Myanmar | Nyaung Ohak

Myanmar | Nyaung Ohak

When you think of lost ruins overrun by jungle, you probably think of Angkor Wat in Cambodia or a lost Aztec city in Central America. But this shot is from Nyaung Ohak in Myanmar – a cluster of temples located on the western edge of Inle Lake. To get here you have to take a boat ride through ever-narrowing channels, eventually reaching Indein village. From here it’s a short walk to the ruins. At the top of the hill is a temple in good condition, but the magic is in the ruins leading up the hill.

South Africa | Tsitsikamma NP Waterfall Trail Hike

South Africa | Tsitsikamma NP Waterfall Trail Hike

Tsitsikamma National Park lies just east of Plettenberg Bay, and is most famous for the Otter Trail, a multi-day trail 44km long which follows the coastline. We only had half a day, so did the Waterfall Trail, which is actually the first few km of the Otter Trail and leads to a waterfall (the name kind of gave that one away!) There wasn’t much water flowing when we got there, but it’s a beautiful hike (and relatively challenging) with stunning coastal views along the way.

South Africa | Blyde River Canyon

South Africa | Blyde River Canyon

Lots of people fly to Johannesburg and drive straight to Kruger National Park, several hours east of Joburg. In their rush, they miss the beauty that is Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the US and Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia.

This view is at the Three Rondavels viewpoint, where we stopped off on our way back to the airport in Joburg.

South Africa | Boulders Beach Penguin

South Africa | Boulders Beach Penguin

Who doesn’t love penguins?? At Boulders Beach, near Cape Town in South Africa, you’ll find a colony of several thousand African penguins. Unfortunately they’re endangered and numbers are declining, but at Boulders Beach they’ve done a good job to create an environment where they can live and reproduce relatively safely.

Berlin | Oberbaumbrücke

Berlin | Oberbaumbrücke

While most of Europe has been blanketed in snow this week, Berlin has managed (for once in winter) to stay sunny – but it’s misleading since temperatures have dropped to as low as -13C at night with highs of -5C or -6C during the day! Whenever there are several consecutive days of sub-zero temperatures, chunks of ice collect on the river Spree upstream of the Oberbaumbrücke in Eastern Berlin, as shown here shot earlier today during blue hour.

Italy | Lago di Sorapis

Italy | Lago di Sorapiss

Another throwback to my trip to the Dolomites last year.  I hiked up to the stunning Lago di Sorapis, which has cloudy blue water thanks to the minerals it contains.  Unfortunately it was cloudy and started to rain just as I arrived at the lake, but the hike is stunning, with views of the surrounding valleys from the narrow trail.

Italy | Lago di Braies

Italy | Lago di Braies

During summer the Lago di Braies in the Dolomites in northern Italy is crowded with daytrippers hiking the short circuit around the lake. Come winter though, and you have the place almost to yourself especially on weekdays. This shot was taken in fall last year; the weather wasn’t great, but the clouds add to the atmosphere and I loved the bright splash of color from the trees turning orange all around the lake.