Upper Eskedale, The Lake District

Over the last few days I spent some time hiking in The Lake District National Park in north west England. It had been a long time since I had visited this area and had forgotten how fantastic the scenery can be, particularly in the excellent weather that I had for the two days of my visit; a lot of walking got me into some lonely and amazing areas. Read more »

Filmy Ferns at Doi Inthanon

The summit of Doi Inthanon is the highest point in Thailand and it possesses some of the mosy beautiful forest I have ever seen. Particularly in the rainy season the twisted and gnarled trees are covered in ferns, orchids and mosses making it look like quite a magical place.

This particular scene will be familiar to anyone who has been on the boardwalk at the summit of the mountain; this was taken a few years ago in July when the vegetation was at its most lush. Read more »

Red Admiral Butterfly

Today I spent the day bird watching at Dungeness, on the south coast of Kent, enjoying some sunny weather. I got some nice photos of gulls loafing on the beach and saw some interesting birds on the RSPB nature reserve. While I was sitting in one of the hides, watching wading birds, I noticed some butterflies feeding on ragwort in front of the hide, including this Red Admiral. Read more »

Sunset on the Mekong

A few years ago I made a trip to Chiang Khan, in northeastern Thailand. This village has become popular with Thai tourists because of its traditional houses and culture as well as its scenic location on the banks of the Mekong river. Read more »

Juvenile Common Whitethroat

Today at Oare Marshes, in Kent, there were a lot of wading birds to be seen but it was really tough to see any small passerines due to windy weather. One species I did get close to was Common Whitethroat with a small family group noisily foraging in a bramble patch. Read more »

Bulbuls Taking a Drink

Can you spot the odd one out? I photographed this group of Black-crested Bulbuls at Lung Sin Waterhole, near Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand, as they were taking a drink. If you look carefully you can see the black and yellow tipped tail of a single Black-headed Bulbul with them. This is a great place for seeing lots of wildlife at close quarters and a very good place to practice photographic skills; one thing I have learned here is that using a tripod allows me to get sharp photos using slow shutter speeds to cope with the low light levels within the forest. Read more »

Thai Dancer at Pitsanulok

A couple of years ago I visited Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat in Pitsanulok, Thailand, to see the famous Buddha image that resides there. Outside the temple were cultural dance performances every 15 minutes or so which were beautiful and with the light being almost perfect I was able to get some really nice images, including this one with the girl in just about the perfect pose. Read more »

Nokdujeon

These Nokdujeon were photographed (and eaten) at Gwangjang Market in Seoul, South Korea. These are made from mung beans and sold cheaply from market stalls and having seen them on travel programs on TV I hunted them out on my first day in Seoul (9th June, 2015). They were large enough to share and were tasty dipped in the sauce they were served with. Read more »

Banpo Bridge

Banpo Bridge crosses the Han River in Seoul, South Korea and at regular intervals during the day a series of water jets are coordinated with music to create a fountain show. At night this becomes quite spectacular by adding lighting to the water jets. In June 2015 I was one of many people trying to get a good photo here. Initially I used a high ISO to deal with the low light and movement but horribly grainy photos were the result. To get this photo I used a low ISO (120), slow shutter speed (1/13) and wide aperture (F2.8). Read more »

Llangattock Escarpment

The Llangattock escarpment is a long area of rocky cliffs from which a spectacular view over the town of Crickhowell and surrounding countryside of the Black Mountains can be obtained. This is a region of old quarries and steep slopes which is nice for hiking and bird watching and on this visit in July 2015 the weather was lovely in the late afternoon with beautiful light that invited me to take a photo. Read more »