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Ceramic Poppy Display at the Tower of London

Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ sees the Tower of London’s famous dry moat filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies to create a powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary.

The poppies have all been sold, and are priced at £25 each. All net proceeds plus 10 per cent are to be shared between six service charities, including the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

London Poppy Display at The Tower of London at Night

London at Night

Poppies at The Tower of London to remember every one who lost their live in WW1. London at Night

Sea of Ceramic Poppies at the Tower of London at Night

Poppies at The Tower of London to remember every one who lost their live in WW1. London at Night


Skomer Island Blog

I was lucky enough to get a last minute place to stay on Skomer Island for 2 nights. The weather wasn’t great on the first day but really picked up at sunset then the 2nd day it was glorious sunshine with the added bonus it was a Monday and no boats come over so it was like having the island to yourself. The Puffins mainly gather at the Wick, there are thousands so you cannot miss them. As I stayed over night this allowed me to get up around midnight and head out for a walk in the dark to hear and see the thousands of Manx Shearwaters that comes back to the island once the sun has set. Amazing to hear the noise and see the masses flock back.

So on with the photos, here are a selection, there are more on my flickr photostream

Puffin with Mouth Full of SandEels

Oi Thats my landing Spot!

Puffin Landing on Skomer Island

Rockstar Puffin

Puffin Skomer Island Wales

Puffin Flying with Sand Eels in Mouth

Backlit Puffin on Skomer

Puffin - Skomer Island

Puffin Evening Landing

He's Behind You!!

Puffin Landing with Red Campion on Skomer Island

Rowers on the river Thames at Hammersmith Bridge, London

Hammersmith Bridge with Rowers

Rowers on the River Thames at Hammersmith

Night Photography in London

Full set of Photographs –

Big Ben - London Underground Sign

Millennium Bridge and St Pauls

London Red Bus Bokeh

St Pauls and Millennium Bridge, Orb

London Eye and The Houses of Parliament

London Red Telephone Box

London Routemaster - Chippy

Japan – Travel Photography

A few years ago I took a trip around Japan, at the time I had edited some photos but never blogged them. Here is a little taster of upcoming blog article on Japan, travelling from Fukuoka to Tokyo via Hiroshima, Matumoso and Kyoto.

Osaka Kansai Bridge - Japan

Itsukushima 厳島, Miyajima 宮島, Torii,  Japan

Shibuya 渋谷区, Shibuya-ku, Japan

Miyajima 宮島 Temple - Japan

Back From Hong Kong

Well its been a week now since getting back from Hong Kong. Caught a bit of a cold on my return to the UK so not been doing much in the way of photography last week. Although I did edit a few more images from my trip.

Playing with my tripod and flash on some trams after dark in Central Hong Kong
Hong Kong Tram at Night

People on the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) which is the underground in Hong Kong
People Exit the Hong Kong MTR

Friday night in Mong Kok, very busy scenes here as people come after work to shop, eat and drink. Mainly a younger crowd from what I saw.
Hong Kong - Mong Kok Street

So that wraps up my trip, all images can be seen on my flickr page – I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts.

Hong Kong Day 5

Firstly Happy Birthday to My Wife Ying who is back in the UK, sorry I cannot be there with you but I hope you like the flowers.

Keeping it short today as I’m knackered.

OK well today was a busy day, took a trip on an open top bus around Hong Kong Island. Trams, Boats, people and night photography all today.

Fish Curry in a local restaurant for dinner was great.

A few pics, but rest on flickr

Hong Kong Street Woman with a Fish in a bag Duk Ling Junk Boat - Hong Kong Ghost Tram - Hong Kong Hong Kong Night Street Tram Trails

now its 1am and I must sleep!

Hong Kong Day 4

Today a lie in was the order of the day, so at around 11am I woke up and looked outside and there it was..The famous Hong Kong Haze. Visability wasn’t great but I decided to still crack on with my trip to Stanley / Aberdeen and Lamma Island.

So I jumped on the MTR as the guide book said the bus leaves from Central Station. I got off the MTR and found the bus station and jumped on a 260 to Stanley. I watched as the bus drove up the road and stopped right outside my hotel! Great, I wasted about 25mins there! still we worked our way through the traffic and went via the Aberdeen tunnel and came out on the other side of Hong Kong Island. Repulse Bay looked nice in the haze. Finally we skirted the coast line and arrived at Stanley.

I had a wander round, lots of tourists here, a few bars on the seafront and the main attraction was Stanley Market. Unlike the Ladies Market in Mong Kok the sellers here don’t hassle you, everything has a realistic price marked.

Stanley Market Hong Kong

After leaving Stanley again on the bus, I think it was the number 73 I arrived in Aberdeen. More locals that toursits here, I had a listen to what they were saying but no one spoke scottish in this Aberdeen.

I took the Sampan across the water to the took look back on the boats as the sun was in my face and the haze made everything white. When I got off the boat there were a couple of sampans with locals selling fresh fish. The people at the top could see down onto the boat, choose a fish, the man would weight it then kill it. Bag it up and pass it up in his net. The money would then be put in the net and brought down to him. He was doing good business.

Aberdeen Fish Sellers in a Sampon Hong Kong

Fish Sellers in a Sampon Hong Kong

The view from across the Aberdeen Harbour.

Boats and Flats in Aberdeen Harbour Hong Kong

After a short walk down the promenade I came to what I thought was a kids playground, but the only thing was it was full of elderly people on the apparatus. I then noticed a sign saying it was a elderly person exercise ground. I think if that was in the UK all the elderly would be sat in the corner smoking fags and drinking diamond white!

Anyway I jumped back on the sampan to the other side where I caught the ferry to Lamma Island. It was a small boat and the journey was 30mins. Boats are not my favourite mode of transport as I usually turn a pale shade of green when on them, however there is no other way to get there other than helicopter and there weren’t any of those in the harbour.

We left the harbour wall behind and could see Lamma in the haze infront of us. What I could also see if what seemed to be a very busy shipping lane full of huge and I mean huge container ships. We were travelling steady in a straight line and I could see this container ship heading towards us were looked like we were going to cross in front of it, however the more I looked and did the angles in my head there was no way we were going to make it in time. I thought this was it! Lucky for us this is probably quite normal for these guys who do this everyday, he backed of the gas and let the container ship slide by. We got hit by some pretty big waves as it did.

Hong Kong Container Ship V Lamma Ferry Hong Kong Container Ship

Finally we arrived in Lamma Island harbour where one of the trawlers was dropping its catch off to a smaller boat.

Trawler in Lamma Island Harbour

I disembarked the yacht onto terraferma and had a walk around Lamma Island until it got dark. The trail is quite hard work and after 2hrs of walking I headed back to the restaurants which line the harbour front. I ordered Steamed Fish and Salt and Pepper Prawns, washed down with a Tsingtao beer.

So suitably full I got back onto the boat, which this time was a larger and faster ferry. I think I fell asleep on the way back as Central seemed to come around in no time.

So after being stuff and on a boat I decided to walk back to the hotel to get some fresh air. On the way I walked past the IFC building and a couple of others which made for some nice photos.

Colourful Building in Hong Kong

International Finance Centre (IFC) Hong Kong

International Finance Centre (IFC) Building - Hong Kong

After this I saw one last flyover close to my hotel where the trams went under. There are lots of elevated walkways in Hong Kong so great for these type of shots.

Hong Kong Night Trails

So finally back to the hotel, played with the photos you see here and now its 00:45 and time for bed. Who knows what I’m doing tomorrow!

Hong Kong Day 4

Was up early again and straight on the MTR underground and then the KCR to Sha Tin Station to visit the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Tsz) a Buddhist temple in Sha Tin, Hong Kong.

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple - Sha Tin Hong Kong

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple - Sha Tin Hong Kong

n 1951, Venerable Yuet Kai (Ch. 月溪法師, Yue Xi) founded the Monastery, coming to Hong Kong in 1933. He preached Buddhism in a local monastery. He planned to establish a Buddhist college when he accepted an estate from a pious Buddhist who was also a rich merchant. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery was constructed at the beginning of 1949. Despite his old age, Yuet Kai carried the buildings materials personally from the foot of the mountain together with his disciples to build the monastery. It took eight years to complete all the buildings and another ten years to finish the 12,000 Buddha statues. construction was finished in 1957. [1] Today, his preserved body is presented in the main hall of the monastery in a glass case, often the main attraction of the temple.

To get to the temple you have to walk up a lot of steps, its not that difficult as all along the route the sides are lined with buddhas

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple - Sha Tin Hong Kong

You might even see some of the wild monkeys that live in the area.

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple - Sha Tin Hong Kong

The outside of the temple in the main square, a lot of work is being done to renovate the site but don’t let this put you off its well worth the trip

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple - Sha Tin Hong Kong

Inside the hall the four walls are covered in small buddhas

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple - Sha Tin Hong Kong

After the temple I descended past the buddhas again Ten Thousand Buddha Temple - Sha Tin Hong Kong

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple - Sha Tin Hong Kong

After the temple is was back on the train to TST where I wander round a few of the shopping areas on the way to the Star Ferry. As its the first of Dec here is Xmas Hong Kong Style. I think this is the hottest I have even been whilst looking at an Xmas tree in December!

Hong Kong Xmas Tree TST Hong Kong Xmas Decorations

I ended up in TST and got a Star Ferry to Central on Hong Kong Island. Whilst on the ferry an old junk sailed past the ferry.

Hong Kong Junk

Once on the island I stayed on the harbour for a while to see a few boats and the Macau helicopter go by

Hong Kong Fireboat 7

Hong Kong to Macau Helicopter

Old Boat Crossing Hong Kong Harbour

After that I took a trip to the Golden Arcade which is a big computer market, got a couple of items for the laptop and headed home to change before going out in the evening for a chinese meal with some friends.

Tommorow I plan to goto Stanley, Aberdeen and Lamma Island…

Hong Kong – Day 3

Was up early today to go out to catch some photos of the famous Hong Kong Trams. Started off outside the hotel on Hennessey Road while the morning light was right down the road before it was hidden by the tower blocks later in the day.

Hong Kong Tram and Bus

Hong Kong Trams

Then I took a tram to Tin Hau to visit the Tin hau Temple.

Firstly before I got there I had to have a crack at a busy crossing photo from the front of the tram. The tram was stopped while people get on and off but the tram rocks about making it hard to keep the camera stready.

Hong Kong Crossing From Top of a Tram

Tin Hau is a small temple, very old with todays blocks of flat now surrounding it.

Tin Hau Temple - Hong Kong

Tin Hau Temple - Hong Kong

Tin Hau Temple Hong Kong Praying at Tin Hau Temple Hong Kong

After Tin Hau it was back on the Tram HK$2 anywhere you like, bargain! This time it was further away from Wanchai to see the retired and dry docked Hong Kong Fireboat Alexander Grantham.

Fireboat Alexander Grantham

Fireboat Alexander Grantham, the largest in the fleet of fireboats, was built by the Hong Kong Whampoa Dock Company Limited in 1953 and decommissioned in May 2002, after 49 years of service.

The fireboat Alexander Grantham - Hong Kong

Measuring 38.9 metres long, 8.8 metres wide, 15 metres tall and with a loaded displacement of 511 tonnes, it has taken part in numerous fire-fighting and rescue operations, including the Seawise University fire in 1972, the Eastern Gate fire in the 1980s and the New Orient Princess fire in 1993.

Whilst on the Fireboat an old boat called Jimei left the harbour.

Jimei - Hong Kong Harbour

Guess what happened next……yes your right back to the tram! Stayed on this tram until the end of the line at Shau Kei Wan

Just across from the tram stop was a food market selling fruit, fish and well any part of the animal you can imagine including my particular favourite Chickens Feet. yummy! I obviously took the pic and moved onto the next stall which had freshly cut up fish. On closer look you the fish were sliced in half and you could still see the heart beating, not something you see everyday in the UK, although something you probably do see in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Market with Chicken Feet

Shau Kei Wan Market - Hong Kong

After this it was back on the tram to Wanchai and get some lunch and a rest.

In the Evening I went to Kennedy Town and Happy Valley on the tram, been on more trams today than enter in my life!

It was dark now and rush hour slow was a long journey through Central Hong Kong and the tram was packed.

Transport in Hong Kong at Rush Hour

Then that was that…one the way home some famous restuarant I think called Lung Moon in Hong Kong is closing down, lots of press and people taking photos, I haven’t a clue so you chinese speakers will have to help me out. Anyway I joined in the mass photographing session!

Lung Moon Hong Kong Restaurant Closing hong_kong_301109_evening_restaurant1

and that concluded Day 3. Tomorrow Ten Thousand Buddhas and other stuff which is yet to be decided.

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