Friday, December 23, 2005

Day 140: The Pyramids

The Pyramids, Giza, Egypt

Day 139: 'Peace out!'

Chillin' with a cup of tea while puffing away on a waterpipe, a common sight on the street, Giza, Egypt

Day 138: 'Polish engineering gets a boost from the Egyptians'

Fiat 125p, Giza, Egypt

I was amazed to find that Egypt is where old Polish cars go to die. And they weren't exactly the model of reliability when they were new either. Notice that safety features like side mirrors or working lights are very much optional...

Day 137: 'Magic Mushrooms'

The Mushrooms, White Desert National Park, Egypt

Day 136: 'Hot-Rod'

Farmer and his donkey cart, Bahariyya Oasis, Egypt

If I had to guess the specs: 0.5 horsepower, 0 to 6 in under 5 seconds, low natural-gas emissions…

Day 135: 'Joy of the simple life'

Farmer, Bahariyya Oasis, Egypt

Day 134: 'Giza Sunset'

View west from the Cairo Tower, Cairo, Egypt

Day 133: 'Scribbles'

Faisal Islamic Bank of Egypt Building, Cairo, Egypt

Day 132: 'Not all that glitters is gold'

Brass wares, Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo, Egypt

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Day 131: 'The street'

Young bread vendor, Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo, Egypt

Day 130: 'Spires'

Mosque of Quaitbey, Cairo, Egypt

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Day 129: 'Beauty and the Beast'

Beduin and his camel, Giza, Egypt

Day 128: 'The Dome'

Dome, Mohammad Ali Mosque, Cairo, Egypt

Day 127: 'Love the eye-lashes!'

Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill (captive), Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

I don't normally photograph birds in captivity but my efforts to photograph hornbills in the wild have come to nothing. I had a nice chat with the handler at the park and found out among other things that hornbills are the only flying birds with eye-lashes and they look rather striking!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Day 126: 'Christmas Madness'

Orchard Road, Singapore

Day 125: 'Ring my bell!'

Main Gate, Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

Day 124: 'Funny house'

Hill Street Building, Singapore

Day 123: 'Don't try this at home kids!'

Tribal Perfromance, Night Safari, Singapore

Day 122: 'Lion City'

Merlion Park, Singapore

The curious statue in the foreground is the merlion: half-lion, half-fish. First historical references to this mythical beast go back to 1970 AD and the marketing department of the Singapore Turism Board…

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Day 121: 'Dark clouds'

Masjid Putra (Putra Mosque), Putrajaya, Malaysia

Day 120: 'Worshippers'

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Day 119: 'Foyer'

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Day 118: 'Fssst!'

Wagler's Viper (Temple Viper), Temple of the Azure Cloud (Snake Temple), Pulau Pinang (Penang Island), Malaysia

Yes, they're venomous and I have been assured that the snakes in the temple have not been de-fanged! Still, they are well fed, nocturnal, generally not an aggressive species and likely doped-out on the incense that is burned continuously in close proximity. The temple itself is a bit of a tourist trap. Yes, I've had my picture taken with about a whole bunch of these around my arms and neck. They only told me that the snakes they use for picture taking have been de-fanged after I've had my picture taken...

Day 117: 'Forget Goldfinger...'

Statue of Luang Phu Tuad covered in gold leaf by worshippers, Wat Buppharam, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (Penang Island), Malaysia

Day 116: 'What's with the funny hat?'

Jubliee Clock Tower, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (Penang Island), Malaysia

Day 115: 'For a little monkey you got balls to wake me up from my afternoon nap running around on the roof!'

Baby Long-tailed Macaque, Teman Negara National Park, Malaysia

And for goodness sake, cover up!

Day 114: 'Don't look down...'

Canopy Walk, Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

At 500m in length the canopy walk in Teman Negara National Park (confusingly 'Teman Negara' means 'National Park' implying there is only one which is not the case...) is the world's longest. It's also 50m above ground in places which elevates it above the rainforest canopy for a wicked perspective! And it's seriously wonky!