This is a difficult one because my opinions will change on this, and to reflect what Ed said, my first blogs are dire compared to the later ones (new camera equipment, writing for a general population and not just my friends, and more experience being three reasons), so most are from the last couple of years. I've chosen four for each category:
Writing: A tough category, so I've specified sub-categories:
The Stuff of Nightmares
- Most emotional writing from Rwanda in May 2008 - I occasionally cried at my computer whilst penning this one.
Quest for the Church of Bone
- My cleverest bit of writing from my experiences in Portugal during April 2008.
Loving the Love Hotels
- My quirkiest writing from Japan in October 2006 - the title says it all.
When Ghosts Walk the Earth
- The best structured blog from Taiwan in August 2006 - particularly proud of the opening and closing paragraphs.
Photography: I have a real affinity with the Middle East and it is reflected in my photos:
Where Tourists Fear to Tread
- Visiting Sana'a in Yemen in June 2010 - a photographer's paradise.
Walking in the Shadow of Jesus
- Israel in July 2010 - managed to capture a similar mood through each of these photographs, despite the difficult lighting conditions in most of these sites.
Age Shall Not Weary Them
- Xi'an in August 2009 - again there is a similar mood through the majority of these photographs and again when faced with challenging photographic conditions.
Life and Death on The Great Migration
- Very proud of these photographs since shooting wildlife (with a camera of course) is usually one of my weakest areas of photography.
Adventure: The easiest category for me, there are four standouts:
The Tribes That Time Forgot
& More Tribes that Time Forgot
- Southern Ethiopia Tribes in July 2010 - tough and interesting travel for sure.
Bowing before the feet of the Heavenly Leader
- Paying homage to the Great Leader in North Korea in September 2009 - an experience granted to few people.
They Have Ghosts
- Entering an exorcism temple in India in November 2004 - one of my least read blogs, but the most intense travel moment so far.