This was the first thing I saw when I stepped off the bus and looked up. Having come straight from the airport I wasn’t expecting Hong Kong’s high population density to be so in my face. Especially on Lantau Island and not Hong Kong Island itself. Captured from the walkway in front of the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. These apartments are eight residential tower blocks. Here we see blocks 5 to 9. Built in 1999, there’s 43 floors with 2578 apartments across the towers.
This crosswalk is in the centre of San Francisco’s Castro District. It’s on the crossing of 18th Street and Castro Street. The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride. The Castro was one of the first gay neighbourhoods in the United States. It’s a short walk from The Mission district and Haight-Ashbury areas. Whilst in the area I also visited the GLBT History Museum. Whilst small it’s well worth visiting.
Silver Tree Ferns are found all over New Zealand, growing up to 10 metres or more high. As with many of the plants here, they are native to this country. Although very difficult to capture the silver of the underside of the leaves, the pattern that they create, especially when seen against a blue sky is very worth recording in my opinion. The silver fern is a cultural symbol of New Zealand, many logos, especially in sport, incorporate its image.
Walking along the busy Khaosan Road in Bangkok you will see dozens of shops selling handcrafts, clothes, pirated DVDs, books and useful backpacker items. This photograph was taken along this road of a huge display of sandals. The bright colours caught my eye and it looked to be an interesting pattern.
Some form of sandals (or thongs if your in Australia, jandals here in New Zealand) are must haves for any traveller. When I left the UK back in July 2012, I took a lovely pair of Birkenstock sandals. Sadly, one of them came off as I was getting on a boat on the island of Ko Phi Phi Don. It wasn’t until recently that I replaced them.