Kep is a province in Cambodia’s southern coast that is famous for it’s Seafood. It is a former resort town known throughout Cambodia for its chilled out beaches and its fresh crab cuisine. Many of the local families will make their income from fishing in this area. Tourists make the trip here to enjoy in its coastal assets, unspoilt islands such as Rabbit Island, and the fantastic fresh seafood that can only be got here. For more information on getting to Kep go to Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet
Caught this fishing boat finishing up for the day while I was returning to Sihanoukville from Koh Rong on the ferry. Beautiful Koh Rong is an Island off the west coast of Cambodia. Easily accessible by ferry. The Island itself is more of a party area so if you are looking for somewhere a little more relaxing maybe try out Koh Rong Samloem which is a little more expensive but less hedonistic and much cleaner.
Angkor Wat is a huge temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angkor is the largest religious monument in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. It was originally founded as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire but over many years it gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple.
All of these fields are surrounded by small canals that will keep the land irrigated during the summer months and fill up again during the rainy season.
Local produce in Kampot includes Salt.
The salt is created by letting sea water flow into shallow man-made ponds. It’s then left in the sun until the water evaporates and the workers will labouriously scrap all the salt content and move it to a small warehouse close by. Not a job I’d enjoy under midday sun.
The legend says that the children of Lir spent 300 years on lough Derravaragh.
Jealous Aoife, king Lir’s second wife and who was his dead wife’s sister plotted to get rid of his children. She used a magic spell to turn his children into swans for eternity. And for 300 hundred years the swans ended up on Derravaragh, 300 years in the Sea of Moyle, and 300 years on the waters of Irrus Domnann Erris. To read more visit here.
Lough Derravarragh is large lake in Westmeath and is fairly popular for angling and camping trips, the lake itself is supposed to have a massive amount of pike and trout. There is a large caravan park located at Donore, Multyfarnham and is open from March to October. The caravan park is on the edge of the lake and has a shop, small cafe, childrens play area, hot showers and for angling there is boat hire and fishing tackle for sale. You can find out more about the caravan park here.
Tonle Sap Lake is the largest fresh water in South East Asia. It usually varies in size and depth depending on the monsoon or dry seasons. Tonle Sap is filled by water flowing from the Mekong. The lake itself is a massive resource commercially for Cambodia as it will provide more than half of its fish. It is also a massive tourist attraction with tour boats visiting every 30 minutes or so.
The lake itself boasts over 300 species of fresh water fish. It is home to snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles and otters. There are more than 100 avian varieties including storks and pelicans.
The floating village has a school, basketball court and even a crocodile farm which can all be visited on the tour.
The boat tour lasts about two hours and costs twenty dollars per person. Not so good in the dry season but I can imagine it would be well better when the water is much deeper.
Robam Tep Apsara is a traditional Cambodian dance that was created by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia during the middle of the twentieth century, around the 1960s. The Apsara who is played by a woman, wears traditional Khmer dress.
The Apsara’s graceful, curving gestures narrate classical myths and old religious stories. This mystifying performance is a popular go-to for foreign tourists who are visiting Cambodia. Most shows are accompanied by a meal where you can have some traditional Khmer food. The duration of the evening is generally around two hours and feature many traditional stories from Cambodia. While in Siem Reap you can go to the free evening viewing of the show at The Temple on Pub Street.
Glendalough which translated to English means “The Valley of the two lakes” is an ancient glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. Wicklow is on the eastern side of the country close to County Dublin. It is well renowned for its early medieval monastic settlement which was founded in the 6th century by Saint Kevin and features a 30 metre tall round tower that was build with local Granite.
Glendalough is only 40-60 minutes drive from Dublin and is a great place to go if only here for a short visit.
Visit discover Ireland’s website here to find out all the info here about the trek.
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in the Vatican City. It is originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between the years 1477 and 1480.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck Nepal on the 25th of April 2015, killing over four thousand people and counting. It has injured and displaced an uncountable number at this early stage. The people affected have been sleeping on the streets in open areas and are running out of water, food and medical supplies. Electricity and communication networks are also down at this time.
Kathmandu has population density of only 97 square meters so you can imagine what it can be like there!
These people need serious help at this early stage….you can help if you like by donating to Unicef who are preparing cargo planes to airlift of 120 tonnes of much needed humanitarian supplies including food, medical supplies, tents and blankets.
You can donate here: http://www.unicef.org/
The man asked me to take his picture while I was strolling around the morning market of Psar Nat in Battambang. He spotted that I had a camera and asked me to take his picture.
Psar Nat is a fine example of some of the markets in Cambodia. Most restaurants and families will trade and buy all the produce they need at these markets. Visiting the markets can give you a good insight to cambodian life.
A photograph of a long tailed Macaque at Phnom Sampeau just outside Battambang in Cambodia. The Long-tailed Macaque are fairly common in rural and suburban areas in South East Asia. They can usually be seen in troupes waiting around to be fed by locals and tourist.They are quite tame but don’t be tempted to bring a bag of your own food near these as they will quickly take it off you.
On the west side of Koh Rong is Long Beach. It is an empty and fairly un spoilt area of the Island. The beach itself is probably the best area on Koh Rong to catch the sun set.
To get to long beach you need to hike for one hour across the island through a jungle. There is a small bit of climbing involved but it is worth it as the beach is quite spectacular.
If you are feeling lazy though you have an option to squeeze into an over filled water taxi that will take one hour and cost roughly five dollars.
Spotted this cow hanging around close to the last station on the bamboo train tour in Battambang. There doesn’t seem to be much work for these guys at this time of the year but I am sure as soon as the rainy season is over he’ll be back in action. Traditionally, draft animals such as water buffalo and oxen have had an important role in the preparation of rice fields throughout Cambodia.
The Bamboo train tour is a unique experience to part take in while in Battambang. Your tuk tuk driver will take you there and it costs around 10-15 Dollars. Be prepared to be bothered by the kids at the end of this tour…so bring plenty of single dollars!!
An old water taxi waiting for punters on one of the more remote beaches on the Island of Koh Rong in Cambodia.
Crystal clear water, white sand and lots of sun. What more could you want.
If you are visiting the temples in Siem Reap I would recommend doing a day trip as it is plenty of time unless you have a serious interest in the temples and tolerance for heat.
Make sure you go early to catch the sunrise. Usually if you book a decent Tuk Tuk driver they will collect you from your hotel/hostel around 4:30/5 am. Once you get there he will bring everywhere you need or want to go…its one of the better day trips in Cambodia. Take plenty of water, sun cream and DEET with you. some of the best advice for the day trip can be found here
A foggy and frozen Lough Rea, Loughrea, Co.Galway, Ireland.
This shot was taken at an earlier stage of the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal. It just shows the magnitude of what lies ahead on this trek.
January 2013 the New York skyline as seen from the 102nd floor of the Empire State building.
Some street shot taken in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 2014.
Junction nine at the Killarney Historic stages rally.
There was a really clear sky last night driving through Co.Mayo.
The combination of no light pollution and a cloudless sky can really help in achieving a long exposure photograph like this.
The bay was unusually still and clear on the coastal town of Belmullet this week so I had to pull over and grab this photograph.
Belmullet is a small fishing village in Co.Mayo on the west coast of Ireland.
On the road from Navan to Mullingar. Passed this place many times but never got a chance to stop and snap a shot!
Along the N51, Rathmore, Co.Meath
Photo shoot with the very talented musician from Co.Westmeath, Amy Quirke.
This was the second time I left my comforts of shooting landscapes and what not to shoot portraits.
These photos were captured at the protected raised bog in Killucan, Co.Westmeath.
Make up by Karen Ward.
In August I took the long four hour drive to the north of Ireland to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. There wasn’t much solar activity nor was there much clear skies.
Theses two pics were the best we could get during the brief twenty minute or so clear sky.
Horn Head is a peninsula in Donegal, North West Ireland, close to Dunfanaghy.
The Thorung La Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in the world at 17,769 ft.
I walked the 200 odd kilometre Annapurna circuit trek in March 2014 to cross this pass.
RIP to all the trekkers that tragically died there last week.
The Bramante Staircase in the Vatican Museum, Rome.
The original Bramante Staircase is not open to the public in the Vatican. The one pictured above is actually a replica that is located upon leaving the vatican museums. This one was designed and built in 1932 by Gioseppe Momo and the original was designed by Dono Bramante in 1512!! It was originally designed to let Pope Julius II get to his room while still in his carriage He didn’t walk because of the strenuous daily climb several floors in his papal vestments.
I didn’t realise how far above the clouds we were during our trek till I reached Muktinath. Getting to Muktinath was a three hours trek after the Thorong La Pass.
This little village is 13,000 feet above see level. At this stage in my 19 day trek the air wasn’t as thin as it was earlier in the day but still roughly 60% oxygen!!
Leaving Manang (11,545 ft) after one day acclimatization was hard. Looking back to get this shot though I was glad to be moving on to find out what lay ahead of me in the Himalaya.
An old petrol station northwest Donegal. Not too sure of the exact location. I wonder when it closed.
I have looked online everywhere to try and identify these little beasts. Can anyone identify them because I cant!!
The sun here in Westmeath just does not want to stop shining, Long may it last!
End of the summer
Going to the Pantheon is the perfect opportunity for tourists to get their obligatory roman holiday snaps.
The galley was commissioned in 1580 by Pope Gregory XIII as part of other artistic works commissioned by the Pope to decorate the Vatican. It took Danti three years (1580–1583) to complete the 40 panels of the 120 m long gallery.
The Roman Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome.
Bullock Harbour in Dalkey, Co.Dublin, Ireland
One of the best places to catch a sunset in Ireland during the summer!