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Lord Howe Island twin peaks

The home of the rare and wonderful These beautiful twin peaks are the landmarks of the island, and holds so much more than beauty to the human eye, and is recognized with the highest honor as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tallest of the two peaks is Mt Gower at 867 meters, to the […]

Lord Howe Island twin peaks

The home of the rare and wonderful These beautiful twin peaks are the landmarks of the island, and holds so much more than beauty to the human eye, and is recognized with the highest honor as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tallest of the two peaks is Mt Gower at 867 meters, to the […]

Lord Howe Island Bodyboarder

Waiting for that next big one! When the tide and direction of the wind is right for Lord Howe Island’s Blinky Beach, surfers rush here to take advantage it. Lord Howe Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of those rare places that will never be crowded with people as there is cap of […]

Lord Howe Island sunset

9 out of 10 evenings during my stay on Lord Howe Island I walked the Little Island Track along the beach to the outcrop called Little Island. At first to experience the sunsets, but after just one sunset I was completely hooked. Hooked on experiencing the large numbers of seabirds. I visited in April, the […]

Lord Howe Island Bodyboarder

Knowing when to expect big surfs is one thing, but taking advantage of them when they do arrive is another. You might not see any great waves during your stay, or find out that when you were hiking the interior, there were amazing surfs lasting just a couple of hours. Locals know this all too […]

Lord Howe Island Surfer

The clarity and color of the sea here on Lord Howe Island’s Blinky Beach is absolutely stunning, and when waves are rolling in you can see the turquoise stand bright against the froth of the breaking waves when the sun is low and at a favorable angle. I have seen these colors in the arctic, […]

Megalong Valley Road, Blue Mountains, Australia

Blue Mountains is mostly known for its waterfalls and sheer cliffs, but is so much more. Wherever you go, wherever you look, there is something amazing and unique. It’s all about being present! As I was driving down towards the valley from Blackheath, I was amazed by the lushness of the forest and the beauty […]

Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains is famous and visited by many, and now by me. I expected to see mountains, but was disappointed as the landscape was just hills – even as I entered Katoomba. Elevation-wise it’s not really very high, around a thousand metres, but with mountains in its name I had expectations of peaks. It is […]

Blue Mountains National park

I had only 3 nights here in the Blue Mountains, and a limit to how much I could explore during that time. Thus I selected spots close to my hotel, and revisited these spots at different times of day. This very spot was just a few hundred meters from the hotel, and I went down […]

Blue Mountains National Park

The Three Sisters of Blue Mountain National Park is perhaps the most known of all landmarks in the park, but for the most part seen from a distance. And from a distance they look very interesting to climb, but alas! Up close it becomes clear that they are quite a challenge for novices, and the […]

Blue Mountains National Park

This morning started with dense fog and no promise of any sun rays. I was greeted with lots of bird sounds, but nothing to see. As the morning progressed, I could see glimpses of sun, and within minutes the top cloud layer cracked open. I decided to walk closer to the famous three sisters and […]

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains National Park, Australia.

My first morning in this amazing national park was that of utter gloom as the clouds were hanging all the way to the ground – as fog. Weather changes quickly up here, so I was not deterred and just as I arrived at the lookout point I was greeted with lots of loud Sulphur-crested cockatoos […]

Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

During my stay in Sydney I got real close to a family of kookaburras residing in the park just outside the house of my friend Pia Lindgren. First of all I was amazed by how tame they were. They could sit on the ground or on a branch, and when I slowly walked outside to […]

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

This wonderfully colored bird is definitely into a balanced diet, as it will gladly take handouts like apples from us humans. In fact this is one of many pairs that regularly visit the garden of my friend in Sydney, and while there I could sit or stand very close to them. They primarily came to […]