A Day at the Széchenyi Baths, Budapest


Images of Mt Fuji

From where I stood Mt Fuji rose majestic and serene against a clear blue sky. The cherry blossoms were still in bloom, a perfect frame against Fuji’s snow-capped dome. I never thought I would see such beauty.

Hong Kong in 10 Photos

Hong Kong is a city of many faces. Although mostly forest, it boasts the most densely populated area on earth; sky-scrappers jostle with the past as the mecca of the free market economy thrives despite Communist rule. Somehow, old religions and traditions thrive.

This is one of my favourite photos of Hong Kong, taken some fifty years ago. Remarkable, really, that I still have it.  I fell in love with the plethora of streets which are steps, covered with stalls which half-hide the side entrances to shops. This shows the junction of Queen's Rd (now Queen's Rd Central) and Pottinger Street. Queen's Street once ran along the foreshore; Hong Kong is an island which rises sheer from the sea. So much of where the tourists walk is reclaimed land.

Ah, moomins. Anything and everything can be bought in Hong Kong, even creatures from the mind of Tove Jannson, a famous Finnish author. Her moomins and their world were the delight of my childhood.

Hong Kong is the old and the new not jus…

Life On The Mekong

To paraphrase Douglas Adams, the Mekong River is big. Really Big. When so much water runs through six countries before spilling into the web of the Mekong Delta, figures becoming meaningless.

Wherever you choose to join the river, it abounds with life: villages to towns to larger cities, isolated houses, cluster of fishermen. Even those stretches where the jungle tumbles down to the water's edge are filled with the drumming of dragonflies and the splash of leaping fish.

The rain, when it comes, is sudden and heavy. At times it can be difficult to see more than a few feet ahead. But then it goes, and the world around me was soon steaming in the lazy heat.

For many, the river is little more than another road. Small boats transport people across this waterway using only the power of oars; floating markets sell all things imaginable. Other boats bring food and drinks to those selling all day at these markets. Many craft sail perilously close to the Plimsoll line.

The petrol stations …

Koya-San, Japan's Holy Mountain.

Koya-San is one of Japan's Holy mountains, revered as the resting place of the Kobo Daishi, who brought Shingon Buddhism to Japan.

Although he has been dead for over 1000 years, monks still bring the Kobo Daishi food twice a day in his mausoleum, the Oko-in. As I walked towards his resting place, the sunlight tumbled through the cypress trees, and midges danced in the sunlight. (Be warned: as the daylight fades, these are replaced by starving mosquitoes!)

Over a million pilgrims and tourists alike flock to Koya-san, to walk hand-in hand with this monk, in the hope he will help lead them to enlightenment. Even the dead line the paths here, waiting for the return of the Buddha of the Future, one of the most esteemed figures in Japanese history.

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All the Fun of the Fair

Ah, all joys of Sydney’s Royal Easter Show! Even the prize chickens and rams get in on the action.

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