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A tribute to the humble bumblebee

It’s a known fact that if bumblebees didn’t exist, neither would Humans, so here’s my photographic tribute to these fuzzy little hard-working guys.

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Weeping over Oysters in Whitstable

Growing up in New Zealand, my British grandparents would regale me with stories about the quirky traditions and village pastimes of English people, including how they’d roll cheese downhill in the Cotswold, pay homage to chalk men with enormous appendages in Dorset, and bless oysters with holy water in Kent. Of course I would giggle at their stories, never sure whether they were telling the truth – I mean why would anyone chase cheese?!  – but I always secretly harboured a desire to find out for myself; to visit the UK and see whether there really were naked chalk giants in the hills and priests in white robes uttering[…]

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Stop the elephant slaughter

This is an old photograph I took with a Samsung digital camera nearly twelve years go in Kenya, Africa.The photo is of two elephants – brothers in fact – walking calmly across the plains of Tsavo East National Park. They were so relaxed around us that they almost walked into our jeep. The sound of their soft rumbling and sharp snorts of breath was captivating and moving. Later that night, a family of elephants visited a waterhole very near our camp and we were lucky to watch the herd drinking together. I have never been so close to wild elephants and probably never will again.[…]

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Seeking Adam in Ireland

I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland. Firstly, because I’m part Irish and secondly, I believe my future husband is there. He just doesn’t know it yet. His name is Adam and one day he’s going to bump into me on the street on his gypsy horse or knock over my wine in a pub while walking past with his Irish Wolfhound on return from his Irish castle and say ‘Madam I’m Adam’ which is “Madam I’m Adam” backwards. And he’ll look like Cillian Murphy . . . just taller. I’ll have to move to Ireland and live in his castle[…]

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Natural New Zealand: A photo essay

In 2015,  I spent three weeks in New Zealand photographing the beautiful fauna and flora of my native country. Here are just some of the images I took from bees collecting honey from deep inside the Pohutukawa flowers in Taranaki, to my favourite birds – the peeping Oyster Catchers – appearing to comically stare at their own reflections in the sand in Raumati, just north of Wellington. Hope you enjoy! SaveSave

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Louis the Tui: The tale of an infatuated noisy New Zealand bird

This is Louis the Tui. He followed me all over my parents’ property in rural Taranaki (Naki), New Zealand last Xmas, singing, grunting, wheezing, coughing and popping like a mechanical toy (Tui’s have a very active and noisy vocal range!). At one stage he even landed on the grass near to where I was sitting which is the first time I’ve ever seen a Tui on the ground. My parents were convinced that Louis was threatened by my Nikon camera and large zoom lens possibly thinking it was another Tui invading his space. I like to think he was in love with me and[…]

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The Art of Doing Nothing in Kenya, Africa

After a eight year hiatus, I recently returned to Kenya to the beautiful coast of Msambweni, just a half hour’s drive south of Diani beach. Staying at the gorgeous colonial house, Jinchini, my friend and I indulged in the art of doing absolutely nothing. We swam in the tepid Indian Ocean and lolled under enormous palm trees by the pool. We ate fresh fish, prawns, lobster and fresh fruit every day, visited the local village, walked along the white beach flanked by tropical trees, wooden boats and thatched roof huts and marvelled at the iridescent colours of the sea and rock[…]

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Volcano pony trekking in Iceland

In June 2014, I travelled to the Nordic island of Iceland with a friend to ride Icelandic horses in the countryside and up into the volcanic mountains that dominate the landscape through a company called Eld.Hestar. We flew into the capital, Reykjavik, and were then picked up from the main bus stop and taken to the Eldhestars farm Vellir which is situated in the heart of Iceland‘s south-western countryside close to the town Hveragerði, one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations nestled between volcanic mountains in a green valleys with steaming hot springs. We spent four days riding across the most dramatic landscape including treeless countryside, through marshes,[…]

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Costa Rica adventure from mountain to surf

I’ve always wanted to visit Costa Rica and last October spent just over three weeks on the trip of a lifetime riding horses through the rainforest, surfing in warm waters, white-water rafting past the most beautiful landscape, zip-lining across the rainforest canopy and seeing some of the most incredible and exotic wildlife I’ve ever seen. My plan was to experience as much as I could of this beautiful country and so booked a week in a ranch in Guanacaste, four days in a luxury eco-lodge in Limon near the Caribbean coast and then ten days at a beautiful resort on[…]

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