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Oruro Carnival
27th March 2017


Once a year the mining town of Oruro, high on the altiplano of Bolivia, comes to life with the Oruro Carnival.



The carnival dates back over 200 hundred years and is reputed to be the second largest in South America after the Rio Carnival.



Many of the dances date back to the days of Spanish rule. Some 30,000 dancers and musicians take part in the daily parades representing about 16 different types of traditional dances from all over Bolivia.



The largest parades are on the Saturday and Sunday of carnival week and are scheduled to last from 0700 until 0400 the following day, although can overrun, as happened this year, when the Saturday parade did not finish until 0800 on the Sunday.



These are just a few of the many images from the 2017 carnival. More images can be found in the Oruro Carnival Gallery: Oruro Carnival 2017

Falkland Islands - Saunders Island
15th November 2016
I have added the final gallery of photographs from my recent visit to the Falkland Islands. This last set of photographs are from Saunders Island and the area around the Rookery; home large colonies of Black-browed Albatross and Rockhopper Penguins.



The Rockhopper Penguins which live on this part of the island are famous for taking a fresh water shower after emerging from the sea.



The Black-browed Albatross nest on the cliffs in close proximity to the routes taken by the Rockhopper Penguins to go to and from the sea.





More photographs from Saunders Island can be found in the Falkland Islands gallery:
Saunders Island
Falkland Islands - Carcass Island
05th November 2016
I have added a new gallery with photographs from my recent visit to Carcass Island.



Carcass Island is both a sheep farm and wildlife haven set amongst some of the most beautiful landscapes to be found on the Falkland Islands.





As well as seals, penguins and larger birds, the island is also home to a wide variety of smaller birds that are able to flourish due to the absence of rats and mice.






More photographs from Carcass Island can be found in the Falkland Islands gallery:
Carcass Island
Falkland Islands - West Point Island
31st October 2016
I have recently returned from another visit to the Falkland Islands to photograph more the amazing wildlife to be found on these remote islands.





My visit was timed to coincide with spring and the start of the breeding season. This news post covers West point Island, which is a main breeding site for the Black Browed Albatross.







More photographs from West Point Island can be found in the Falkland Islands gallery:West Point Island

Photographs from Carcass and Saunders Islands to follow.
Carretera Austral - North
12th October 2016




The Carretera Austral in Chilean Patagonia runs through a natural paradise of scenic valleys, lush green farmland, lakes fed with crystal clear water from the many rivers that tumble down from snow capped mountains and glaciers. I was also fortunate to have travelled to the area between Coyahaique and Lago Yelcho with a Chilean photographer and friend who knows the area well and who shared with me some of its many scenic locations.





An bonus of visiting during spring (October) and outside the main holiday period is that it is very quiet, with very few people around apart from the local inhabitants.



Some of the many photographs I took during the trip can be found in a new portfolio:Carretera Austral - North

Autumn in Torres del Paine National Park
29th April 2016




Torres del Paine National Park is a natural wonder at any time of year, so to have the opportunity to visit the park in April to capture the rich colours of autumn was an opportunity not to miss. I was also fortunate to have travelled with a Chilean photographer who knows the park well and shared with me some of its many scenic locations.





An added bonus of visiting the park in April is that it is outside the main holiday period and hence a lot quieter; which also makes the wildlife easier to photograph.




Some of the many photographs I took during the visit to Patagonia can be found in a new portfolio:Autumn in Torres del Paine National Park

Carnaval Andino Con La Fuerza Del Sol
27th January 2016




Every January, Arica plays host to the biggest carnival in Chile and one of the largest in South America. It attracts some 10,000 dancers and musicians from the Andean regions of Chile, Peru and Bolivia; as well as thousands of "groupies" and spectators, most are also from the Andean regions. This year the carnival included 62 different dance groups; each accompanied by their own band. Most of the dances are traditional dances of the region that either have their roots going back many centuries or which depict events from the history of the area.



The carnival is spread over 3 days and on each day all of the groups parade through the city streets, finishing on the edge of Plaza Vicuña Mackenna at the base of Al Morro. On the Friday and Saturday the parade starts at 14:00 and finishes at around 04:00. On Sunday the parade starts at 12:00 (noon) and finishes a bit earlier; to allow the city to return to normal.



Some of the many photographs I took during the 3 day carnival can be found in a new Portfolio: Carnaval Andino Con La Fuerza Del Sol

Urban Art of Valparaiso
03rd January 2016
Valparaiso is rightly famous for its scenic location on the Pacific Coast of Chile and for its long and colourful history as a seafaring port. It is also home to a living tapestry of fascinating murals decorating the narrow streets and passageways. This gallery contains some of the many murals to be found in Valparaiso.

Urban Art of Valparaiso

Falkland Islands
07th November 2015
I have recently returned from a visit to the Falkland Islands to photograph the amazing wildlife. My trip included time on Bleaker and Sealion Islands and a stay with the Warden of the largest King Penguin colony on the Falkland Islands, at Volunteer point. More of my photographs from this trip can be found in the Falkland Islands gallery.