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By: Andrew Pateras

Thank You #1,000

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Thanks to all of YOU, andrewpateras.com has reached its 1,000th visitor! This is a huge milestone. Google analytics tracking has informed me that I have had visitors from over 30 countries including New Zealand, Bangladesh, Russia, Italy and Romania, just to name a few!  I have not been blogging as much as I would like in the past month due to an extremely busy wedding season. I will be writi...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Greatness

Tags: Travel, photography, Australia

If you ask any of my close friends what the best day of my life was, they may not know the exact date, but they know exactly where I was. The date was December 11, 2008 and I was departing for my Scuba Dive of the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, Australia.  This experience had been on my bucket list for years, as I imagine it is for a lot of people. It is a 2,600 kilometre long structure made...Read More

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Some things just are not meant to be

Tags: Africa, travel, photography

As the shuttle drove me closer and closer to the base of the mountain, Kilimanjaro took up more and more of the front window. This thing is huge. I am overcome with excitement as I check to see that I have all my gear. I have been training for these next few days for months and planning it for even longer.  The first leg of the trip is beautiful. A lush rainforest with many types of monkeys a...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Heaven on Earth

Tags: Travel, Photography, Australia

Well as I said, I will be writing about some of my favourite places on earth, so I may as well start with the most spectacular...  People always ask me what my favourite place is and they cannot even finish the question before I blurt out the answer. This place is so miraculous, so magical that it makes my second favourite place look like a garbage dump.  My earthly version of heaven is ...Read More

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An Unfortunate Chain of Events

Tags: Africa, Travel, photography

Let’s be honest, I am a very cautious person, especially when I travel. I watch what I eat, what I drink, what I brush my teeth with and I even make sure to keep my lips tightly sealed in the shower. When you are travelling in Africa for two months, it’s only a matter of time before you get those “issues”.  Unfortunately for me, it was not just the Montezuma’s re...Read More

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Not just another Big Hole in the Ground

Tags: Africa, Travel, photography

About three million years ago, a mountain larger than Kilimanjaro stood where Ngorongoro Crater is today. In a very violent eruption, it was turned into a 19 kilometre wide crater now home to the most dense wildlife population I have seen in Africa.  As I descended over 600 metres into the crater, I could already see an uncountable number of black specks, dotting the green crater floor. Those...Read More

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Wedding Magazine Worthy?

Tags: Wedding, photography, travel

This past weekend I shot an extremely extravagant wedding. I had the pleasure of shooting their engagement portraits a while back, so I already knew they were a fun couple and had a ton of energy. When a couple is really into their photos, you can push them much harder for more edgy and creative shots. I had a lot of time to work with the couple in the morning, before the ceremony, so this ga...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

What happens in the Serengeti, Stays in the Serengeti

Tags: Africa, travel, photography

In my entire life I have never seen a landscape so flat. Some areas had nothing but grass for as far as you could see. It’s hard to believe that all of the lions and hyenas can sneak up on anything in such a wide open space. Whatever they are doing seems to be working, they are here in big numbers! Off in the distance, I spotted a number of zebra running for their lives, but I could not make...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

African Paradise

Tags: Africa, Travel, photography

After the feast of tropical fruits, I boarded my local transportation and was swept off to Nungwi beach. I have seen some of the world’s greatest beaches, but what I saw today surprised even me.  As the driver weaved through these narrow streets on the way to my beach bungalow, I was able to get a glimpse of the water. It was spectacular. Picture turquoise water that tapered into a deep...Read More

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Ginger and Cinnamon and Vanilla... OH MY!

Tags: africa,travel,photography

On my way to the east coast of Zanzibar, I was brought to a local spice plantation for a tour and sampling of spices and fruits that are locally grown.  The growing and processing of vanilla pods, pepper corn vines, lemongrass plants, ginger root and cinnamon trees were explained in detail. I was able to sample these fresh spices right off the plants. If you are a person who appreciates cooki...Read More