Isla Navarino, Patagonia - Having gone to sleep the evening before to a reasonably warm evening, we woke up to this! This far south at the very extreme tip of Patagonia the weather can go from one extreme to another overnight. By that afternoon it was sunny again and we were down to shirts sleeves. A wild an unique place!
Pakistan - I think the best spot I have ever spent the night!! I was on a climbing expedition following two climbers who were trying to climb an unclimbed peak nearby.
On one of their acclimatisation climbs that were beyond my ability, I climbed to a nearby peak and set up camp overlooking the valley below. While I was setting up my tent I found a footprint in the snow just to the left of the tent. My first thought was it could be a snow leopard, I realised that the big flat rock I had round for my tent was probably the ideal spot for a leopard to sit sunning himself and observing the valley below! I hoped he would not mind sharing it with me for the night!
That evening I was treated to some incredible views of the Milkyway. There are few places I have been that have had less light pollution, Antarctica would probably rival it but I have only ever been there in the summer. That night I slept very little and spent most of the night shooting timelapse and generally being overawed by it all!
The mountain you see opposite is K6.
Gordale Scar in Yorkshire - A deep gorge cuts through the cliff, on a misty day like this the walls are dripping with water. You can follow the path up clambering over slippery boulders, up the waterfall and you end up on top of the cliffs peering down over the cliff top, through the mist to try and make out the ground below.
A storm brewing over the Andes, seen from the Beagle Channel. Patagonia, in general, was one of the most incredible places I have visited but here right at the tip of South America, it was especially awe-inspiring. As we sailed out of the Beagle Channel we entered a tangle of tiny islands, some tiny some huge. I could not tear myself away, and sat on the deck, wondering how many had been explored whether by Fuegian Indians or shipwrecked sailors trying to make it around Cape Horn or maybe nobody had ever felt the need!
Cairngorms, Scotland - A little bit of Autumn colour as we head into winter! Some of my favourite images I have taken are of lone trees standing out in a treeless landscape, this one seemed particularly intrepid clinging to the edge of this burn!
Throwing out an early morning challenge to any stags that dare! Another shot from the autumn rut. A stag roaring to warn off any competitors and try to impress upon the hinds they should stick with him!
A friend I made in Tasiilaq, Greenland while waiting to fly up on to the glacier! I whiled quite a bit of time away playing snowballs and hide and seek with him! The first image is his attempt at hiding 🤫. Almost every house in the town has at least one and sometimes 4 or 5 sledge dogs they keep outside. At night they gradually set each other off howling so you got to sleep to a cacophony of howling huskies! #greenland#exploremore#polartravel
Norwegian fjords - I love an interesting sky, there is nothing more boring than a cloudless sky. I think this applies to everyday life but especially in landscape photography. I am a huge fan of Turner's dramatic skyscapes and there can be nothing better than watching a big storm roll in. I took this on a kayaking trip through the Norwegian fjords, we spend 2 weeks exploring in kayaks and wild camping. The weather was definitely on of the trickiest things as you rarely saw it arriving. There were a few times when we were stuck out in the middle of a fjord in the middle of a katabatic wind or a lightning storm!
Union Glacier, Antarctica. This tent was complete luxury after spending 2 months crossing Antarctica!
The tents are part of the Union Glacier base that includes a blue ice runway. So while waiting for the flight out you get assigned to these tents.
Can anyone see why I might have been pleased to get this tent in particular?!
The interior of Iceland. Iceland is a stunningly beautiful place and a photographers dream. Its dramatic landscape has not always looked this way.
Around 25% of Iceland was once covered in woodland. However, when the Vikings arrived in the 8/9th century they needed timber for ships and the island quickly lost its trees.
The result has been deforestation and soil degradation that is only now beginning to be reversed thanks to widespread planting efforts.
Iceland's soil is particularly vulnerable as it has a high content of volcanic ash which is very light and easily blown by the wind. Scientists actually did tests on various soils that were experiencing severe erosion from around the world and found out that only soil from the moon was blown more easily than Iceland's.
Himalayas, Pakistan - I called this 'K6 Amphitheatre' As I sat and watched the scene in front of me the mist slowly lifted to reveal these huge avalanches thundering down the face of K6.
Watching these avalanches in real time, they seem to move sedately down the mountain. This belies their destructive power; in fact, they are travelling hundreds of kilometres an hour and will clear anything in their path.
When we first arrived at base camp there had been heavy snow meaning frequent avalanches some of which sounded like they were heading straight for us! The first few nights saw me jumping out of my tent in my pants ready to sprint off down the valley trying to out run them. Gradually the warmth of your sleeping bag wins over and you start to barely notice them!!
The Amazon - We had spent several weeks exploring the upper reaches of the Rio Negro using paddle boards and a larger boat as a base. For most of the expedition, we had come across few other signs of people.
On our last day before heading back to Manaus, we stopped at a village on the river. The people of the village were incredibly welcoming showing us how they hunt turtles and fish in the river and then in the afternoon as the heat lessened they challenged us to a game of football. They fielded a team made up of a mix of middle-aged women and children all of who looked under 10. I secretly thought we might have to make some allowances and allow them to score a few goals.
As it turned out we had to stop counting once they had scored 15 to none by us!! There is a reason Brazil are the most successful football team!
As the sun dipped behind the jungle canopy we were treated to one of the most incredible sunsets I have seen! We wandered down to the river to cool off and the kids from the village took our paddleboards out for a spin. As the sun was setting I took this image that is filled with some pretty special memories for me…
A young red deer stag making the most of what he's got! Before the rut, the stags will rub their antlers through the undergrowth to remove any velvet off, to intimidate other stags and also make their antlers look more impressive. This guy seems to be going for a whole new look!