Mount Doom and Tongariro Alpine Crossing – a book of photos of this fantastic walking experience



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A rewarding experience – lunar-like and spectacular this great walk takes you through

                                                                World Heritage Site

                                                                 Dramatic scenery

                                                                 Volcanic landscapes

                                                                 Active craters

                                                                 Sweeping views

                                                                 Alpine vegetation

                                                                 Crater lakes of emerald and blue

                                                                 Expansive scoria flats and hills

                                                                 Beautiful New Zealand podocarp rainforest

And past Mount Doom of Mordor from The Lord of the Rings

We arrive at the shuttle meeting place, it’s before daybreak but the anticipation about the day ahead is high.

Preview the imagery of this amazing part of the world by clicking the link above and access the book for a free overview. Be sure to preview the dust cover version.

Heading out for a memorable experience.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing – a great walk

By Brian Scantlebury

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Mount Mordor or Mount Ngauruhoe rising from surrounding mountainous volcanic countryside
Heading out at the start of the walk from Mangatepopo Hut end.

Raglan in monochrome



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This popular New Zealand beach and vacation spot offers some wonderfully raw coastal and natural bush scenes.


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Commercial interior decor photo art.



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My latest installation in charming old-world Tauranga commercial reception area. Large scale impact photo-art brigs life and appeal to city reception area.

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This one is 1500 by 1000cm.

Night scene of Tauranga’s Takitimu Drive freeway.

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Wild Horse Mountain – well worth the stop



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Just off Bruce highway is this, the smallest of the Glass House Mountains just inland on Queensland’s  Sunshine Coast this lookout built as a fire lookout for the surrounding bush and forestry presents a 700 metre climb from the carpark to peak and surrounding views. Well worth the stop that created an opportunity to add to my Australian landscapes. 

Surrounded by plantation forestry pines and natural bush the 360 degree views are spectacular.

I venture, most visitors to these spectacular views just drive right by these threes on the way in and out.

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Why Namibia? – more just than a few reasons.



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That’s the question, why Namibia?

Have just returned from a three week tour with World Photo Adventures of this startlingly stunning country and through the images shared here hope to give you more than a few reasons.

With the thousands of images I have returned with, it will be quite a while before I get through them all. So, this will be an evolving blog. It will be updated progressively.

And back to the “more than a few reasons;

Landscapes, I’ll bet you’ve never seen anything like what Namibia has to offer;

Sossusvlei dunes are breathtaking. Dead Vlei and Hidden Vlei are so immense and stunning

Touring photographers cast shadow on golden sand dunes.

Then there’s the Quiver Tree Forest with it’s unworldly aloes  scattered randomly across a rugged rocky terrain;


Wildlife, big cats, Lions and cheetahs in particular, there’s more to come of these;

And birdlife;


Great white pelican portrait

                                       Secretary bird 
The diminutive long-tailed or paradise whydah

Rosy-faced lovebird






Pale chanting goshawk on top of acacia bush.

Flight of the flamingos at Swakopmund as sun sets over wetland

We came across these lions, him & her, not long after they had made their kill. Here feasting happily together. We went back next morning and watched him take charge and drag the rest of the carcass away from her. She then left the scene and headed to a water hole about a kilometer away, as the crow flies, where we came across her again.

All creatures great and small;


Small desert adapted lizard and a shy palmato lizard poking its head out of the sand













What about the people;

Portrait of traditional tribal woman holding child.

Dancing in the tribal way. The Himba people in their small remote village and woman sitting outside shack (below)

And finally some birds in flight, Southern Yellow Hronbill, pale chanting goshawk and lilac breasted roller below.

More to come, check back please. and large digital images are all available at The Namibia images are in the travel folder, Africa library.


Wellington new stock images New Zealand



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New Wellington stock images to show some of the vibrant creative capital city recently added to stock photo library

Wellington is a cosmopolitan city with an energetic personality. Please click on the images here to link through to these and more similar Wellington stock photos.

Windy Wellington sign on hillside at Miramar

Windy Wellington sign on hillside at Miramar in white corrugated iron mounted on side of hill to look like it is blowing away with Weta Cave tourism sign below.

The city is surrounded by wonderful scenic bays

Evans Bay panorama from Shelly beach Road Wellington

Evans Bay from Shelly beach Road Wellington

Titahi Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

Titahi Bay, Wellington New Zealand

Rocky foreshore at Breaker Bay  at entrance to  Wellington Harbo

rocky foreshore at Breaker Bay at entrance to Wellington Harbour

Some with classic old beach or boat sheds

Titahi Bay boatsheds Wellington, New Zealand

Titahi individually leased and painted boat-sheds along the beach Wellington New Zealand

Coastal road around Wellington harbour Lowry Bay with bright col

Coastal road around Wellington harbour Lowry Bay with bright coloured boat shed.

Skerrett Boat Shed

Skerrett Boat Shed Lowry Bay Eastbourne Wellington white weatherboard construction with olive green door owned by Hutt City Council in February 2016


Titahi Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

Rufus, the owner of this homely shed had just returned from his morning paddle in Titahi Bay, Wellington New Zealand

And the city waterfront is constantly busy and interesting whter is people watching, the coastal scenery, the public art trail or old architecture one can spend hours there and still miss so much

Summer day on Wellington waterfront

Summer day people enjoying Wellington waterfront strolling along the esplanade watching and relaxing in warm coastal public space.

Mooring ropes lying on dock Oriental Bay Boat sheds  and boats a

Mooring ropes lying on dock Oriental Bay Boat sheds and boats across bay Wellington New Zealand

Old white weathered warehouse buildings Shelly Beach Road, Miram

Old white weathered warehouse buildings Shelly Beach Road, Miramar, Wellington New Zealand

Markets like the Porirua Market enable a visitor to share some of the life and cultures



Like any cosmopolitan city, there are the characters and street scenes that captivate too

Wellington street car window washer Willis Street cleans windscr

Street scene of bare backed with spiky hair Wellington street car window washer Willis Street cleans windscreen of car stopped at intersection lights

Wellington architecture

Wellington wooden architecture old shop building now coffee outlet and Fidel’s cafe

Wellington architecture Shepherd's Arms Hotel in Tinakori.

Wellington architecture Shepherd’s Arms Hotel in Tinakori Road dates from around 1870, this laid-back hotel in the historic Thorndon suburb .


Red car in front vintage effect cottage in Tinakori Street, Well

Red car in front vintage effect cottage in Tinakori Street, Wellington


Outdoor cafe patrons on Evans Bay,Shelly Beach Road Wellington

Outdoor cafe patrons enjoying the activity and warmth on Evans Bay Shelly Beach Road Wellington


Inside the historic Railway Station


Night scenes around the spectacular harbour enthrall anyone taking a walk after dark.

City lights across bay Wellington New Zealand

City lights across Oriental BAy to boat sheds and city buildings Wellington New Zealand

City lights across Jervois Road with The Rugby World Cup Celebra

Hectic night scene of buildings, streets, lights tram lines and power poles across Jervois Road with The Rugby World Cup Celebration sculpture in small park Wellington New Zealand

Te Aho a Māui split pyramid sculpture with path through leading

Light effects created by zoom blur through Te Aho a Māui split pyramid sculpture with path leading to Civic Square and city lights and scenes Wellington New Zealand

And there is so much more – Wellington


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Route 66 Road Trip Imagery.

Route 66, like the signs along the way, the motels are as varied as the landscape. Historic Blue Swallow in Tucumcari is one of the beauts. . So I’m back a few years to the great experience travelling the famous route and sharing. tag route66 . See my photo book:

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Route 66 Museum – Shamrock

Raglan, rustic and scenic township in the mighty Waikato.


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Raglan, is a rustic small New Zealand  township af about 3,000 on Waikato’s west coast. Famed for it’s left hand surf break but the like much of small town NZ it has a charm and is surrounded by scenic bush and farmland.

Down at the wharf; commercial fishing boats base – the Joanne AK

Heron in wetland drain beside Wallis Street on way to wharf.

Harbour View historic hotel on Bow Street.

Scenic Pakoka River on walk to Bridal Veil Falls. Beautiful natural forest walk to falls, a must do when in Raglan.

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Melbourne – the art of the street.


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Arriving and picked up by our good friend and fellow photographer Lex we made to the hotel then straight out and into a city photowalk. Malls, arcades and alleys and renown laneways. This was all just before the Covid-19 lockdown threat which soon sent us scuttling home.

Anyway, before that we did get some images I hope you believe are worth sharing.

For a more complete selection of Melbourne images please head to www.brianscantlebury/Travel/Australia

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Architecture, street photos and street art. Alleys included ACDC Lane, Hosiery Lane,  Flinders Lane, Hardware Lane just to name a few.

Faces in Fitzroy.

As the cafes in Degraves Street open

Signs, street art on roller doors and people moving through Degraves Street before opening time.

Bohemian Degraves again.

The singer in the band, AC/DC Lane

A message, agree? disagree?

Auckland, Tauranga New Zealand model shoot with my Sony kit


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Selecting interesting, yet recognisable, backgrounds for the lovely model Kennedy was the task. Wanting not just to show off Kennedy’s beauty but also to showcase some urban scenery and some of New Zealand’s natural scenic beauty as well took us to downtown Auckland and to Tauranga for the amazing scenic variety found there. We had two days to optimise our time and photographic experiences with my Sony A7R11, A6000 and range of lenses.

Here’s a sampling of what we found;




Down at Auckland’s Wynward Quarter Silo Park Kennedy sets-off the industrial feel of a tank.






I am not a regular model photographer by any means. I consider photography of any genre is an extension of all other genres.  You scope out the locales envisage the final image, light and, composition then let your instincts take over.

We headed downtown Auckland for a few hours and here’s some of what we found.







There are interesting backgrounds everywhere, including walls and doors and street art.


A ‘borrowed” electric scooter on an intersection adds a contemporary urban touch, while heavy industrial background below provides a contrast.


In Tauranga we use the natural settings of NZ bush scenes, waterfalls, lakes and walks are all things both Kiwi’s and tourists enjoy. McLaren Falls in the Kaimai Range is a great and very accessible base for a range natural settings.


Desaturating the background seems to add something to the colourful casual attire of the model and the classic styling of Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.

Container background on Sulphur Point and                         vintage records in Roundabout Records in the Tauranga Historic Village                                                               proved two more interesting photographic locales.

Sitting in sand dunes at Mount Maunganui rounded out the two days.

For all the images taken over the two days please check out this gallery.


A great bis thank you to @Kennedyyounan for her contribution to the 2 days and about a hundred great images.

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Twitter; @briansphotograf



Running out of photo storage space is a risk I am warned, as I head for Lady Elliot Island.


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Lets see if that plus what the world is being told about the pending ruination of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are both true. I’m excited as we fly from Hervey Bay.

Landing, birds are everywhere, nearly tame too, very reminiscent of Galapagos Islands.

Noddys like the white capped noddy and terns and their nests  surround the terminal and landing strip 


We are to spend the next 5 days at Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort. Every night at this time of the year turtles of three varieties come ashore to lay eggs, usually returning to sea before dawn. However, sometimes the leave their run too late and get left high and dry. The next high tide is then required to enable them to make their escape.

water returns and lets them dip their heads in to cool by cycling it through their body.

A colourful inhabitant of the island is one of the smallest.

The Strawberry Hermit Crab carries his home high of the sand.

It’s nesting season, and everywhere you turn there are birds like this white capped noddy carrying nesting material.

Roseate tern chick waits for it’s next feed.

Below are three of the ground and shore birds found on Lady Elliot.

 Speckled gold-and-black migratory Golden Plover

Buff banded rail

Ruddy Turnstone

Nature can be so gruesome and cruel.

Naturally beige coral surrounds the island and we are advised is very healthy.

The sunrises and sunsets are worth hanging about for too.

The island’s iconic and historic lighthouse.

Well, all in all the birdlife was amazing, learning about the turtle populations and breeding  informative and snorkeling was fun.

I did use a lot of photo storage, but thankfully didn’t run short.