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High up in the Atlas mountains of Morocco, a shepherd hurries his meagre flock off the road.

The day before our trip to Morocco my friend and I both incurred ligament injuries that meant that we could barely walk. This was a problem since one of the first items on the itinerary was a two-day climb to the summit of the highest mountain in Northern Africa, Jebel Toubkal.

Since walking was next to impossible, we had to drop out. After dropping our two other companions at the start of the walk, we set out to make the most of being in the Atlas mountains. We were car-bound, and could venture a few dozen painful hobbles before needing to regain composure and hobble a bit more.

Although we would have rather attempted the summit, this was a blessing in disguise. We drove around unmapped roads simply exploring and encountering people and situations that we wouldn't have seen otherwise. For instance this man scurrying to get his flock off the road was taken on a road that isn't marked on maps, but is visible on satellite images.

We limped through small towns, got attacked by children necessitating a truce that involved our Snickers stash, got lost a few times and raced up to the highest point on the mountain pass to watch the sun sink into the Sahara beyond and reveal innumerable stars overhead. Which we photographed as well :)

Even the night drive back to Marrakesh was eventful. Driving a manual gearbox down mountain-side switchbacks in thick fog is hard enough even when you have two working legs...

The Atlas Mountains, Morocco, 2010

Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS

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A small colour-shifting lizard lies still in the hope that my camera and I hadn't spotted it.

After returning from a dawn trip to birdwatch and after having a full breakfast, we spent the late morning relaxing in the gardens of our bungalow. We quickly realised that if we stayed still and just watched, life of all kinds returned to the garden. Birds of many different types flew in to continue building nests or hopped down to the ground to pick up food, insects continued slow treks across the sandy portions of the garden and lizards scooted down from trees and ran across to another. The moment we got up and moved, everything vanished within a few blinks.

To get this shot, I borrowed my brother's camera, lay on the grass and waited for a tiny lizard to continue his repeated round trip between two trees on either side of the garden. I took this shot when, after several attempts, the little guy paused within my field of view (moving the lens while prone scared him off).

Had I not paused to observe and then identify the patterns of movement of this lizard I would probably have spent the three days we had at the bungalow not even knowing he existed.

Mannar, Sri Lanka, 2016

Nikon D800 with Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Tags:   camera:nikon_d800 SixteenByNine sri lanka Sri Lanka animals lizard mannar wildlife green agamid calotes calotes calotes

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Just off the Worli coast in Southern Mumbai, a small boat floats aimlessly by with the Haji Ali Dargah mosque.

Built in the early 15th century and recently renovated, the Haji Ali Dargah mosque is one of the most iconic landmarks in Mumbai. Like all old buildings, it has a colourful history complete with legends and miracles.

Visiting it in the present day is a chaotic mixture of striking contrasts. Modern marble and centuries-old Indo-Islamic architecture. The heady fragrances of spices adjunct to the stench of human waste. Well-dressed and wealthy visitors walking amongst maimed beggars.

It was, like much of Mumbai, a memorable assault on the senses and an unworded reminder of how unequal life on our planet still is.

With this photo I experimented with a symmetric arrangement, throwing out the rule-of-thirds we've all been told about. The waterline is in the middle, the mosque is central and even the boat is centrally aligned. Normally I'd have taken a few steps to either side to place the boat off-centre, but not this time.

Mumbai, India, 2011

Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS

Tags:   mumbai mosque islam muslim square f:long waterscape Haji Ali Dargah Haji Ali Dargah desaturated camera:canon_5d2

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A brief break in the wind tossed cloudcover casts evening light on Bamburgh Castle.

Bamburgh, Northumberland, England, 2015

Sony a7R with Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8

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When we are young we are told that we can do anything. Growing up is learning that we can't.

Identify what your passion is, add a pinch of imagination and a dollop of determination and give it your all. That's the best anyone can do. After all, if we were all made equal we'd all be mediocre.

Canon EOS 350D with Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS

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