Of all of the places in the world you've visited, which would you like to return to with a camera?

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Richard Stern

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Churchill. Manitoba in early June. I was there many years ago with my first SLR, a film camera. There were birds posing along the roads and trails all over the place, especially shorebirds in high breeding plumage., jaegers, woodland birds, even Little and 2 Ross's gulls! I'd love to go back with my current gear some time.
 

emschmitt

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John Hopkins Glacier National Park. This is in Alaska and needs a small ship to get there. Many mammals. Was incredible.
 

Wink Jones

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I would love to go back to Chile. The people are kind and easy to be with, the scenery is incredible, and the kayaking is great too. Most of the times I was there I was too busy kayaking to take many photos, and those were with my point and shoot water resistant camera. Now I would like to go exploring and fill some memory cards with the breathtaking scenes there.

I remember waking up on the bus from Santiago to Pucon and seeing scenery that reminded me of a mountain lake in Idaho, right up to the moment I looked to the right and saw a smoking volcano. Many times you could see it glowing at night when the lava deities were restless. I need to go back and take photos before my memories fade away.
 

Jim Ramakka

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If hadn't been there 50 years ago with my first camera, a Pentax Spotmatic with a 300mm Spiratone lens, I would say the Galapagos. I could get better photos with today's equipment and, I hope, better photo skills, but I'd rather remember it how it was when our group was the only one stopping at the various islands.
 

Wink Jones

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If hadn't been there 50 years ago with my first camera, a Pentax Spotmatic with a 300mm Spiratone lens, I would say the Galapagos. I could get better photos with today's equipment and, I hope, better photo skills, but I'd rather remember it how it was when our group was the only one stopping at the various islands.

I am reminded of a New Year’s cruise my son took on a private yacht to the Galápagos Islands. They had spent two days on the island and played a card game New Year’s Eve where the loser had to perform a task. He lost and had to get up and go ashore at 0600 to go on a guided tour of the animals he had just spent two days observing.

I don’t think you could pay him to go back.

His fiancé lost the next game and had to wear a pirate’s style parrot doll on her left shoulder on the flight back to the states.
 

Patrick M

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If hadn't been there 50 years ago with my first camera, a Pentax Spotmatic with a 300mm Spiratone lens, I would say the Galapagos. I could get better photos with today's equipment and, I hope, better photo skills, but I'd rather remember it how it was when our group was the only one stopping at the various islands.
I was just there. They’re very strict and wherever we went, usually we were the only visitors. Great trip.
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Jim Ramakka

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I was just there. They’re very strict and wherever we went, usually we were the only visitors. Great trip. View attachment 40307
I know some of the areas where we were allowed to wander unsupervised are now off limits. Our ship was an Ecuadorian submarine tender that was leased to a tour company because the Navy needed the funds. I remember agonizing about the cost - $400 each for my wife and I - 2 days steaming out from Guayaquil, 7 days at the islands, and 2 days steaming back. We were wrapping up our 2 yr Peace Corps tour in Colombia and spent our month of saved up vacation time and most of our savings touring Ecuador before we returned home.
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luckmurph

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Headed to Scotland next Sunday and Isle of Mull is on the list. I envy your camper situation. We have a good guide and this is a private tour. Anything else you would not miss in Scotland...we are going all over for both landscape and birds.
Very envious, The isle of Skye is amazing for landscape & wildlife, and a visit to the Cairngorms Loch Garten nature reserve for red squirrels and nesting ospreys, its an amazing place you'll love it! (ps take some midge spray!!)
 

gKhan

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In response to the hijacking of the "Security Concerns" thread, lets have a go at a photography related travel thread. Please, no badmouthing of any location, but by all means, let us know of wonderful travel and people experiences you've had. Dwell mainly upon the possible photographic and cultural experiences you'd wish to encounter again. Don't keep your discussions to just one place, but try to keep each thread entry to one location or common theme.
Caves of Ajanta in India, the buried Terra Cotta Army near Xi'an and the Cotswolds in England----and maybe Clancy's Bar on Saint Patty's Day.
 

KimM

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Very envious, The isle of Skye is amazing for landscape & wildlife, and a visit to the Cairngorms Loch Garten nature reserve for red squirrels and nesting ospreys, its an amazing place you'll love it! (ps take some midge spray!!)
The Cairngorms National Forest is on the list...same? We have Osprey and Red Kite blinds planned. Also Isle of Mull. I am excited about the Northern Gannets...never seen one. Our guide is married to a native who used to be a ranger in the forest...so knows the area well. Me, I don't fancy the drive on the other side of road. It hasn't ended well in the past so very happy to be taken around!
 

luckmurph

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The Cairngorms National Forest is on the list...same? We have Osprey and Red Kite blinds planned. Also Isle of Mull. I am excited about the Northern Gannets...never seen one. Our guide is married to a native who used to be a ranger in the forest...so knows the area well. Me, I don't fancy the drive on the other side of road. It hasn't ended well in the past so very happy to be taken around!
Yes Loch Garten is in the Cairngorms, im sure they will take you there! there's loads to see and do, you might even spot a Haggis ;)
If you're being driven around that's brilliant you'll be able to look at the fantastic scenery without worrying about driving!
I'm off to Skomer island in Wales in 2 weeks to watch the puffins....put that on your to do list next time you're over its an amazing spectacle
Enjoy Scotland i'll look forward to seeing the pictures!
 

Activert

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If hadn't been there 50 years ago with my first camera, a Pentax Spotmatic with a 300mm Spiratone lens, I would say the Galapagos. I could get better photos with today's equipment and, I hope, better photo skills, but I'd rather remember it how it was when our group was the only one stopping at the various islands.
I was there in June 2013. I spent 5 weeks and it broke my heart to see the big crowd of people around animals. Most guide pretended that they did not see what some people did (mainly to get good tip): Like jumping over nesting blue footed boobies, or sitting on the turtle, or trying to scare the seals with their babies. It also surprised me to see how many tourists arrived everyday to Santa Cruz (we were not in the tourist season) and most of them did not care about wildlife. They were there just to say they visited Galapagos. They were complaining about the lack of swimming pool in their hotel and the beach was just few meters from where they were staying. What shocked me the most is the small boats that they work as taxi between Santa Cruz Island and Isabella and Santiago Islands. These boats make so many trips per day and they did not care about the speed. While I was traveling with them, they hit in they way turtles, birds and marine Iguanas.
Back to Montreal, I've had so many pictures of bad tourist behavior, bad boat drivers and dead birds and turtles killed on the road mostly in Santa Cruz. The impact of human is really too much on this unique biodiversity. I suggest that you watch the documentaries Galapagos with David Attenborough which highlight the human impact and the fate of Galapagos.
In 2016 I did an exposition about Galapgos in Montreal to raise awareness about the importance of protecting this natural heritage. And I think I will never go back again because we all leave negative print on these unique biodiversities

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PeterKelly

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I have been lucky enough to visit about 40 countries so it’s a tough pick.

On reflection India would be my top choice, more for the Street photography than nature or wildlife.

The silver medal would go to Botswana and particularly the Okavango Delta

The bronze medal winner would be Vietnam

I guess I cheated by naming my top three……
 
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