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December 8, 2013 7 comments

I have been really bad at posting photos on my blog over the past year. This is in part due having less time to take photos, and in part not sharing the photos I have taken.

In order to break this drought, here a few shots from some recent time away at Waiheke Island.

As it happened, they seem to follow a heavy flora theme, which is often the consequence when shooting macro.






Peru – The #Amazon

September 14, 2011 5 comments

Our final leg of the journey found us visiting the Amazon. The Amazon actually accounts for about 50% of Peru’s land area, but only about 5-10% of its population because it is so inaccessible. We went to a place called Puerto Maldonado (by plane) and spend three nights in a VERY different climate and environment compared with the alpine Andes. Monkeys, oversized insects, and crazy sounding birds met us for 24hrs of the day.

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Peru – #Cusco and Machu Pichu

September 14, 2011 1 comment

This was easily the most spectacular part of our journey. We spent some time in Cusco, then went trekking in the Andes for 3 days before getting to Machu Pichu. The scenery was on a super sized scale, with amazing vistas after every pass. We got as high as 4500m on the trek starting at around 3200m. Then Machu Pichu was a sensational finish. If it wasn’t for the 2,500 people a day that are allowed up to visit, it really would have felt like something out of an Indiana Jones movie.

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Peru – #Lake Titicaca

September 13, 2011 1 comment

Sitting at 3800 meters in altitude, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. We spend a night out in the home of a family in one of the communities around the lake, and visited Uros, the famous floating islands. We found the floating islands to be interesting, but not authentic. The local people who have lived there for hundred of years no longer make their living off their environment, but off tourism, so the experience was a somewhat manufactured one for the tourist dollar. Having said that, it is still fascinating to see how people live in such different parts of the world.

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Peru – #Arequipa and Colca Canyon

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

From Lima we went to Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, and then on to trek in the colca canyon, which is the deepest canyon in the world. This severely tested my lack of fitness, so after 2 days trekking, the 3rd day involved me hiring a mule to get back out of the canyon. The photos are unfortunately not in chronological order.

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Peru – #Lima

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Our holiday in Peru was an amazing time away. It is a great country to visit, with spectacular scenery on a scale we just don’t see here in NZ. The andes were awe-inspiring, and it was incredible to trek through what felt like unspoiled wilderness that had a history dating back over 1000 years. We came away with over 2000 photos, so I have whittled them down, and picked a few from each part of Peru to show. For those that know me on Facebook, you can see the albums that I have put up there. I’ve had to separate each section out to an individual post because of the way WordPress works, which is a bit frustrating.

First up is Lima, its a drab city, cloaked in a formless grey sky for 7 months of the year. They say the Spanish arrived in the summer and made it the capitol. Had they arrived in the winter, they may have second thought that. We were here for 3 nights only, we really only used it as a jet lag recovery leg, as a city, its not too much to write home about.

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Categories: Photography, Travel

Chemo 35.0 (and a hiatus)

July 28, 2011 13 comments

Well my last round for a few weeks has come and gone, and for whatever reason, this was a surprisingly tolerable round. I was still miserable, but if you were to grade miserableness, which I have increasingly got better at, it was at the lighter end of the scale. However, the tradeoff was a slightly slower recovery that I might normally have had. Also, to add insult to injury, I have had a really hard time sleeping over the past few nights, even with pharmaceutical supplements.

Following round 35 came my last two days of work in the cardiothoracic unit, and a talk that I did at the medschool. This talk was on wednesday evening, and about 120 people showed up for it which was pretty surprising!! I was expecting maybe 60-70. The room was packed, and I followed a seminar type format with some Q and A at the end. It seemed to be received well, but then it’s always hard to know. No one wants to be the one to tell a dying man he sucks. 🙂

From here, comes a sabbatical of sorts. Four weeks, slow paced, adventure filled, exploring Peru. We depart on Saturday afternoon, and won’t be back till the beginning of September, where I start in Older Peoples Health.

… So, this basically means that this blog will quieten down for a bit. It may be that whilst I’m sunning myself in the shadow of the Andes I get all reflective and decide to write something as llamas stroll past and guinea pigs are being roasted… But to be honest, I doubt it.

So for a little while, see you soon…