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From where I stood

Back home in Toronto after 193 days on the road — 21 countries in four continents — I’m still trying to digest it all. Although my feet are here, my head certainly isn’t, at least not all the time.

It’s hard to know how to tell others about this trip, which I wrote about for the National Post and on my own blog, and how to memorialize it, but I thought this is as good a place to start as any. What follows is a collection of shots taken as part of the photo community’s long-standing #fromwhereistand initiative, which I first learned of via Flickr, but which can be seen on any sort of social media (search Instagram and you’ll find shots by the hundreds). I tried, at the very least, to make each different from the next, but also to make them interesting in and of themselves and reflective the location.

These are only some of the places I stood in 2013. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

 

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48 hours at Londolozi

It’s far too short a time to spend at this fantastic game reserve in South Africa, of which I wrote a story about for the National Post. Having been on the road for four months, I’ve gotten used to arriving, experiencing and departing, and being satisfied upon departure that I’d spent sufficient time in a place. But Londolozi made an impression on me — I have pangs in my heart when I think of my two days there, and am already saving for my next visit.

These photos don’t compare at all to what it’s actually like to be there, and I was as (more?) enamoured with the sunrises/sunsets/moonrises as I was with the animals. Those sorts of things are especially hard to capture by camera, which in a way, makes them more special.

 

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Beautiful, decrepit Penang

I just spent the weekend in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, which in 2008 was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is an urban enthusiast’s dream — in a state of regeneration as the core of the city is being given new life thanks to the historical/architectural designation. Old shop houses are being turned into designer B&Bs, cafés are popping up biweekly (or so it seems), as are funky boutiques, galleries and museums. Street art is an art, commissioned by civic organizations. All of this change is grassroots, organic and genuine. I’m certain Georgetown will be the place to be in a few years. See it now, before the sidewalks get too crowded.

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Slightly obsessed with the Sydney Opera House

I’m travelling right now — been on the road for just over 80 days — and am wrapping up a week in Sydney. I was fortunate enough to be invited on a backstage tour of the Opera House, which is available to the public and starts bright and early, 6:45 am, but which provides access to every stage in the giant theatre as well as dressing rooms, storage corridors and other wise. I couldn’t stop photographing the structure. mostly its shell, which from any angle and focusing in on any detail, looks fantastic.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them (all shot using iPhone 4s). You can read about my time in Sydney here. I’ll also be writing about my week for the National Post.

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Can’t get enough of Cape Town

I was so lucky to be invited on a trip to Cape Town and surroundings with Wines of South Africa. I didn’t do much (read: any) research beforehand, so didn’t know what to expect, though even if I had I don’t know that I’d be prepared for the 360-degree beauty of the landscape in the Western Cape province. The trip had a bittersweet tinge to it, as I knew I only had a limited time in this gorgeous place. It’s definitely on my very exclusive “Places To Return To” list. Here is a very small sampling of what I saw.

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Cruising the Cabot Trail

A couple of weekends ago, I headed east to Nova Scotia (for the very first time!) for a press trip. The goal: To visit the golf courses on Cape Breton and drive the Cabot Trail. The gift: I got to bring my dad with me.

I don’t golf, so “acted” as his caddy, mostly by being his personal photographer. We had all conditions, from heavy rain to hot hot sun, sometimes in the same day, and all were beautiful. So glad I got to see this part of the country, and to spend some time with my daddy-o. We drove counter-clockwise, rolling through Baddeck en route to Ingonish with a stop at Keltic Lodge to play at Highlands Links, then around to Inverness and a stay at Cabot Links. I’ll be writing a travel story about it soon enough! In the meantime, hope you enjoy these photos.

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