It is traditional to review the year that is about to slip below the horizon (as my friend Martin from The House of Fran_Mart has done so comprehensively here), and I was tempted to do so, but in practice I've been working most of the day (preparing the index for a forthcoming book on Australian bird names) so I'm going to settle for some symbolic sunset shots from a variety of places. I haven't been to all these places this year!
|Blanquillo Lodge, Peruvian Amazonia.|
The highlight here is undoubtedly a fabulous parrot lick, but sunsets over the cocha are also a feature.
|Kata Tjuta, central Australia.|
You may know it as 'the Olgas', but we haven't called it that here for some time.
|Waza National Park, northern Cameroon.|
The Sahel is a harsh landscape, and under threat, but still beautiful.
|Blackburn Island, off Lord Howe Island.|
We had a delightful week on Lord Howe early this year - you've not heard the last of it!
|Volcan Chacabuco, over Puerto Montt, southern Chile.|
|Darwin, Northern Territory of Australia; the Timor Sea hosts excellent sunsets!|
|Sacha Lodge, eastern Ecuador.|
|Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda.|
Later that night there were lions around my suddenly flimsy-feeling fixed tent;
they're not supposed to be there, but of course I was glad they were. In principle...
May 2012 end happily, and 2013 dawn bright and hopeful for us all. I look forward to sharing some of it with you; my thanks for coming with me this far.
Back on Wednesday.