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 […]

Exploring East Greenland: The Sun Sets on Scoresby Sund

Time feels as frozen as the icebergs floating on the bay 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 the seemingly motionless water that has exploded into a kaleidoscope of soft tones, reflecting from the sky as the […]

Exploring East Greenland: Dancing Skies (The Northern Lights)

It starts as a cloud-like formation, a faint shadow that slowly begins a seductive dance across the sky. I feel hypnotised, unable to look away. It gains momentum and begins to change shape and colour, vibrant shades of green spreading across the sky like paint being thrown onto a canvas. It twists and turns, dancing […]

Exploring East Greenland: Sunrise & Icebergs at Scoresby Sund

In the low light of dawn, large shadows drift silently on the water, their rugged shapes adding an element of drama to an otherwise tranquil setting. I step out on deck and am greeted with a silence that dominates the moment: a loud, thunderous, deafening absence of sound. There is a chill in the air […]

Exploring East Greenland: Into the Fog at Stewart Island

We move away in our zodiac and within seconds the ship disappears from view. I strain my eyes but the fog that has drifted in has covered everything within its path. The time on my watch tells me the sun has started to rise, but the scene above me is the same as that around […]

Exploring East Greenland: Light on Segelsällskap Fjord

I have one eye on my dinner plate and one eye on the window, battling a conflict of interest that is becoming a daily challenge. If I’m being honest though, it’s really no contest. I push my plate aside, ignoring the slight hunger that remains in my stomach and excuse myself from the table. I […]

Exploring East Greenland: Landing at Skipperdal Valley

“Does anyone know the geological significance of this?” I turn towards the geologist who, along with eleven other scientists, historians and nature guides, make up the expedition crew who are leading our venture into the remote high Arctic wilderness of East Greenland. He is pointing at a small rock and begins to describe its origin, […]

Exploring East Greenland: New Landscapes at Kong Oscar Fjord

  Close your eyes and imagine the landscape of Greenland. What do you see? Is it a network of narrow passageways with ice-choked fjords reflecting glaciers and snow-capped mountains on crystal clear water? Do you hear the crackling of ice, as you navigate your way around grounded icebergs, their attempt to reach sea thwarted by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Travel Photo of the Week: Plitvice Lakes NP, Croatia

It was always going to be tough to return to London after my recent two months of travel, especially when winter is still hovering around with its grey and rainy days.  But as I’ve been exploring travel options for some of the upcoming long weekends, I’ve been reminded why its been my base for more […]

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 […]