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 […]

Postcards from New Zealand’s South Island

New Zealand’s spectacular landscape and outdoor attractions have been calling out to photographers, hikers, naturalists and adventurers for decades.  And since the immortalisation of these natural highlights in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, more and more travellers have been heading south to experience it for themselves. Earlier this year I finally joined them and discovered […]

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, […]

In Pictures: Sunset at the Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar

A short drive from Morondava on Madagascar’s west coast, is a tree-lined dirt road of such natural and unique beauty, it has been recognised as the island’s first officially protected natural monument. It is called the Avenue of the Baobabs. It is one of the most visited and photographed sites in Madagascar. And it was […]

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 […]

Unique, Diverse, Fascinating: 10 Facts about Madagascar

Madagascar’s unique wildlife is arguably its biggest attraction, with most visitors heading to the island to see lemurs and chameleons. I was one of them – and yes, I was excited to see lemurs and chameleons. But I also discovered a fascinating history, captivating culture and dramatically varied landscape Madagascar is an island influenced by […]

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 […]

11 Things You May Not Know About the Mursi (Omo Valley, Ethiopia)

The Omo Valley in Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most fascinating regions of cultural diversity, with nearly two-dozen tribes sharing borders in a spectacular but often inhospitable environment. One of the most recognisable and interesting of these tribes is the Mursi, a pastoral and nomadic community occupying land between the Mago and Omo rivers.  They […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stunning Wildlife, Culture and Landscape of Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia

When I arrived in Africa four months ago, I planned to update my blog from Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia on a regular basis. It didn’t quite go to plan. In fact, I’ve only shared five posts over a period of seventeen weeks. So what happened? Africa happened. I shouldn’t be surprised. My first experience on […]

In Pictures: Starry Skies of Madagascar

The month I spent in Madagascar in September introduced me to an extraordinary country with unique wildlife, diverse landscape, fascinating culture, an interesting history and very friendly people. Put simply – it exceeded my expectations. It also provided me with the opportunity to indulge in one of my favourite forms of photography – shooting the […]

Ethiopia: Introduction to a Hamar village in the Omo Valley

I wipe the sweat from my forehead as I continue along the road, leaving a trail of dust behind me. Small trees with vibrant pink flowers dot the landscape, as acacia trees line the horizon beneath the strong African sun. A local man and his herd of goats walk by and we shake hands, leaning […]

Ethiopia: First Impressions

The mango tree provides shade from the unrelenting heat as the bird it holds sings its song. Laughter fills the air as a group of local boys splash each other from the water pump they are using to wash themselves and their clothes. In the dry river behind them, a local woman fills a jerry […]