The Farne Islands Wildlife Experience: Exploring Northumberland, UK

The coast, castles and countryside of Northumberland attract visitors all year round.  But it’s the feathered guests who return each spring that create one of the highlights of the region. The opportunity to see a range of migratory sea birds in their breeding colonies on the Farne Islands is why bird watchers, photographers, wildlife enthusiasts […]

Farne Islands Sunset Boat Tour – Exploring Northumberland, UK

The Farne Islands is one of the UK’s greatest wildlife destinations, boasting a 70,000 rich puffin breeding colony, more than twenty species of bird and the largest grey seal colony on the east coast of Britain. A sunset boat tour is not an activity you would normally associate with the unpredictable and changeable weather of […]

10 Interesting Facts About Puffins – Exploring Northumberland, UK

The puffin, colourful in both appearance and character, is a popular bird with photographers, bird watchers and tourists. And the Northern Hemisphere summer creates a number of opportunities for a closer look as they make their annual return to land for the breeding season. Although more than half of the world’s puffin population breed near […]

Bamburgh Castle – A Highlight of Northumberland, UK

Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland’s most iconic sights and is symbolic of what makes the region such a great place to visit: a combination of beautiful landscape, sandy beaches, rugged coastline and historical castles. (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland – shortly after sunrise) In September last year, I had just returned to the UK after my […]

Otter Antics at WWT London Wetland Centre

“One of the things I love most about living in London is the ability to escape it without having to leave it.”   The May long weekend, lovely Spring weather and the feeling of restlessness I always feel in between travel adventures, recently motivated me to do exactly that – escape from London without leaving […]

Planning a Northern Lights Travel Adventure: Common FAQs

The Northern Lights have been calling out to travellers, photographers, scientists and astrologers for centuries.  They have been mystified and romanticised by indigenous folklore, they ignite and excite scientific minds, and they captivate the imagination of all who stand beneath them. Wanting to experience the Northern Lights drives many winter travel itineraries and more and […]

How to Photograph the Northern Lights: A Step by Step Guide

(This post has been updated – 31 March, 2017) Let’s assume you’ve done your research and selected a time of year and location that increases your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.  Let’s assume the conditions and an element of luck are on your side and they are dancing in the sky above you.  Let’s […]

What Camera Do I Need to Photograph the Northern Lights?

Experiencing the Northern Lights is a once in a lifetime adventure for many people and as such, they want a photograph of the experience.  But a lack of research and planning can result in bitter disappointment, as some bring a camera that cannot do the lights justice and others don’t even try, assuming they need […]

Planning a Northern Lights Trip? 5 Things You Need to Know.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that has been inspiring scientists, astrologers, photographers and travellers for many years.  It is becoming one of the most popular winter holiday choices for people who are buying a winter jacket and heading north to experience the lights for themselves. But as you plan your Northern lights trip […]

Photos of London at Night: A Walk Along Thames River

(London Thames at Night: St Paul’s Cathedral & Blackfriars Bridge) I started the year combining my two greatest passions – photography and travel – in the Lofoten Islands.  After a few days photographing the Northern Lights and the spectacular Arctic landscape, I returned home to London enthusiastic about my next photographic adventure.  But as this […]

New Year’s Eve under the Northern Lights – Lofoten Islands

I started 2013 on a ship sailing towards Antarctica.  I ended it standing under the Northern Lights in the Lofoten Islands. As far as memorable New Year Eve’s go, these are going to be hard to beat.  They provided the perfect book-ends to a magical year dominated by travel and photography.  The Northern Lights (or […]

Winter Christmas or Summer Christmas? What is Better?

I don’t know how old I was when I first realised my Christmas did not resemble that of a Hallmark card.  But I do remember there was a point when the penny dropped.  It was probably around the same time I smugly realised I received all my presents from Santa before kids in the UK […]

Sunrise on Parliament Hill – Hampstead Heath, London

London has a well deserved reputation for its grey, dull and rainy skies and it is not a location that photographers flock to for sunrise and sunset opportunities. But they do exist – and 98 metre high Parliament Hill, the gateway to north-west London’s Hampstead Heath is one of them.  On a clear day, it […]

5 Reasons to Visit Plitvice Lakes NP, Croatia

It’s the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia.  It was declared a national park in 1949 and awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1979.  It is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions and within easy reach of its capital Zagreb. It is Plitvice Lakes National Park.  And […]

Photos: Deer Rutting in Richmond Park, London

After spending most of the year in incredible locations such as Antarctica, Australia, Svalbard Arctic, South Africa and Croatia, it’s no surprise that I’ve found the return to London somewhat of a challenge. For the most part, I am happy to be back – it’s been nice to unpack my bag, I am enjoying being […]

A Sunrise in Croatia: Loznati, Isle of Cres

A sunrise used to be something I accidentally stumbled across when it presented itself at the end of a really great party!  But as photography becomes increasingly imbedded in my life, I find myself often setting my alarm for an early rise. And I almost never regret it whilst travelling. There is something special about […]

Croatia Through a Lens: An Overview of the Adriatic Coast & the North

I take a sip of local beer and lean back in my chair in the street side cafe.  The sky is grey and rain threatens, but the air is deceivingly mild. My last day in Croatia signals the end of my latest career break and my head is full of conflicting thoughts and emotions.  Watching […]

Exploring Oslo: Vigeland Sculpture Park

Norway’s capital has enough attractions and things to do to warrant more than a day’s visit.  But my first visit to Oslo was en route to the Arctic and the time I had available to explore the picturesque mix of old and new was limited to a day. When I asked the question “what should […]

25 Things I’ll Miss About London (and 5 Things I Won’t)

My connection with London has evolved over time like a lifelong relationship full of good times and bad, thrills, excitement, intensity, passion, heartache, complexities, fun, love, breakups, reunions and commitment.   Our complicated relationship began in the Australian outback at a time before the Internet and satellite television existed.  My first exposure to the iconic […]

Photo Story: 2012 Travel Highlights

As the end of 2012 approaches, the annual reflection activities start to resurface as people count down their favourite TV shows, sporting moments, number one songs, travel destinations, favourite movies, top  games…the list goes on. “When you can’t beat them, join them.”  As I shared my travel experiences with friends and family throughout this year, […]