Gallery shots

I don't consider myself a pro photographer by any means, but I do enjoy taking snaps of scenery and wildlife on my travels. Here are the deets behind the images in my homepage gallery.

Sandfly Bay, Otago Peninsula, New Zealand


This stretch of beaut coastline, just 30 minutes from my home, is my favourite spot among the many wild beaches surrounding Dunedin. It is ~not~ named after the annoying biting insect, but rather the white sand that flies in the wind, forming tall tussock-covered dunes. Here you can spot New Zealand sea lions/rapoka, New Zealand fur seals/kekeno, and if you're lucky, a shy yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho. Then of course there are the usual suspects: various tern species and red-billed gulls/tarapunga. Sandfly Bay is a magical place to experience the wildlife and wilderness of southern New Zealand.

Weddell seal, Balleny Islands


In January, I was part of an expedition that landed on Borradaile Island, part of the Balleny Islands archipelago in the Southern Ocean. This chunk of ice-covered, black volcanic rock was first visited by humans in 1839 – this was the first time humans set foot on land south of the Antarctic circle. We landed on a thin spit occupied by two penguins (one chinstrap, one Adélie) and a number of Weddell seals. This individual was sporting a stylish snow moustache.

Temperate rainforest, Haida Gwaii, Canada


In 2015, I visited this rainforest-draped archipelago off the coast of northern British Columbia. I was captivated by the wildlife, lush scenery and fascinating culture here. I took this photo on a walk through the Damaxyaa Heritage Site and Conservancy, an area set aside for the people of the Haida Nation to continue their traditional activities.

King penguins, Macquarie Island 


In January, I visited Sandy Bay on the subantarctic Macquarie Island. Here, I encountered thousands of king penguins lining the shore. These chubby chunks are the brightest of the penguins, with tropical sunset accents to their tuxedos.

Jungfraujoch, Switzerland


A misty day at the Top of Europe in 2016.

Morton National Park, NSW, Australia


One of my favourite places to explore in Australia are the mountains west and south of Sydney. Much of this area is protected in national parks, with stunning vistas from the tabletop mountains. I took this snap of Fitzroy Falls and, not long after, ran into a lyrebird scratching around in the bush!

Southern royal albatross, Campbell Island


You don't realise just how big these birds are until you see them in the flesh. I was lucky enough to do just that on windswept Campbell Island in the subantarctic.

Antarctic petrels, East Antarctica


While sailing towards the coastline of East Antarctica, we came across an iceberg with 4,000–6,000 Antarctic petrels sitting on top of it and swirling around it. This is an unusual sight that many veteran expeditioners had never seen before. It was spectacular to witness.

Danum Valley, Borneo

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In mid-2017, I spent two weeks in Malaysian Borneo. The highlight was visiting one of Malaysia's last primary lowland rainforests in Danum Valley, where I encountered orang-utans, gibbons, monkeys, hornbills and many other fabulous rainforest creatures.

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Pteridophilia: A visual diary

First written in November 2015.

“Only spread a fern-frond over a man’s head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in.”

– John Muir

Image by  WWF Australia .

Image by WWF Australia.

One of my favourite things about walking in the bush is the thick carpet of ferns that often adorns the forest floor. Lush and green with a mesmerising symmetry – they add a certain aesthetic, a richness and depth to the layers of forest. As a celebration of this humble beauty, here are some recent fernlicious snaps.

50 shades of green

50 shades of green

Koru unfurling

Koru unfurling

New growth & light

New growth & light

I’ve been trying to learn more about New Zealand’s fabulous native flora – how to identify species, what they’re used for by Māori traditionally and in modern times, and what role they play in our forest ecosystem. There’s a lot to learn – NZ has about 200 fern species, and around 40% of them are found nowhere else in the world! This is unusual for a temperate country, as our ferny friends are typically found in tropical areas. New Zealand’s fern species range from towering mamaku, up to 20m high, down to delicate fronds only 20mm long.

Ferns are not just pretty either – they’re tasty too! Young fern fronds of two species, hen & chicken fern (Asplenium bulbiferum) and the common shield fern (Polystichum richardii), are eaten by Māori as a vegetable. The edible undeveloped fronds are referred to as pikopiko, and can be served as a relish (kinaki) for potato. Visit the Māori Plant Use database to learn more.

The silver fern, or ponga, is a national symbol of New Zealand – while the fronds of this tree fern are green on top, their underside is a beautiful silvery grey.

Sometimes, it’s the little wonders that set your heart alight.