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The Elephant Nature Park (Thailand)

Planning new travel adventures is one of my favourite things. At this stage the possibilities are endless. I get to delve into Lonely Planets (my travel book of choice) and absorb wonderful ideas and photos.

I was planning an adventure with a friend who always has wonderful ideas of places to go. It is her I have to thank for sending me a link to The Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. “We could go here!”

In the end it was only me that could make it and I was lucky enough to spend a wonderful week volunteering there…

I was overwhelmed to arrive and find that there were 60 volunteers this week. Great for the elephants but daunting for this introvert! As it happens the group was split into 4 work teams. I had great people in my group; including someone who I know I’d see again after an in-depth final night “what I’m doing with my life” chat.

We had a very relaxed time on our first day. A general orientation tour was followed by heading down to the river to wash the elephants. They were pretty good at doing that themselves and getting us soaked in the process!

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Friday photo: Tomatoes or Tomatos

I decided to step up my photography this year. At the moment I’m doing an online course and depth of field was the topic of the day.

1/30, f5.6, ISO 100, 155mm

 

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Are you a frog in a pot of hot water?

Image courtesy of http://www.dreamstime.com/-image3259711© Alptraum

I’m a frog in a pot of hot water. To explain – there is an experiment that goes like this….put a frog into a pot of cold water and she swims happily about. Put the frog into a pot of boiling water and she leaps right out. Put a frog into a pot of cold water, and gradually heat the water, and the frog keeps swimming about in the pot as she doesn’t realise that she’s being cooked Continue reading →

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Friday photo: Birthday flowers

 

I received a gorgeous bunch of flowers for my birthday. It contained some oriental lilies which are one of my favourites, not least because they smell divine.

1/15, f5, ISO 400, 70mm

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Naming your blog is like naming a baby

I figure that creating a baby and creating a blog have a lot in common: 

  • Both involve a certain amount of excitement in the creation.
  • Both involve making a commitment.
  • Both involve a big decision being made (well in most cases!)
  • Both involve facing your fears and suffering through a certain amount of pain.

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Artists Galore (Valparaiso and Santiago)

Valparaiso is a crazy, wonderful mix of colorfully painted houses hanging off steep crumpling hills. The access from the flat city centre up to the hills is by ascesores (funicular elevators) that seem to be suspended in midair. Continue reading →

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Friday photo: The beauty of horses

Falkland Island locals

Falkland Island locals

I took this shot when I was out for a wander around Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands on my point and click camera.

 Although there is a lot I could do to improve this photo (get rid of that distracting rock in the foreground, darken the photo as it looks overexposed and I would’ve tried to get a lot closer to the horses) I still really like it as it captures the mood of where I was. A dark and stormy place that had its own special kind of beauty; especially because it contained some of my favourite creatures. Horses have always held a place in my heart.

 

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From wine (Talca) to adventure (Pucon)

 My trip was to take me from Santiago to Talca and finally to Pucon.

Talca is infamous for being the place that Chile’s 1818 declaration of independence was signed. The area is also famous for its wonderful wines so I couldn’t resist doing the obvious and going on a tour of one of the local vineyards and sampling the produce. The dessert wines won hands down for me as I found the Chilean reds were very strong. I stayed at Hostal del Rio which was a nice clean place but not much more than that.Wine+country

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Friday photo: Flying sheep

 

Flying sheep

I took this photo at the wonderful Ohariu Farm, just outside of Wellington, while I was there on a one day photo course run by the talented Simon Woolf.

It’s one of my favourite photos as I felt like I really getting the hang of photography. I’ve printed this photo out in A3 size and hung it on my wall.

1/400, f5.6, ISO 100, 90mm

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Falkland Islands (where oh where have the penguins gone??)

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“Falkland Islands? Why would you want to go there?!” my curious friends asked. “Friendship and penguins” was my constant reply. Luckily my friend was still there when I arrived as the penguins certainly weren’t! Continue reading →

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