Rocamadour is a series of monastic buildings and pilgrimage churches, some dating from the 1100s, that rise dramatically above a gorge on the River Dordogne. It is now firmly on the Dordogne tourist route, and here's the first view you get as you approach the town. It is worth a visit even if historical buildings are not your thing, as Rocamadour also gives its name to a goat's cheese - so make sure to bring along a bottle of red for the picnic!
Lake Menindee, Kinchega National Park, NSW
Taken in Menindee Lakes region of New South Wales. A planned trip of several days in the Lakes region turned into half a night as rain fell before dawn, turning the dirt road to mud and trapping our car. Luckily we managed to get pulled by a tow truck and get back out onto sealed roads. Fortunately on our first evening there I had gone for a drive and seen these trees across a field. Parking the car and preparing to walk across, I noticed thousands of spider webs shimmering in the low evening light and had a moment of doubt. Being Australia, and being home to plenty of unfriendly arachnid species, I wondered whether to stay with the car or try and pick a passage across. I was wearing shorts, and so reasoned that I might feel any spider and have a chance to brush him off …. I took my chances and here is the shot!
Seuil de Naurouze - Canal du Midi. If one thing is guaranteed while walking along the Canal Du Midi it is the sight of hundreds of plane trees (40,000 line its banks). And so, when heading out for a walk there, it felt inevitable that I would end up with a photo of those plane trees. But incredibly I couldn't find anything inspiring to frame. On taking a detour away from the canal, I ended up walking through this alley and got this shot. Btw, the alley has 62 plane trees which were planted in 1809 and is considered one of the most beautiful alleys in France. Threatened during the 1970's by a building project, happily it was saved by the local population.
Shot taken while touring in the Grande Champagne region near Archiac. This is the finest of the 6 regions authorised to produce Cognac, and apart from sampling the end product, it is nice to spend time amongst the beautiful vineyards.
PS not to be confused with the sparkling wine produced in the north eastern region of Champagne!
Close to Quebec city. I noticed these lovely trees from my hotel room, but the background was so awful (wires, buildings, advertising boards) that I couldn't frame a shot. But the next day in the midst of a snow storm I got my chance ...