Colors of the Sahara Desert: A Travel Photography Exposé

Classic image of the camels with the colors of the Sahara in the background

The colors of the Sahara are more dramatic than we expected. The array of golden-orange that paints the sand dunes is both impressive and ever changing. We visited Morocco several years ago as the last stop on our around the world adventures. Here are some of the photo highlights from the Sahara desert: Interesting Information The […]

Discovering Street Art in Perth, Australia

Street art in Perth, Western Australia

It is the enormity of the street art in Perth that turned my head. Massive works of art appear on seemingly random buildings, mostly in laneways and alleyways. Unlike Melbourne street art that filled up every inch of the laneways it covered, the street art in Perth seems to focus on one image at a […]

Melbourne Street Art: Explore Australia

Street Art on Rutledge Lane off of Hosier Lane  in Melbourne Australia

Hubby and I spent last weekend in Melbourne Australia drinking coffee in laneway cafes, walking the neighbourhoods, and exploring Melbourne street art. Australia’s second largest city is internationally known for its colourful and eclectic street art found on “approved outdoor locations” throughout the city. Here are a few of the 100+ photos I shot: This […]

New Zealand Sunset Photos

Sunset seen from Army Bay beach in Shakespear Park, New Zealand

I love watching colour burst from the sky as the sun sets beyond the horizon. Living in New Zealand, sunset is a treat I get to enjoy often. Recently I moved all my photos to Lightroom. While I sort through 10 years of images I am reminded of many things, including spectacular sunsets in New […]

Dreaming in Color: Photos of New England Fall Foliage

Fall foliage reflection in Maine USA

Autumn in New England (USA) is a destination on every travel photographer’s bucket list. My last visit to see the fall foliage was far too long ago. Now, as spring settles into the southern hemisphere, I can dream about nature’s vivid colours on the other side of the world. New England hills are bursting with colour. The […]

Flowers – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Flowers seen at the Auckland Domain Wintergardens in Auckland New Zealand

F is for flowers . . .  or fragrant. Practical Information:  I took this photo in the Wintergardens on the Auckland Domain. It is a Salpiglossis from their Royale mix series. New Zealand, being a relatively isolated island, has one of the richest bio-diverse flora on earth offering a wide range of flowers, with 80% of flora being native. […]

100 Strangers Project Completed in Wellington NZ

100 Strangers Project in Wellington New Zealand

For some reason the 100 Strangers Project was a huge challenge for me. I am almost embarrassed to admit that I started it in May 2014. A year and a half later I am pleased to report I have completed the 100 Strangers Project. This beautiful stranger was my final shot: I have read lots […]

DeJa Vu: New Zealand’s Rainbow of Random Hair Color

Random hair color in New Zealand

Random hair color seems to be everywhere these days. I am not that brave, although mine has changed quite a bit in the past year. When I read about the deja vu blog fest these random hair color images were the first thing to pop into my head. Simply put it is hosted by DL Hammonds, […]

Photos: Support for France seen in Sydney Australia

Sydney lights up the Opera House in Support of France

A moment of silence for the atrocities in Paris over the weekend, as seen in Sydney, Australia.   There are no words. This post is also linked to BeThere2Day for Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday, Our World Tuesdays, Wednesdays Around the World at Photographing New Zealand, and Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer.

Celebrating Remission at the Colorful Parnell Rose Gardens in Auckland

Parnell Rose Gardens in Auckland New Zealand. Photo by Rhonda Albom

Today the world seems to be bright, colorful and smiling back at me. After a successful doctor visit, we headed to the Parnell Rose Gardens in Auckland’s oldest neighborhood. With the Festival of Roses less than two weeks away, we took a chance that the roses would be in bloom. And what we found was […]

Colorful Photos of Auckland Diwali Festival in New Zealand

Dancers at Auckland Diwali Festival 2015 in New Zealand

The excitement and energy level at the Auckland Diwali Festival was contagious. The music fostered movement both on-stage and in the crowd. It is a colorful, jubilant gathering of the sights and sounds of India. We walked up from lower Queen Street, coming upon craft and clothing booths just past the Air New Zealand cockpit […]

Photos: A Virtual Tour of Central Auckland Street Art

Tongan influenced Auckland street art by Benjamin Work. (New Zealand)

It’s Art Week in Auckland and that means lots of colorful, artistic, and eclectic events including several free tours sponsored by Heart of the City. On Sunday, we enjoyed an Auckland Street Art tour, featuring both permanent and temporary works that highlight various stages of the progression of street art from the illegal tagging of […]

Colors of the Mission Bay Fountain: Auckland New Zealand

Mission Bay Fountain, Auckland New Zealand

By day Mission Bay is an ideal spot for beach going, bicycle riding, family picnics or just grabbing a bite to eat. The activity is centered around the Trevor Moss Davis Memorial Fountain, which sits on the reserve that separates the main road from the beach. At night it comes alive, the colorful water streams […]

A Splash of Color for Wordless Wednesday

Mushroom in a field in New Zealand - a splash of color on a black and white background

I have learned a new skill (from Sarah), how to convert a photo to black and white and then add back in a splash of color.  So, in the spirit of Wordless Wednesday (I know, it’s Tuesday), here are my first attempts at a splash of color: Do you want to give this a try?  […]

Wondering Why It’s Called Pink Beach? (Auckland, New Zealand)

Is this really named Pink Beach?

Pink Beach is a destination I had somehow missed until last week. We have set out many times along the Tiritiri track in the general direction, but it’s only accessible at low tide. This time we checked the Auckland tide tables and planned around them. Starting from the Shakespear Park campground we climbed, then passed […]

Photo Tour: The Medina of Essaouira Morocco

Colorful spices in Essaouira Morocco

The Medina of Essaouira Morocco (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) offers all of the traditional images one would expect in this North African country. Saturday I shared about the beach in Essaouira and many of the comments asked for more of the clichéd Moroccan images.  With over 15K photos from our trip around the world, it […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots #31 – Sunrise Silhouettes

Sunrise silhouette over the cliff tops, Auckland, New Zealand - Photograph copyright Sarah E. Albom 2015

Last week I captured some photos of sunrise silhouettes on the early ferry mum and I took into Auckland. The sun kept peeking out from behind the clouds and it was really pretty. Here are my favourite sunrise silhouettes from then: What are your favourite photos of sunrise silhouettes (or any kind of silhouette)? This post […]

Photos: Colorful Mushrooms Seen While Hiking in Auckland

Colorful Mushroom in Jaggers Bush, Auckland New Zealand

Last weekend I came upon the most interesting, colorful mushrooms while hiking in Jaggers Bush in Auckland City. Now that I am temporarily grounded, I am really enjoying local discoveries. Jaggers Bush Reserve is located in the Western Springs district of Auckland. We walked on a trail from Meola Reef Reserve to the back entrance […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots #29 – Memento Mori

Lips of Temptation - a Memento Mori-themed photo where death is symbolised by the coloured apple and the coloured lips symbolise the temptation of death upon the living.

This week, my photos follow the theme of Memento Mori – a latin phrase translating to “remember (that you have) to die”. It is about the reflection of mortality and death, and I am using it for my photo shoots in a photography class I have started at Whangaparaoa College. My latest photo shoot is more specifically based […]

Photos: A Rainbow of Hair Color in Wellington New Zealand

Rainbow of Hair Color in Wellington New Zealand

People watching from a cafe on Cuba Street in Wellington, New Zealand, Sarah suddenly had an idea “Hey mum, I challenge you to do the 100-Strangers Project featuring a rainbow of hair color.” It’s a new twist on an old challenge. Last year I never completed the 100-Strangers Project as I am too intimidated to […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots #26 – Wellington Textures

Giraffe spots at the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand

This weekend has been very exciting so far – mum and I have been in Wellington since Friday for a mother-daughter weekend, and it has been awesome! Wellington is full of interesting sites and activities (which mum and I will be writing about in the weeks to come) and we’ve been having lots of fun. Today I […]

Photo Highlights of 2014: Birds in New Zealand

Tui on Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand

With over 170 different types of birds in New Zealand, it’s hard to go a day without seeing a beautiful example of our feathered friends.  As 2014 comes to an end, I want to share some of the year’s highlights in photos.  It’s a three part series, with bird photos as number one, followed by […]

Sarah’s Sat. Snapshots #13 – Trash 2 Fashion and Learning from a Pro

IMG_4402 - Version 2

I was lucky enough to be invited to sit with the Trash 2 Fashion event photographer Christopher John on awards night. I had managed to meet him on Saturday night, when we had gone to watch my sister participating in the finalists showcase. Even better, the next day when I asked him for a few tips […]

Trash to Fashion – A Colourful Event in Auckland

Trash to Fashion

Energy and excitement were contagious as the models stepped out on the stage. I was expecting a traditional fashion show, as this is New Zealand Fashion week. What I saw instead was a fast paced, energetic display of artistic talent brought to life by the choreography of Red Leap Theatre Company. Trash to Fashion is […]

Sarah’s Saturday Snapshots #1 – Flower Photos

Flower photo by Sarah E Albom

I am so excited to share my blog with my daughter Sarah.  She is only 14, and her eye for photography blows me away.  Recently she was accepted into The Wish Project, a mentorship program for aspiring teen photographers from Three Little Wishes Photography in Auckland. Without further ado, welcome to: Sarah’s Saturday Snapshots #1 – […]