Born and educated in the UK, I am a photojournalist, speaker and world traveler keeping a finger on the pulse.
A passion for overland journeys has taken me from London to Katmandu by bus and across the Stans by train. Most memorable recent journey was by boat in Borneo to find endangered orangutans. Most thought provoking, the Golden Triangle where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos merge on the Mekong. Most erie, Korea's DMZ and most photogenic, Bali’s rice terraces. Most awesome, the Iguazu Falls and sunrise in Patagonia, Chile. Learn more...
Dateline Dubai, What's New In Dubai on Monday construction began on The Tower, the world's tallest building. It will be higher than the Burj Khalifa which stretches half a mile into the sky. Completion is scheduled for Dubai Expo 2020. The exact height is yet to be revealed, but the design by Santiago Calatrava is a slender tower "evoking the image … [Read More...]
Zambezi Reflections The noctural snorting hippo chorus, spellbinding pastel pink sunrises and awesome wildlife are among my most vivid Zambezi reflections. The place was Chiawa in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. This camp looks across the water to Zimbabwe. In between are sandbanks where crocodiles lurk, long legged birds fish and elephants … [Read More...]
Mont Blanc Challenge Seventy-five miles of hiking in 8 days with approximately 23,000 ft of ascent? This was our Mont Blanc Challenge. I calculated the aggregate ascent to be greater than Mt. Kilimanjaro. It would be more like scaling a Himalayan Annapurna. A challenge indeed but I lived to tell the tale... At 15,781 feet, Mont Blanc, is the … [Read More...]
For thousands of years nomads lived freely in Central Asia and the Steppes. Their lifestyle was surprisingly ordered. They would move with their flocks as conditions dictated, when pastures became overgrazed or seasons changed. Now their centuries-old way of life is almost gone, devastated by years of war and conflict. In the mid-seventies I joined a bus … [Read More...]
Most Endangered... Seeing orangutans in their own habitat was a thrill. Swinging across the jungle canopy in family groups, babies clinging to mother's bellies. They are endangered due to poaching and destruction of habitat. In September I traveled by klotok, local boat, four hours along the Sekonyer River into central Borneo's jungle. … [Read More...]
The first time I left Laos I took a sampan across the Mekong river. It was early morning. Air and water were still. I cradled a tiny silver ring in my hand, given to me by an old Meo woman. I knew I would return. This January, after my second visit, I left by air. As the prop plane became airborne and banked, I could see the roofs of wats … [Read More...]
We lifted off the ground imperceptibly, quietly. The only sound was the huff and puff of the jet filling the balloon with hot air. The cluster of nationalities in the basket was silent, gazing at the scene below, mesmerized. A few minutes before we had been standing in the grey pre-dawn light clutching warm cups of tea, a nod to the heritage of … [Read More...]