A quick (2 nights) visit to Fraser Island, Queensland.

“Fraser” is the largest sand island in the world, is fascinating in its diversity, and absolutely stunning. I recently spent two nights on family vacation on the splendid Fraser Island, Queensland. As it was a family holiday, these were opportunistic photos and as such do not represent the vast diversity of habitats and scenery.

This is Lake McKenzie – a beautiful spot to have a freshwater swim.

Fraser Island 2AM-005282 ©Andrew McInnes


The view back as you approach Lake Wabby.

Fraser Island 2AM-005283 ©Andrew McInnes


The view up the sand dune from Lake Wabby.

Fraser Island 2AM 5293-5294 stitch ©Andrew McInnes


Sunrise ocean motion.

Fraser Island 2AM-005313 ©Andrew McInnes


Stranded jellyfish.

Fraser Island 2AM-005316 ©Andrew McInnes


Tempestuous sunrise.

Fraser Island 2AM 5342-5344 HDR ©Andrew McInnes


Ocean approachin’.

Fraser Island 2AM-005349 ©Andrew McInnes


Stranded jellyfish again.

Fraser Island 2AM-005353 ©Andrew McInnes


Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus) in front of  She-oaks (Allocasuarina and Casuarina spp.).

Fraser Island 2AM-005360 ©Andrew McInnes


Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus).

Fraser Island 2AM-005361 ©Andrew McInnes


Beach Highway.

Fraser Island 2AM-005364 ©Andrew McInnes


Goats-foot Convolvulus (Ipomea pescaprae subsp. brasiliensis) and Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus).

Fraser Island 2AM-005375 ©Andrew McInnes


Beach airstrip.

Fraser Island 2AM-005384 ©Andrew McInnes


North view from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM 5406-5413 stitch ©Andrew McInnes


South view from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005417 ©Andrew McInnes


The beautiful Pacific Ocean as it meets the beach next to Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005419 ©Andrew McInnes


4WD’s from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005420 ©Andrew McInnes


Contemplation on Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005425 ©Andrew McInnes


A very busy day at the famed Champagne Pools.

Fraser Island 2AM-5440-5443 stitch ©Andrew McInnes


Cruising down Eli Creek.

Fraser Island 2AM-005448
©Andrew McInnes


Cheers 🙂

Wattamolla Beach in Royal National Park – Sydney, NSW.

Wattamolla Beach in Royal National Park, Sydney, NSW.

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Posting #6 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

Into the Kimberley Region…

Highway-Outcrop-2AM-2808-09_2811-13_2815-panoIf you plan on being near Halls Creek I thoroughly recommend taking the time to explore along Duncan Road…

China Wall – a quartz outcrop.


China Wall 2AM-002820. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A light painting of China Wall.


China Wall 2AM-002895. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The very refreshing, and aptly named, Palm Springs.


Palm Springs 2AM-002836. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A ‘selfie’ in Palm Springs – lovely safe place for a dip.


Palm Springs 2AM-002832. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Mulla mulla wildflowers along Duncan Road, Halls Creek.


Mulla Mulla Flowers 2AM-002861. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


Mulla Mulla Flowers 2AM-002823. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

One of the water crossings along Duncan Road, Halls Creek.


Duncan Road 2AM-002841. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Sawtooth Gorge is a beautiful and secluded camping/visiting area- well worth the short bumpy dirt road in.


Sawtooth Gorge 2AM-002827. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

An iconic avian species – the Wedge-tailed Eagle – perched on a termite mound outside Fitzroy Crossing.


Wedge-tailed Eagle 2AM-004698. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

An iconic boab tree at dusk on the Great Northern Highway – a common Kimberley vista.


Boab Sunset 2AM 2791 and 2793_pano2. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.



Posting #1 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

I recently embarked on what turned out to be a quite a drive with the purpose of visiting an old mate from my teenage years whom I have not seen for more than 20 years! My old vehicle (1984 Toyota Hilux diesel) logged 9,193 km (5,712 miles) doing my return trip from Fremantle – Kununurra – Fremantle, Western Australia.

With an esky full of water and assorted sandwich-construction material, plus spare diesel, oil, etc., I essentially drove until it was time to find a bush-camp for the night. I’d awake early and continue northward, repeating as required until I arrived at Kununurra.

Subsequent blog postings will present more images from the trip to the north of this bloody big state.
Theses images document my travels up and back – I hope you will find them appealing.


It isn’t long until these emblematic signs present themselves, with varying fauna presented.


Iconic Aussie Wildlife (sans koala which is not native to WA) – Indian Ocean Road. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


Having previously visited and photographed The Pinnacles (click here to view these) at Nambung National Park, near Cervantes, I chose to revisit and shoot more images from this amazing ‘moonscape’ before moving on and finding a place to camp for the night.


Early evening light bathes a portion of the calcium carbonate structures at The Pinnacles Desert. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.



This image contains part of the Milky Way, plus the Southern Cross, a meteor, and Magellanic Clouds which are irregular dwarf galaxies visible from the southern hemisphere. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.



© 2014 Andrew McInnes.



A long exposure for pin-wheel stars. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


This leaning tree is but one of many around the Greenough area. These River Gum/eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) have horizontal trunks due to exposure to strong and near-continuous southerly winds.


Leaning Tree of Greenough. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


Should you find yourself anywhere near Geraldton or Walkaway, I thoroughly recommend a visit to Ellendale Pool, be it for a day trip or a place to camp – as I did for an evening.


This is a light-painting during the blue-hour of dusk.  © 2014 Andrew McInnes.



Another light-painting, this time a little later in the evening. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.



Ahhh, a rope swing – top setting for it! © 2014 Andrew McInnes.



Morning’s reflection. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


Lovely spot to set up a caravan!


A “room with a view”. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


The ubiquitous and raucous Little Corella


Little Corellas in flight. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.



Little Corella. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.



Little Corella. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


Hope you enjoyed the early portion of my trip, if vicariously 🙂

More images from the trip to follow soon.







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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-116996


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


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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.


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


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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.

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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.

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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!


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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.





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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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


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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.