WELCOME ( TO WHAT I HOPE WILL PASS AS A BLOG ) !!!

To those who have found their way to my website, I thank you. I am, if I am honest, new to writing a blog, which is not to say that on my past travels to photograph, and of late film wildlife, I have not filled many a notebook or the odd sheet of toilet paper with thoughts, or what I believed at the time to be some valuable observation note, or snippet of brilliance ( rare for me ) I might need somewhere up the line. 

 

So as time passes, and I actually get around to picking up a stills camera and my video camera again, thereby having something to put on this blog, I have decided to upload a few " blasts from the past" if you will, in order to give anyone who may stray here; some idea of the stories behind some of the images, and what to expect in the future, if I am fortunate enough to have anyone return.

 

I am currently back in southern Patagonia for the first time in 15 years, and very happy to be here filming material for a documentary about the regions apex predator the beautiful Patagonian Puma. The image below shows  two of four young cubs both myself and my dear old friend, expert guide and photographer Rodrigo Lizama ( owner of Patagonian Travel Adventure ) encountered after only 15 minutes of arriving in the Torres del Paine National Park, a slice of Patagonian Paradise I was delighted to have spent 3 years camped out in between 1998 and 2003. I will be here through the winter filming, well someone has to do it.

 

PLEASE SAY NO TO CAPTIVE GAME FARM PHOTOGRAPHY !! You learn nothing about your subject, you have no story behind your image, a day in the wild with no results at all, is a million times more educational than a day at the Triple D ranch in Montana, where armchair photographers go to fill the pages of their portfolio, thereby your selfish misguided agenda subjects these magnificent  animals to a life of imprisonment for nothing other than financial gain. Hide & SeekVery Lucky 1st day, as the 2 little Patagonian Puma cubs in the bottom right hand corner of this image, were 2 of 4 cubs I crossed paths within 15 mins of arriving in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. I was with a friend just setting out when we caught a glimpse of them playing in the tall grass, mum was very close by.

 

The Enemy Is Not At The Gates !! He's In The House

June 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
THE ENEMY IS NOT AT THE GATES, HE’S IN THE HOUSE!! He is a man that anyone who has ever taken an interest in wild Patagonian Pumas, has most certainly heard of and certainly will have seen his remarkable footage featured in various documentaries like the BBC’S Wild Patagonia, National Geographic offerings an various other channels around the...
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The Luckiest Bastards in Patagonia

May 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Lucky Moi! May 26th / 2018 Lake Sarmiento I am not in any way interested in writing this particular night, due to the fact I am utterly exhausted from trekking countless miles and filming, and the same went for last night and the night before, but so much has happened these last 3 days in deepest darkest Patagonia as I go about my daily search...
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A LITTLE OUT OF FOCUS IN PATAGONIA !!

May 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
A LITTLE OUT OF FOCUS IN PATAGONIA!!!! So the fall / autumn (depends which side of the Atlantic you live on) colours have started to fade and the temperatures are falling, as my fingers are finding out every morning when I take my gloves off to film at first light, here in deepest Patagonia. I am soldering on with the only camera I have avail...
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Laugh ! I Nearly Cried

May 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
We all have those days where it really is hard to decide whether one should laugh hysterically, or cry a river of tears, It transpired that today was one such day, and as I write I am still seething with frustration and at the same time wearing a grin as wide as the English Channel. The reason is of course Puma related. I set off from camp and d...
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Back In Action, With Both Lungs Firing, JUST !!

May 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
WHAT AN AWFUL MONTH It takes a lot to depress me, but it truly has been a nightmare of late, relatively speaking, as I am fully aware that filming wild Pumas in the far southern reaches of Patagonia is a dream for me, and I truly do consider myself to be one lucky bastard, no doubt there are plenty of other photographers and filmmakers who would l...
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Patagonia The High & Low's Of Life Down South

April 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
If having a pair of binoculars, that I have nursed tenderly from new (only 2 years old), that now offer double of everything you aim them at, combined with the fact my P2 Panasonic video camera is now in the hands of a technician, somewhere in Santiago, because it just died on me, (also just 2 years of age with moderate usage and tenderly cared for...
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A Patagonian Angel

April 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Notes From A Still Depressed Cameraman In Patagonia Another week with no camera, and if that is not bad enough I was dragged to the Pharmacy by my mate Rodrigo, here in Puerto Natales, where I reluctantly exited with a weeks course of Antibiotics, but as much as I hate taking drugs, (The only thing I have in common with Bill Clinton) and one o...
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In Limbo down south

April 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I am not in the best of moods right now, my camera, the only video camera I have here at the ass end of the South American continent, is in the hands of an engineer in the bowels of Puerto Natales, I eagerly await his diagnosis, but I, normally one of great faith and the eternal optimist, honestly does not expect to get the answer I so desperately...
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FROM HEAVEN TO HELL AT DUSK !!

April 07, 2018  •  1 Comment
FROM HEAVEN TO HELL AT DUSK!! I knew the dreamy bubble would burst at some point, but it could not have happened at a worse time for me, as I stood on top of a rocky outcrop on the Goic ranch, that borders Torres del Paine National Parks eastern end. I really was in heaven, having seen and filmed 2 Pumas earlier on in the day, I was now basking...
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Happy Camper in Patagonia

March 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
All is well in Patagonia, all is normal!!!! It has been raining, snowing, blowing gale force winds, dead calm for short periods, the sun put's in an appearance, but this is short lived as the whole massif is once again engulfed and plunged into the jaws of a storm, so fierce at times that if the wind was sucking as hard as it blows, your grandmoth...
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