Thira to Heraklion

Thira (Santorini), to Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 12 October 2018.

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We are now on the ferry on our way from Thira to Heraklion (in Crete).  Fortuitously, it is just after six o’clock and sunset is approaching so there are some special opportunities for long lens photography as we leave Thira.

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Cruise liner probably heading to Athens.  I think Oia is in the background.

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Picturesque vessel, I think a schooner.

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Probably part of Thira township at the top of the cliffs.

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Close-up of luxurious tourist accommodation atop the cliffs.

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Late light playing on the sea.

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It took me a while to work out.  At the bottom of the cliffs is not the port we came from, it’s the old port of Thira, with Imerovigli at the top.  You might need to click on the image to expand it to see, but there’s a road going down there and also a cablecar.

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The light is very different according to the direction you are looking.

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Towards the sun, sunset approaching.

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Akrotiri lighthouse with people in front of it to watch the sunset.

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These houses may be on Akro Aspronisi Point, near Akrotiri Lighthouse.

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The light is slowly fading away.

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Last view of Thira with darkness approaching.

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Venetian Harbour and the Koules Fortress.

Some hours later and we are now in Heraklion in Crete.  This is the view from our hotel room.

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We are now in Heraklion and for the next nine days we will be travelling around Crete, especially to remote places and ancient sires.

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An ancient building with the roof in need of repair.

This is also taken from the hotel the next day, from the balcony outside the dining room at the time of breakfast.  This also applies to the next four images.

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An old ruined boat fenced off beside the harbour.  I think I may have been told a story about it and I know exactly where it is but I can find no further information.

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The Venetian Lion on the side of Koules Fortress.

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The Venetian Harbour at Heraklion.

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Crete has had a long and varied history.  Humans were on Crete as early as 130,000 years ago (though not our subspecies).  Prehistoric animals included pygmy hippos, pygmy elephants, dwarf deer and giant mice. Remarkably, there have also been plausible though contested claims that footprints in rock in Crete were from a human relative 5.6 million years ago (which is not consistent with the conventional Out of Africa theory).

The Minoan civilisation was the earliest in Europe and lasted from 3500BC to 1100BC.  Crete was then taken over by the Mycenaeans and then the Dorians and became part of ancient Greek civilisation.  Rome conquered Crete in 69BC and it later became part of the Byzantine Empire.  The Arabs took over in 820 and established a piratical Emirate.  They built the town of Candia here which became the new capital of Crete and was later renamed Heraklion.  Byzantium took it back in 961 until the time of the Fourth Crusade in 1204 when the Venetians took over, after briefly contesting the island with the Genovese. 

The Ottomans took over in 1669 after laying siege to Candia for 21 years and the last Venetian outpost at Spinalonga fell in 1718.  Many Cretans participated in the Greek War of Independence from 1821 to 1829 but did not gain independence for Crete.  Despite many revolts, this did not happen until 1898, first as an independent state under the Ottomans (though occupied by the Great Powers) and Candia was remaned Heraklion at this time.  From 1908 it became part of Greece. 

The Moslem minority of Crete was repopulated to Turkey after the treaty of Lausanne in 1923.  Germany occupied Crete from 1941 to 1944 and there was fierce guerilla resistance from the locals.  There was civil war on Crete from 1947 to 1948, with an attempted Communist insurrection and the last two holdouts surrendered in 1974, 25 years after the last action on the mainland.

El Greco was from Crete (and from Candia) and Eleftherios Venezolos “Maker of Modern Greece”, the dominant Greek politician of the early 20th century, was also from Crete.

After breakfast and taking the preceding images, we headed off to the ancient Minoan city of Knossos (next post).

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Returning from Knossos, we left the rental car at the hotel and walked to the Museum of Archaeology (post after next).  On the way I paused at a couple of weathered doorways.

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We returned from the museum and later in the early evening went for a walk around the harbour.  These shells were for sale and Jools bought one.

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Fishing boats.

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Fishing nets.

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Fishing boats leading up to Koules Fortress (which was closed).

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This is in an area of Venetian dry docks and boat repairs.  The water was lapping in in those days.

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Later in the evening, a closer look at the mysterious old boat.  The name XAPAꓥAMΠOΠ may be a reference to Saint Charalampus, who lived during the reign of Septimus Severus.

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We were very fortunate that a band was playing Greek music in a park across from the hotel. I do not know the band’s name.  There was also a market at the same time.

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Red Beach and Akrotiri Lighthouse

Thira (Santorini), Greece, 11 October 2018.

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Usually, the images in each post are chronological.  But this time even after adjusting for one camera being 20 minutes out from the other, the order still didn’t make sense.  Also, I took photos from similar places at quite different times in the morning.  So I’ve worked out where I took them from and grouped them by location.

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This is a view of the caldera coast of the main island, looking south, from just past the port of Thira.

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With an extreme telephoto view from the same location, you can see Caldera Beach and the same launch and catamaran.

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Not the same catamaran, this one is much smaller.

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Another view of the same coastline from further on.  You can just see some of the boats moored at Caldera Beach in the corner at the mid left.

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Now we are past Caldera Beach and above it, looking north across the caldera.

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A couple of the small boats moored off the beach.

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We have now driven a short distance to the south coast.  I can’t find a name for this little seaside village so i presume it is just part of Akrotiri, which is also a historic site we shall visit later.  The boats have just pulled up, spruiking customers to take on a tour to red, white and black beaches (but we didn’t have enough time).

Just to the left of the village you might be able to see part of the white outline of a tiny church.

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This is a wider view, taken a few minutes before, prior to the boats tying up at the wharf.

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This is an ancient boatshed.  You can also see it at the right of the previous image if you click for a larger view.

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The tiny Church of St Nicholas.

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The bell tower.

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A musician busking on the headland before Red Beach.

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A bit further on, here is a view of Red Beach (left distance) and the walk in.  We didn’t go any further.  We weren’t looking for a swim and there’s not much room on the beach anyway.

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A view further over to the left.  This almost joins on the the photo of the musician but it’s not taken from quite the same place.

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The yacht was evidently a commercial cruise for sightseers.

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Looking back towards where we came from.  The white building is Hotel Akrotiri and there are several boatsheds at the water’s edge.

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We’ve now driven back, and then further on to Akrotiri Lighthouse at the far south corner of the island.

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A view from the other side.

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Looking north-west from near the lighthouse.  The point is Akro Aspronisi.

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A closer view.  What a view those houses on the point must have as the weather changes!

Do you think the white covering of the top of the island is snow or perhaps pumice from the eruption?

Actually no, it’s the houses which are all white.

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A passenger hydofoil from Thira Port heading towards Crete.  The ferry is slower but a lot cheaper.

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A launch below the lighthouse.

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A bit further around, this is looking up the south coast now, but where we were previously is beyond that point.  If you click for a larger image you can see Acro Beach Bar on the left, then White Beach (though mainly obscured) before the headland.

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Curious the things you can see.  I am reliably informed that this is not a relic from before the eruption, more than three thousand years ago.  For one thing, they didn’t have bicycles with pneumatic tyres then.

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Bosphorous Cruise

Istanbul, 8 October 2018.

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The Bosphorous is the strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.  We opted for an afternoon cruise to see Istanbul from the water.

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Galata Tower.

The Galata Tower was built in 1348 by the Genoese colony in Constantinople, replacing an earlier Galata Tower from 528.  The current tower was the tallest building in Constantinople when it was built.  It has been damaged several times by fires and storms and rebuilt.

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Tug boat?

It says on the side of the cabin “İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi” or “The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality”.

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Nusretiye Mosque

A baroque-style mosque, built 1823 to 1826 by Sultan Mahmut II.  (Perhaps he said to his architect “Let’s go for broke!”)

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Built by Sulieman the Magnificent in 1559 in honour of his sons Şehzade Mehmed and Şehzade Cihangir, both of whom died in their early twenties.   Damaged on several occasions by earthquakes and fires and last rebuilt in 1889.

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Dwellings of the local population.

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Dolmabahçe Palace.

This is is the largest palace in Turkey, covering area of 11 acres with 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths and 68 toilets.  It was built between 1843 and 1856 by Sultan Abdulmejid I.  As well as the residence of sultans until the sultanate was abolished in 1924, it was the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1887 and from 1909 to 1922.

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I think this must also be part of Dolmabahçe Palace.

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A wider view of Dolmabahçe Palace, showing the ferry we were travelling on.

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Entrance way of Ciragan Palace Kempinski.

Ciragan Palace was built by Sultan AbdulAziz between 1863 and 1867. AbdulAziz lived in the palace until he was deposed in 1876 and died mysteriously soon after.  His successor Murad II only reigned for 93 days until he was deposed for mental illness and he then lived in the palace under house arrest until he died in 1904.  The palace was gutted by fire in 1910 but was purchased by a Japanese corporation and was renovated in 1992 and 2007 and is now a five-star hotel.  A night in the Sultan’s Suite costs $US35,000.

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Camlica Mosque.

This is the largest mosque in Turkey and was opened in March 2019, five months after I took this picture.

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This is the Vahdettin Pavilion. 

The original timber building was constructed in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and given to his brother, Prince Mehmed Vahdettin.  Mehmed became the last sultan, Mehmad VI, from 1918 to 1922.  When he was forced to leave the country in 1922, he gave the property to one of his odalisques (maid serving the harem).  Prime Minister Ozal started a reconstruction in 1989 that was abandoned when he died in 1993.  It was later rebuilt by Erdogan but in concrete with no attention to the original design.  It now servers as a Prime Ministerial residence and state guest house.

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An interesting architectural assembly at the water’s edge.

At a rough guess, I would say this is neither a palace nor a mosque.

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The Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Egypt was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1517 to 1914.  This was built for the mother of Abbas II, the last Ottoman Khedive of Egypt and Sudan.

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Anatolian Fortress.

The Anatolian Fortress was built between 1393 and 1394 by Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I, in preparation for a siege of Byzantine Constantinople.  The siege did not succeed because Bayezid was defeated and killed by Timur (Tamerlane) in 1402 at the Battle of Ankara, which led to an Ottoman civil war.  Constantinople held out for another sixty years.

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Küçüksu Pavilion.

Küçüksu Pavilion was built as a summer hunting lodge for Ottoman Sultans in 1857.  It is now a museum.

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Rumeli Fortress.

This and following images show sections of Rumeli Fortress and finally there is an overall view.

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Rumeli Fortress was built be Ottoman Sultan Murad II from 1452 to 1452 to blockade shipping in concert with the Anatolian Fortress on the other side of the Bosphorous. This was part of the final siege of Constantinople.  Passing ships were levied a toll and a Venetian ship that did not stop was sunk by cannonfire and the surviving crew beheaded.  Constantinople fell in 1453.

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Rumeli Fortress and Faith Sultan Mehmet Bridge.

The fortress and the bridge are here because this is the narrowest part of the Bosphorous, at only 660 metres.

In 480BC, Xerxes crossed from Asia Minor in his ill-fated attempt at an invasion of Greece, including Athens and Sparta.  He did not cross here though; it was further south, past the Sea of Marmara at the Hellespont.  The strait there was much wider but perhaps he didn’t want to walk around the Sea of Marmara or maybe the currents were more favourable.  He lashed together 360 boats to make one pontoon bridge and 314 to make another.  An earlier attempt had been destroyed by a storm and by the time the remnants of his army returned, these bridges had been destroyed also by another storm.

The Hellespont is now called the Dardanelles and it was here that troops from Britain, Australia and New Zealand landed in 1915 at Gallipoli in another unsuccessful invasion attempt.

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Overall view of Rumeli Fortress.

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The Bosphorous remains a strategic sea route.

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Beylerbeyi Palace Bathing Pavilion.

Beylerbeyi Palace was built from 1861 to 1863 as a summer residence for sultans and a place to entertain visiting heads of state.  What we see here though, is one of the two bathing pavilions.

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Üryanizade Ahmet Esat Efendi Camii.

A wooden mosque, built in 1860.

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Büyük Mecidiye Mosque (Ortaköy Mosque).

Ortaköy Mosque was built between 1854  and 1856.  Its original brick dome proved unstable and was replaced with a concrete one.  It has also been repaired after an earthquake in 1894 and a fire in 1987.

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Probably not a palace.

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Kuleli Sahil.

Kuleli Military High School was established in 1847 and occasionally used as a hospital but turned into a museum following an attempted military coup in 2016.

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Can’t identify this but looks old, perhaps even from East Roman times.

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Small boats must have to be careful on the Bosphorous.  Supertankers aren’t going to give way.

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Kuz Kulezi (Maiden’s Tower).

Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenus erected a wooden tower here in 1110.  There was also a chain that could be raised across the Bosphorous in the event of war.  It was for example used during the siege when Constantinople fell in 1453.  That tower was destroyed by an earthquake in 1509 and burned down in 1721.  Rebuilt in stone in 1763 and used as a lighthouse.  Restored several times including in 1998 for the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.

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Keeping quiet in Canberra

February 2020 to January 2021, Canberra, ACT

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My last local post in January 2020 was Australia Burning, which included images taken in Canberra on one of two days when bushfire smoke meant Canberra had the worst air quality of any city in the world.  Then COVID struck.

There was lockdown in Canberra for a month or two but there have been no local cases since last April, just a handful of incoming people in quarantine hotels.  There are currently no locally-sourced cases in Australia, just a few incoming travellers.  Though many criticisms can be made, State and Federal Governments did fairly well, supporting many people (though with glaring holes) and following medical advice.  State Governments have been prepared to engage lockdowns where necessary and from time to time closing off State borders and isolating localities.  People arriving from overseas have to stay for a fortnight in a quarantine hotel.

Unfortunately, while the Federal Government has been prepared to follow medical advice, it shows no signs of being willing to follow scientific advice on climate change.  Huge areas burned in January and a significant majority of the population want effective action on climate change. If nothing continues to be done, temperatures will continue to rise, fires will become larger and more prevalent, the ecology and wildlife of the country will be devastated and the capacity for agricultural production will greatly decline.

In the meantime though, I have made no overseas trips since 2019 due to COVID and have been keeping fairly quiet.

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Buoys in a small canal at Kingston Foreshore.

In March I joined a Fuji event that allowed you to use various new cameras and lenses. I tried some of these but this image and the next were taken with my X-T2 and 100-400mm lens.

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Reflections in the same canal.

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Roots of a bonsai tree at the National Arboretum.

In June I visited the Bonsai Garden at the Arboretum and took this photo with my Fuji 80mm macro lens.  It is focus-stacked, which means I have taken many images at different points of focus and later combined them with software.

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Succulent in the front garden.

In August I had purchased a Fuji 8-16mm zoom and took some test shots in the front garden, this one and the next one.  The succulents are quite small so it’s almost macro because the lens can focus quite close.  These are also focus-stacked but because I was using a very wide angle lens, that required only a few exposures.

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Small flowers in the front garden.

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Grevillea Macleayana.

I also visited the Australian National Botanic Gardens from time to time, this image and the next four.  The first three were taken in September and the last two in October.

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Telopea Speciosissima.

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Banksia Spinulosa.

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Pimilea Physodes and panorama near the Visitor’s Centrte.

I took this with a circular fisheye lens and it is also focus-stacked, with just two exposures.  The depth of field is amazing, but not quite enough to go from the stamens of the flower (0.1 metres) to infinity in one exposure.

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Grevillea Macleayana.

Another focus-stacked exposure with the Fuji 80mm macro lens.  This one took 70 exposures and I had to wait for it to be still and retake it several times when a breeze came up during the exposure.

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Archie Webb in the Top 12 Challenge.

I have also gone back to table tennis, both socially and competition and this is an image I took in October at the Top 12 Challenge, with the top 12 Canberra players competing for prizes.  Archie is the leading competition player but he did not win this challenge.  Here he is gearing up for a forehand loop.

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ACT Table Tennis Open.

I also took photographs at the ACT Open in November.  Table Tennis is remarkable in that players of very different ages can compete equally.  The far player is Faisal Pirwani and he is returning the ball with his backhand,  He is one of Canberra’s leading players; I do not know the name of the youngster but from his shirt he probably comes from Melbourne.  Some young players can be very good.  We had a couple of players as old as 93 in the Social Seniors Group prior to COVID though they have not returned since.

(The two table tennis shots were taken with a Nikon D850 and 85mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 lenses respectively).

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Malua Bay rock pool.

In early January we went for a trip “down the coast” (which means to the south coast of New South Wales, near Canberra).  This image and the next two were taken on that trip.

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Glasshouse Rocks, Narooma.

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At Glasshouse Rocks looking through to Montague Island Lighthouse.

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Kangaroos at an Ainslie pond.

I live backing on to a reserve and a week or so later, we had a long walk to a couple of ponds in that reserve.

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Pond reflections.

Since I am mentioning equipment in this post, the Malua Bay rock pool was taken with the Fuji 80mm macro and the last four with the Fuji 100-400mm.

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Jamaica to USA

Jamaica and USA, 22 September 2016

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This is from a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica to Charleston, South Carolina.  A later flight to Los Angeles was at night and I didn’t take any photographs on that one.

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Houses at the water’s edge near the airport in Montego Bay.

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A couple of hours above the Florida coast.  West Palm Beach maybe.

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All the cloud shots are not far apart.

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Approaching Charleston.

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America – the land of individuality?

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Charleston in the distance.

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When we got to Charleston, we had to wait for maybe hours in a long security queue while the time to catch the next flight faded away.  A German couple near us tried to jump the queue to where some friends of theirs were, but they were seen by officials and sent to the very last place in the line.

When I got to LA and picked up a rental car near the airport, I had to return to get the rental company to show me how to get the drivers seat back up.  I had found a control to recline it but had gone too far and that control didn’t put it back up(!).  There was a different control in a different location for that.

Then when I got onto the crowded freeway (at night) I found that the side mirrors were electronic and I couldn’t tell how far away other cars were.  That made changing lanes quite freaky.  Still, we got where we needed to go without incident.

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I also spent a fair amount of time this week dealing with corrupted images and backups. When I came to start considering my California images for processing, I found I had 300 corrupted and unusable images.  My backup to the Cloud is supposed to go back to 2017 when I started Cloud backup but the relevant backup only went back to May which must be when I had a motherboard change.  My local backup to a Drobo was no good because only have enough space to retain recent backups.  But I do have an old backup to disk from 2017.  At first that seemed inaccessible but I eventually retrieved the files I needed from it.  This just goes to show the value of the old adage that you should always have three separate backups.

Montserrat Monochromes 1

22 to 25 September 2016, Montserrat

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Redonda.

Antigua to Montserrat.

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Montserrat.

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East coast of Montserrat and volcano.

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Brades Fire Station.

Montserrat – North and East Coast – and History.

(Note the comprehensive account of the dramatic history of Montserrat in this post).

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Lookout Yard Sugar Mill

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Lookout Yard Sugar Mill.

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Post-eruption housing.

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Trant’s.

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New lava coastline at trant’s.

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Buried sugar mill, Trants.

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Buried buildings, Trants.

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Main road, north of Plymouth.

Montserrat Springs Hotel.

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St Anthony’s Church.

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Air Studios.

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Back on the main road.

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Soufrière Hills Volcano.

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Waterworks Estate.

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Sunset.

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Milky way at night (click to see more).

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Bunkum Bay Beach.

Treasure Beach to Montego Bay.

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Antigua Monochromes

18-22 September 2016, Antigua

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English Harbour.

Antigua – Morning at English Harbour

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Turk’s Head or Barrel Cactus.

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Fish at dockside.

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Maybe a tuna.

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Fort Berkeley

Antigua – Fort Berkeley and Shirley Heights.

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Galleon Beach from Fort Berkeley.

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Dow’s Hill.

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View from Shirley Heights.

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English Harbour.

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Royal Military Guard House at Shirley Heights.

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Hummingbird and cacti.

Antigua – Half Moon Bay and Devil’s Bridge.

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Half Moon Bay.

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Devil’s Bridge National Park.

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St Peter’s Anglican Church at Parham.

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English Harbour.

Antigua – West Coast.

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Inland, perhaps Swetes.

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Carlisle Bay Beach.

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Morris Bay.

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South west coast.

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Martello Tower, Fort Barrington National Park.

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St Martin Monochromes

15-18 September 2016, St Martin/ Sin Maarten

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Now I come to mono posts for Caribbean Islands.  St Martin first.  Antigua, Montserrat and Jamaica to follow….

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Sint Maarten in the foreground to the right, St Martin behind.

Santo Domingo to St Martin.

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A resort near the airport.

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Grand Case.

Around St Martin

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Orient Bay.

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Le Galion.

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Rotary Point.

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Guana Bay.

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Fort Louis.

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Marigot Market.

St Martin – Market and Beaches

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Maho Beach.

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Replica Dutch Fluyt

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The beach at Grand Case.

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Happy Day Beach.

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Treasure Beach to Montego Bay

Jamaica, 29 September 2016

 

We drove from Treasure Beach to Montegho Bay, in order to catch a plane on the following morning.

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Along the way we stopped at several remote beaches.

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On the way we visited Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.

 

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Our GPS initially sent us up a precipitous four wheel drive mountain road until a local turn us around and sent us on the right direction.

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Yellow-faced Grasquit, female or immature male.

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Bananaquit.

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Jamaican Mango.

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For the bird sanctuary, high in the hills, a view over Montego Bay.  The airport is past the far point.

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The red-billed streamertail (Trochilus polytmus), also known as the doctor bird, scissor-tail or scissors tail hummingbird, is the national bird of Jamaica..

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Hibiscus.

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On the next day, from Montego Bay to Los Angeles with a stopover of a few hours in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Next, though, some monochromes.

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Floyd’s Pelican Bar

Jamaica, 28 September 2016

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Captain Ted, our skipper on the journey back to Treasure Beach.

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An interesting array of boats and dwellings at the water’s edge.

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And here we are, approaching Floyd’s pelican Bar again.

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It started up in 2001, originally just for Floyd and his fisherman friends.

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Boat attached to the bar.

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Continuing on the way back and we’ve picked up a hitchhiker.

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Back at Treasure Beach.  We saw this boat at the start of the previous post.

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Back on land now.

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