Panoramic View (Post#21) : Waterfowl Lake And Surrounding Mountains
When I visited Banff National Park it inspired me and awakens me that deep in my heart I love nature and specifically I love mountains. Banff for me was like a real paradise wherein every part of it were almost perfect with its natural beauty. Mountains together with the glacier and icy lakes made the surrounding so uniquely wonderful. The photo above was one of the pristine icy lakes that I found while passing Icefields Parkway which captured last May 2008.
Panoramic View (Post#20) : Melbourne Central Business District
One of the things that I really like when I live abroad is to walk around in the place with my camera. As there are lot of places to explore in Melbourne and its surrounding area, I did some research until I found something about Bayside. It is a city at the southern Melbourne which scopes the suburbs beside the coastal area such as Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton, Brighton East, Cheltenham, Hampton, Hampton East, Highett and Sandringham. When I was about to leave Melbourne last December 2013, I grabbed a chance to walk along the coastal of these suburbs. I took the photo above of Melbourne CBD almost near in Royal Brighton Yacht Club.
“Istana Negara” means National Palace and when we visited this magnificent structure we learned that there are two existing Istana Negara, the photo above is the new and current Istana Negara located at Jalan Duta in Kuala Lumpur, the other one is now called as Old Istana Negara and named as Royal Museum. This building is the official residence of the head of state of Malaysia. At the time we visited, we can only see the building from the outside of the gate as the inside of the palace is not open for public. Snapshot captured last December 2012.
When we arrived in this place for walking and trekking adventure, I fell in love with the place. MacRitchie Reservoir is one of my favorite place in Singapore as the area has nature surroundings that helped me forget that I live in the city. The reservoir shot has relaxing view that kept me standing there for a while to appreciate the beauty in front of me. Photo captured last June 2010.
Panoramic View (Post#17) : Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga)
Kata Tjuta was one of the main itinerary we had while touring Red Centre. We actually experience trekking this rocky mountain and discovered magnificent domed rock formation at the center of Australia. Like Ayers Rock, this is also considered a significant place for the Aboriginal people (Indigenous people live in Australia). Photo captured last March 2013.
Panoramic View (Post#16) : Killara Estate, Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley, region in Victoria state of Australia and famous because of its wineries. During our tour in the said place, one of the itinerary was Killara Estate where we tasted some wines and had lunch as well. In the location I found a scenery that’s soothing to my eyes which was the Killara Estate farm or wineries. Photo captured last February 2013.
One of the mountains that I discovered from a distance in Red Centre at Northern Territory Australia is Mount Conner. When I saw this mountain I can’t believe that there such a mountain where the top is almost perfectly flat when looking from a far. For us in Philippines such hill or mountain are categorized as “Talampas” which means an elevated area with flat top or in English it is a Plateau or Mesa (Table Mountain). “Mesa” word is actually means “Table” for us. Photo captured during my Outback Adventure last March 2013.
Cleveland Reservoir or Cleveland Dam is also known as Capilano Reservoir or Capilano Lake which located in North Vancouver at British Columbia Province in Canada. The name used after late Ernest Cleveland, the first Chief Commissioner of Greater Vancouver Water District. The reservoir used to store drinking water of Lower Mainland as per Wikipedia. Photo captured last June 2008.
During my second visit in Sydney, I planned to visit Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. I always hear the name of Blue Mountains as one of the famous tourist spot near in Sydney at New South Wales state in Australia. It says that the mountain is still part of mountainous area related to Great Dividing Range. Photo captured last April 2013.
I visited Banff in Alberta province in Canada during the time where the winter was over recently. At that time, the switching of Winter to Spring season were still in progress, I got a chance to see Lake Louise in Banff where majority of its water are still solid as ice. The name of the lake was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta which was the 6th child and 4th daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. For what I know up to this moment, Queen Victoria still holds the title of the longest reigning queen of England unless the current queen which is Queen Elizabeth II able to break which she just need 2 or 3 more years to be able to hold the title. The middle in the photo is what they call Victoria Glacier. Photo captured last May 2008.
First mountain to climb – Mount Kinabalu, the mountain with the title of “Highest Mountain in South East Asia”. To be honest, I was not able to reached the summit of the mountain. Mount Kinabalu’s altitude is 4095 MASL (meters above sea level). Yes this was the first mountain that I climb when I joined the mountaineering club which headed by my colleague at work that time. I only reach the hotel in Laban Rata with altitude of 3200+ MASL. I never insist to myself to push over to my limits. I told myself that the mountain is not going anywhere and maybe time will permit me or allow me to reach the highest peak of this mountain. My group was composed of 13 mountaineers and 5 in the group were able to reached the highest peak. For me I made an accomplishment for a rookie member like me. But I will not recommend to do the same thing that I did because preparation for conquering high altitude mountain need training physically because it definitely helps. Photo captured last September 2008.
One of the self adventure that I did while staying in Melbourne was to visit the Bayside area. Bayside is composed of different suburbs which majority of it lies in south-eastern side of Metro Melbourne. Before, I was confused because there are suburbs and then there is Bayside. I checked the website of Bayside and they sent me a lot of brochure that I really appreciated because it keep me informed while walking at the coastline of the Bayside City. I learned that the following city such as Brighton, Sandringham, Moorabbin, Mordialloc and Bayside were united to become Bayside City.
The photo above is just one of the photos of Mentone Beach that I captured which partially part of Frankston and Mentone. During my walking adventure, I started my first part walk in this beach. Photo captured last December 2013.
Panoramic View (Post#9) : At Remarkable Rocks Lookout
When I traveled in some part of South Australia state for 2 days, 1 day of that spent in touring Kangaroo Island. And one part of the itinerary was to see the “Remarkable Rocks” in Flinders Chase National Park. And near the “Remarkable Rocks” I found this scenic view which faces Great Australian Bight. Photo captured last May 2013.
When I returned to Melbourne for my 3rd assignment, I had only few times to getaway from work because of busy schedules in the project that I’d been working with. One of the places that I quickly visited is the bathing house in Brighton Beach. The said bathing houses along the beach are quite famous as it become part of history from 18th to 19th century. Photo captured last March 2014
During my Oreilly’s Tour when I traveled to Gold Coast in Queensland state in Australia, one of the itinerary included in the tour is to visit the Mountview Alpaca Farm. At the restaurant, the photo above was one of the scenic view to appreciate while stopping by. Photo captured last May 2014.
Panoramic View (Post#6) : Sulphur Mountain and Vermilion Lakes
Sulphur Mountain is just one of the beautiful mountains that can be found in Banff National Park which named after its hot spring on its lower slopes. Vermillion Lakes as per Wikipedia are series of Lakes formed in the Bow River valley, in the Banff National Park and at the foot of Mount Norquay. I had a chance to visit this place last May 2008 when I went in Edmonton at Alberta Province in Canada for work.
The photo above is Tidal River with the background of mountains and I captured this photo last May 2014 during my Wilson Promontory (The Prom) National Park tour in Victoria Australia. We crossed the river to be able reach Squeaky Beach.
The snapshot above is just the half side view of The Twelve Apostles. I am not really sure why it is called as The Twelve Apostles because currently there is just 8 limestone stack exist. This popular tourist spot are located along Great Ocean Road in Port Campbell National Park at Victoria state of Australia. I got a chance to see this place after joining Great Ocean Road tour last Feb 2013.
The photo above is Cascade Mountain Side View which captured while I was near in Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park last May 2008 when I got a chance to visit Canada in short period of time. I can’t forget this park as this awaken myself to one of the things that I really love since I was in college which is mountain. Every time I saw mountains, I always think how beautiful the mountain is and wondering whats on it to experience. I love climbing mountain but never had a chance to climb an alpine mountain as I live in tropical country and what we have are tropical mountains.