A Short Weekend in Scotland

A Short Weekend in Scotland

Friday So I left Ireland Friday evening and got the ferry across from Belfast to Cairnryan. The crossing time was around 2hours 30minutes as there was some high winds and rain on the way that slowed things down a small bit. I arrived in there around 22:00 hours. It was around 50 miles to Kirkcudbirght but the wind and rain was unreal. The travel time to the accommodation was approximately 70 minutes due to the bad weather – most like 60...

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Pre Antarctica – Argentina

Pre Antarctica – Argentina

So in early December 2013, myself and my brother headed to Antarctica to reach the 7th continent – and discover what it had to offer. Packing was a bit of a chore for this trip but I finally decided to take the following gear. Once we get into Buenos Aires, we spent a day here looking around and sight seeing before flying on to Ushuaia. We had already visited Buenos Aires in 2008 with the lads so we were kinda familiar with the place and...

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Grizzly Bear in Alaska

Grizzly Bear in Alaska

I never get tired of looking at these amazing creatures – whether it is on TV, online or in the real world. I headed out to Alaska in the summer of 2012 with the hopes of seeing some grizzlies. Ah I was not disappointed. I went to Homer in South Alaska out near the spit and had a hike organised with some people for the day out on one of the local islands – approximately  one hours flight away. After we landed on the beach, we...

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Black Grouse lekking in Finland

Black Grouse lekking in Finland

This image was taken on a nice cool morning when the temperature was -18.5 degrees Celsius according  to the van out to the lekking grounds. We got up around 5am and were collected by our guide Eero around 5:20. We drove 15-20 minutes outside of Vaala in Finland to where the lekking ground were. It was late March, early April when we were there. It was about 1km from the road into the lekking site so some of us took the snow machine with Eero...

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Juvenile Eagle in Homer

Juvenile Eagle in Homer

This image was taken when I was in Homer in July 2012. The weather was not great – as might be apparent in the image taken here – and the float plane that we were hoping to take out to Hallo Bay to see the bears could not fly this day. I asked around the town what there was to see or do but with a population of 5500 people odd – which drops off a lot in winter seemingly – your options are limited. It is either bears or...

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Humpback whale diving in Seward, Alaska

Humpback whale diving in Seward, Alaska

This was one of the several images that I captured when returning to Seward after a day out on the boat with a great crew and some like-minded visitors. We were coming back into Seward after a trip around the waterways and even ventured out to sea to see a bull Orca with mother and calf – when we came upon a playful humpback whale. I wrote some more about that whale here. The sun was nice and high in the sky, allowing me to shoot at fast...

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