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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

In Pictures: Antarctica, Patagonia, Iguazu, Ibera Wetlands and More

Today is my last day of a fantastic two months of travel: the wildlife of the Falkland Islands, the wildness of South Georgia, the magic of Antarctica, the beauty of Patagonia, the overcrowded natural wonder of Iguazu Falls and the tranquillity of Ibera wetlands. It has reminded me how fortunate I am to have been born […]

An Outdoor Theatre at West Point Island (The Falkland Islands)

In the northwest corner of the Falkland Islands, a dramatic wildlife story plays out amidst a spectacular backdrop of tussock grass and sea-facing cliffs. Welcome to the unofficial outdoor theatre of West Point Island.   West Point Island was the first landing of my travel expedition through the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica last […]

Antarctica Photos: Tip of the Iceberg

Ice is an iconic feature of the Antarctic landscape and a key feature in many of the photos I’ve left with. These photos are just the tip of the iceberg of what I saw and enjoyed in the world’s wildest continent. (Chinstrap Penguins on iceberg near Spert Island) A journey to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia […]

Travels to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Recap

There are many places in the world I’ve visited, enjoyed and left with a vow to return again one day. But it’s often a hollow promise, overshadowed by the desire to explore other locations and the fear that a return trip may distort and diminish the memories of the original experience. But Antarctica was different. […]

16 Tips for Photographing Wildlife and Landscape in Antarctica

Practical tips for photographing wildlife and landscape in Antarctica: for those shooting with DSLR or point and shoot cameras.   Having made the decision to return to Antarctica at the end of this year, I’ve been reflecting on my first adventure as I plan the second. Over the past two weeks, I’ve shared my answers […]

Preparing for a Trip to Antarctica: FAQs (Part 4: Photography Equipment)

The decision to travel to Antarctica is a big one. It requires a commitment of both time and money and involves more planning and preparation than most other trips. But like all great travel adventures, this is part of the overall experience and part of the fun. Having made the decision to return to Antarctica […]

Preparing for a Trip to Antarctica: FAQs (Part 3: The Experience)

  The decision to travel to Antarctica is a big one. It requires a commitment of both time and money and involves more planning and preparation than most other trips. But like all great travel adventures, this is part of the overall experience and part of the fun. Having made the decision to return to […]

Preparing for a Trip to Antarctica: FAQs (Part 2: Packing)

  The decision to travel to Antarctica is a big one. It requires a commitment of both time and money and involves more planning and preparation than most other trips. But like all great travel adventures, this is part of the overall experience and part of the fun. Having made the decision to return to […]

Preparing for a Trip to Antarctica: FAQs (Part 1: Planning)

The decision to travel to Antarctica is a big one. It requires a commitment of both time and money and involves more planning and preparation than most other trips. But like all great travel adventures, this is part of the overall experience and part of the fun. Having made the decision to return to Antarctica […]

Making a Dream Reality: Return to Antarctica

Antarctica is often described as a once in a lifetime travel experience. But I’m about to become one of the lucky travellers who are ignoring this with a return visit. The cost, distance and effort to reach Antarctica often see it referred to as a once in a lifetime experience. Those fortunate enough to make […]

Penguin v Puffin: What is Your Favourite?

Endearing in both appearance and character, the penguin and puffin are the two birds most likely to soften even the hardest of souls. With their white bellies, black overcoats and entertaining antics, penguins and puffins ooze personality. So do you have a favourite?  Maybe these facts and photographs will help you decide:   Penguin v […]

#PenguinAwarenessDay: 10 Photos from Antarctica

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins?  Their lack of co-ordination is enough to melt the hardest of hearts.  The school yard antics they display with each other entertain children and adults alike.  And their tuxedo-like exterior contrasts perfectly with their waddling stride. When I told my family I was heading to Antarctica last […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Landscape Photographs

Top 10 Landscape Photographs of 2013 Travels This was the year I noticed a shift in my travel style.  Instead of being a traveller who takes photographs, I felt more like a photographer who travels.  Instead of an extra pair of shoes, I packed an extra camera lens.  Instead of feeling bored whilst queuing at the […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Wildlife Photographs

Top 10 Wildlife Photographs of 2013 Travels This was the year I noticed a shift in my travel style.  Instead of being a traveller who takes photographs, I felt more like a photographer who travels.  Instead of an extra pair of shoes, I packed an extra camera lens.  Instead of feeling bored whilst queuing at […]