“I’m a river boy, a freshwater boy. There’s two types of people in this country – saltwater and freshwater. Doesn’t matter whether you’re black, white, male, female, short, tall, fat, skinny … you’re either saltwater or freshwater. Anyone can go to a beach but if you’ve got a good creek or a good waterhole it’s like a spa.” – Ernie Dingo.
Another Indonesian beach, this one off the north coast of Java, on Madura.
Sulphur lakes create a marscape in Ethiopia's Danakil Depression, where the average temperature is 37degrees.
A powerful stream passes behind our guesthouse in Margeb, Tajikistan, providing irrigation fr fruit trees and vegetables.
Snow melt from the Hindu Kush, and the Pamir mountains fill the Pamir river. To the left is Tajikistan, the right, Afghanistan.
Alaudin Lakes, a stunning reward for two hard days over 3600m altitude, although getting out involved another day's walk.
Kulikalon Lakes, high in the Fann Mountains, northern Tajikistan. A challenging but rewarding day's hike to get there, and a higher pass which really pushed us, to get down.
Haft Kul is named for the 7 (Haft) lakes (Kul) which flow into each other in the Zeravshan Valley in Tajikistan.
The visibility and clarity of the water in Tajikstan's Haft Kul lakes was like none I have seen before.
Getting to Haft Kul, Tajikistan, involved subsidising the other passengers on a crowded jeep over, bone-shaker roads, but once there the hiking was easy.
One of the higher of the 7 Haft Kul lakes, Tajikistan.
Hiking towards Altyn Arashan from Ak Suu drop off point in Kyrgyzstan's Karakol area.
One of the last points we reached hiking from Altyn Arashan (3000m) Kyrgyzstan. Except for a few scrambles over rock, the effort was far less than such views should demand.
A tributary of the Mekong river in lower Laos.
A secluded beach accessed by long tail boat, Koh Phangan, Thailand.
The Rajang River is the major transport route to the interior of Sarawak, on the Malaysian side of Borneo. The journey into the interior on cargo ships is interesting, but the upriver towns and tribes are the real attraction.
Fishing boats return through a pancake flat inlet, to their home somewhere on Malaysia's east coast.
The main village on an island off thecoast of the island of Borneo, in Sabah, Malaysia, where we explored the mangroves.
A mangrove forest on an offshore island near Sabah, Malaysia. Mangroves are under threat from all kinds of shit, as well as prawn farming.
One of the many offshore islands in Sabah, Malaysia.
A lake in Thailand's famous Sukhothai Historical Park, which contains 193 temple ruins and monuments over a vast area best enjoyed by bicycle. The Sukhothai Kingdom reigned from 1238 to 1438.
Wineglass Bay, part of Tasmania's Freycinet National Park, Australia.
The cool Tasmanian summer at dusk at Wineglass Bay.
One of the harshest (there were worse, but not many) of Australia's penal settlements was here at Port Arthur, Tasmania.
Tasmania might not be every beach bum's dream destination, but they have some stunners, like this at Narawntapu National Park, on the north coast. There is some pretty mental surf on the west, apparently.
Tasmania's Cradle Mountain National Park is one of the island states premier destinations. Great scenery and wombats galore.
Much of Western Australia's coastline is on the Indian Ocean, and waters and sand as clean as this in Busselton is nothing unusual.
A wave breaks on the rocks at Schnapper Point on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Big swell powered by a cyclone on Queensland's Gold Coast.
A cyclone off the Australian coast powers swell (and dirties the water) in Queensland's Gold Coast.
In Australia's far north, inland from Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands have many great forested areas and waterfalls. A day of rain pumped this one up considerably.
Surfers on the Gold Coast as a cyclone moves off the Queensland coast.
Australia's interior is largely arid or desert, relying on rains which come every few years, or heavy tropical rains flowing downstream from Queensland to its southern waterways.
Surrounded by farmland and forests, Australia's capital city, Canberra, is full of galleries and museums. This pool is in the front of the National Gallery.
Mirissa is just one of many lovely beach areas on Sri Lanka's south coast.
A man casts a stone into the Indian Ocean on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The ocean provides a livelhood for a vast number of Sri Lanka, but brought devastation in the 2004 tsunami.
Cool mountain stream at campground on Mount Baw Baw, near Melbourne, Australia.
Wave erosion caused the collapse of London Bridge, part of Victoria's Great Ocean Road scenery, early this century. Two tourists were stuck on the ocean side.
Many a ship perished on Victoria's western coast, but it is more famous for its ocean views and rock formations, like the 12 Apostles.
One of the Khmer empire's greatest temples, Bayon, in Siem Reap surrounded by water in 1995.
Looking out from Angkor Wat, the great 12th century temple in Cambodia's Siem Reap.