Postcards from Madagascar

  Sunset at Avenue of the Baobabs Like all great travel adventures, my time in Madagascar has been a paradox, seemingly standing still at times whilst racing away at others.  It’s hard to believe my month here ends tomorrow.  My mind is overflowing with memories to hold onto and stories to share – and my […]

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 […]

Back to Africa: Kenya, Madagascar & Ethiopia

Africa: arguably the world’s most thought-provoking, captivating and conflicted continent. Africa: culturally rich, geographically diverse and historically fascinating. Africa: consistently producing a profound impact on all who venture there. Africa: my next travel destination. I was first introduced to sub-Saharan Africa six years ago, on a three month overland trip from Rwanda to South Africa, […]

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 […]

10 Night Skies Worth Staying Outside For

A star filled sky is one of my favourite sights, as both a photographer and a traveller.  As a photographer, the creative opportunities are endless: different foregrounds, light painting, star trails, milky way shots, the list goes on.  As a traveller, the opportunity to gaze up at the stars takes me back to my childhood […]

Penguins in Pictures for World Penguin Day

Have you ever met anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins?  They  never fail to bring a smile to my face and World Penguin Day, celebrated on 25 April provides a great opportunity to share some of my favourite photos of them, taken in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.   Do you […]

10 Sunrises Worth Setting the Alarm For

When I was younger, a sunrise used to be something I accidentally stumbled across when it presented itself at the end of a really great party.  But as travel and photography becomes increasingly imbedded in my life, I find myself setting my alarm for an early rise more and more often.  There is something special […]

Antarctica in Pictures: An Iceberg Graveyard in Pleneau Bay

Pleneau Bay is home to an incredible collection of icebergs in an area known as Iceberg Graveyard.  It is a highlight of any visit to the Antarctic Peninsula. My eyes followed the Minke Whale’s fin as it descended into the water. I continued to stare at the ripples it left behind, willing it to reappear […]

Iguazu Falls: Tourist Trap or Natural Wonder?

Iguazu Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.  But like all tourist attractions, visiting it creates a conflicting experience of both ‘tourists’ and the ‘attraction’.   “Excuse me – can you please take our photo?”  The couple in front of me handed me their camera and turned to pose in front of the thunderous crash […]

Final Landing: Deception Island, South Shetland Islands

I approached the bar on the ship that had been my home for the past few weeks and nodded as the bartender held up a bottle of beer. I smiled as he handed it to me, enjoying the daily ritual that had formed between us since leaving Ushuaia. As I sipped my beer, I felt […]

What is Your Favourite Type of Penguin?

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins? Graceful in the water and awkward on land, their entertaining antics are enough to melt the hardest of hearts. Their white bellies, black overcoats and inability to fly make them instantly recognisable, but each type of penguin has unique features and personality traits, making some […]

Patagonia in Pictures: Torres del Paine

Since arriving in Torres del Paine the previous day, cloud and rain had left much of the landscape to my imagination. But the clouds were beginning to clear and a highlight of the Patagonian landscape that had previously been obscured was about to be spectacularly revealed. The weather conditions in Torres del Paine National park […]

Antarctica in Pictures: Sunset and Moonrise on the Bransfield Strait

“Tonight’s activities have been cancelled due to exceptionally good weather”. I smiled as I heard our expedition leader make this announcement shortly after dinner. Within minutes of stepping out on deck, I had made the decision to boycott the light-hearted games challenge the expedition crew had been planning for the evening. And it seemed I […]

The Many Faces of South Georgia’s Antarctic Fur Seal

Visiting South Georgia feels like being part of a wildlife documentary, and the fur seal is one of many characters auditioning for a leading role. South Georgia is a British territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is wild and rugged, inhospitable but spectacular, historically fascinating, home to extraordinary quantities of wildlife and has long […]

5 Reasons To Choose South Georgia As Your Gateway to Antarctica

South Georgia has long been a gateway to Antarctica and there are five reasons why you should choose it too. So you’ve made the decision to go to Antarctica. Congratulations, you are in for the trip of a lifetime. But you’ve probably already realised there are a few more decisions to make: what month will […]

Antarctica Wildlife in Pictures: The Leopard Seal

Named after its spotted coat, the leopard seal is one of Antarctica’s fiercest predators. It is also one of my favourite photography subjects in the region. As our zodiac slowly navigates through a maze of ice, we notice a dark shadow breaking up the monotony of blue and white hues. The shape begins to move, […]

In Pictures: Spert Island, Antarctica – A Dramatic Outdoor Iceberg Gallery

Towering rock arches, canyon like surroundings, a network of waterways and grounded icebergs: this is Spert Island and a dramatic introduction to the Antarctic Peninsula. A travel expedition to Antarctica is full of milestones and memorable “first” moments: the first zodiac cruise, the first landing, the first penguin sighting, the first rough day at sea, […]

Esteros del Ibera Wetlands in Pictures: A Highlight of Argentina

(Southern Spectacled Caiman feeding) Many visitors to Argentina fail to reach Esteros del Ibera wetlands. But those that do are rewarded with tranquillity, endless photographic opportunities and close encounters with wildlife, on a land that has been transformed from hunting ground to protected area.  There are some destinations in the world I feel an instant […]