Smugshot: Readers' travel photos of the week
This photo was taken looking out onto Lake Huron, from Grand Bend in Ontario Canada, at sunset, as ice was starting to break up, in April 2016.
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During the peak of the Bagan kingdom (in what is now known as Myanmar) the rich Bagan kings had more than 10,000 Buddhist temples constructed over just a few hundred years. With more than 2200 standing today Bagan is an amazing place to explore. There's no better way to appreciate the feat of these kings than a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the temples with the impressive Irrawaddy river in the background.
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I took this photo of a young male zebra which had been chased out of the herd by the dominant male. It was reluctantly heading away from the herd into the veld, to join the bachelor herd of young zebra and wildebeest. The photo was taken in December 2016 at Botlierskop Private Gamepark in the Western Cape, South Africa.
A Swazi stitch up: Whilst supervising playtime at Nkhanini neighbourhood care point in Lobamba Swaziland I caught Sipho copping a handful of grass just seconds before his mates Mabongi and Phumie erupt into laughter.
A clear hot day on the Tongariro Crossing, at almost 1800 metres, standing by the gaping Red Crater, looking back at Mt Tongariro, the Mt Doom of the Lord of the Rings movie series. Despite the absence of any plant life, the environment is full of colour, contrast and seems on a huge scale, with a very other-worldly feel to it.
Staycation: Sometimes you can stay around home and have a break. Residents of Auckland, while everybody else was away, we took a trip to the North Shore and ended up at Browns Bay beach where our toddler son enjoyed an afternoon of playing at the beach with bucket and spade. Sometimes the best trip away is your own backyard.
Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson region. Lyndon and I had the beach to ourselves as we strolled across the beach to launch our paddleboards on a stunning Nelson region morning.
This photo was taken by Harry Wixon, age 12, in Phang Nga bay, Thailand, while travelling to the famous Khao Phing Kan (James Bond Island) as seen in "Man With the Golden Gun". Around where the photo was taken there were three large boats running kayak tours. Hundreds of tourists a day kayak through these stunning limestone caves.
A late afternoon stroll through "Gion" in Kyoto, Japan, I came across this Geisha in contemplative repose. Defined by its old wooden buildings, constructed without nails, teah ouses and traditional arts, "Gion" originally developed in the middle ages is the last remaining Geisha district in Japan. As expert hostesses (it takes five years to fully qualify) I was fortunate to be staying in a traditional Ryokan during which every Saturday evening the owners hire a Geisha to perform traditional dances and serve drinks for the guests.