected images processed and internet access).

Enjoy !

Fiona and Alan

The Clock Tower, Kowloon Waterfront

May 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
With its avenue of palm trees this was shouting out take a photo of me so the trusty tripod was out again.
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What a difference a day makes !

May 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Later that night the sky clear to provide a better night skyline - Alan was determined to get a good one and he was at last rewarded.
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Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, Lantau Island

May 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
This is the cable car we nearly got on in Ngong Ping. A threat of thunder and lightening led to the 5.7 km cable car being temporarily closed. Not sure how much we would have seen from the cable car as the weather closed in obscuring most of the country side. We ended up with torrential rain that stayed on for the remainder of the day.
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Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Islan

May 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
The multi coloured flags in this image are the colours of the Buddha. A new monastery is being built from public donations and this will provide more accommodation for monks and nuns visiting the Giant Buddha. We had a vegetarian buffet lunch in an adjoining building. Never mind 5 -a -day, we must have ate about 55 of our allowance.
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Giant Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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Standing at 24 metres high this copper statue of the buddha is in the grounds of the Po Lin Monastery. The upturned right hand signifies 'have no fear' while the upturned left hand bestows blessing. When we arrived the statue was totally shrouded in low mist but quite eerily the mist temporarily subsided for 2 minutes enabling this image to be tak...
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Taoist Temple, Tai O Village, Lantau Island

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The inside of the temples are very colourful and heavy with the scent of incense. They also have a gift shop - a later inclusion. Taoism is the most prevalent religion in Hong Kong.
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Bamboo Scaffolding, Tai O Village, Lantau Island

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Not all the housing and buildings in the village are built on stilts and located on the water. This building is under construction and bamboo scaffolding, which is the normal material even when it comes to erecting the huge skyscrapers is being used. Health and Safety in the UK would have a fit if you used bamboo back home but it is a well used and...
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Primitive Living, Tao O Fishing Village, Lantau Island

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Every couple of years the village is flooded and repairs are just about made and it floods again. The fact that these houses are built on stilts makes them even more vulnerable to damage and being swept away which is what happened to the building that was previously on these stilts. The remaining buildings are looking a bit dodgy. It's incredible...
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Drying Fish, Tai O Fishing Village, Lantau Island

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Traditional methods are used to dry the small amount of fish that are still being caught. Note top line fish, bottom line y-fronts - we hope they don't get mixed up!
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Tai O Fishing Village, Lantau Island

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We toured through this village, which is built on stilts, in a small boat. This was an extremely busy fishing village but there are practically no fishing boats left apart from those that take out tourists on big game fishing tours. The reason for the decline was that government in an attempt to ensure a sustainable amount of fish has banned fishin...
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