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DUTCH-BORN Richard Woldendorp is one of Aus­tralia’s best-known land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers and is rep­re­sented at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Gallery, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Art Gallery of West­ern Aus­tralia. A ret­ro­spec­tive of his ae­rial land­scape works will be ex­hib­ited at the Na­tional Trust S. H. Ervin Gallery in Syd­ney from late June. It will be ac­com­pa­nied by the re­lease of his latest book, Ab­stract Earth . www.fre­mantlepress.com.au; www.nsw.na­tion­al­trust.org.au.

RI­JKSMU­SEUM, AM­S­TER­DAM

When I visit The Nether­lands to see fam­ily and friends, the Ri­jksmu­seum in Am­s­ter­dam is al­ways on the agenda. www.ri­jksmu­seum.nl.

LA SPECOLA, FLORENCE

This Ital­ian mu­seum has 34 rooms crammed with all things zoo­log­i­cal, as col­lected by sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of the Medici fam­ily. Its most cel­e­brated ex­hibits are the true-to-life wax anatom­i­cal mod­els cre­ated in 17th-cen­tury Florence to teach medicine; they are fa­mous for their artistry and ac­cu­racy. www.mu­se­um­sin­flo­rence.com.

THE DATAI LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA

This re­sort nes­tles snugly in trop­i­cal rain­for­est on the north­west­ern tip of Langkawi Is­land off the west coast of Malaysia. It’s a dose of na­ture with fives­tar ser­vice. The restau­rants there are also mem­o­rable. www.ghmho­tels.com.

THE NETHER­LANDS BY BOAT

The Nether­lands is criss-crossed by wa­ter­ways and as long as the canal is deep enough and the bridges high enough, you can hire a boat and get just about any­where by wa­ter. www.haten­boer.nl.

NEW EDI­TION BOOKS, FRE­MAN­TLE

This is the store to visit for books by West Aus­tralian au­thors: look for the first dis­play when you walk in the door. Browse, walk across the road for a cof­fee, then browse some more. 82 High St, Fre­man­tle.

BOUTWELL DRAPER GALLERY, SYD­NEY

Susan Boutwell has worked in art gal­leries world­wide and has a great eye for new and emerg­ing artists, while co-owner James Draper is a prom­i­nent sculp­tor. Ex­hi­bi­tions of art­works in ev­ery medium look great on long white walls be­neath dark wooden beams. www.boutwell­drap­er­gallery.com.au.

FRAN­COIS PERON NA­TIONAL PARK, WA

My favourite ac­tiv­ity is tak­ing ae­rial pho­to­graphs from a small air­craft or a ho­tair bal­loon, cap­tur­ing the di­ver­sity of the Aus­tralian land­scape. One such spot is the Fran­cois Peron Na­tional Park in the ex­treme north of the Peron Penin­sula. The bir­rida (an Abo­rig­i­nal word mean­ing foot­steps of the gi­ant) are small salt lakes that make beau­ti­ful ae­rial land­scapes. www.west­er­naus­tralia.com.

GET­TING AIR­BORNE

My choice of plane for ae­rial pho­tog­ra­phy is a Cessna 180. The win­dows on both sides open up and give max­i­mum vis­i­bil­ity. Most towns of rea­son­able size have an aero club with a Cessna, but when in the Kim­ber­ley I use Golden Ea­gle Air­lines. A hot-air bal­loon is also an ideal plat­form; I fly with Wind­ward Ad­ven­tures in Northam, WA, to pho­to­graph the pic­turesque Avon Val­ley and the sea­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties on the land. www.gold­e­nea­gleair­lines.com; www.wind­ward­bal­loon­ing.com.

AN­DREAS FEININGER

An­dreas Feininger has been my in­spi­ra­tion as guide and teacher, and his book The CreativePho­tog­ra­pher is one of his best man­u­als. Fa­mous for his pho­to­graphs of New York, Feininger’s works are in per­ma­nent col­lec­tions in Bri­tain and the US, in­clud­ing the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art in New York. Find the book at on­line an­ti­quar­ian stores such as www.an­tiq­book.com/boox/cro/ 18700.shtml.

I AL­WAYS PACK

My pho­to­graphic gear: a Pen­tax 6 x 7 and a Canon 5D dig­i­tal cam­era with a 24-105mm zoom lens suit­able for ae­rial pho­tog­ra­phy. And of course a good pair of walk­ing boots for my ground work. Sharon Fowler

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