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Chris Miller
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Programmer, weekend photographer, traveller, snowboarder
Programmer, weekend photographer, traveller, snowboarder

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Happy World Penguin Day!

Here's another shot from Macquarie Island. This royal penguin is returning ashore after going in search of food, returning to its colony where an anxious partner and chick are waiting. Despite being only a few seconds away from arriving on the beach, there's still a long journey ahead. The colony was several hundred metres along a creek bed and up a big hill.

#WorldPenguinDay +Birds GALLERY +Birds4All +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Bird & Wildlife Photography +Birds in Focus +HQSP Birds +Wildlife Photography +Wildlife Wednesdays +Whole Wildlife Week +Bird & Wildlife Photography
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It's been a long time since I last posted anything here, I guess real life snuck up on me and got in the way. What did I miss? Is anyone still home? :)

I'm hoping to get back to posting a bit more regularly, and I figured what better time to kick things off than April 25th - World Penguin Day! Here's a photo of the many royal penguins I encountered on a recent trip to Macquarie Island. This guy reminded me of a character out of Dr Seuss!

#WorldPenguinDay
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Doline #1, Hang Son Doong

A few members of our party standing on a travertine formation inside the first collapsed roof section of Son Doong Cave.

I'm really pleased to say that one of my previous photos I posted from Son Doong has been highlighted this week in the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. You can view (and vote!) for it here, no login required:

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2014/entries/rate/sense-of-place-week-11/#/262362

Please take the time to look at and vote for the other entries too, there really are some fantastic submissions.

#AmazingLandscapes curated by +Rolf Hicker
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell
#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Tony Heyward +Sheila B. DuBois +Sandra Brown +Vishal Kumar +Toshi Nakamura
#landscapephotos +LANDSCAPE Photos curated by +Robert SKREINER
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer
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Doline #2, Hang Son Doong (World's Biggest Cave)

This photo shows some members of our party beginning the climb up one of the two collapsed cave roof sections or "dolines" that are prominent features in Hang Son Doong. The vegetation that can be seen is still inside the cave, with the real jungle floor some 150 metres further above what is visible here.

I'm happy to say that this photo has made it to the top of today's "Daily Dozen" At National Geographic's YourShot website http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/daily-dozen/2014-05-27/

#AmazingLandscapes curated by +Rolf Hicker
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell
#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Tony Heyward +Sheila B. DuBois +Sandra Brown +Vishal Kumar +Toshi Nakamura
#landscapephotos +LANDSCAPE Photos curated by +Robert SKREINER
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer
#weatherandnaturalforces +LANDSCAPE Photos curated by +Robert SKREINER
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Camp One, Son Doong Cave

This shows the location of our camp for two of the nights we spent in Son Doong. My tent is the one closest to the camera. Not a bad spot at all, I had a great view out onto the first doline which is just out of shot to the right. You can see a thin line of smoke rising from our campfire but most of the cloud you see is natural, caused by the difference in temperature and humidity between the cave and the jungle above.

#AmazingLandscapes curated by +Rolf Hicker
#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Tony Heyward +Sheila B. DuBois +Sandra Brown +Vishal Kumar +Toshi Nakamura
#weatherandnaturalforces +LANDSCAPE Photos curated by +Robert SKREINER
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Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

I recently was fortunate enough to go on a week long adventure to see the world's largest cave, Hang Son Doong in central Vietnam. The cave is of course enormous, but it is also stunningly beautiful. Two sections of the cave roof have collapsed, bring the jungle down into the cave and letting in a lot of natural light that creates an incredible atmosphere. This photo is looking out towards the first of the two collapsed sections (or dolines). The mist you can see here was very dynamic and in the space of a couple of minutes could go from impenetrable to clear and back again.

#Mirrormonday +Mirrors and Reflections curated by +Gemma Costa and +Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores
#mistymonday +Misty Monday curated by +Martin Rak
#moodymondayphoto #moodymonday +Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly , +Carole Buckwalter
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker , +Jen Baptist
#AllThingsRed +AllThingsRed curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Stephen Thackeray
#AmazingLandscapes curated by +Rolf Hicker
#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Tony Heyward +Sheila B. DuBois +Sandra Brown +Vishal Kumar +Toshi Nakamura
#landscapephotos +LANDSCAPE Photos curated by +Robert SKREINER
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer
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Golden Monkey

Golden monkeys live in the highland forests of the volcanic mountains that join Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Due to habitat loss and wars in the region they're now classified as endangered. There's some hope for them however because, much like the nearby mountain gorillas, they bring much needed income to the area through surprisingly well regulated and responsible tourism.

From a photography point of view they make wonderful but challenging subjects - they don't sit still for long that's for sure! This guy was the alpha male making his way through the bamboo canopy.

#africantuesday +African Tuesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez
#AFRICANature +AFRICANature curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock , +Grobler du Preez, +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Anette Mossbacher and +Wayne Marinovich
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Mark HELM, +Eric Delcour , +Jim Haner  , +Marina Versaci , +Sime Wareham 
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock . +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo
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Swan Lake

These swans in Northern Finland were holed up on this small patch of open water for the winter. This stretch had avoided freezing because there was something of a current running across the shallow rocky water; everything else for miles was frozen solid. It doesn't look it but the temperature when this photo was taken was around -29°C (-20°F).

Trivia: I was just wondering what the collective noun for swans is. According to Wikipedia there are lots of possibilities: bank, bevy, drift, eyrar, flight, game, herd, lamentation, sownder, team, wedge and whiting. Who comes up with all these anyway?!

#wadingbirdwednesday ?#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Ray Bilcliff , +Sherry McBriar and +Margaret Tompkins
#wetwednesday +Wet Wednesday curated by +Jen Baptist
#whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen
#EuropeanPhotography  +European Photo curated by +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Michael Muraz and +Susanne Ramharter
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Marina Versaci and +Philippe Avenel
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +*** , +Delcour Eric , +Blake Harrold
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Carra Riley +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Tony Heyward +Sheila B. DuBois +Sandra Brown +Vishal Kumar
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock . +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo
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Arctic Tern

One of several Arctic terns that were dotted along the shoreline at Longyearbyen. This photo was taken about an hour earlier from, and very nearby to, my previous post.

#Mirrormonday +Mirrors and Reflections curated by +Gemma Costa and +Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Marina Versaci and +Philippe Avenel
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock . +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo
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