Postcards from our August 2018 issue

VENICE, ITALY: Queen of the Adriatic: During Venice’s magical carnival, I was up before 6am every day to beat the crowds and capture the city’s quiet moments. I’d head back to the hotel for breakfast and then go out again, coming across all these wonderful costumed people. This lovely lady blowing bubbles was on the steps by Santa Maria della Salute, a great Baroque church. She was being watched by another lady in costume. After every carnival, I tell myself that this will be my last trip, but the magic is something I never tire of. Who knows, maybe next year?
Photographer: Reader Lillian King

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VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA: Wild child: Exhausted after a three-hour trek, I stepped through the brush into a clearing. My breath was taken away when I realised I was among a group of the most incredible animals on Earth. Sitting just a few metres away was a troop of mountain gorillas, grooming each other, eating and playing. This baby was tiny compared to the other gorillas, but it toddled around like it owned the bush. Seeing gorillas in the wild is an amazing thing. It’s hard to imagine that they are endangered – they seem so at peace, without a care in the world.
Photographer: Reader Ngaire Ackerley
SAN FRANCISCO, THE USA: GOLDEN GLOW: Travel has always intrigued me in more ways than one. The excitement that comes with exploring a new place, learning about a new culture and meeting different people fills me with joy. On a sunny day in San Francisco, I visited the amazing Palace of Fine Arts. The imposing monument, the shimmering golden sun and the languid reflection made me fall in love with the place. I know I had to capture this moment. This picturesque memory will always have a special place in my heart.
Photographer: Reader Anirudh Viswanatha
KUMON, UTTARAKHAND: Tall Tales: I was trekking to the Pindari glacier, along with my wife and uncle. As we walked, the sight of the Nandakkat and Panwaliduar peaks was mesmerising. Since my wife and uncle had a head start, I was able to perfectly frame this picture, without alerting them. When you’re trekking , every step leads you to unique natural beauty. Plus, to top it off, this was my first trek!
Photographer: Reader Arijit Sen