Tips for Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

An encounter with mountain gorillas is becoming one of Africa’s most popular wildlife activities and is Rwanda’s top tourist attraction. The opportunity to sit in close proximity to these critically endangered primates in their natural habitat is extraordinary. It’s an unforgettable travel experience that has brought me to Rwanda not once – but twice. My […]

Tips for Photographing Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani Park in Japan

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions, for observing and photographing snow monkeys at close proximity. Tourists, nature lovers and photographers regularly head to the park near Nagano for a closer look at the animals officially known as Japanese macaques, particularly in winter months when they descend each day from the […]

In Pictures: Photographing Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani Park, Japan

I hear a splash and look towards the hot spring. Mist dominates the scene, drifting around the dark shape that has just entered the water. I know it’s one of the snow monkeys that live in the area but I can’t yet see it clearly. I turn to my left, where more monkeys are descending […]

In Pictures: Lion Cubs of the Masai Mara

The first little cub bounces boldly from the thick bush it was told to stay hidden in. It can sense the return of its mother and its three siblings soon follow as she walks into sight. They are full of energy, falling over each other in excitement as they fight for attention from their weary […]

Rwanda: An Unforgettable Wildlife Encounter with Mountain Gorillas

He has been watching us since we arrived, his eyes portraying a curiosity that matches ours. But we are not equals. He is the largest and oldest silverback in Rwanda – and this is his home. He demands respect and as his 220kg body moves deceptively fast towards us, we give it without hesitation. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Know Before You Go: 14 Travel Tips for Madagascar

Influenced by its early Asian settlers and proximity to the African mainland, Madagascar has been ultimately – and uniquely – shaped by its geographical isolation. It’s the oldest and fourth largest island in the world, with the topographical and climatic diversity of a small continent. It’s an irresistible location for lovers of the great outdoors, […]

The Story of the Lemur: Madagascar’s Wildlife Star

(Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Madagascar) “At first I think it’s the wind, merging into song with the trees of the rainforest. Then I hear it again: a sound in the distance, travelling invisibly through the forest towards me, an eerie yet beautiful wail. I look around me, hoping to spot the source of the […]

10 Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners

The opportunity to see wildlife in its natural environment has become a key feature of my travel adventures in recent years. Not only has it taken me to some of the most beautiful locations in the world, it has provided me with some spectacular photographic opportunities. Along the way I’ve learned that whilst ultimately rewarding, […]

Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide: How to Photograph the Stars

A star-filled sky is one of my favourite photography subjects and the opportunity to shoot the Milky Way often influences my travel plans.  It’s not just the resulting visual image I find rewarding, but the experience itself.  I love the opportunity to get away from the city and into remote and quiet locations.  I enjoy […]

In Pictures: The Baby Animals of Kenya’s Masai Mara & Samburu

Kenya provides some of the most spectacular wildlife sightings in the world, in an unpredictable environment where each creature fights to survive against the elements and each other on a daily basis.  Game drives in locations like the Masai Mara and Samburu, where I spent time last year, often yield exhilarating results as birds and […]

20 Memorable Wildlife Sightings – World Wildlife Day #WWD2016

  A collection of my most memorable wildlife sightings to celebrate the beauty of the natural world for #WWD2016 The United Nations’ World Wildlife Day on 3 March, 2016 creates the opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.  The theme of #WWD2016 is “the future is in our hands” […]

Top 15 People and Cultural Photos of 2015

I’ve spent the last few days looking back at 2015 by reflecting on the destinations I’ve enjoyed this year, the wildlife I’ve photographed and the landscapes that have taken my breath away. My reflection ends today with my favourite people and cultural photographs, taken in Madagascar, Kenya and Ethiopia. Now it’s all about 2016…I already […]

Top 20 Landscape Photos of 2015

I started by reflecting on the destinations I’ve travelled to this year, I followed up with a countdown of my top 20 wildlife photos and I continue today with my favourite landscape photos taken on my travels this year. Yes – I’ve joined the bandwagon and am reflecting on the ‘year that was’! 20. Windy […]

Top 20 Wildlife Photos of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, I find myself joining many others this week in reflecting on the ‘year that was’. Yesterday I shared the destinations I enjoyed this year, from breath-taking Antarctica to spectacular Africa. And as the highlight of most of these locations was the wildlife living there in its natural environment, today […]

Breaching Humpback Whales at Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

The rain that has been falling consistently all morning begins to lighten as a patch of blue sky tries to break through the clouds. A local fisherman wades through waist high water, whilst two others try their luck from a wooden boat further out to sea. A woman carrying a basket of local crafts returns […]

Wildlife in Pictures: Masai Mara, Kenya

I’ve just returned from a week in the Masai Mara, one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife locations. My main goal was to photograph a Mara River crossing, reputed to be one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world, as thousands of wildebeest make the perilous journey across crocodile infested waters in a stampede towards […]

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 […]