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...
Run don't walk to the Eagle Huntress. This documentary has it all, storyline, cinematography and exotic location. Best of all it is a heartwarming story about a 13-year-old girl who defies centuries-old male traditions. Meet Aisholpan Nurgaiv who lives on the vast Khazkh Steppe with her nomadic family. Here men ride with their trained golden eagles into … [Read 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...]
"I want to be a doctor, I want to be a nurse, I want to be an airline pilot." I am in a classroom at Kilimani in Northern Kenya. The rows of wooden desks are orderly and the children neatly dressed in red and blue uniforms. They have just finished singing a song to welcome me. They are happy, smiling. When I ask them what they want to be when they grow up … [Read More...]
Once Upon a Time... ...there was a vast lake called the Aral Sea. A Central Asian oasis for centuries, it was the size of Ireland. Fertile farmlands fringed the shores with vineyards and orchards of apricots and pomegranates. Fishing was a prosperous industry and the catch, which included caviar sturgeon, was so plentiful it provided Russia with much of … [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...]
Last Spring I traveled the Ancient Silk Road. It was a long time ambition. I did not know it would change my life. Epiphany Moment The idea of the Silk Road had shimmered on the periphery of my imagination for decades. In Herat, Afghanistan, there is a mausoleum with a unique ribbed dome. Years ago, when Afghanistan was peaceful, I sat eating a … [Read More...]