2011 - Tour de Tri

The Tour de Tri was first held in 2008 when Mark Turner completed 3 Ironman triathlons in 3 consecutive days, raising funds for Epilepsy Queensland and the Law Enforcement Torch Run in the process.

Fast forward three years and the initial success of the 2008 Tour De Tri has been reinvigorated as a successful 24 hour endurance triathlon open to teams and individuals.

The 2011 Tour de Tri took place over 13 and 14 August and had a great laid back, festival atmosphere with camping, evening movies for the kids, wood fired pizza and plenty of characters.

Video highlights from the weekend are captured below.

Full photo highlights from the event are available here.

Check the Tour De Tri site for results and full event details. 

You can also view the full highlights of the 2009 event or 2008 event on jjshoots.com


Springtime Rome

Rome in springtime - captivating, drenched in history and romantic. Here are some of the visual highlights from my recent Roman sojourn...

Highlight -  the scenery, the history, the light, the food and gelato!

Lowlight - the crowds...

Traffic at the colosseum on Via de San Gregorio

 Dappled light through the oculus of the Pantheon, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy @ NightSpring Morning in Rome

Vatican City light Awaiting the word... Vatican City

Amalfi Coast Wander

A recent hiking trip took us from Ravello, through Amalfi, Conca dei Marini and Praiano to Positano over an 8 day period.

The trip was a great mix of rugged coastline and peaceful forests with many small family farms dotted amongst the terraces. Travelling in May provided some amazing colours and glorious light throughout our journey and allowed us to meet the genuine locals along the way.

Positano in the morning light

Walking along the Path of the Gods ("Sentiero degli Dei" in Italian) was a great experience - there were several 'moments' with walking close to the edge of a cliff with a 100 metre drop. It wasn't surprising to see some small goat herds along the way since we certainly were walking on a goat track. The effort of hiking through the hills and up the cobbled steps was well worth it, with sweeping views around every bend - a perfect opportunity to watch the boats and ferries zoom along in the distance below.

Another amazing sight were the gardens of the Villa Rufolo, perched high above the coastline in Ravello. Classical music performances are regularly held in the gardens - truly a perfect location...

Highlight -  the scenery, getting a good workout from the thousands of stairs, the hospitality of the locals, food and gelato!

Lowlight - getting a good workout from the thousands of stairs...

Church near Conca dei Marini

View along the Sentiero degli Dei - "Path of the Gods"Cool forests just a kilometre from the coastlineTown of Amalfi The ragged coastline from the water 

Gardens at Villa Rufolo Amalfi harbour area


Outline of our hike: 

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Sunrise at Little Cove

One of the great things about living in Brisbane is having the Sunshine and Gold Coasts on our doorstep.

We've had crazy weather conditions in South East Queensland recently, from floods to cyclones and everything in between... Thankfully, Noosa was reasonably unaffected by the recent events and provided a great opportunity to get away for a short trip. Of course that meant getting out with my camera and capturing some of the morning glow at Little Cove.  

 Little Cove, Noosa @ Sunrise

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Kotor & Ostrog - Montenegro

Montenegro was the unexpected highlight of our trip. We travelled from Sarajevo, stopping at the Ostrog Monastery and continuing to the coastal cities of Budva and Kotor.

The Monastery of Ostrog (Манастир Острог) is a Serb Orthodox Church monastery built into an almost vertical cliff around 900 metres above sea level. The Monastery was founded by Vasilije, the Metropolitan Bishop of Herzegovina in the 17th century and is the most popular pilgrimage place in Montenegro.

After visiting the Monastery, we travelled to Budva and Kotor on the Montenegrin coastline of the Adriatic Sea. The Bay of Kotor was stunning and is a submerged river canyon, but resembles a fjord. A little piece of Scandinavia in the Balkans!

Bay of Kotor - Montenegro

Kotor has been fortified since the Middle Ages and was a strategic port for its inhabitants including the Venetians. The Bay of Kotor also featured in Casino Royale the recent James Bond film.


Highlight -  the stunning beauty and sunsets at Kotor as well as the opportunity for reflection at Ostrog Monestary...

Lowlight  - the glitter strip and foam parties at Budva didn't quite fit the surrounds...


A captured moment on the Bay of KotorStunning coastline at Kotor

City wall defences - KotorOstrog Monestary - Built into the cliff in the 17th Century

Dubrovnik - Croatia

Dubrovnik was the final leg of our recent Balkan adventure through Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.

Dubrovnik has always been an important maritime city, and a strategic seaport for those that have inhabited it. The Old Town shows its Venetian heritage with encircling defensive walls and streets of limestone that have been polished smooth by centuries of foot traffic. The walls that surround the city are around 6 metres thick on the landward side and up to 14 metres high on the seaward side.

Main street of Dubrovnik old town at night

The architecture is amazing and it's great to see the loving restoration that continues to this day - as well as an occasional bar perched on the rocks and nestled between the walls and the sea.

Highlight - seeing the cruise ships and associated crowds leave town...

Lowlight - adjusting to the relative hordes of tourists after travelling through countries where mass western tourism hasn't quite hit...


Dubrovnik - A city of contrasts


Dubrovnik - Modern life in an historic city...

Dubrovnik old harbour at night