Trip Report – Arctic Svalbard July 2016

Sunbathing polar style

Sunbathing polar style

A fantastic trip again with Quark Expeditions on board the Sea Adventurer. Flew to Oslo, overnighted at the airport hotel, then in the morning flew to the wonderful Svalbard to pick up the expedition ship. The trip was to Circumnavigate Spitzbergen with a detour north up to the ice edge at around 81 degrees. Weather was really good for first few days, with blue skies and sparking sea and snow, then a bit misty closer to the pole we got. The number of bears sighted was astounding with 15 being spotted in one morning. Every day we managed one, two, sometimes 3 zodiak landings or cruises and the sea was mostly flat calm, which was a welcome bonus. The ship was very comfortable with spacious cabins and wonderful plentiful food, but the staff made it as only Quark staff do, with their friendliness and comprehensive knowledge of all things polar. My travel buddy and I were delighted to see Woody and Annie, previous expedition leaders, who have a great many years experience sailing on polar seas and who made it a great voyage for us.

Trip report – Slovakia Tatra Mountains

_K1A9750Four days in the beautiful Tatra Mountains in Slovakia with Tatra Photography.  After a 2 and a bit hour flight into Krakow Poland, a two hour transfer sees you across the border into Slovakia and into a very comfortable Pension Biela Voda in the village of Velka Lomnica, situated between Poprad and Kezmarok.   This was a Lee Filters workshop and we were taken to some stunning locations to try out this technique, under the expert guidance of Mark Bauer of Mark Bauer Photography.  Highly recommended.

Trip report – Finnish Lapland

_48A0966_JuneFinland in winter- one of the prettiest places on earth and the only place on earth where it is Christmas all year round!  Flight from Gatwick to Kittila, then a four hour transfer up to Sariselka. There are 3 main resorts and Sariselka was smaller and less populated and it felt like we had it to ourselves.  We opted to stay in a log cabin and was not disappointed, it was very well appointed even with a sauna in the bathroom and log burner in the living room!   The trip was provided by Lapland Holidays and included a Husky Farm & Super Safari, Sami Reindeer Farm & Safari, Snowmobile Safari and a spectacular night in a Glass Igloo – fantastic!  On the last night, we were treated to a spectacular aurora show.  Highly recommended!

 

Trip report – Iceland Auroras and Solar Eclipse March 2015

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Travelling Hotel

 

This was indeed a very special trip as it co-incided with a huge solar flare, giving spectacular views of the Northern Lights.  Accommodation was also special – a Travelling Hotel, which was basically a customised artic, but meant that changing positions to be in the best place for the auroras was possible.  To cap it all, this was my first attempt at photographing a solar eclipse, which I did standing on the ice beach at Jokulsarlon.

Trip Report – South Georgia and Falklands

report coming soon!

Stop Press – New Award received!

 

White horses at sunsetI have just been awarded a Silver in the International Pano Awards. It’s the first time I have attemtped a panorama, so was very chuffed!   This image was achieved by stitching 3 images together.

 

 

 

 

 

Trip report – Apenheul Primate Park Holland June 2014

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 14.23.31 copyApenheul is situated an hour’s train ride from Amsterdam and is the biggest and best primate park in Europe. Yes it is a ‘zoo’, but the enclosures are huge and beautifully landscaped to mimic the animals’ habitat in the wild. Gorillas, bonobos and orangutans all had babies and the tiny primates like squirrel monkeys are allowed to roam free around the park. This was my second visit and it wont be the last, as its a truly magical place. There’s not many places in the world you can get so close to these great apes. All the images from Apenheul are in   the Primate gallery.

Trip Report Camargue – South of France

Camargue white horsesExcellent trip to the Provence region of France to photograph the white horses and other wildlife that live there. It was arranged by John Wright of PhotographersonSafari (I will leave a link to his website in the LINKS page). John arranged for the horses to perform for the small group of us, in a variety of different locations, so we all could attain truly stunning shots of the beautiful horses running through the sea/water/mud/marshes.   The hotel is basic but the wonderful 5 course meal is a gastronomic delight and the location is right next door to the Bird Park with its flamboyant flamingoes.   An excellent trip, thoroughly recommended.

 

 

 

Trip Report Arctic Greenland September 2013

Just like being transported back in time – Arctic Greenland IS the MODERN Ice Age. Stunningly beautiful scenery, unpolluted air, miles and miles of fascinating fjords and glaciers, but with a feeling of wild, raw nature. On board the MS Expedition, the Aurora Borealis came out to greet us, flickering green curtains in the black night sky. A visit to an indigenous town of Inuits and to the home of the world renowned Danish Dog sled team of Daneborg were two of the highlights for me. The ship was extremely spacious and comfortable, with a high standard of catering and lectures when at sea. This trip is highly recommended if you want to see the top of the world in all its splendour!

Trip Report Iceland March 2013

On route to the orcas

Fabulous trip with Naturetrek to see Orcas and Northern Lights (if you are exceptionally lucky). Well luck was certainly on my side, as after four cloudy nights,the weather pattern suddenly cleared and the best light show on earth started. Unbelievably moving!

The orcas were also very visible and came very near to the boat, but it was a bit choppy and that made it hard to hold the camera still. Thermal suits were provided and my thanks goes to Charles Kinsey, who took this rather fetching picture of me in my blue thermal suit.