Posts from the ‘MyRTW’ category
My around the world journey: Dec 2011-Jan 2013
Above/featured: Waterfront and Te Papa: Wellington, New Zealand – 12 Oct 2010 (450D).
Two definitions for the noun “capital (city)” are:
1. the city or town functioning as the seat of government and administrative centre for country or region.
2. with modifier, a place associated more than any other with a specified activity or product; e.g., fashion capital of the world.
I’ll go with the first definition. With almost 70% of this planet’s land mass in the northern hemisphere, you’d be forgiven in subscribing to a selection bias for capital cities primarily north of the equator. I was born in the north, but I also spent a good chunk of the last two decades in the south; so, I’ve chosen here 5 capital cities in each of the northern and southern hemispheres.
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Featured: Akaroa, New Zealand – 16 July 2012.
I am a Million Miler with American Airlines with an accumulated total of over 1.2 million air-miles flown. Many miles of travel have gotten me thinking about all the places where I’ve had the great fortune of living and visiting. During my year-long ’round-the-world’ (RTW) in 2012, my frequent-flyer standing allowed me to get affordable convenient flights within the U.S. and to use business-class lounges with Oneworld partner airlines elsewhere.
I visited these places for the first time: San Miguel de Allende in México; Nassau in the Bahamas; Mekong River Delta in Vietnam; Singapore; New Zealand’s South Island; Adelaide, Canberra, and Perth in Australia; Cape Town in South Africa; Edinburgh in Scotland; and Cuxhaven in Germany. I’ve yet to return to these locations, but the following visuals remind me why I want to go back.
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It’s a cliché, but seeing a ‘new’ ocean for the first time is always a thrill. Rationally, I know water is water, wherever that might be: in an ocean on the other side of the world, in the atmosphere as water vapour, or in the running flow when I turn on the taps. For me, a geographical body of water sitting in a basin surrounded by a bunch of continents and above tectonic plates counts as an ocean. The body of water in front of me marks the southwestern extent of the Indian Ocean.
I’m at Arthur Head Reserve with the sight of container vessels entering and leaving the Port of Fremantle and the South Mole Lighthouse in the distance. I’m at the edge of Freo harbour in Western Australia, and truth is: I’m closer to India now than I’ve ever been.
During my year-long RTW, made this photo on 17 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/10, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bGH.
In and around Perth and West Australia, the diminutive comes into play. “Freo” is the nickname for the city of Fremantle, about 30 minutes southwest from Perth. And in the waters off Freo is “Rotto” or Rottsnest Island which is home of the quokka marsupial. The Fremantle Markets have been around serving residents for over 120 years.
During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 14 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bHY.
In the 1890s, the rush for gold brought people and wealth into Western Australia, accelerating construction of many public buildings. Shown above is Hackett Hall, opened in 1913 and used as the reading room for the State Library of Western Australia until 1984. Materials used in the construction included Western Australian stone and wood to go along with local manufacturing to produce stamped or pressed tin patterned-ceilings, ornamental friezes, spiral staircases, etc. As seen here, the 1996 restoration of the upper levels have recreated the look and feel of a library from the early 20th-century (The Museum of Western Australia).
During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 13 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/40-sec, f/2.8, ISO800, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bHw.