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 Tad Windy

March 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
50,000 Calories spent and nothing to show for it, and I most certainly can’t afford the fat!!! Depending on the weather, this part of the world has a way of stealing time from you, especially when you are going about your work in the big outdoors, which I very much am. Today’s activities, would be a great example. I spent the first part of the m...
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ANOTHER TALL TALE FROM PATAGONIA !!

March 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Patagonia, where my long running love-hate relationship with this immense land continue's on it's roller coaster ride to hell and back, continues, and yesterday was no exception, a real bastard of a day. This landscape is not for the faint of heart, and if your one of those people who spend lots of money at the hairdresser, getting it just right, a...
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Have you seen the Puma today Simon ? Oh the Irony would stop a train !!!

March 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Sometimes I just can't help myself, I have a big mouth at times, sometimes it work in one's favour, other times well...... anyway only 2 days ago, I had to muster every ounce of energy I had left in me, in order to not burst out laughing and go off on a whopping rant when I was asked a question by a person I never dreamed would be asking me for suc...
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PATAGONIA, A PLACE WHERE THE WIND BLOWS AND I HOWL AT THE MOON !!!

March 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
PATAGONIA, A PLACE WHERE THE WIND BLOWS AND SUCK’S AT THE SAME TIME,!! AND I HOWL AT THE MOON Some day’s I truly wished I believed in an almighty god, not too faffed what his name might be, I would be fine with Fred, but it seems we all got a little arty way back in the day and came up with Jesus, God, Mohamed and so on….. because if I did, and...
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The Waiting Game

March 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
In order to film wildlife, it goes without saying patience in abundance is needed, and fortunately I am blessed with it by the container load, but sitting around Puerto Natales, as I have been for a week awaiting permission to set up my tent in an area of Torres del Paine National Park, where this is not permitted, driving me to my absolute limits.
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Trouble In A Patagonian Paradise

March 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
A long time ago, in 1963 to be precise, only 2 years after I was born, a small team of climbers arrived in southern Patagonia to attempt the sheer granite walls of the Central Tower in Torres del Paine National Park, from which the now very famous park took it's name. Chris Bonnington, (now Sir Chris) who funnily enough served in the same regiment...
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GETTING FLEECED IN PATAGONIA, LITERALLY

March 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Don't get me wrong, Patagonia is geographically remote, it's never been cheap to get goods here, (no road through the southern Patagonian Ice Cap, so into Argentina one must divert to get goods south by road) but since my last extended photographic trip to the region in 2003, things have become somewhat pricey, and today some old women in bakery li...
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Patagonia At Last

March 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
It would be a gross understatement to say I am happy to have arrived at the end of the world, here in the ramshackle town of Puerto Natales, gateway to the awe inspiring Torres del Paine National Park, in the far south of Chile. It is here that I will attempt to follow a female Patagonian Puma on a daily basis as she rears her cubs over a period of...
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THE STRAWBERRY AND THE IBERIAN LYNX !!

February 08, 2018  •  10 Comments
It is a sign of the times, when in the depths of a european winter, the chilled damp public of the UK and Ireland as well as our northern european neighbours, that a family can sit down to a breakfast, lunch or dinner and have fresh strawberries by the bowl full, The demand for this fruit has long been high in these northern latitudes, and none pro...
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A Day With The Bees

January 31, 2018  •  1 Comment
The Guadalquivir river valley in Andalucia is not for everyone, it is to put it mildly, a place to avoid in mid summer. The reason is simple, it is the frying pan of Spain, with temperatures hitting 50 degrees plus, and for those that live and work there, the passing of September is a time of great releif when ones daily routine does not feel as if...
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