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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.

 

A Cat Called Geoffrey !!

July 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
GEOFFREY’S CAT THE GHOST OF THE FOREST I am a very patient man, it helps, to put it mildly, when you are attempting to film wildlife in all manner of weather and locations, however this last week has seen my reserve of patience and concentration drop to the point where I am sorry to admit they are scraping the bottom of the proverbial barre...
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A PUMA AND HER CUBS, NATURE TAKES IT’S ULTIMATE TOLL

July 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
A PUMA AND HER CUBS, NATURE TAKES IT’S ULTIMATE TOLL Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes Region XII, Chile. 23/07/2018 I have decided to take some time off from searching for and filming the Pumas, not in least tired or bored with the species or location, just felt the need to distance myself and take a step back to reflect on what...
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NATURE TAKES NO SIDES,PUMA CUBS WITHOUT A MOTHER

July 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
NATURE TAKES NO SIDES I will not forget the moment almost 3 months ago that I stopped to scan the valley and hills during one of my daily treks in the Torres del Paine Massif, a day like many before, and I hope many to come, that I spend searching for the regions elusive apex predator. On this particular day I was lucky, as after only 2 minutes...
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FILMING PUMAS 24 HOURS IN LIFE OF THE CAMERAMAN TRYING TO DO JUST THAT !!! more parts

July 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
FILMING PUMAS 24 and more HOURS IN LIFE OF THE CAMERAMAN TRYING TO DO JUST THAT!!! Part 3. / 7am 05/07/ 2018 Good news, I awoke to higher temperatures at 7am, it was a whopping 1.5 degree higher, so now as I struggle in to my boots, I am wallowing in delight that it is only -9 degrees, but luckily there is not a whiner of wind, however, la...
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FILMING PUMAS  24 HOURS IN LIFE OF THE CAMERAMAN TRYING TO DO JUST THAT !!! Part 2

July 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
FILMING PUMAS 24 HOURS IN LIFE OF THE CAMERAMAN TRYING TO DO JUST THAT!!! A FEW HOURS LATER To say it is a little cold in these parts would be somewhat of an understatement, and I thought I was being clever putting on a pair of warm cotton army trousers under my waterproof lined trekking pants, when I set off after breakfast this morning, it...
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FILMING PUMAS  24 HOURS IN LIFE OF A  CAMERAMAN TRYING TO DO JUST THAT !!!

July 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
FILMING PUMAS 24 HOURS IN LIFE OF A CAMERAMAN TRYING TO DO JUST THAT!!! I have left the extreme warmth of my sleeping bag, it is still pitch black o’clock outside, but not before painfully and somewhat awkwardly wiggling contortionist like into the clothes I rammed into the bottom of it the night before. This ritual, performed only on the col...
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CRUCIFIXION BY WIND

July 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
CRUCIFIXION BY WIND Today was one of those days whereby fate, life, mother nature, or even Murphy’s Law, if you like, dangles some incredible opportunities in front of you, only to snatch it away at the last second and leave you feeling as deflated and frustrated as finding out that the date you had with the beautiful women you just met, was not...
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The waiting game

June 24, 2018  •  1 Comment
THE WAITING GAME Sadly it was blowing, sorry howling, a gale off the Southern Ice Cap (Campo Hielo Sur) down here in beautiful southern Chile today. I now this because once again I was on the receiving end of it. I sat patiently waiting for a female Puma and her 4 cubs to put in an appearance at the edge of the woods they were resting and taking...
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Postcards from Patagonia

June 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
POST CARD FROM PATAGONIA I have absolutely no reason to feel guilty, but the fact is I do. The question is am I being too hard on myself? When one considers what I have been up to of late, and continued to do it when I had Pneumonia, most would relish a day off, to read a book, bake bread, drink fresh ground coffee, and stare vacantly out the...
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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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