In Pictures: Northern Lights in Abisko, Sweden

I feel hypnotised, captured in a moment where time is standing still, the seductive dance above me the only movement in an otherwise frozen environment. My eyes follow the green shadow moving across the sky, mesmerised by its constantly changing shape, each twist and turn morphing into the next. The aurora borealis is dancing above […]

16 Favourite Travel Photos of 2016

In reality, the first day of a new year is simply the ‘day after yesterday’.  Symbolically however, it holds more meaning.  For some, it represents the opportunity to close one chapter and open a new one.  For many, the start of the new year is motivation to make improvements to themselves or their lives.  And for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

25 Photos That Make Me Want to Return to Iceland

I first visited Iceland in 2012 and was so blown away by the landscape and culture shaped by nature that I vowed to return.  It didn’t take long, enjoying my second visit in September of this year.  It’s a location that gets under your skin, it’s a location where nature makes the rules, providing unexpected […]

Wildlife Travel in Pictures: Whales and Dolphins in the Azores

The Azores is one of the top 10 best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin encounters, being a temporary or permanent home to more than a third of the world’s species. The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean.  Europe lies to the west (about 1,500km from […]

A Photography Day at the British Wildlife Centre

A photography day at the British Wildlife Centre is a great opportunity to enjoy some photography whilst learning more about the native wildlife of the UK.   My growing interest in wildlife photography has taken me to some incredible locations in the world. But it’s also opened my eyes to the photography and wildlife viewing […]

Azores Photography Highlights: Mosteiro Beach Sunset

Seascapes and sunsets: Mosteiro Beach is just one of many great photography locations on The Azores. The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean.  Europe lies to the west (about 1,500km from Lisbon) and North America lies to the east (about 4,000 km to New York).  I explored two of […]

Highlights of Iceland: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon was the location of my first ever iceberg sighting. I still remember that “wow factor” moment that overshadowed the waterfalls, geysers, black sand beaches, glacial mountains and volcanic landscape that had already convinced me Iceland was one of the most beautiful places in the world. But that was nearly three years ago […]

Highlights of Iceland: Gullfoss Waterfall

I heard it before I saw it: a thunderous crash of water providing background music to one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls. I followed the sound towards a mist in the distance, an intriguing invitation to come closer. And then I saw it: a spectacular multi cascade of water flowing from Iceland’s second largest glacier, […]

Bardarbunga Volcano Lights Up the Sky at Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland

When the Bárðarbunga volcano started erupting two weeks before I was due to fly to Iceland, I instantly feared the worst: a selfish panic that my flight and holiday might be cancelled. But not only did I arrive without delay, the erupting volcano provided one of the most unexpected and incredible sightings of my trip. […]

Dancing Skies: Northern Lights at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

“Time feels as frozen as the icebergs floating on the glacier lagoon in front of me.  My mind has stopped wandering, incapable of focusing on anything but the moment I am in.  My eyes are fixated on a sky that has transformed into a kaleidoscope of colours.  It’s the Northern Lights – and it’s an […]

Postcard from Iceland

Hello from Iceland, a country I first visited in 2012 and left vowing to return.  I’ve just finished a week of photographing locations in the south and east part of this diverse and incredibly beautiful country and I’m already dreaming of my next return visit. The wind and rain that challenged some photography locations was […]

Travel Tips: The Azores, Portugal

(Moon rising over Pico Mountain) Perfect for photographers, hikers and general lovers of the great outdoors, the Azores offer a number of activities and highlights that seems out of proportion with the size and tranquillity of these picturesque islands. I have a confession to make.  If you mentioned the Azores to me six months ago, […]

Postcard from Sao Miguel, the Azores

Such is the paradox of time when travelling, that the twelve days I’ve spent in the Azores feels so much longer.  Last week I posted my ‘postcard’ from Faial and today it comes from Sao Miguel. Six months ago I hadn’t even heard of the Azores.  But after two weeks exploring two of the nine […]

Postcard from Faial Island, the Azores

A quick hello from Faial Island in the Azores, where I’ve just enjoyed a fantastic week with my camera in what is a fantastically diverse photography location.  Whales, dolphins, clear skies, a super moon, terrific light, picturesque countryside, interesting volcanic history, and an atmospheric marina in a tranquil and friendly environment. Big thumbs up for […]

Looking Ahead: Whale Watching in the Azores

(Humpback Whale, Antarctica) The Azores is reputed to be one of the best – and little known – locations for whale and dolphin watching. And I’m heading there next week to find out if it’s true. Until recently, my whale watching experience was sporadic and underwhelming. I’d looked out to sea on the Fleurieu Peninsula […]