Kolkata - Hive of industry

I guess the term hive of industry originated from observations of bees but it could equally be applied to Kolkata’s Barabazar or Mullik Ghat flower market. Barabazar, Asia’s largest wholesale market, is absolutely extraordinary, chock full of traders, taxis...

28 August 2016

Two moments in time

Australia has a treasure trove of lovely parrots, but many are not seen or recognised by Joe Public. The diminutive Rock Parrot is one such jewel. Found only along the cost in the south-west of Western Australia and on the central and west coast of South Australia...

1 July 2016

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Sometimes I wish I could write songs like some of my musical heroes, people like Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and Mark Knoffler. Alas musical tone was something that I missed out on. Sometimes their song lines come to me when I am...

16 June 2016

A reverence for trees - a silk scarf of green, brown and red

Being an "open air artist" means that I have to suffer the ridicule of those around me, the odd looks and second glances of people who can't possibly imagine what on earth a grown man might be doing grovelling about on the forest floor, or floating little...

4 May 2016

The Sooty Beetle Catcher - yeah yeah yeah

As a photographer chasing Sooty Oystercatchers is great fun, their sooty black colour and the white beaches they inhabit make them a difficult exposure challenge, but it is always fun crawling along a pure white beach on your tummy! Trying to work out what...

29 April 2016

Now hear this - Bangladesh

Just had a week in Bangladesh. We went in through Dhaka and it seemed to make India feel underpopulated! Fortunately we spent most of the time in the north around Rangpur and Dinajpur. Security concerns limited our mobility but we nevertheless found the locals...

21 March 2016

The Periwinkle Garden

Just been down the coast for a few days, enjoying the beach and the summer weather. Spent some time in the wonderful Deep Creek Conservation Park where the rolling hills of the Fleurieu Peninsula plunge into the Southern Ocean. It's a glorious landscape with...

22 February 2016

Signs of Australia Day

Since it is Australia Day today I thought I would share some iconic signs of Australia. Not sure how many of you will know what the one above actually means! Then there are always the wildlife warnings....Where too next?Some lovely Australian names there....

26 January 2016

A reverence for trees - The Plane trees of Trsteno

On our first visit to Croatia in 2009 we’d planned to stop in at Trsteno, just north of Dubrovnik, and take a look at some huge plane trees that guard the entrance to an impressive arboretum, and the arboretum itself. A couple of km out of Trsteno the traffic...

8 January 2016

A tree of the year?

For those that follow my blog you know that I have a great love of trees, and so it was with delight this week when I found out that there is an annual “Tree of the Year” competition in Europe. Each country in Europe is able to nominate one tree from which...

29 November 2015