Monday, May 18, 2009

Fiji

1) The small village of Bavu, south of Nadi, Fiji, is a collection of thatch, wooden and corrugated iron huts.




2) The villagers of Bavu, south of Nadi, Fiji, grow and smoke tobacco




3) The satisfying aftertaste of Fijian kava always leaves an impression on your face.




4) Drinking kava in the village of Bavu, south of Nadi, Fiji.




5) Tony prepares the kava in the village of Bavu, south of Nadi, Fiji,




6) Tony and his brothers prepare a bowl of kava after a hard day's work in the village of Bavu, south of Nadi, Fiji.

Friday, May 8, 2009

torres del paine

1) The dramatic granite towers that are the inspiration for the name of the national park Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




2) The sunrise colours of the granite towers that are the inspiration for the name of the national park Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




3) Trekkers get their feet wet during a river crossing in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




4) The granite mountain range above the French Valley, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




5) The turquoise colour of Lake Pehoe, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




6) The sun sets on the darkened peaks of Los Cuernos (The Horns), Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




7) The sharp folds and edges of Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




8) The head of the enormous Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




9) An avalanche meant "track closed" - the perfect time to undertake the 120kms of the great circuit of Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




10) The head of Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




11) Summer time in Torres del Paine, Chile, is the season when hundreds of colourful caterpillars emerge to roam to forest floor




12) A hiker makes her way through the forest during the 120km circuit of Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




13) A hiker dwarfed by the massive Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




14) A hiker dwarfed by the massive Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




15) A wild guanaco, of the camel family, in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




16) A hiker trudges through the snow over the John Garner Pass, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile




17) The summer brings out gorgeous orchids lining the walking tracks of Torres del Paine, Chile. This is the Codonorchis Lessonii.




18) The summer brings out gorgeous orchids lining the walking tracks of Torres del Paine, Chile. This is the Chloraea Magellanica.

pampa linda

1) A boat cuts across a glacial lake in the Patagonian Andes, Argentina, to take hikers back to civilisation




2) A caterpillar crawls on the forest floor in the Patagonian Andes, Argentina




3) Lizards are a common sight in the Patagonian Andes in the Lakes District, Argentina




4) A German trekker hesitates at the sight of a series of logs bridging a river in the Patagonian Andes, the Lakes District, Argentina




5) Tall canopy reach for the skies in the Patagonian Andes, the Lakes District, Argentina




6) Tall canopy reach for the skies in the Patagonian Andes, the Lakes District, Argentina




7) The glacier-covered peak of Mt Tronodor, straddling Chile and Argentina in the Patagonian Andes, reflected perfectly in Laguna Ilon




8) The Patagonian Andes in the Lakes District, Argentina, are a series of peaks, steep valleys, forests and lakes




9) The amazing colours of Laguna Azul (Blue Lake) in the Patagonian Andes, the Lakes District, Argentina




10) The second mountain pass during the six-day crossing of the Patagonian Andes, the Lakes District, Argentina, the snowy peak of Mt Tronodor signaling the Chilean border




11) The campsite at Laguna Negra (Black Lake), in the Patagonian Andes, the Lakes district, Argentina

Choquequirao

1) The flat, round clearing on the ridge was the main ceremonial site at the Inca city of Choquiquerao, offering commanding views of the the sunrise and the Apumirac Valley




2) The stone ruins of the Inca city Choquiequirao follow the mountain ridge to a flat, round clearing, the main ceremonial site




3) The main meeting houses of the ancient Inca city of Choquequirao, next to the main plaza, seated on the edge of a steep mountain ridge




4) The ancient Inca city of Choquequirao, lies on a mountain ridge in the densely vegetated Cahora Valley. This view is looking down onto the city from the main ceremonial site- a large, flat circular field with a stone border




5) The steep agricultural terraces of the Inca site Choquequirao




6)A vertical water channel running down the terrace walls in the Inca site of Choquequirao




7) The stone buildings flanking the terraces of the Inca site of Choquequirao had large windows from where the workers could be watched




8)Steep water canals and stairs alongside the agricultural terraces at the Inca site of Choquequirao




9) The terraces of the Inca site of Choquequirao hang on a steep hillside in the Apurimac Valley, Peru

Machu Picchu

1)The carved stone at the top of the observatory at the ancient site of Machu Picchu is a tribute to the sharp peak of Wayna Picchu towards the north.




2)The observatory at the Inca city of Machu Picchu rises up above the main plaza




3) A canal above the Inca city of Machu Picchu channels water to 16 fountains in the central part of the city




4) The Temple of the Condor at Machu Picchu, like a lot of other Inca stonework, incorporates natural rock forms into the whole structure




5) Machu Picchu draped over the sharp ridge, with the peak of Wayna Picchu rising up beyond it. View from Mt Machu Picchu




6) The skeletal stones of Machu Picchu draped over the sharp ridge, with the peak of Wayna Picchu rising up beyond it. View from Mt Machu Picchu




7) The skeletal stones of Machu Picchu with the peak of Wayna Picchu rising up beyond it.




8) The skeletal stones of Machu Picchu with the peak of Wayna Picchu rising up beyond it.




9) Stone walls leading up to the summit of Wayna Picchu, with the main site of Machu Picchu beyond, and the peak of Mt Machu Picchu behind it




10) Steep terraces on the western side of Wayna Picchu lead down to the Urubamba Valley below




11) A zig-zag road takes buses to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, in the Urubamba Valley




12)The morning mist hangs around the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu




13) A solitary worker walks through the morning mist in the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu