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Nusa Lembongan, Bali

A small island with big waves, Nusa Lembongan is thankfully still a bit off the beaten path in Bali. It’s about half hour boat ride from the south end of Bali  - close enough for a day trip for some people, but staying a few nights in a villa with a view is well worth it. There is surfing and scuba diving for those that are interested, but Lembongan is also a great place to come and relax. There are long , walkable,  strips of beach, shanty restaurants with great food, and a village with typical Balinese friendliness.  

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Island of the Gods

The island of Bali has a spiritual feel to it that is difficult to describe. It's a combination of so many things, but it makes people never want to leave. It's the bright colors of the jungle,   the tropical flowers and the local clothing, and constant subtle smells of burning incense offerings to the gods, and the way people are always calm, friendly, and smiling even while weaving in and out of traffic running late for an appointment. It's little idiosyncrasies, like the way people give blessing to the engines of the boat before leaving port, or how every property, be it hotel, business or residence has multiple shrines to the Hindu deities. There are temples dating back to the 8th century, shrines overrun by monkeys, and active volcanoes for you to climb.  Bali is an impressively beautiful place that is both accessible and affectionate to foreigners while still being very much an exotic destination.
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Central Bali, and Ubud in particular, holds the history and the most significant cultural areas of the old Balinese Kingdoms. Though now part of Indonesia, make no mistake, Bali is unique in that its history, and its people are tied inextricably to its rich Hindu culture.
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Borneo: The Lost World

There are jungles in Borneo, that are so isolated from civilization, so rich in rare wildlife, so full of untouched forests, that it feels like a separate world, locked in a pre-humanity sphere separate from our own. These rainforests have thrived for millions of years, with many bizarre and exotic species found only here. We only managed to scratch the surface of Borneo, a huge island with many opportunities for exploration. This gallery primarily looks at the wildlife in and around the Kinabatangan river and the surrounding jungle, and area teeming with wildlife, but also an area that has seen deforestation over recent decades in the form of palm oil plantations. Luckily there are protected areas and conservation efforts, and the further you get away from the coastal cities the more you are rewarded with this spectacular lost world. See some previews below, and the full gallery by clicking here. 
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A playful female Orangutan. "Orang Hutang" translates to "People of the forest" in Malay.

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Searching for wildlife on the lower Kinabatangan River.

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This female proboscis gives us an angry scowl to advise us not to come any closer.

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A brightly colored kingfisher patrolling the riverbank.

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A cave ceiling covered with bats and swiftlet nests makes for an abstract photograph.

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A dominant male orangutan , critically endangered, gorges on vegetation just a few meters from our cottage.

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A large crocodile in the Kinabatangan River.

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A monitor lizard, well camouflaged on a tree branch, possibly awaits his prey.

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Up close and personal with a large male proboscis monkey.

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A family of proboscis monkeys move along a sprawling tree.

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A young silver leaf monkey calls out for attention from her mother.

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The remarkable rhinoceros hornbill of Borneo


Tropical islands of Malaysia: Redang

To put things simply, Redang Island is a tropical paradise. To be more accurate, it's a group of very small islands off the coast of the Malaysian peninsula, that have the trifecta of great weather, lush jungle, and beautiful beaches - at least for six months of the year (the island and it's hotels are generally deserted during monsoon season).
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The central areas of the island are covered with thick rainforest. If you're willing and able, you can hike through it to find other isolated beaches you'll have all to yourself. In the jungle, you might come across giant monitor lizards, which can grow up to 200 pounds, but thankfully prey only on eggs, frogs, and small fish.
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Redang isn't a place for local culture, shopping, or nightlife. Instead,  it's a place to experience the beauty of the sea. While there is a small village, it's primarily populated with tourists looking to do snorkeling and diving.  Directly off the main beach on which the majority of the hotels are located, you can find a lively coral reef, where it's easy to find resident baby reef sharks and a huge variety of tropical fish. With a bit of luck, sea turtles, octopus, giant trigger fish, and moray eels are common sightings here as well.
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As a bonus, we got to take a self guided tour of Kuala Terengganu, a medium sized port city with service to many of Malaysia's eastern islands. Notable in "KT" are some spectacular floating mosques, and a Chinatown that dates back to the 17th century.
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Gallery Update: Toronto

It's been about ten years since I first made an album of Toronto. At the time, I was still learning how to use my first Digital SLR, the first Canon Rebel at the time. I just can't run out of pictures to take in Toronto. There are 259 pictures in this album, after culling hundreds of others. Below are some newer captures from recent trips, enjoy the tour! Click here to go to the full gallery. img_8240 img_8403 july2014-196 img_8425 img_8399 img_8401 img_8452a

Cuzco, the Andean capital. (Peru series 2 of 6)

Cuzco (or Cusco) is the ancient capital of the Inca empire, and thereby one of South America's most historically significant cities. The Inca Empire was the largest, most developed society of all the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans. With the capital in Cuzco, Inca rule extended upon as many as 35 million people, to as far as modern day Columbia and Argentina. The Spanish came in 1533, ushering in a colonial era where Inca temples were replaced with impressive catholic churches, but The Inca culture, both literally and figuratively, remained the underlying foundation upon which the Spanish built the colonial society. Cuzco sits at 11,152ft above sea level,  in the Andean highlands, in an area known as the Sacred Valley. Because of its historical prominence, the city today is a unique antique;  many streets, walls, and plazas remain from pre-colonial times. Renaissance churches from the Spanish conquest of the 1500s occupy the most prominent  street corners in the city, but are built on the footprints of much older Inca temples. Once the capital of the Incas, the city is today the most visited city in Peru. Click here to visit the gallery. peru 1782 peru 1765 plaza peru 369 peru 1709

Altitude traning

  I've updated the gallery of the Canadian Rockies after some enjoyable alpine hiking on a cold Labor Day weekend in Banff. We managed one summit (albeit with weather turning sour), and several other hikes in what I still consider one of the most scenic places imaginable! Click Here.  Rockies 335   top of morraine lake Rockies 042 Rockies 132 Rockies 299

Under Elm trees.

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Cold, Crisp Air.

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Keep exploring: Toronto

Amongst the 6 million people, 1600 parks, 165 000 street lights, and thousands of high rises, Toronto has much to explore.  It has a scope that is unlike anything else in Canada, being a growing metropolis that is already 4th largest in North America. I recently learned that Toronto has the most skyscrapers under construction of any city in North America, with 147 under construction. Not at all surprising as you walk the Harbour Front  or the Entertainment District. The scope, and the growth, combine to give an impression of explorable immensity.

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Winnipeg landmarks, old and new.


Pyrotechnics


Miami is cold hearted, but I don’t hold it against her.

As much as this site is about photography, it’s often just as much about traveling. I consider myself fairly well travelled, experienced even, managing to stay (more or less) safe in 18 countries since taking a liking to photography. Much of that time, I was alone, just me and my camera.  But yours truly made something of a novice traveler’s mistake (at least it seems that way in hindsight) – and it has left me with a few less valuable possessions since returning from Florida. Namely, my camera. Thankfully, nothing was taken that isn't replaceable. I’m always grateful when I return home safe and sound. Really, that’s always the most important thing. With that said, it’s still a disheartening lesson to re-learn, the lesson we all think we know: protect your valuables. You can steal my camera, but you can’t steal my eye for photography, or my sense of adventure. You might however be able to teach me a valuable lesson or two, jerk. Here are some pictures taken from a lowly camera phone, a joke of a substitute for an SLR in the interim.   Daytona Beach, not the site of the buglar, and quite an amazing Beach. An abandoned farmhouse, somewhere in southern Manitoba. A field with big sky, Manitoba. A cleanly organized log pile, Manitoba prairies.

Winter Exposures, (feels like home.)


Dog days!


A new look

Things have changed around here once again. I've got a new publishing platform that will make it easier for me to update, anytime and anywhere. Hopefully, what this will mean is more frequent updates! Happy spring everybody.