Travel

South Africa 2017

Toad Grasshopper, Trachypterella species, poss. T. anderssonii, nymph, which mimics the quartz pebbles in the Knersvlakte Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa.

In August 2017 I visited South Africa with a small group of nature photographers, with the object of photographing the flowers of Namaqualand (see the previous post).  This year happened to be one of the driest on record and so the fields of Namaqua Daisies were nowhere to be seen but, nevertheless, we managed to find […]


Mull tour completed

Highland cow, Mull

The Mull tour has been and gone and we had another successful tour.  I will add details of any future tours, to Mull or elsewhere, as the occasion arises.  Thanks for your interest!  


Frogs from The Algarve

Western Spadefoot Toad, Pelobates cultripes

November is the time of year when, like most sensible people, my thoughts turn to warmer places.  This year I had toyed with the idea of several tropical destinations but, for various reasons, decided in the end to try southern Portugal, the region known as the Algarve, inspired by the variety of reptiles and amphibians […]


The Sierra Baguales, Patagonia

Shearing shed, Estancia Rio de los Chinas, Patagonia, Chile, with a backdrop of freshly-fallen snow, the first of the year.

In March 2015 we made a second visit to Chilean Patagonia.  For two weeks we toured the region from the coast at Puerto Natales to the Argentinian border.  Our daughter Victoria had organised accommodation at some of the more remote estancias, and we were privileged to visit some areas that are rarely seen.  The Sierra […]


Three Days in Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree, Yucca brevifolia, at sunset

Named for the distinctive Joshua Trees, Yucca brevifolia, that grow in the northern part of the park, Joshua Tree National Park covers the transition between the Colorado Desert to the south and the Mojave Desert to the north. The northern half is best known, with its forests of Joshua Trees and unusual rock formations. This a photographer’s paradise, […]


En-crustaceans: Another Place for barnacles

Barnacles, Austrominius modestus, an invasive species, growing on one of the statues

After spending an enjoyable but unproductive day at the Ainsdale Nature Reserve on the Merseyside coast looking for signs that the natterjack toads had started breeding (they hadn’t) we decided to use the last couple of hours of the day to re-visit Antony Gormley’s installation on the beach at Crosby, a few miles south.  Named […]


Mull report

Basalt rock formations, Staffa

This year our workshop on Mull had mixed weather – two glorious days, two rather wet and windy days and two days with a bit of each, but we found plenty to photograph, as usual, and on days when photography was not possible we held Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials, largely thanks to Alex Hyde, who […]


American West Coast gallery added

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Hall of Mosses, Hoh Rain Forest on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington state, USA. I have just added a new gallery “American West Coast“ to display some of the photographs taken on a trip to this interesting and varied region back in 2008.  Sorry it’s taken so long!


Mull and the Treshnish Isles workshop confirmed

White-tailed sea eagle

Nick Garbutt and I are pleased to confirm that the annual one-week workshop on the Isle of Mull is guaranteed to run now that we have the minimum number of participants.  This will be the tenth year we have visited Mull to photograph its spectacular scenery and wildlife and Nick and I are both looking […]


The Road to Rosh Pinah

Aloe gariepensis

It may sound like something out of one of Edward Lear’s nonsense poems, but there really is a place called Rosh Pinah.  It’s a small mining town in southern Namibia, along the C13, a road that runs from near the South African border at Noordoewer to the small town of Aus.  For about 100km, between […]


Salamander hunting in Calabria

Italian fire salamander, S. s. gigliolii, Monte Pecoraro, Calabria, Italy

Calabria – the “toe” of Italy – is not well-known to tourists and those that do make it tend to stick to towns such as Tropea and Pizzo, on the coast.  The interior, though, is mountainous and covered with extensive forests of beech and pine.  We based ourselves in the small town of Serra San […]


A day out in Liverpool

Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool

We had to go to Liverpool on February 23rd to pick up a passport, and used the rest of the day photographing buildings around the waterfront and Albert Dock.  The weather was superb and the architecture equally so.  It’s easy to see why Liverpool was awarded the “European Capital of Culture” accolade in 2008. The way […]


Borneo September 2011

Small jumping spider, Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

In September I led a small group of eco-tourists to Sabah, Borneo.  This was my fourth trip, although the itinerary has been different each time. On this occasion I stayed on for a short time to visit the Mulu National Park, in Sarawak, which I had not visited before, and the Mount Kinabalu National Park, […]