Exploring East Greenland: Introduction at Warming Island

  “If conditions are favourable, we will attempt a pre-breakfast zodiac cruise. I will wake you at 5am”. Our expedition leader’s announcement of the next day’s plan is met with a predictable gasp of dread from a small number of passengers who are mentally weighing up the pros and cons of such an early start. […]

Remote, Rugged, Wild and Spectacular: This is East Greenland

I look out the window as the rising sun creates warm reflections on the glass-like water. As I step out on deck however, a bitter wind reminds me that I am in a land of extremes and I rub my hands together in a futile attempt to feel warmer. The vast and dramatic landscape that […]

Postcards from New Zealand’s South Island

New Zealand’s spectacular landscape and outdoor attractions have been calling out to photographers, hikers, naturalists and adventurers for decades.  And since the immortalisation of these natural highlights in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, more and more travellers have been heading south to experience it for themselves. Earlier this year I finally joined them and discovered […]

Know Before You Go: 14 Travel Tips for Madagascar

Influenced by its early Asian settlers and proximity to the African mainland, Madagascar has been ultimately – and uniquely – shaped by its geographical isolation. It’s the oldest and fourth largest island in the world, with the topographical and climatic diversity of a small continent. It’s an irresistible location for lovers of the great outdoors, […]

In Pictures: Sunset at the Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar

A short drive from Morondava on Madagascar’s west coast, is a tree-lined dirt road of such natural and unique beauty, it has been recognised as the island’s first officially protected natural monument. It is called the Avenue of the Baobabs. It is one of the most visited and photographed sites in Madagascar. And it was […]

The Story of the Lemur: Madagascar’s Wildlife Star

(Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Madagascar) “At first I think it’s the wind, merging into song with the trees of the rainforest. Then I hear it again: a sound in the distance, travelling invisibly through the forest towards me, an eerie yet beautiful wail. I look around me, hoping to spot the source of the […]

Unique, Diverse, Fascinating: 10 Facts about Madagascar

Madagascar’s unique wildlife is arguably its biggest attraction, with most visitors heading to the island to see lemurs and chameleons. I was one of them – and yes, I was excited to see lemurs and chameleons. But I also discovered a fascinating history, captivating culture and dramatically varied landscape Madagascar is an island influenced by […]

In Pictures: The Baby Animals of Kenya’s Masai Mara & Samburu

Kenya provides some of the most spectacular wildlife sightings in the world, in an unpredictable environment where each creature fights to survive against the elements and each other on a daily basis.  Game drives in locations like the Masai Mara and Samburu, where I spent time last year, often yield exhilarating results as birds and […]

11 Things You May Not Know About the Mursi (Omo Valley, Ethiopia)

The Omo Valley in Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most fascinating regions of cultural diversity, with nearly two-dozen tribes sharing borders in a spectacular but often inhospitable environment. One of the most recognisable and interesting of these tribes is the Mursi, a pastoral and nomadic community occupying land between the Mago and Omo rivers.  They […]

Reflections on 2015 Travels: From Antarctica to Africa

As the end of another year approaches, people around the world are reflecting on the ‘year that was’, reading the ‘best of’ lists that are dominating news feeds and making New Year resolutions that, for the majority, won’t be kept. And despite the cynic in me recognising the end of the year as nothing more […]

Stunning Wildlife, Culture and Landscape of Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia

When I arrived in Africa four months ago, I planned to update my blog from Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia on a regular basis. It didn’t quite go to plan. In fact, I’ve only shared five posts over a period of seventeen weeks. So what happened? Africa happened. I shouldn’t be surprised. My first experience on […]

In Pictures: Starry Skies of Madagascar

The month I spent in Madagascar in September introduced me to an extraordinary country with unique wildlife, diverse landscape, fascinating culture, an interesting history and very friendly people. Put simply – it exceeded my expectations. It also provided me with the opportunity to indulge in one of my favourite forms of photography – shooting the […]

Ethiopia: Introduction to a Hamar village in the Omo Valley

I wipe the sweat from my forehead as I continue along the road, leaving a trail of dust behind me. Small trees with vibrant pink flowers dot the landscape, as acacia trees line the horizon beneath the strong African sun. A local man and his herd of goats walk by and we shake hands, leaning […]

Ethiopia: First Impressions

The mango tree provides shade from the unrelenting heat as the bird it holds sings its song. Laughter fills the air as a group of local boys splash each other from the water pump they are using to wash themselves and their clothes. In the dry river behind them, a local woman fills a jerry […]

Postcards from Madagascar

  Sunset at Avenue of the Baobabs Like all great travel adventures, my time in Madagascar has been a paradox, seemingly standing still at times whilst racing away at others.  It’s hard to believe my month here ends tomorrow.  My mind is overflowing with memories to hold onto and stories to share – and my […]

Breaching Humpback Whales at Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

The rain that has been falling consistently all morning begins to lighten as a patch of blue sky tries to break through the clouds. A local fisherman wades through waist high water, whilst two others try their luck from a wooden boat further out to sea. A woman carrying a basket of local crafts returns […]

Wildlife in Pictures: Masai Mara, Kenya

I’ve just returned from a week in the Masai Mara, one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife locations. My main goal was to photograph a Mara River crossing, reputed to be one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world, as thousands of wildebeest make the perilous journey across crocodile infested waters in a stampede towards […]

Back to Africa: Kenya, Madagascar & Ethiopia

Africa: arguably the world’s most thought-provoking, captivating and conflicted continent. Africa: culturally rich, geographically diverse and historically fascinating. Africa: consistently producing a profound impact on all who venture there. Africa: my next travel destination. I was first introduced to sub-Saharan Africa six years ago, on a three month overland trip from Rwanda to South Africa, […]

Finland in Pictures: A Lake and a Sunset in Kajaani

I start the day in a taxi, the morning rush hour turning what should be a ten minute drive into a marathon.  I’ve taken this journey from my flat in North London to Paddington Station enough times to expect nothing less and feel more relaxed than the driver who is swearing and changing direction at every […]

Wildlife Travel: Brown Bear Watching in Finland

“Welcome to your bear watching hide.  Please step in and make yourself comfortable.  And do not, under any circumstances, open the door until I return to let you out at 7am.” “How will I know it’s you and not a bear?” I ask with a nervous giggle. “Bears don’t knock” he replies dryly as he closes the […]