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February 4, 2009

Places

-While staying in the small coastal town of Kaikoura, New Zealand we spent much of our time walking along the coastline. It was while we were out for one of our morning strolls that we came across a colony of seals. We stopped to watch them sleep in the sun and splash around in the waves. It was times like these that make it easy for us to claim that the New Zealand coastline was one of the most serene places we stumbled upon during our four months of travels.-

-A misty shot of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Once the tallest structures in the world, they now have to settle for the title of tallest twin structures.-

-Famed for it's mystery and intrigue, Angkor Thom, Cambodia was by far one of our most picturesque discoveries. Tree roots devouring the remains of ancient temples, beaten down ruins scattered throughout miles and miles of overgrown jungle, it's no wonder that these grounds are often referred to as the eight wonder of the world.-

-This little guys is possibly not quite as innocent as he appears. Stealing bananas, harassing tourists and begging for food are all part of his daily routine. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.-

-There are few oceans left virtually untouched by man and industry these days. We however were fortunate enough to spend a few weeks in an untouched region of Indonesia enjoying the immaculate coral and vibrant underwater life. Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia.-

-Traffic in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam is something to be reckoned with. Trevor likened crossing the street to playing a live game of Frogger (an old computer game some of you might remember where the frog jumps from lily pad to lily pad avoiding the crocodiles and the ominous floating logs as it attempts to reach the other side of the stream). Traffic in this city never stops. Never. Crossing a simple street is a life and death challenge and peace and quiet is no where to be found. After being in the city for a week honking horns, running engines and squealing tires became the lullaby that put us to sleep at night.-

-A perfect day in the jungles of Luang Prabang, Laos are spent diving from these falls and swimming through the crystal clear water. And yes, it really is a beautiful as it looks.-

-The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognized icons of our age. It was an amazing experience to be able to spend a week photographing it as well as the immaculate city of Sydney. We greatly enjoyed our time in and around this area of Australia.-

-Wellington Harbour was an amazingly windy yet amazingly beautiful place. We enjoyed daily walks along the boardwalks observing the locals and watching the ships go to and fro. As a point of interest, the mountain in the background of this picture is Mount Victoria famous for it's role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. New Zealand.-

-We'd always heard of the beauty of northern Thailand and it was confirmed to us on our journeys through Chiang Rai and across the border into Laos. Above is pictured an average plot of rice fields framed in by the jungle covered mountains.-

-Red Kangaroos. We were fortunate enough to catch a few glimpses of these amazing animals while in the Sydney area. Australia.-

-The the mind-blowing ruins of Angkor Wat as seen in a reflection of a pool. We were fortunate enough to have spent three days in the area of Seim Reap and were enchanted with the history and culture of ancient Cambodia.-

-As you can see power lines in Vietnam's largest city were not much better than the traffic. Ho Chi Minh.-

-The tallest building, The IFC, of the longest city skyline in the world, Hong Kong Island.-

-Thailand is known for two things: elephants and temples. And, while we've seen our share of both in our time living in Asia we've never seen a temple of this magnitude. With gold and glitter, alters and monks, big Buddhas and little Buddhas, Wat Po Temple was truly a landmark to be seen. Bangkok, Thailand.-

-With a sprawling outlook of the Portuguese trading city and a mountaintop view of the perfect orange sunset, the old lighthouse in Macau was a wonderful relic to stumble upon.-

-Our third tour to Singapore, the city was starting to feel like home. Pictured above is the Merlion, of international fame. From the skyline to the gardens to the people, we do love our time in and around Singapore.-

7 comments:

Cory and Jennifer Dyck said...

Your pictures are breath-taking!

The Olson's said...

Thanks... we had a ton of fun taking them and even more fun fixing them up.

Mai Monky said...

Mr. or Ms. Olson I was wondering if I could use one of your photos for a picture that I am making. I love the picture that you took in Cambodia. I am making a fan art of Pokemon (not sure if you are familiar with them...) Anyways I'm doing this just for fun and I didn't want to post it without your permission. Since you took the location photo. I will credit you in the post. And I'm super sorry that this is long.... And I would love to show you my work after I done with it.

Mai Monky said...

....Hi it's me again... I just realized there would be no way for me to know if you said ok or not.... so... ummm well you have my DA. but if you don't have one of those. message me my email is twosides666@gmail.com

The Olson's said...

For sure! You have our permission to use our photo for your work. I'd love to see your work when you are done. Thanks for getting a hold of us and asking to use our photo.

Mai Monky said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! IT WILL LOOK AMAZING THANKS TO YOU!!!!

Mai Monky said...

Ok...well I not 100% done, but I'm 75% done... just if you would like to check out what I've done so far you can. I hope you like it as much as I do.

http://maimonky.deviantart.com/#/d5c2olm

I left a thank you note as well. The picture wouldn't look as great without your beautiful photo. Thank you again.