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David M Byrne
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Worldwide Destination Photography & Insights
Worldwide Destination Photography & Insights

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Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

"It was an effort tonight, night 4 here on Svalbard, to scale the steep & icy valley slopes of Sverdruphamaren to get a vantage point overlooking Longyearbyen. The mercury was reading -15 °C (5 °F), to say nothing of what it felt like allowing for the windchill (at times the Longyear Valley the town sits in acts like something of a wind tunnel). Needing to adjust camera settings necessitated me dispensing with my gloves. My fingers stopped working for a while – numbness, just prior to the onset of frostbite, is the warning sign – but my camera didn’t miss a beat.”

http://travel.davidmbyrne.com/svalbard-norway/
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Svalbard, Norway

It's April 20, the first day of the Midnight Sun. For the next 126 days, until late August, the sun will refuse to set over the Svalbard archipelago in the High Arctic. It's a good a day as any to push publish on the recap of my recent trip to nigh-on 80°N. What a location. What a trip. What a high.

Pic: The settlement of Longyearbyen, the northernmost 'real' town on earth. Svalbard, Norway.

NEW: http://travel.davidmbyrne.com/svalbard-norway/

#travel #travelphotography #svalbard #norway #thearctic #higharctic #spitsbergen #longyearbyen
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10 From 10

10 From 10 2017

10 pictures from 10 countries. My review of the year in travel and photography that was 2017.

http://travel.davidmbyrne.com/2017-review/

#travel #travelphotography #2017inReview
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Njegos Mausoleum, Mt Lovcen National Park , Montenegro

Rearing up directly behind Kotor, Mount Lovcen is the symbolic black mountain that gave Montenegro its name. Its overwhelmingly rocky terrain has hiking trails, narrow roads & stunning views (some say you can espy Italy on a good day). It’s also home to Mount Lovcen National Park. Proclaimed in 1952, the small 62 km² (15,400 acre) park encompasses the central and loftiest portion the mountain massif, a barren region where twin peaks dominate. The highest point, 1,749-metre-high Mount Lovcen itself, is home to some ugliness in the form of antennae, but it’s the second-highest peak where you’ll find the road ending and the steps to the park’s Njegos Mausoleum taking over.

http://travel.davidmbyrne.com/lovcen-national-park-montenegro/

#travel #thebalkans #montenegro #visitmontenegro
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Stari Grad (Old Town) Kotor, Montenegro

"... a compact and atmospheric jumble of cobblestone & marble alleyways, blindly navigating which is probably the best way to uncover the wealth of museums, ancient churches, secluded piazzas & restored baroque palaces you’ll invariably stumble upon when exploring this stuck-in-time Medieval walled labyrinth."

http://travel.davidmbyrne.com/kotor-montenegro/

#travel #kotor #montenegro #thebalkans
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Dassie, South Africa

While I'd met penguins before, I'd never before been acquainted with a rock hyrax, affectionately known in South Africa as the dassie, a name meaning 'little badger' that was bestowed upon them by the Cape's first Dutch settlers. A medium-sized terrestrial mammal resembling a guinea pig with short ears and tail, they are, and belying their size, actually the closest living relative of the elephant. Widely distributed in South Africa having thrived in the absence of any real predators, it was here on the boardwalks behind the Boulders Beach penguin colony where I first encountered them late in the evening on day 3 of a 9-day exploration of Cape Town & environs.

More: http://travel.davidmbyrne.com/cape-town/

#travel #travelphotography #dassie #capetown #westerncape #southafrica
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