Memorable travel moments: Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

“It was their individuality combined with the shyness of their behavior that remained the most captivating impression of this first encounter with the greatest of the great apes.” Dian Fossey

On the evening prior to my gorilla trek in Uganda’s Bwindi National Park, I checked my camera and realised that the battery was dying. I reached into my camera bag for the spare that I’d purchased before my trip and tried to put it in my camera. But it wouldn’t fit; the battery was too big.

I have no recollection of buying this battery; I just remember grabbing it when I packed and thinking great, I don’t need to get a spare battery. Perhaps it was for an old camera. But, in that moment of sinking realisation, I was devastated. For years, I’d dreamt of returning to Africa specifically to see the mountain gorillas. I wanted to take amazing photographs of these incredible animals and now I was faced with using a tiny digital camera without a zoom lens.

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Melbourne: Wonderland

White Night Melbourne cloaks the city with an artist’s palette for one night only; the drab buildings and lane-ways transformed into a strange otherworldly place. Imagination abounds. We experience astounding creativity, and a kaleidoscope of colour. We witness the downright bizarre, and I love it!

This year’s White Night Melbourne took place on a stiflingly hot summer’s day. I had this brilliant idea to go to the movies at the Kino (in downtown Melbourne) to stay out of the heat until about 9pm, by which time I was sure it would be cooler. But it was one of those balmy nights, with not much of a breeze, and I stepped out of the cinema into a hot and bedazzling world.

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