Penguins in Pictures for World Penguin Day

Have you ever met anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins?  They  never fail to bring a smile to my face and World Penguin Day, celebrated on 25 April provides a great opportunity to share some of my favourite photos of them, taken in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.   Do you […]

Antarctica in Pictures: An Iceberg Graveyard in Pleneau Bay

Pleneau Bay is home to an incredible collection of icebergs in an area known as Iceberg Graveyard.  It is a highlight of any visit to the Antarctic Peninsula. My eyes followed the Minke Whale’s fin as it descended into the water. I continued to stare at the ripples it left behind, willing it to reappear […]

Iguazu Falls: Tourist Trap or Natural Wonder?

Iguazu Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.  But like all tourist attractions, visiting it creates a conflicting experience of both ‘tourists’ and the ‘attraction’.   “Excuse me – can you please take our photo?”  The couple in front of me handed me their camera and turned to pose in front of the thunderous crash […]

Final Landing: Deception Island, South Shetland Islands

I approached the bar on the ship that had been my home for the past few weeks and nodded as the bartender held up a bottle of beer. I smiled as he handed it to me, enjoying the daily ritual that had formed between us since leaving Ushuaia. As I sipped my beer, I felt […]

What is Your Favourite Type of Penguin?

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins? Graceful in the water and awkward on land, their entertaining antics are enough to melt the hardest of hearts. Their white bellies, black overcoats and inability to fly make them instantly recognisable, but each type of penguin has unique features and personality traits, making some […]

Patagonia in Pictures: Torres del Paine

Since arriving in Torres del Paine the previous day, cloud and rain had left much of the landscape to my imagination. But the clouds were beginning to clear and a highlight of the Patagonian landscape that had previously been obscured was about to be spectacularly revealed. The weather conditions in Torres del Paine National park […]

Antarctica in Pictures: Sunset and Moonrise on the Bransfield Strait

“Tonight’s activities have been cancelled due to exceptionally good weather”. I smiled as I heard our expedition leader make this announcement shortly after dinner. Within minutes of stepping out on deck, I had made the decision to boycott the light-hearted games challenge the expedition crew had been planning for the evening. And it seemed I […]

The Many Faces of South Georgia’s Antarctic Fur Seal

Visiting South Georgia feels like being part of a wildlife documentary, and the fur seal is one of many characters auditioning for a leading role. South Georgia is a British territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is wild and rugged, inhospitable but spectacular, historically fascinating, home to extraordinary quantities of wildlife and has long […]

5 Reasons To Choose South Georgia As Your Gateway to Antarctica

South Georgia has long been a gateway to Antarctica and there are five reasons why you should choose it too. So you’ve made the decision to go to Antarctica. Congratulations, you are in for the trip of a lifetime. But you’ve probably already realised there are a few more decisions to make: what month will […]

Antarctica Wildlife in Pictures: The Leopard Seal

Named after its spotted coat, the leopard seal is one of Antarctica’s fiercest predators. It is also one of my favourite photography subjects in the region. As our zodiac slowly navigates through a maze of ice, we notice a dark shadow breaking up the monotony of blue and white hues. The shape begins to move, […]

In Pictures: Spert Island, Antarctica – A Dramatic Outdoor Iceberg Gallery

Towering rock arches, canyon like surroundings, a network of waterways and grounded icebergs: this is Spert Island and a dramatic introduction to the Antarctic Peninsula. A travel expedition to Antarctica is full of milestones and memorable “first” moments: the first zodiac cruise, the first landing, the first penguin sighting, the first rough day at sea, […]

Esteros del Ibera Wetlands in Pictures: A Highlight of Argentina

(Southern Spectacled Caiman feeding) Many visitors to Argentina fail to reach Esteros del Ibera wetlands. But those that do are rewarded with tranquillity, endless photographic opportunities and close encounters with wildlife, on a land that has been transformed from hunting ground to protected area.  There are some destinations in the world I feel an instant […]

In Pictures: Antarctica, Patagonia, Iguazu, Ibera Wetlands and More

Today is my last day of a fantastic two months of travel: the wildlife of the Falkland Islands, the wildness of South Georgia, the magic of Antarctica, the beauty of Patagonia, the overcrowded natural wonder of Iguazu Falls and the tranquillity of Ibera wetlands. It has reminded me how fortunate I am to have been born […]

An Outdoor Theatre at West Point Island (The Falkland Islands)

In the northwest corner of the Falkland Islands, a dramatic wildlife story plays out amidst a spectacular backdrop of tussock grass and sea-facing cliffs. Welcome to the unofficial outdoor theatre of West Point Island.   West Point Island was the first landing of my travel expedition through the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica last […]

Antarctica Photos: Tip of the Iceberg

Ice is an iconic feature of the Antarctic landscape and a key feature in many of the photos I’ve left with. These photos are just the tip of the iceberg of what I saw and enjoyed in the world’s wildest continent. (Chinstrap Penguins on iceberg near Spert Island) A journey to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia […]

The Sun Sets on Ushuaia (Argentina)

In this post, the sun sets on Ushuaia – both figuratively and literally. These photos were taken soon after I arrived in Argentina’s southernmost town last month. And last week I waved goodbye to it for the foreseeable future, uncertain when – and if – I’ll be back. Ushuaia has been the bookends of both […]

Travels to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Recap

There are many places in the world I’ve visited, enjoyed and left with a vow to return again one day. But it’s often a hollow promise, overshadowed by the desire to explore other locations and the fear that a return trip may distort and diminish the memories of the original experience. But Antarctica was different. […]

20 Photos That Showcase Western Australia’s Beautiful Landscape

Western Australia, a land of diverse and spectacular natural beauty As I get ready for my next travel adventure in Antarctica, Chile Patagonia and Argentina, I’ve been reflecting on the year of short term travel in 2014 that has created some incredible photography opportunities in Australia, Iceland and the Azores.   I’m constantly searching for travel […]

The Azores in Pictures: Sao Miguel

Sao Miguel is one of nine volcanic islands in The Azores, the Portuguese archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean.  And it’s a landscape photographer’s playground. Now that I’m packed and ready for my next travel adventure – two months in Antarctica, Chile Patagonia and Argentina – the only thing left to do is reflect on […]

The Azores in Pictures: Faial Island

Faial is one of nine volcanic islands in The Azores, the Portuguese archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean.  It is perfect for photographers, hikers and general lovers of the great outdoors. Located between Europe (Lisbon lies 1,500km to the east) and North America (New York lies 4,000km to the west), Faial Island is a popular […]