Monday, January 28, 2013

Along The Great Ocean Road

Hopetoun Falls

Wow, I know it's been awhile since I last posted but I haven't really gone anywhere or done anything to warrant a post, but I promise I will be back soon with some more of my back catalogue of unseen images.

Anyway back to my new photos and the inspiration for them!

On the weekend of 11 - 14 January 2013, I was lucky enough to find myself with a weekend off from my regular Dj duties, so decided with my lovely wife Audrey to head down the coast along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

We were lucky enough to be able to rent an amazing rainforest property in the Lavers Hill area on the Great Ocean Road and here it is!


One of our first sightseeing stops was into the hinterland behind the Great Ocean Road and magnificent Otways Rainforest to Hopetoun Falls and to the Redwood Forest along the beautiful Aire River.

First Sighting of Hopetoun Falls

Aire River
Hopetoun Falls
Redwood Forest

Hopetoun Falls

 Even though the forest was non native it seemed to be thriving and was now protected. I had only once before been in a Redwood Forest and that was a long time ago in Big Sur, California, USA.

Redwood Forest

The Steps Down to Hopetoun Falls

Hopetoun Falls

After the first day of touring the Hinterland and visiting the Aire River and Hopetoun Falls, we were exhausted but looked forward to the following day when we would hit the coast.

One of the things we wanted to do was visit places along the Great Ocean Road that we had never been to before such as Johanna Beach and it was beautiful when we finally got there!

Johanna Beach

Tidal Pool, Johanna Beach
Rock Pool, Johanna Beach

Waves Crash, Johanna Beach

Beach Walkers, Johanna Beach
Seaweed, Johanna Beach

Fluffy Clouds, Johanna Beach

Yellow Seaweed, Johanna Beach

Shells, Johanna Beach

After the joy of being blown about and buffeted by the wind and waves of Johanna Beach and its surrounds, we returned home and planned our next day which was of course is an oft repeated visit to the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge areas.

Even though we were at the height of summer it was still only 17 degrees, raining at times, the wind howling and the ever occasional sunlight stream breaking through. Either way it is still awe inspiring every time I see it. Below are the results of my visit...

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Rob Steer

The Remaining Apostles!

Loch Ard Gorge

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Luang Prabang, Laos

A world heritage site, a peaceful oasis, a must see, a jewel on the Mekong, bathed in sunlight (and sometimes drenching rain), with the chocolate Mekong River to one side and the orange silhouettes of robed monks down its centre, and the Nam Khong forming a peninsula.

So much has been said, written about and photographed in Luang Prabang and I am just humbly trying to add my viewpoint of its beauty, culture, tourism, nature, surroundings and outstanding and protected architecture.

Hopefully some of these photos will encourage you to go or at least to armchair/office chair travel for a brief moment in your day.

See it before you die...

Rob Steer

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Children of Laos

On a road trip to North Eastern Laos in September 2011, what I noticed everywhere I went was the children. They seemed to be everywhere, on the roads, in the mountains, markets, rice paddies, schools, workplaces, restaurants and on their bicycles.

Many of the children I encountered were living precariously along the side of the highways (if you could call almost single road lanes that) with their parents in houses made from Bamboo and whatever local jungle products they could use. Many of them had been moved to these roadside villages by the Government of Laos from their villages deep within the jungles and mountains.

It seemed that the poorest were the Hmong people, who seemed to have paid a high price for their resistance to the Laos Communist Party and Government and tacit support of Americans during the Vietnam War.

However, what I have noticed right across Laos and most underdeveloped countries I have visited is the resilience of the people and children in particular.

They may have traffic passing by within centimetres of their homes, but they find somewhere to play and create their own games and are often tasked with the care of younger siblings as you will see in these photographs.

Another thing I noticed was that Laos seemed to be on the move, a lot of children were in school, riding new bicycles, dressed relatively well and seemed to be enjoying some sort of 'normal child lifestyle', that many in more developed countries take for granted. However, this seemed to be isolated to the bigger towns and villages and the further out we got from these the poor the children and their families seemed to be.

What I remember most and what these photographs have brought back to me, is the smiles, sometimes fear and wonder, joy and willingness to approach me and say 'Sabai Dee'.

I also remember the trepidation of some, who may not have seen a foreigner before or at least not one not passing by on a bus. Some were genuinely scared while others just seemed real interested and wanted to touch my skin, hair and especially the hair on my legs and arms which they found to be a real novelty!

All seemed unblemished by the pace of the modern world, which has barely touched many of them, hence their playgrounds are fields, mountains, streams and rivers, not play stations, junk food outlets and tv, which many children in developed nations are subjected to.

The one memory of this trip that will stay with me forever is the little girl below, who was struggling while walking uphill carrying a load of logs in a bag on her back held on by a headstrap. I could not even lift the logs myself.

Anyway enjoy this journey with me through the eyes of The Children of Laos and let me know what you think...

Rob Steer

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