Here is a selection of photos from some of my favourite places. I have hiked over much of New Zealand and Switzerland and travelled to Russia, Scandinavia, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo and New York. Give me a call if you have a particular photo in mind.
My home town. Wonderful village and beach and people. See my Bubbles of Paekakariki and Paekakariki Positive Picture galleries for more photos of the village and the people who live here.
The Old Ghost Road
In March 2023, Doris and I spent a month hiking in some of our favourite parts of Aotearoa / New Zealand - the West Coast.
In 1886, gold miners planned a route between the Buller River and the Mokihinui River on the South Island's west coast. 130 years later through the foresight and sheer hard work of a bunch of keen hikers and bikers the "Old Ghost Road" was built. The 85km trail is one of the best in New Zealand, enhanced when reading the backstory "Spirit to the Stone" (https://wilderlife.nz/2017/03/spirit-to-the-stone-building-the-old-ghost-road/)
These photos are (mostly) in black and white to enhance the textures of the rugged landscape.
The Paparoa Track
The Paparoa Track is one of New Zealand's newest Great Walks and was built specifically for both hikers and bikers. It crosses the Paparoa Range, through alpine tops, limestone karst landscapes and verdant rainforests.
We've walked the Heaphy Track several times, but earlier this year it had been closed by flood damage. So we took advantage of few hikers and walked to Heaphy Hut.
Antarctica holds a special place in my heart. I spent three months in a tent on the ice in McMurdo Sound catching fish for my honours thesis. I was manager of WWF's International Antarctic Programme for five years and then an Antarctic consultant for another two. My last trip to Antarctica was in 2012 on the Our Far South trip.