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Gariwerd Mountains

Gariwerd Mountains, Australia

Gariwerd Mountains, Australia

Sunset in the Gariwerd Mountains, aka Grampians, Australia.

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Starry night

Camping under a giant gum tree

Camping under a giant gum tree

Another fantastic night under the stars in the Grampians. We spent four days camping in the Grampians National Park in Victoria and did lots of bush walks and sat around a campfire till late into the night.

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Granite guardians of Tsaratanana, Madagascar

Granite guardians of Tsaratanana, Madagascar

Granite guardians of Tsaratanana, Madagascar


Sunrise near the base of Mt Maromokotra (2876m), the highest peak on the island during our 400km trek from the east coast to the west; the world first expedition ever to do so.

While exploring the Tsaratanana Massif alone at sunrise I came across these giant intriguing pillars which looked the Moai on Easter Island. These are naturally carved by the heavy rain which lashes this side of the mountain.

They looked like ancient guardians staring impassively across the rainforest far below.

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Donyi Polo shrine, Arunachal Pradesh

Donyi-Polo shrine

Donyi-Polo shrine

literally “Sun-Moon”, is an animist religion followed by many of the tribal groups in Arunachal Pradesh, India (including the Apatani, Adi, Miri Tagin and Nishi tribes). Some anthropologists argue that Donyi-Polo is probably derived from the pre-Buddhist Bön religion of Tibet. Donyi Polo focuses on the worship of the sun and moon, who are considered the eternal watch deities of the supreme gods, Bo and Bomong. The religion has no written scriptures, but has traditionally been passed down orally from each generation to the next. Believers pray to a number of spirits, deities and souls for blessings, but they principally worship the sun (Donyi) and the moon (Polo) as the visible forms of the gods.

Donyi-Polo includes rituals which coincide with lunar phases and agricultural cycles. A follower of Donyi-Polo believes in the oneness of all living creatures, from the tiniest of organisms to the mightiest of animals, and that every living creature has a role to play in his or her life. They believe that a spirit (or soul) resides within all men, plants, animals,and the land that nourishes them (all of which have a connection with humans).

The major deities in the Donyi-Polo tradition are Kine Nane, Doying Bote, Pedong Nane and Gumin Soyin.

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Dibru river, Assam

Dibru river, Assam

Dibru river, Assam

Minimalist landscape on the Dibru river near Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Assam. The river was in flood after a recent bout of storms. A few miles downstream the Dibru meets the mighty Bharamaputra and becomes part of a massive river system.

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Nanda Kot (6861m), Kumaon Himalaya

Nanda Kot (6861m)

Nanda Kot (6861m), Kumaon Himalaya

Nanda Kot or “Nanda’s Fortress” and is the home of the of the Hindu Goddess Parvati.

The first attempt to climb Nanda Kot was made in 1905 by T.G. Longstaff, and the first successful ascent was made in 1936 by a Japanese team led by Y. Hotta.

In the 1960s, the CIA and Indian government planted a nuclear-powered a surveillance device on the top Nanda Kot to monitor Chinese nuclear and missile activity in Lop Nor, Tibet. An attempt to place a similar device on the nearby peak of Nanda Devi failed and the device was lost in an avalanche.

MS Kohil, the leader of the expedition wrote a book, Spies in the Himalayas: Secret Missions and Perilous Climbs, about the entire episode. More recently, Pete Takeda wrote a book, Eye on the Top of the World about this incident.

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Bridge over the Yarra river, Melbourne

Bridge over the Yarra river, Melbourne

Bridge over the Yarra river, Melbourne


A still morning on the Yarra river, Melbourne

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Tso Moriri 4200m, Ladakh Himalaya

Tso Moriri 4200m, Ladakh Himalaya

Tso Moriri 4200m, Ladakh Himalaya

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