Smugshot: Readers' travel photos of the week
We were surprised to find that Hawaii hosts a wonderful zoo with so many different species of birds and animals. We had three weeks in Hawaii which included a seven-day cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. Anyone looking for this type of breakaway should visit this amazing place.
Who would have expected so come close to this pair elephants enjoying and sharing their lunchtime meal?
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Photo taken in Doubtful Sound during a kayaking trip in the overcast yet mysterious weather. Even though it was cloudy and raining, it meant that there were hundreds of waterfalls and the overcast weather gave the fiord a mysterious and eerie feel which meant great photos.
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I took this photo of my son Benjamin negotiating with the store vendor purchasing some exotic food to match his exotic taste buds in Wangfujing, a famous food district of Beijing.
This image was taken up at Mauna Kea Observatory, on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is my friends and I standing on a volcanic rock looking up and shining a torch at the milky way. This area had extremely dark skies and made for great star watching - nearly as good as Tekapo in New Zealand!
This photo was taken in Little Havana during a stopover in Miami in December 2016. The shop was one of a number of places where cigars are made on the premises and this gracious gentleman had been rolling (and smoking!) them for around 20 years.
This photo was taken by our teacher as my friend and I posed on the top of this hill overlooking the Cotopaxi volcano, as we took a break on our four-day hike. Just behind us was a complex of low stone walls remaining from the Incan period, ahead of us you can see a well preserved Incan hut, and there was even a sacrificial stone in sight to the right as well. This was during a school expedition to Ecuador and the Galapagos I was lucky enough to join this past December; we had an amazing, profound experience here and I feel the pensive nature of this photograph taken during our time spent hiking through the Andean highlands represents that well.
Laurenne Fleur Gibson
I took this photo leaning over the railing at Iguazu Falls, Argentina, as it just started raining, and I felt as if I was about to plunge down with the water and rain. I tried to capture that feeling, as well as the roughness of the falls, with a fast capture, and as wide angle as I could get. I thought a slow capture would've softened the effect, so decided against that, as the flora added enough of that, and contrasted nicely with the pouring falls and rough dark terrain.
During a camel safari in Jaisalmer (the 'Golden City') we met this lovely family living in the middle of the Thar Desert. They offered us a cup of tea and we sat with them whilst the sunset.
Our last stop on the trans-Siberian Railway was in St Petersburg where our local guide Katya introduced us to the delicatessen in the Eliseyev Emporium on the Nevsky Prospect. Opened in 1903, the Eliseyev staff have been culinary artistes through testing times; the shop stayed open through the 1917 Revolution, the Stalinist era, the siege of Leningrad and perestroika. It now serves delicious coffee, sumptuous chocolate, Easter eggs and other edible creations– such as these shoes - to delight the eye as well as the palate.
Ben de Farias
A panoramic view of Lake Rotoiti, one of the Nelson Lakes, South Island. A stroll from St. Arnaud, you get a beautiful view of the Arnold ranges (left), Mt. Robert (right), and Mt. Angelus (poking out down the middle). On a wonderful summer day you can see the point at which the winter snow would of sat on these ranges. I took the photo (Ben de Farias) with Kirstie Fowell on the jetty getting ready to board our water taxi to the other side of the lake (lake head) for a return walk around the lake side.