A collection of images that showcase the variety of Arctic scenes I enjoyed on a photography expedition in Svalbard in March/April 2018.
It's a special time to explore the Arctic as the sun has returned, but having not yet reached it's polar summer heights, provides soft light for most of the day. And whilst the sun has returned, the winter landscape of snow and ice remains.
Wildlife is scarce, with a few bonus sightings of the region's permanent residents - the polar bear and walrus - but the environment is dominated by the desolate, unspoiled and dramatic landscape.
The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Europe lies to the west (about 1,500km from Lisbon) and North America lies to the east (about 4,000 km to New York).
Perfect for photographers, hikers and general lovers of the great outdoors, the Azores offer a number of activities and highlights that seems out of proportion with the size and tranquillity of these picturesque islands.
During my visit in 2014, I spent time on two of the islands - Sao Miguel and Faial.
In 2017 I enjoyed six days exploring the Puna, a remote and spectacular high altitude desert in north-west Argentina.
It's an area that receives very few tourists, which of course, is part of its charm.
The solitude is energising and the landscape dramatic - salt flats, rock formations, mountains, sand dunes, dormant mines and tiny oasis villages, all shaped by centuries of volcanic activity and erosion.
Although the mountain gorillas are the main stars of Volcanoes National Park, they share their habitat with the elusive golden monkey.
Endangered and almost endemic to the Virunga volcanoes, the opportunity to observe these playful troops with their piercing eyes and bright orange bodies is both rare and rewarding.
Torres del Paine is one of Patagonia’s – and Chile’s – most beautiful national parks. Tourists arrive from all over the world, hoping to enjoy panoramic views of its famous peaks. Hikers are attracted to a number of options, from daily walks to the popular four-to-five day W trek. And active lovers of the great outdoors can choose to explore the area through kayaking, horseback riding, ice trekking and rock climbing.
But you don’t need to raise a sweat to enjoy the best the park has to offer. My reason for visiting the park was photography. And the flexibility of my own vehicle and my own company gave me the opportunity to explore a landscape rich in photographic opportunities.
And it didn’t take me long during my visit there in 2015 to discover there was more to Torres del Paine than the peaks that rose high above it.
Ibera Wetlands is Argentina is a birders paradise with more than 350 species calling it home. It is a wildlife photographer’s playground with close encounters possible of the world’s largest rodent, the continent’s largest deer and the relatively harmless but intimidating caiman. And it is a landscape photographer’s dream with colourful sunrises, fiery sunsets, star studded skies and occasional lightening from tropical thunderstorms.
It’s a natural highlight without the tourist crowds. It’s tranquillity without boredom. It’s provides an energising simplicity. And it was one of the highlights of my time in Argentina in 2015.