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The Fotoeins’ 12 from 2012

I’m pleased to present the following 12 photos from 2012, representing some special memories from the entire year’s around-the-world (RTW) travel.


1. Bosque de Chapultepec, Ciudad de México, México

Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico

With my second visit to México City, I finally made my way to Chapultepec, which in native Nahuatl means “at the grasshopper hill”. I also visited the enormous Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology), describing in depth and detail the people and history of México. The museum is a must-see for those who love history and wish to understand something more about this fine North American nation. The museum and park are additional reasons why I love the “Day-Effay” (D.F.).

Bosque de Chapultepec, México City, Distrito Federale, México – 8 March 2012.


2. Baltimore, MD, USA

Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore

As a long-time fan of baseball, I was thrilled to visit the baseball park in Camden Yards in Baltimore. It’s worth noting that all new baseball stadia have been built with Camden Yards as the standard against which new stadia appear and perform. The old warehouses as the backdrop to centre-right are just as impressive in person as they appear on television.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards : Baltimore, MD, USA – 1 May 2012.


3. Nassau, The Bahamas

Junkanoo Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas

I always thought people who came back from the Caribbean were exaggerating their descriptions. But with this photo at Junkanoo Beach in Nassau, I began “to sip on the rum,” too, as it were: the skies really are that blue, the water really does look turquoise, and the fine sand really is snow white. I still find it amazing that I went from Camden Yards in Baltimore to the beach in Nassau within 48 hours.

Junkanoo Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas – 3 May 2012.


4. Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Mekong River Delta, Vietnam

About an hour’s drive southwest from Ho Chi Minh City is access to the Mekong River Delta. That isn’t waste-material; on the contrary, the brown milky waters are due to fertile soil, mud, and silt suspended in the water and flowing out and into the South China Sea. The delta region is a beautiful part of the country, with tiny villages tucked in sheltered coves on islands and along the shoreline, and the presence of shipping traffic as a reminder of the necessity to day-to-day activity and function for people who live and work here.

Near Mỹ Tho, Mekong River Delta, Vietnam – 26 June 2012.


5. Singapore

Kallang river, Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

I arrived in Singapore to visit a number of the Food Centres and eat as much as possible. As you can see, the view from the water in afternoon light isn’t so bad, even if this particular part of the skyline is dominated by the Marina Bay Sands resort complex. Then again, the top of that hotel looks like some space-age landing platform; it might as well be for the cool swanky bar that’s on top.

Across the Kallang river to Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – 3 July 2012.


6. Wellington, New Zealand

Sunrise, Mount Victoria, Wellington Harbour, Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand

There’s something about getting up in the dark before dawn, and heading out on the first buses of the day, just to arrive on a hill to watch the sunrise. And so it was, with daybreak under clear skies at Mount Victoria in Wellington: crisp, beautiful, and worth the effort of waking up and getting out of a warm bed on a winter’s morning.

Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand – 12 July 2012.


7. KiwiRail Coastal Pacific train, New Zealand

KiwiRail Coastal Pacific train, Picton to Christchurch, New Zealand

I love trains; it might be a slower mode of transport, but what’s sure is having the scenery of both mountains and water, as well as the familiar sounds of the “clickety-clack” accompany the traveler on their journey. Even better is the access to the covered open-air observation car …

Coastal Pacific train, from Picton south to Christchurch – 14 July 2012.


8. Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

The Lion, Harrison Cove, Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

People aren’t exaggerating when they say how beautiful Milford Sound and the Fiordland really are. Throughout my three weeks on New Zealand’s South Island in July, I had great luck with excellent weather in the winter low-season. Under sun and decent temperatures, I had little reason to complain, but to be thankful that my time on the South Island is something I’ll never forget.

The Lion & Harrison Cove, Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand – 25 Jul 2012.


9. Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Admirals Arch, Cape du Couedic, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

“OH HAI!” Naturally, there are kangaroos on Kangaroo Island, but you have to admit that this young New Zealand fur seal hanging out along the south-central coast of Australia is both “sweet as” and “cute as”. It’s just the norm with a protected breeding area for New Zealand fur seals.

Admiral Arches, Cape du Couedic, Flinders Chase National Park : Kangaroo Island, South Australia – 25 August 2012.


10. Fremantle, Western Australia

Indian Ocean, Fremantle, WA, Australia

This photograph is a realization of a wish to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. Easily reachable by bus or train from Perth, Fremantle is an interesting place to visit with a UNESCO World Heritage Site in town, museums describing the country’s history as well as the naval history, and great places to eat and drink after sun-down.

Indian Ocean from Fremantle, WA, Australia – 17 September 2012.


11. Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain from V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Finally seeing Table Mountain and the “tablecloth” effect were a big thrill, as well as the fact that I had just set foot on the African continent for the first time. Four to five days in Cape Town weren’t enough; the time I spent here taught me the lesson that I must come back.

Table Mountain from V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa – 15 October 2012.


12. Edinburgh, Scotland

Salisbury Crags, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland

Many would rightly assume that early-November weather in this part of the world would be grey and wet. I’m fortunate that I had a decent afternoon when I set out to walk below the crags to take in this beautiful view of the city, from the Castle on the left (west) to Calton Hill on the right (east).

City view from Salisbury Crags, Holyrood Park : Edinburgh, Scotland – 8 November 2012.


I made all of the photos shown above; this post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com

18 Responses to “The Fotoeins’ 12 from 2012”

  1. eriksmithdotcom

    Henry, these are all awesome, but the seal on Kangaroo Island is just too adorable!

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    • fotoeins

      Thanks, Erik. The New Zealand fur seals are very photogenic, but I’d be wary of approaching them and certainly wouldn’t mess with them: the baby seals are massive.

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  2. TylerIngram

    Nice recap 🙂
    I have to comment on the Mekong Delta part.. the 1 hour journey from HCMC isn’t to the delta. In fact, once you’re at the Mekong (1hr from HCMC) you are still about a 2-hour boat ride to the actual delta itself. We did the “Mekong River Delta” tour which was actually organized by Intrepid for us, and we were taking to the most touristy thing we did on our 28-day tour. We took a boat over to the place they make Coconut Candy (think it’s called Coconut Island) and then parade us around to buy stuff.. that’s after the little cruise across the Mekong river. *shrug* Hopefully, your experience was a bit better than ours. Our local guide said that if we wanted to actually see the delta we would have to do an over night trip to it.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Tyler. By the time the Mekong reaches Mỹ Tho, the river expands out into a delta – at least, that’s how it appears on a map! 🙂 I only had a day-trip from Saigon, so I think my experience is similar to yours. One thing I enjoyed was on the very wide expanse of the river itself, so wide, so milky brown, and looking at all the boat traffic. I would’ve been happy photographing many kinds of boats the entire day. Next time I’m back, I’d like to spend two to three days going up and down the river, all the way out to the river’s mouth at the South China Sea. Thanks for reading and for your comment!

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  3. christinahegele

    The fur seal is SO cute! You’ve travelled so much last year, wow! Congrats on making all of that come true, and safe travels for 2013, wherever you may go!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Christina. I wanted to stay longer to see what else this and other baby fur seals were going to do, but they were happy being lazy in the sun. My friends insisted we move on to another location. 😛 Thank you for your comments! I hope your travels in 2013 take you to the best and inspiring places, and of course, back to New Zealand. 🙂

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  4. Eva

    Even though I have been following your trips for a year, it is amazing to see all those places at once… and I know you could have easily done 52 shots of 2012.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Eva. Actually, that’s an idea I’m still “chewing”: organizing a mere 12 photos was a little difficult but fun – what’s another 40 more to choose? I also agree it’s been interesting reviewing the travel-year in this way! I’m still going to continue posting more throughout the coming year: so many stories, so little time. 😉 Thank you again for following!

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