Today Bora Bora is world famous as a luxury holiday resort and the island’s economy is almost solely driven by tourism. This wasn’t always the case as this huge World War II cannon over looking Pofai Bay and the main town of Vaitape. The United States used the island as a military supply base for the South Pacific. There were originally seven artillery guns like this one dotted around the island to protect the base from attack. Over sixty years later much has changed for Bora Bora.
Having heard of Venice beach I wasn’t expecting to see canals. The “Venice of America” was built in 1905 as a recreation of Venice, Italy. Most of the canals have been filled in and only a few blocks remain. In 1992 they were extensively renovated and today are lined with funky, expensive, and architecturally diverse urban homes. With the wonderfully clear weather and still water give great reflections I took hundreds of photographs as I walked up and down the canals for a few hours. This is one of my favourites because of the small red canoe in the foreground.
Auckland is famously nicknamed the “City of Sails”. Westhaven Marina just by the city centre certainly does a good job explaining how this nickname came about. There are around 135,000 yachts and launches registered in Auckland and this is the largest marina in the area. This photograph was taken from Westhaven Drive looking north. I was walking around the area looking for a good spot for a dusk photograph of the Auckland Skyline. In this photograph you see less than 20% of the boats that are in this marina.
Visiting the Damnoen Saduak Floating market was one of the best things I did on my short visit to Bangkok. Although it was over an hours drive from the city centre it was well worth it. Being such a popular tourist attraction made photograph of the market as a whole very challenging. This is where a zoom lens was priceless. It allowed me to zoom in on some of the market holders as they floated around looking for customers. If you can’t quite read this ladies sign, she is selling Mango with Sticky Rice.