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Follow your dreams... Live the life you have imagined!
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Someone recently asked me, "what's your favourite image?"...

Immediately my mind went wandering through all the landscape images I've taken over the years. But if I'm absolutely honest about it, I would potentially say that it's not a landscape, but a shot of a female Mountain Gorilla. Why? Well, it encapsulates probably the most amazing experience of my life. Spending over an hour with a family of 6 Mountain Gorillas in the Impenetrable Jungle, Uganda.

Already multiple months deep in eastern Africa, we finally hitch hiked our way into Uganda. A several hour ride on the most insane 4WD track, brought us to the Bwindi Impenetrable Jungle. Eventually we met our trackers who we’d be communicating with, and two Guards armed with AK47′s (bordering the Congo, this jungle isn’t the safest place on earth, and there are many wild elephants in the area also). In the morning we set off and spent three and a half hours climbing straight up this mountain, following our tracking guide as he hacked our way through the most insanely dense jungle with machetes (a crazy amount of effort actually), getting bitten over by fire ants, which their bite still burned over a day later. Eventually reaching the mountain peak, where we met what we were there for; a family of six Mountain Gorillas, including the Silverback that weighs up to around 250kg’s and stands up to 2 metres tall. His arms were as thick as my torso! Seeming though he was the first we encountered, it was a very daunting initiation into the experience.

But despite how utterly huge and powerful these amazing animals are, they truly are the most placid and peaceful creatures on the planet. They have absolutely no intention to cause harm and let us get within a metre or two of them. We spent over an hour with this playful family, following them around the area, just sitting with them, watching them eat and play. This hour and a half has become one of my favourite experiences in life. The memory of kneeling within 2 metres of the silver back (no, not joking) and staring straight into his eyes, with him staring straight back at you … I can’t ever describe how that felt!

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Paradise in Panama

On the southern Caribbean coast of Panama sits an array of beautiful islands, with colourful villages and dirt roads that you can explore on a scooter. White sand, turquoise Caribbean waters, palms overhanging the water. Yeah, these beaches deliver some of the most idyllic beaches you can imagine.

On this particular day we had been exploring Isla Colon (Colon island) all day long with a couple of scooters we hired from Bocas del Toro. In the evening we ended up far up the northern end of the island, at starfish beach. It’s found it’s name from the large amount of starfish found in the immediate area. The banks were saturated with picture perfect palms, all over hanging the water, with the mainland’s peninsula skimming the horizon. As the sun headed towards the horizon, a lovely warm glow filled the sky.

I took this photography by moving out into the water, kneeling down lower and shooting upwards in order to put the horizon on the lower third, allowing me to capture the overhanging palms. The colours in the pic just pop, and every time I look at it, I want to go back!

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Northern lights above Goðafoss

Already one of the more graceful locations in Iceland, it's hard to improve on the ambiance of this particular waterfall. However, add in the still of night, throw in the soft glow from the moon, and the magnificent dance of the Aurora Borealis, and you've done it. Simply amazing!

This was actually my 3rd evening in a row coming back to this location. The first The first 2 were sunset shoots, and the 3rd I decided to stay up late and arrive early AM hours. And WOW was I rewarded!

In order to get here, you need a bit more time than usual, as it's in the far north-east of the island. But for those making the journey around the entire island, it will definitely be a highlight of your trip.

Goðafoss, it's amazing at any time of the day and in any light conditions.

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The Great Ocean Road, Australia

Here's another shot of a location just down the road from the 12 apostles (or should I say 11). These amazing pillars scattered along the coastline are a collection of limestone rocks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park in Australia.

We spend the night here camping, as we drove slowly back from Melbourne along the Great Ocean road, to Adelaide. Such a beautiful drive and definitely one you should take your time doing if you get the opportunity.

Spending most of the last 13 years travelling abroad, I haven't really had the opportunity to photograph Australia much, but here's a good start ;-)

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#greatoceanroad #australia
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Trogir, Croatia

Something different from me for today... Not a land or seascape :-) This one is of the beautiful little coastal town in Croatia, called Trogir. A quaint little island with amazing architecture. It's only small, so seeing the whole thing is easily do-able in a single day. Though the place is full of restaurants, cafes and shops - good for kicking back for a bit longer to have some seaside food & drinks! Definitely a place to visit when you're travelling around Croatia.

It's a super wide panorama, and I couldn't bring myself to crop either end.. So you'll have to view it full size to see it properly.

Hope you're all having a fab day!
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The incredible coast at Vestrahorn, Iceland

This was an early morning sunrise shoot, which took quite a bit of determination to capture. As my alarm went off at 4am, it was raining outside the tent, and it was absolutely freezing. But, in the end I dragged myself out of my sleeping bag and drove 45 minutes down the dirt road to this stunner of a location, where I trekked out among the dunes in the rain (yeah, it was still raining). The wind was blowing like crazy, so getting an image off without huge water marks on the lens was next to impossible. But patience finally did the trick, and it eased up just for a few minutes for me to fire off this shot. But in typical Iceland fashion, just after I hit the shutter-release button, the weather went back to punishing me again, lol.

But hey, in the end, it's absolutely worth it!

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#iceland #visiticeland
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Twilight over the Lofoten Islands, Arctic Norway

Simply an epic day. We were driving back from a day hike we did in the mountains, only to glance over at the side of the road and see a small pod of Orcas (Killer Whales) playing right next to the shore. We immediately stopped the car and raced down to see them. They swam around in circles, like they were curious by us chasing after them on the near by rocks. The water was immediately deep, so they were able to get within 15 metres of us. This lasted for about 45 minutes, and it's a memory I'll never forget.

This panorama I took after they finally went back out to sea, and twilight hit the archipelago. A really enchanting island group!
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A hidden gem in Norway's Arctic

After several hours of hiking, the evening was coming to a close, and I had not managed to reach my destination of this elusive beach I had managed to find out about. White sand, clear waters, backed by rugged peaks that rise straight out of the ocean. Waters that you'd expect to find in the tropics, in Norway's far north. Incredible. So I immediately picked up the pace and made sure I got to where I needed to be.

Finally reaching the destination I was absolutely amazed by it's seclusion, and how everything I had heard about it, was true. I was all alone looking at this beauty. A bizarre, yet eerie feeling.

As the weather started to close in, the light started to fade, and I had several hours hike back over rough terrain. I had no mobile phone, no gear to spend the night, so I had to get a move on. Reaching a nearby ridge to cross the mountains, snow started falling from the sky, and sleet hitting me hard in the face as the wind picked up. With only a jacket, I would never be able to survive the night, so I did my shoes and backpack up extra tight, and started running over the mountain and down the other side. As careful as I was, I ended up injuring my knee. Something that could have been fatal several kilometres earlier. But I managed to hobble out over the next couple of hours in the darkness to where the car was. I made it out, and even though physically shattered, I was so happy!

This was my last hike for the 3 months we had in the Arctic (Iceland and Norway). So the knee injury was worth it :-P

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The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean road

These amazing pillars scattered along the coastline are a collection of limestone rocks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park in Australia.

We spend the night here camping, as we drove slowly back from Melbourne along the Great Ocean road, to Adelaide. Such a beautiful drive and definitely one you should take your time doing if you get the opportunity.

Being over seas most of the last 13 years, I haven't really had the opportunity to photograph Australia much, but here's a good start ;-)

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#greatoceanroad #australia
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Driving around the Lofoten Islands

Making our way down through the Lofoten Archipelago, we stopped our car over a dozen times to check out the scenery. It really is incredible. Anyhow, one of the stops I decided to actually take a photo. See, I do take photos in the middle of the day… 😛

Anyhow, this may not be one of my prime landscapes I go for, but I just wanted to share a typical scene which is common around each and every corner in this little island group.

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