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.
Panning for Gold at Arrowtown
Just a few hundred metres into Bush Creek Reserve from Arrowtown’s main street is the Arrow River. This photograph is looking south down the river towards the town centre but the trees make it seem like I was in the middle of nowhere. This area is famous for gold. Along the banks of the river you can see two couples of tourists panning for gold. In the mid 19th century there was a rush of Chinese people to the area seeking riches from the water.
Body boarder on Sand Dune
At the north end of 90 mile beach (which is in fact only about 55 miles long) are huge great sand dunes. So large in fact it is tricky attempting to convey the size of them in a single photograph. Fortunately a couple of people were climbing to the top of one of these dunes to sand surf or body board down the slope. You can see the board he was about to lie on under his right arm.
Sound Shell in Napier
Arriving in the seaside city of Napier on a Sunday afternoon, I wasn’t surprised to find a concert in progress. Walking along the Marine Parade to the sound a rock music in the distance. After a few minutes this was the scene that greeted me. It was a free concert in the Sound Shell just next to the beach. This stage was built in 1931 after an earthquake levelled the city. As with much of the architecture of that time, it is in a contemporary Art Deco style.