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Some weeks ago, I visited my hometown in the Province of Albay in the Philippines. The main landmark of the province is always a sight to behold. But I must admit that growing up in the shadows of this grand dame, I somehow took her for granted. She was just always there. The recent visit provided that opportunity to capture some of her glory.
Mt Mayon, Legazpi City
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 60mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Mount Mayon is the most active volcano in the Philippines (located in Albay, 490kms south of Manila) having erupted over 48 times in the past 400 years. Local folklore refers to the volcano as Daragang Magayon (Bikol: ‘Beautiful Lady‘). The cone is considered to be the world’s most perfectly-formed volcano because of its almost symmetric conical shape. The upper slopes of the volcano are steep averaging 35–40 degrees.
Elevation: 2463m
Prominence: 2447m
Last eruption: 2010

Mount Mayon, Philippines
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 80mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Mayon Volcano, Albay, Philippines
Nikon D200 | Tokina AT-X 11-16mm @ 16mm | 1/250s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

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April 25 is the national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand – ANZAC Day – “that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served“.

War memorials and monuments across Australia are sites of annual observances of ANZAC Day:

Shrine of Remembrance (St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria)
Architects: Phillip Hudson and James Wardrop
Construction: 1927-1934
Architectural styles: Neo-Classical, Art Deco
Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 6s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Tripod

East buttress, Shrine of RemembranceNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 90mm | 8s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Tripod

National War Memorial (North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia)
Architects: Louis Laybourne-Smith with Walter Bagot and Rayner Hoff
Completed: 1926
Architectural style: Art Deco
Adelaide War MemorialNikon E4100 | 9.1mm | 1/143s @ f/3.4 | ISO 50 | Handheld

War Memorial, North TerraceNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 62mm | 1/90s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Australian War Memorial (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory)
Architects: Emil Sodersten and John Crust
Completed: 1941
Architectural styles: Byzantine architecture, Art Deco
Australian War MemorialNikon E4100 | 7.5mm | 1/144s @ f/6.2 | ISO 50 | Handheld

Great Ocean Road (Torquay to Allansford, Victoria)
World’s largest war memorial-dedicated to casualties of World War I
Construction: 1919 and 1932 by returned soldiers
Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Samsung ST500 | 4.9mm | 1/500s @ f/3.5 | ISO 80 | Handheld

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.  – Ode of Remembrance, Laurence Binyon
Lest we forget.

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A visit to Florence, in the Italian region of Tuscany and considered the birthplace of Renaissance, is definitely a must for the architecture traveller. The best and main sights of the city lies mostly on the north bank of the Arno River. Piazzale Michelangelo, from across the river, provides a sweeping view of the city’s historic centre.

Florence, Italy
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 29mm | 1/60s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Tripod

Florence viewed from Piazzale Michelangelo
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 52mm | 1/60s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Tripod

via del Monte all Croci
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 27mm | 1/20s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

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Some of the attractions and landscapes along the Great Ocean Road.

Split point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet
Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 26mm | 1/125s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 40mm | 1/350s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Cape Otway Lighthouse
Cape Otway Lighthouse
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 55mm | 1/60s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Port Campbell
Port Campbell, Victoria
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 27mm | 1/160s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Cape Otway
shushh...[Cape Otway National Park]
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 112mm | 1/30s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Princetown

"The right side of the road is left"
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 56mm | 1/60s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Handheld

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The national park features limestone formations on and near the coastline adjacent to the Great Ocean Road. These include an array of sheer limestone cliffs overlooking offshore islets, rock stacks, gorges, arches, and blow-holes.
Two of the Twelve Apostles, Gibson Steps
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 62mm | 1/80s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Loch Ard Gorge, Twelve Apostles
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 55mm | 1/200s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

The Razorback at Loch Ard Gorge
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/320s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

The Arch
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 20mm | 1/200s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

London Arch
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 20mm | 1/250s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

The Grotto
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/60s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

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The spectacular group of limestone stack formations rising majestically above the Southern Ocean along Victoria’s dramatic and scenic south-west coastline.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 31mm | 1/80s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Dusk at the Twelve Apostles
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 44mm | 1/8s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Tripod

Twelve Apostles
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 40mm | 1/30s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Tripod

Gibson Steps, Twelve Apostles
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 38mm | 1/10s @ f/32 | ISO 100 | Tripod

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Remembering the South Australian summers …
McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide in South Australia, is one of Australia’s oldest winemaking regions and is notable for its Shiraz.

Chapel Hill Road, McLaren Vale
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 20mm | 1/100s @ f/16 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Tapestry Wines, McLaren Vale
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/350s @ f/11 | ISO 200 | Handheld

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