Thunder and lightning – Wombarra and Austinmer, NSW.

Last week (early December, 2015) we witnessed a wonderful series of lightning storms in the northern Illawarra area of New South Wales, Australia. Surrounded, but not underneath any particular cell, the light and drama at Austinmer and Wombarra was spectacular!

Here is a panorama of one of the lightning storm cells bathing Austinmer Beach in amazing light.

Austinmer 2AM 9850-9852 Panorama

Austinmer 2AM 9850-9852 Panorama © Andrew McInnes

 

Stormy light over the Pacific, incorporating a little of Keswick House.

Keswick House 2AM 9854-9856 HDR © Andrew McInnes

 

Just a little further north is the village of Wombarra, from where the following three images were captured.

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9864-9866 Panorama

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9864-9866 Panorama © Andrew McInnes

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9867-9869 Panorama

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9867-9869 Panorama © Andrew McInnes

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9887-9888

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9887-9888 stack © Andrew McInnes

 

The final two images include the Wombarra rock pool.

Wombarra Rock Pool 2AM 9900_9903 stack

Wombarra Rock Pool 2AM 9900_9903 stack © Andrew McInnes

Wombarra Rock Pool 2AM 9913-9914

Wombarra Rock Pool 2AM 9913-9914 © Andrew McInnes

 

’twas a wonderfully dramatic sky, with quite the lightning show that was ongoing for quite some time. I hope you enjoyed these images.

 

Cheers 🙂

Posting #12 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

The 12th and final posting of my trip up to Kununurra and back!
This is a small collection of images from a brief detour to visit the wonderful Tunnel Creek National Park.

The view as you near Tunnel Creek along Leopold Downs Road. This is part of the Napier Range: Devonian reef from 350 – 375 million years ago.

Devonian Reef 2AM-003686. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Devonian Reef 2AM-003682. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Underneath the bluff in the following picture is ‘Tunnel Creek’ – a 750 meter erosion tunnel through the Napier Range, eroded by a creek. The tunnel is purported to be the oldest cave system in Western Australia!

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Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003691. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

This is a day-use park only; this is my trusty 1984 Toyota Hilux in the parking area – only a very short hike to the cave entrance.

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003689. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Along the trail to the cave entrance…

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003700. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Inside Tunnel Creek, looking back toward the entrance…

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003765. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Looking deeper into Tunnel Creek – follow it to the right 😉

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003772. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003774. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

That’s it for now. Until next time, thanks for visiting.

 

 

 

 

Posting #11 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

Near Wyndham, and still proximal to Kununurra, is a world-renowned birding area known as Marlgu Billabong – part of  Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve. Dusk and dawn are the best times to visit and observe the varied avifauna, yet anytime is a good time to be outdoors 🙂

The scenery as you enter Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve…

Parry Lagoons 2AM-003095. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Arriving at Marlgu Billabong…

Marlgu Billabong 2AM-005110. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Marlgu Billabong 2AM-003119. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

A sampling of the abundant bird wildlife:

Comb-crested Jacana 2AM-004971. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Darter 2AM-005135. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Darter 2AM-005135. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Rainbow Bee-eater 2AM-005024. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Pied Heron 2AM-005218. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Pied Heron 2AM-005224. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

In addition to the wildlife, flora abounds. These water lilies were stunning at dusk…

Water Lily 2AM-005409. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Water Lily 2AM-005415. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Water Lily 2AM-005097. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Water Lily 2AM-005148. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Water Lily 2AM-005264. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Water Lily 2AM-005446. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Dusk over Marlgu Billabong.

Marlgu Billabong 2AM-003120. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Two quick views over nearby Wyndham, including tidal flats.

Five Rivers Lookout 2AM-003297-003299-panorama. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Five Rivers Lookout 2AM-003300. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

That’s it for this post; I hope you enjoyed the images.

 

 

Posting #10 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

A collection of images from Lake Kununurra, Lily Creek Lagoon, Ivanhoe Crossing, and the iconic Cockburn Ranges – all proximal to Kununurra, Western Australia.

A delightful boat ride up Lake Kununurra – the dog enjoyed the trip, especially the breeze in its face.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003377. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003403. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003421. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Lake Kununurra 2AM-003422. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A couple of the numerous and delightful inlets along the way.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003425. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003435. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The exposed geology is fascinating and stunning.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003437. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The Kimberley region has numerous sites with indigenous rock art; this particular location is very near to Kununurra.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003475. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003480. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003483. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003485. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003487. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The view from the boat ramp on Lily Creek where we began and concluded this trip up Lake Kununurra.

Lily Creek Lagoon 2AM-003504. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lily Creek Lagoon with ‘Sleeping Buddha’ in the background.

Lily Creek Lagoon 2AM-003502. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Off on a road trip now, just outside of Kununurra…

Highway Outcrop 2AM-003088. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Highway Outcrop 2AM-003079-003082 panorama © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A couple of images of vehicles crossing a small creek on El Questro where we stopped off for a refreshing dip (swim).

El Questro 2AM-003308. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

El Questro 2AM-003319. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Not far past El Questro, on the famed Gibb River Road, is the Cockburn Range which is adjacent to the iconic Pentecost River but the river was flowing too much for us to make a crossing. There was an unfortunate couple stranded during their attempt at crossing – their front axle fell into a deeply eroded hole resulting in a cracked oil-pan or something similar, necessitating a tow out of these croc-infested waters.

Cockburn Ranges 2AM-003366-003368 panorama. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Having captured this late-afternoon image of a man fishing for barramundi with a live bait on a hand line at the fast-flowing Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra, I moved on to shoot other nearby compositions. This area is accessible for the numerous salties of the Ord River and is also thick with barramundi. Soon after I moved I saw this fisherman in a mighty tug-of-war battle that, with the aid of the deep and rapidly flowing water, soon had him precariously close to taking an involuntary bath! Ultimately he was saved the ignominy as his large gauge hook was straightened, thus losing whatever was on the end of the line!
The Ivanhoe Crossing is no longer open to vehicles.

Ivanhoe Crossing 2AM-003178. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

The next blog posting will contain images from Marlgu Billabong and Wyndham.
Until then, cheers.

 

 

Malaysia (3 of 3) – Scenes from a ship on the South China Sea.

This is the third, and final, post covering my recent trip to Malaysia. As it was not a photography or vacation trip, I took one camera with one lens – no tripod, flash, etc. Consequently, all of these images are handheld or rested on objects, and all are taken essentially as ‘snapshots’ throughout the day/night and with whatever light was available, not targeted light. All images were captured with Canon 7D and Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. Taking images with a slow shutter speed on a moving ship is certainly challenging 🙂

All images are Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

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South China Sea 2AM-116929
Clouds and some of the unidentified islands (to me at least) of the South China Sea, photographed through the plane’s window somewhere between Kuala Lumpur (on the Malaysian peninsular) and Labuan Island (just off Malaysian Borneo).

 

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South China Sea 2AM-117331
A glorious dusk on the South China Sea off Borneo. This image includes some of the fender chains at the bow.

 

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South China Sea 2AM-117315
More from the bow of the ship – a spectacular sunset.

 

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South China Sea 2AM-117353
Ripples on a calm, golden sea.

 

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South China Sea 2AM-117354
Gold and steel.

 

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South China Sea 2AM 117300-117310
A ten image panorama.

 

 

So long Malaysia, you are lovely and diverse, as are your people.

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysia (2 of 3) – Labuan and surrounds.

This is the second of three posts covering my recent trip to Malaysia. As it was not a photography or vacation trip, I took one camera with one lens – no tripod, flash, etc. Consequently, the great majority of these images are handheld, and all are taken essentially as ‘snapshots’ throughout the day/night and with whatever light was available, not targeted light. All images were captured with Canon 7D and Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens.

Labuan is one of three Federal Territories of Malaysia and is an island off Malaysian Borneo. This photo-blog will include some scenes from Labuan and some from nearby islands (island = Pulau).

All images are Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

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Tiara Labuan Hotel 2AM-116933
The Tiara Labuan Hotel, where I stayed for the first few days on Labuan.

 

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Water Village – Labuan 2AM-116956
This is one of the “water villages” on Labuan Island, Malaysia. At high tide the water comes within about one foot of the floors of these homes. The people in this village were lovely, friendly, and apparently content with their lot in life – perhaps those of us with so-called ‘first-world problems’ could learn some lessons from these fine folks. This scene reminded me of areas in Papua New Guinea, where I was raised.

 

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Water Village – Labuan 2AM-116959
A closer look at part of a water village.

 

As my purpose for this trip was marine related, i.e. working offshore on vessels, there are several images of boats and dry-dock…

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Labuan 2AM-117376
A storm and rainbow over a large assemblage of seismic vessels in Labuan Harbor.

 

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Labuan 2AM-117371
Pre-strorm light illuminates a portion of Labuan’s commercial district.

 

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Fishing Boat – Labuan 2AM-117064
A few local trawler vessels preparing for departure. I loved the character of the hulls of these boats.

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117092
Scaffolding surrounds a ship that is dry-docked (photographed at night).

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117154
A worker inside a dry-docked barge uses an oxy acetylene torch to cut out great plates of compromised steel that are part of the hull of this barge.

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117173
Spectacular showers of molten steel sparks – a result of three oxy acetylene torches.

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117166
Sparks rain down onto the great plates of steel as other plates are being cut out.

 

Water taxis were abundant and necessary for those, like me, who work on vessels.

Water Taxi - Labuan 2AM-117059_7D

Water Taxi – Labuan 2AM-117059
At rest – the bows of several taxis.

 

Labuan has an active bazaar which was both bustling and fascinating. All manner of goods and services are available including electronic repairs, jewelry, food, tailors, fashion, cobblers, etc.

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Cobbler – Labuan 2AM-117069
This shoe repairman was amazingly efficient with his workmanship, and a very pleasant fellow.

 

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Cobbler – Labuan 2AM-117074
Some of this cobbler’s tools of the trade – all manually applied instruments.

 

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Bazaar – Labuan 2AM-117080
A vendor watches a shopper stroll through a portion of the bazaar.

 

Arrrg! Almost without exception, whatever body of water I may be on, this is what I see, to varying extents (and this is only the visible stuff – I cannot imagine how much chemical contaminants are present). These images, though from Malaysian waters, are not endemic to this place.

Marine Trash - Labuan 2AM-117055_7D

Marine Trash – Labuan 2AM-117055
Quite the assortment!

 

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Marine Trash – Labuan 2AM-117056
Trash piled up between two small barges.

 

As there were several days of downtime awaiting the arrival of the vessel which was the vehicle for my work, several of us – Australian, German, French, American – hired a local boat owner to take us to a few off the nearby islands.  These places, though offshore, are not exempt from marine pollution.

Palau Rusukan Kecil - Malaysia 2AM-117011_7D

Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-117011
More marine trash – an aesthetics killer.

 

More scenics from Pulau Rusukan Kecil, this time sans trash. A thoroughly delightful and complex group of little islands, all very proximal to each other.

Palau Rusukan Kecil - Malaysia 2AM-116996_7D

Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-116996

 

Palau Rusukan Kecil - Malaysia 2AM-117014_7D

Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-117014
A lovely sense of isolation on this island’s beaches.

 

Palau Rusukan Kecil - Malaysia 2AM-117027_7D

Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-117027
Tropical paradise.

 

This next island is designated as a marine park – a “no-take, no damage” island and surrounding waters.

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Pulau Kuraman – Malaysia 2AM-116984
The red vessel is the one we adventured with. A lovely place for a swim/snorkel.

 

The following four images are from Pulau Daat, an island with a village populated by Philippine fishermen and their families. The colors were so vivid – almost startling – so much so that I was keenly wanting to explore and visit with the residents.

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Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117049
The approaching view.

 

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Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117038
A sampling of the colorful little fishing boats. The fishermen take these little, and highly unstable, motorized vessels offshore to fish – you might notice the outriggers that they troll their lines/lures off.

 

Palau Daat - Malaysia 2AM-117040_7D

Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117040
Home to a fishing family – how about the color!

 

Palau Daat - Malaysia 2AM-117044_7D

Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117044
I was fortunate to spend time visiting with some of the folks whereby verbal communication was challenging due to language barriers. One thing I already knew from my various travels was reinforced though… a smile goes a million miles in human interactions. What started as a chat with the four men (photo-front), soon became a delightful visit with over 2 dozen folks, most of which were children – once they “got their courage up.”

 

Back to Labuan.

Pond Cleaning Man - Labuan 2AM-116954_7D

Pond Cleaning Man – Labuan 2AM-116954
A worker harvest plants from a freshwater pond at the WWII Memorial.

 

As my last location before I departed Malaysia was at a dock in Labuan, I’ll close this post with a few images from there.

Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117392_7D

Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117392
Mid afternoon a storm began building and I was hopeful there might just be some amazing light as dusk approached. I was not disappointed by the storm or the color!

 

Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117395_7D

Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117395
Industrial imagination.

 

Hopefully you experienced some of the sights, sounds, and scents , if vicariously, through these images.

I sure appreciate you visiting.

Cheers,

Andrew

 

 

Malaysia (1 of 3) – Kuala Lumpur

It has been quite a while since I last posted – I sure hope you enjoy this, and other posts, from my recent trip to Malaysia. As it was not a photography or vacation trip, I took one camera with one lens – no tripod, flash, etc. Consequently, the great majority of these images are handheld, and all are taken essentially as ‘snapshots’ throughout the day/night and with whatever light was available. All images were captured with Canon 7D and Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens.

I found Kuala Lumpur to be fascinating with much dichotomy. I hope you enjoy this far from exhaustive representation of what took my photographic interest during the approximately 60 hours I spent in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

All images are Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

The following images show the Petronas Towers, arguably the most internationally recognizable feature of this diverse country. Apparently they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 when they were surpassed by Taipei 101. However, they remain the tallest twin buildings in the world.

Petronas Towers 2AM-116788-116791_stitch

Petronas Towers 2AM-116788-116791_stitch
The ‘traditional’ capture of the Petronas Towers. This is a four image stitch.

 

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Petronas Towers 2AM-116861
My preferred representation of the Petronas Towers.

 

The following two images are of the skylights of the Suria KLCC mall which is “underneath” the towers.  This is one of the newest shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur and has a nice variety of stores, from high fashion to coffee shops, plus a food court with numerous delicious options.

Suria KLCC at Petronas Towers 2AM-116698_7D

Suria KLCC at Petronas Towers 2AM-116698
Skylights of the Suria KLCC mall.

 

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Suria KLCC at Petronas Towers 2AM-116703
Skylights of the Suria KLCC mall.

 

Another abstract architectural interpretation – a pair of buildings.

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Reflections – Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116825
Random rippling reflections.

 

A colleague and I spent an afternoon wandering around, with no particular destination or path in mind, just the hope to make it to “Chinatown” before days end – we were successful. Here is a series of images from “Chinatown”, Kuala Lumpur.

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Chinatown 2AM-116885
Lanterns and color.

 

Chinatown Rice Cooking 2AM-116893_7D

Chinatown Rice Cooking 2AM-116893
Street-side rice cooking in over coals.

 

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Chinatown 2AM-116887
Fruit stall among the market in “Chinatown.”

 

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Chinatown 2AM-116883
Abundant color.

 

My time in Kuala Lumpur was spent at the lovely PARKROYAL Serviced Suites – here are three images of the rooftop pool. The spire is the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

PARKROYAL Serviced Suites 2AM-116923_7D

PARKROYAL Serviced Suites 2AM-116923
Rooftop pool and Kuala Lumpur Tower.

 

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PARKROYAL Serviced Suites 2AM-116675
Rooftop pool and Kuala Lumpur Tower.

 

PARKROYAL Serviced Suites 2AM-116926_7D

PARKROYAL Serviced Suites 2AM-116926
Rooftop pool.

 

Like every city I have been to, not all have a home, nor a belly full of food.

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Homeless 2AM-116866
Surrounded by apparent opulence, a vagrant sleeps.

 

Having now seen the fancy digs where I stayed, here are several images taken on my first afternoon in Kuala Lumpur – all were taken within walking distance of where I stayed. Dichotomy was my initial primary feel for this city.

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Church – Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116872
A different set of towers, plus a ‘needle’.

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116601
Common residence scene.

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116609
Contrasts.

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116604
Bicycle with sidecar – a wedding/honeymoon ride in flowery style anyone?

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116610
Motor scooter – ubiquitous and practical, especially in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Street/street side businesses immediately proximal to the fancy suite I stayed in.

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116612
“Three Six Star Wash” ??? I guess this road is no longer an option for vehicular passage.

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116608
Home-style cooking, and just in time for lunch.

 

Speaking of small street-side businesses…
A scene from the “Massage” District in Kuala Lumpur – I thought the sign was fun, and there is a working girl (‘massager’) holding a “menu” of massage options, several of which are purported to include “happy endings.”

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Red-light District Crime Sign 2AM-116688
“Massage” lady and menu.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed a delicious meal at “Hakka Restaurant” – duck and plum sauce is a bloody delicious dish if you ever get the opportunity! The outdoor ambiance was fabulous, as was the chatter among the local business folk.

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Hakka Restaurant – Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116660
Delicious dining experience.

 

A little color on a balmy Kuala Lumpur night – the city really gets revving at night – lot’s of shoppers, strollers, diners, and gawkers (not to mention the aforementioned “massage” girls).

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116668
These “hibiscus” on the fountain bowls change color frequently, adding a spectacularly different look each time.

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116661
Night shoppers – one of the numerous malls.

 

The last photo of this post is the very first photo I took in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116656
Underground car park exit.

 

Hopefully you experienced some of the sights, sounds, and scents , if vicariously, through these images.

I sure appreciate you visiting.

Cheers,

Andrew