New garden friends

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Since getting a wildlife camera in the garden over a year ago, I’ve been amazed at what comes into our garden. At first, it was just birds and squirrels, the odd cat. Then foxes! The same foxes coming back, always doing something different, sometimes bringing a friend. Then, finally, badgers! … Read More

At night in Sweden

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An evening spent with the wildlife extraordinaires Wild Sweden. By foot the evening began by exploring the forests. They are devoid of human tracks or pathways, so we fan out to leave little knowledge of our presence on the ground. Carefully we walked; the cloud heads of moss give way … Read More

Wild camping in Cornwall

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There is so much I adore about camping, and wild camping especially. Finding a little spot away from anyone, or anything of human consequence. Preparing a plot of ground I will call my home for the night. Setting up camp at sunrest, and waking up in the first blue light. … Read More

The Forever-Days

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  Summer Solstice, 2017 At thirty minutes to midnight, I remember I’ve left something outside in the car. I place the door ajar and across the dew-touched grass I walk out and into the night, looking up from my bare feet only to get my bearings. There is more light … Read More

Nature, everywhere I go

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Good evening to everyone, now from Portugal! It’s been a beautiful day in Porto, a city with a soft heart in the west of Portugal. Although as a baby I was brought up in Portugal, I have no memories of the country. So although I’m taking photos for a music … Read More

Never perfect

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There is nothing more reviving like a spring’s day – and increasingly feeling more and more like summer, although it seems to be slowly on its way in starts and stops like a struggling motor car. On a walk through a place where the living world is thriving – a small park, … Read More

My own sea

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The past few weeks, a lot of my energy has been going into a new business I’ve been working on, and I’ve been taking on new responsibilities. Good ones, but difficult ones. It’s just a new journey, and new journeys are always hard to start. I’ve been feeling really tired. … Read More

Faces of Cuba

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This post is dedicated to the people of Cuba, whose lives I only caught a glimpse of during my travels in the country! This trip took place at the historic time of the passing of Fidel Castro, where I started to develop an amateur interest in portrait photography and capturing … Read More

There are wildernesses left to find

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Last week, I was planning to explore the Lake District and the Pennines during a work trip I was taking to the north of England. But alas, unusually strong storms settled across the country. Instead I spent most of my time battling through winds and rain on the road between … Read More

Respecting a place

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I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! It’s been such a cold month here in England, and although I work quite well in the cold and it keeps me energetically, it’s made me miss the sunshine, as well as nights where I can go outside in less than four … Read More

Conserving time

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Today I am seeking snowdrops before they are officially announced to be in season this year, so hopefully I will find some, other than the tiny clumps I’ve seen gathered quietly along the roadsides. As I descend into the hills, down through the natural streams that gather at the bottom of … Read More

Cuba: Photo editing

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I’ve been starting to edit up my Cuba photos as part of a blog series I want to write on my travels there. It’s been taking so long because there’s just so many! Especially of the events around the passing of Fidel Castro. And when I start pondering slowly through … Read More

A tropical air

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The light on the river as I turn on the path towards the sun was sudden and buoyant, so unexpected, so I was really glad I brought my camera. Today, there’s an unexpected ‘tropical air’ in England – so just for a little bit, the winter has relented and the … Read More

Winter walk

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The weather was calm when we woke up, so we packed up some cold lunches and filled up a couple of flasks of tea and headed out on the road. It was a nice, easy day as we drove up to the Devon moors, not late enough that we got … Read More

Story telling

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A lot of people have asked me about my travels to Cuba, most of all about the time at the end of November, when Fidel Castro died, shortly after I arrived in the country. I’ve had a lot of different questions about this, what happened, what the energy was like, … Read More

An afternoon on the heath

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February is fully here now, with all of the leftovers of autumn and winter colours in its trail. It’s another new month of the new year, that is coming steadily into just being ‘the year’. The last month feels like it’s gone very quickly, so when I feel like this, … Read More

No limits on us

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Last week I spent a wonderful time at a Youth Ambassador launch for ONE UK, an organisation campaigning to end extreme poverty. It was a privilege to be invited back as a Youth Ambassador. Not only this, but I got to meet some amazing young people determined to make change … Read More

New months

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I have been really busy with some deadlines in January so February is a really good chance to take stock of where I am. January is also hard because I let go of some of my good habits after the small number of restful and peaceful festive days after Christmas … Read More

Starting something new

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For me, the moment after the start of a new project is the most difficult. Whether it’s a song that I find rudely interrupts my thoughts and takes over my head, an idea for a novel that I’m scribbling down on the back of a napkin, or a project for … Read More

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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At the entrance to Dimmuborgir National Park, on the evening of the summer solstice, a sign warned us to look out for elves. This wasn’t really a big surprise to us. On all of the Icelandic signs we’d read so far on our adventure, legends and folk tales had been … Read More

Jenin, Palestine

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Before I went to Palestine, I assumed, just as we as outsiders assume, that I knew what their immediate concerns were. Security. Living conditions. Water Employment. The constant fight of land, history and culture. Something more tangible and of more immediate importance than media-provoked and propagated celebrity scandals, the spectre of … Read More

San Cristobal, The Galapagos Islands

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Five Spanish Lessons from the Galapagos Islands       Leon Marino The león marino was the first animal I saw when I arrived on the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos sea lion. I remember thinking I was surely sleep deluded from three long days of flying and the accompanying jetlag. … Read More

Flowers in Amsterdam

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The flower market is in full swing by the time we get there, and the fragrance, ever-changing and never subtle, overwhelms us. Tulip bouquets waggle in the September breeze. By the Singel Canal, we storm through endless waves of yellow, pink, red, vibrant shades of colour for the growing autumn. … Read More

Dune 45, Namibia

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September, 2014: Half way through the night we rise and pack up our camp beds by torch light, pausing to boil some water for tea before we’re traveling back across sand and dirt again. We drive on one straight road for hours, with only the landscape changing around us to hint we were … Read More

Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, Namibia

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September, 2014: Our second climb of the day will be much longer and hotter than the first. I tumble out of the sand truck onto the hard ground, dirt and grit. The brilliant blue skies and pink sands rise in every direction around us, and we spiral around on the … Read More

Niagara Falls, and Not Researching

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December, 2013: It was another hare-brained plan of mine, I realised, looking at the cold sheen of silent suburban houses rush by outside. Booking a plane ticket before realising my airport was over a day’s worth of travel from the destination I needed to be. In the UK, that’s the … Read More

The Coldest Night

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December, 2009: We turn up in the Norwegian town long after bedtime, as the snow is just finishing. Tent poles are peering out of our small bags, and we look around at the darkened buildings dotted here and there. Sometime in the last half an hour of our journey, exhilaration … Read More

In Search of the Tiger

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  November, 2010: There was an eerie silence in the wintry Russian air as we slowly assembled on the side of the empty road, jostling and peering over each other’s heads at Olga. She stood quietly, waiting for our whispers to die down. She was our translator for this second day … Read More

Hverfjall, Iceland

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We had been watching it on the horizon for a while, and we still weren’t sure what it was. Driving through this deserted Icelandic plain, littered with basaltic lava pillars, rubble and moss, the object had not grown steadily from the horizon. Instead, it had suddenly caught our attention, like … Read More

Stanley Park, Vancouver

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  It started drizzling five minutes after we left the hostel. “It hasn’t rained the entire time I’ve been in Canada,” Emily said in wonder. Despite spending a year studying in Toronto, she hadn’t bought a rain coat in her entire year of student life – there had never been … Read More