The Shah Cheragh Mosque, Iran.

Visiting the Shah Cheragh mosque in Shiraz, Iran can be a sombre and, for lack of a better word, religious experience, yet the interior of the central temple looks as though a disco ball exploded, covering nearly every surface with glittering shards of glass and mirror. The site began as a funereal monument with a […]

Bristlecone Pine Forest.

The Great Basin Bristlecone Pines, or Pinus longaeva, is a long-living species of tree found in the higher mountains of the southwest United States. Bristlecone pines grow in isolated groves in the arid mountain regions of six western states of America, but the oldest are found in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White […]

In the Cave of the Glow Worms.

Something quite special dwells beneath the surface of New Zealand and these images prove that the country is just as beautiful below ground as it is above! The Waitomo area is famous for it’s limestone caves and within these caves are one of the most magical insects in the world, the glowworm. Glow worms emit […]

Cathedral Cove.

Image Credit: Photograph by Chris Gin Sunrise lights up Cathedral Cove, an iconic spot near Hahei, New Zealand. The natural tunnel is part of the Te Whanganui-a-Hei Marine Reserve on the Coromandel Peninsula. It also served as a portal to Narnia in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. This photo and caption were submitted to […]

Greece’s Amphipolis Tomb.

Two sphinxes stand above the tomb entrance, which was located in August. One of the heads was found in October. HCM/Polaris Large stone sphinxes, women sculpted in marble, intricate mosaics and multicolored frescoes awaited archaeologists in August when they entered the largest tomb ever found in Greece. The scale of the tomb, which dates to […]

Fremantle Prison.

Image: Wikipedia. With its foreboding 5m-high walls enclosing a nearly 6-hectare site, the old convict-era prison still dominates present-day Fremantle, Western Australia with its tales of adventure and hardship living on in the city’s imagination. In 2010 its cultural status was recognised, along with that of 10 other penal buildings, as part of the Australian […]

The Paris Catacombs.

A spiral staircase in the Denfert-Rochereau section of the catacombs (all photographs by the author unless indicated) Perhaps the most well-known “ruin” in Paris is the catacombs, a network of quarries that span around 200 miles under the city (in fact Parisians have been known to compare their city to a holey cheese there are […]

Abandoned St John’s Orphanage, Goulburn.

St John’s Orphanage was opened in 1905 by the Sisters of Mercy and the Catholic Church, and operated for 71 years until its closure in 1976. For the first 7 years of operation St John’s housed both boys and girls (which it was one of the first to do so) and in 1912 St Joesph’s […]

Hadrian’s Roman Wall, 122 AD.

A defensive fortification wall in the Roman province of Britannica which was built in AD122 during the reign of Emperor Hadrian and is known as Hadrian’s Wall. Hadrian’s wall is also known as the Roman Wall or Vallum Hadriani. The wall is made of stone base and stone wall, which runs between Solway Firth and […]

Traveling through Cuba – in a 1950 Chevrolet.

Image Credit: Photograph and caption by Lorraine Yip / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest Traveling through Cuba in a vintage 1950 Chevrolet with a speedometer which no longer works. We were passing by the city of Camagey known for its winding streets. The modern American Hawaiian hula figure and yellow taxi cab […]