Travel Photo of the Week: International Polar Bear Day (Arctic)

As tomorrow celebrates the majestic king of the Arctic with International Polar Bear Day, I’ve reached for the archives for this week’s Travel Photo. I’d just returned to our expedition ship in 2013 after a fantastic zodiac cruise through crackling ice and blue skies.  This polar bear seemingly appeared from nowhere, a spot in the […]

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 […]

Arctic Travel & Photography: All About the Walrus

(Canon 5D Mark II, 1/1000 at f/5.6, ISO 640, 400mm) After a cold and dark winter, the sun has begun to rise again in the northernmost regions of the Northern Hemisphere.  As the Arctic summer approaches and travellers and photographers prepare to explore the region for the first time or to return to a part […]

Explore the Arctic with Quark Expedition’s Interactive Arctic Guide

In December 2012 I enjoyed one of the most exhilarating travel experiences of my life in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.  Six months later I stepped aboard Quark Expedition’s Sea Spirit, looking forward to continuing my Tale of Two Poles.  I was a little nervous I might feel underwhelmed by the Arctic region – after all, there […]

Win a Trip to the Arctic with Quark Expeditions

The Polar Regions have been inspiring explorers, adventurers and scientists for centuries. The harsh and wild environment has been the stage to both tragedy and triumph as human ability and spirit has been pushed beyond its limits.  The North and South Poles were the Holy Grails of explorers in the early 1900’s and remain a […]

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 […]

20 Wildlife Encounters from Antarctica, Arctic, Africa & Australia

I was recently enjoying a drink with some friends in London, recounting tales of recent and upcoming travel adventures when one of them asked me a question: “Do you ever go on normal holidays anymore”?  My instinct was to answer “yes, of course” but then I tried to remember the last trip I enjoyed that […]

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: The Stress of an Eider Duck (Arctic)

And you think you’ve had a stressful day? Imagine protecting your eggs and new born chicks from aggressive gulls who are just waiting for you to look away or drop your guard! (Taken in Longyearbyen – Arctic, July 2013) Do you want to receive my latest posts and photographs straight to your email inbox? Sign […]

Photo of the Week: #Arctic Ice

Ice is symbolic of the Arctic region and one of my favourite subjects to photograph.  With 24 hour daylight, the colour of the sky is a lottery, but was just beautiful on the day we zodiac cruised Monaco Glacier.  The bird flying off the iceberg was the icing on the cake on a magical day. […]

Photo of the Week: Bearded Seal in the #Arctic

Approaching this bearded seal from a zodiac was an exciting moment and I found myself snapping away from a distance, convinced he would slip into the water as we got closer.  But he seemed indifferent to our presence, allowing me to capture this. I recently returned from a two week expedition cruise in the Svalbard […]

Photo of the Week: Walrus in the #Arctic

I find the walrus endearingly ugly and intimidatingly large in size.  And it seems they are just as curious about us, as we discovered when we came across a large group swimming near our zodiac. I recently returned from a two week expedition cruise in the Svalbard Arctic and will be continuing to share photos […]

Photo of the Week: #Arctic Ice & Kittiwakes

One of the best ways to explore the Svalbard Arctic is via zodiac, allowing a close up view of the incredible landscape and wildlife in the region.  And it doesn’t get much than this, when landscape and wildlife combine to create an image symbolic of the icy, cold North. I recently returned from a two […]

From The Arctic to Africa: Free or Lost?

There is a fine line between feeling free and lost.  And one of the greatest lessons travel has taught me is how to recognise the difference. When I began my first career break in 2009, I wasn’t searching for anything.  I simply found myself relatively commitment-free and at a stage in my career where a […]

Polar Travel in Pictures: #Arctic Ice

  If the polar bear is king of the Arctic, ice is it’s queen. Ice in the Arctic is part of a landscape that seems to have been created from a palette of blue and white hues.  It is part of a landscape that deafens you with its silence.  It is part of a landscape […]

Exploring the Arctic: 7 Wildlife Encounters

  Earlier this year I enjoyed one of the most exhilarating travel experiences of my life in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.  Six months later I stepped aboard Quark Expedition’s Sea Spirit, looking forward to continuing my Tale of Two Poles.  I was a little nervous I might feel underwhelmed by the Arctic region […]

Photo of the Week: Svalbard Arctic Polar Bear

I’ve just returned from an amazing two weeks exploring the Svalbard Arctic region and look forward to sharing some photos and stories with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here is a taste of the incredible wildlife that enjoys life in the the cold, icy north.   Do you want to receive my […]

Longyearbyen, Svalbard: First Impressions & 10 Random Facts

I take in a breath of fresh air and exhale a sigh of contentment, a sound that feels misplaced in this scene of contrast I find myself in. I walk on dry, green grass as I look up at snow-capped mountains.  I put on my sunglasses as I zip up my warm jacket.  My watch […]