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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Making a Dream Reality: Return to Antarctica

Antarctica is often described as a once in a lifetime travel experience. But I’m about to become one of the lucky travellers who are ignoring this with a return visit. The cost, distance and effort to reach Antarctica often see it referred to as a once in a lifetime experience. Those fortunate enough to make […]

Penguin v Puffin: What is Your Favourite?

Endearing in both appearance and character, the penguin and puffin are the two birds most likely to soften even the hardest of souls. With their white bellies, black overcoats and entertaining antics, penguins and puffins ooze personality. So do you have a favourite?  Maybe these facts and photographs will help you decide:   Penguin v […]

#PenguinAwarenessDay: 10 Photos from Antarctica

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins?  Their lack of co-ordination is enough to melt the hardest of hearts.  The school yard antics they display with each other entertain children and adults alike.  And their tuxedo-like exterior contrasts perfectly with their waddling stride. When I told my family I was heading to Antarctica last […]

FREE eBook: Wildlife Photography – Antarctica

“The sun has risen from it’s long, winter slumber.  The penguins are nesting and the whales returning. Melting sea ice is creating highways of water, inviting travellers to step off the beaten track and explore the world’s most remote and unspoiled continent.”   It is summer in Antarctica and the tourist season has begun.  Are […]

Travel Inspiration: Antarctica & the Arctic

My decision to take a six month career break in 2013 created some incredible travel and photography opportunities.  And although I’ve now returned to the office to replenish the bank account for some exciting 2014 plans, I still have a short break to the Lofoten Islands to look forward to at the end of the […]

Travel Destination Comparison: Antarctica v Arctic

One of the things I love most about travel is its ability to eliminate the background and lifestyle differences that would normally prevent people’s paths from crossing.  Travellers are united by a common interest in the location they are visiting and a general sense of adventure. I felt this stronger on my Antarctica adventure than […]

Photography: 20 Landscapes from Antarctica, Arctic, Africa & Australia

I’m often asked if I prefer wildlife or landscape, as both a traveller and a photographer.  This isn’t a surprising question considering my travel itinerary of the past year has been led by a desire to experience and capture some of the world’s most beautiful and unique environments, birds and animals My perfect scenario is […]

Photo: An Antarctica Sunset

One of the things I’ve been enjoying photographing back in Australia is the incredible sunsets.  But I’m yet to find a foreground that is as striking as this one that I took in Antarctica earlier in the year. This was taken from the deck of Quark Expeditions’s Ocean Diamond on the night we headed south […]

Photos & Quiz: World Penguin Day

Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t love penguins?  Me either! April 25 is World Penguin Day, so let’s celebrate these cute little creatures. What is your penguin personality?  Take this quiz over at The Pew Charitable Trust to find out!  By the way – apparently I am a Chinstrap! Here at Destination Unknown, I’m […]

TRAVEL BUCKET LIST INSPIRATION #AtoZChallenge: P is for…Polar Plunge (Antarctica)

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing my experience of a destination or activity to help inspire your TRAVEL BUCKET LIST, in addition to an item that still remains on […]