Smugshot: Readers' travel photos of the week
This photo was taken in Machu Picchu during our honeymoon in July. After four days trekking the Inca Trail, camping in the Andean mountain under the stars, climbing up to the highest point at 4200 metres, we finally arrived in Machu Picchu. A few seconds before this photo was captured, we couldn’t see anything in front of us because of the heavy fog. Then a breeze came, everything just opened up in front of us. The mountain, the cloud and the llamas, it was just an incredibly magical moment. I quickly snapped this shot before the fog closed in again. It’s trip of a life time.
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In Indian cities we find the markets are great places to explore, observe and photograph. There's always lots of colour, such as this beautiful presentation of incense sticks for sale.
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* July 22
* July 15
* July 8
* Aug 5
This is a photo I took last month in Bergen in Norway. It's a beautiful town but the weather was against us the whole time we were there. However, on the last night of our trip, the clouds cleared just enough for me to capture this sunset over the traditional wooden houses.
While in Sicily we visited the valley of the temples in Agrigento which is the largest archeological sight in the world. There are seven temples all built by Greek slaves in Doric style. The temple of Concordia was built in 440 BC and named after Concordia the Roman goddess of harmony. In front lies a bronze statue of a fallen Icarus with two enormous broken wings sculpted by a polish artist.
This photo was taken near Super Paradise beach on the Greek island of Mykonos in April this year. My partner, Ari, was overseas for work for three months and we thought a meet up in Greece would be ideal after a few months apart. We started in Athens, ferried to Mykonos, then Santorini. It was a few sunny but chilly autumn days in Mykonos; too cool to go for a dip at Super Paradise beach or even relax in the sun, we made the most of the gorgeous poppies (and view of the beach) from a cliff top instead. Ari set up the camera and managed to get this snap of us.
We were staying in Goreme, Cappadocia in July and we drove up to a lookout point above the town to watch the sun setting when we came upon these gorgeous newly-weds posing for their wedding photos. The amazing Uchisar Castle is silhouetted on the skyline. It was really hot in Cappadocia, between 38 - 40C every day, but it didn't seem to be too debilitating somehow and I am 75 years old so I thought I would be badly affected. It was quite a shock returning home to winter in New Zealand though!
This photo was taken on a recent winter holiday in the Far North. We travelled up from Christchurch to tramp the Te Paki Coastal track. The weather was so fine we were able to see the Three King Islands, Manawatawhi, on the horizon.
I had just spent several hours ambling the boardwalks surrounding the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls. I ended up taking more than 70 photos of this magical place but this one is my favourite. Not staged, not planned …. just a spontaneous moment in time. I stopped at one of the park exits for just a few moments for one last breath-taking view and to listen to the deafening thunder of just one of the 82 metre cascades of water when this gorgeous South American butterfly decided to join me by the railing.
My wife and son navigating the cliff of columnar basalt formations to Fingal's Cave on Isle of Staffa. To get to Isle of Mull, ferries from Oban leave numerous times a day during summer months. Most visitors come for the bird life or as pilgrims to St Columba 563AD Isle of Iona Abbey, where the Book of Kels was written.
The photo was taken in Crete (Greece) at Paleochora, a popular destination for Kiwis. The beauty of the coastline is dominated by the long stretch of mountains meeting the crystal clear water of the Libyan sea.