Images

Prickly Pear Cacti in the Snow Sedona Arizona USA Humpback Whale Husavik Iceland Historic District Downtown Los Angeles Sunset above the Arctic Circle Norway Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu South Island New Zealand
Prickly Pear Cacti Arizona USA
Humpback Whale Iceland
Downtown Los Angeles USA
Sunset Arctic Circle Norway
Lake Wakatipu New Zealand

On my travels, I seem to gravitate to wild places with small, frontier-type towns: Jasper (Alberta, Canada), Queenstown (New Zealand), Sitka (Alaska, USA), Akureyri (Iceland), Baddeck (Nova Scotia, Canada), Strahan (Tasmania), Swakopmund (Namibia). I think this stems from holidaying in the Lake District (northwest England) as a child. Then, I thought it a magical place and I still get that same feeling all these years later when those mountains appear on the horizon as I head north up the motorway.

I started to get into photography when I embarked on a ten week journey through the United States and Canada in 2001 and around the world for four months in 2002. I used taking photographs, on a sadly now defunct Nikon point and shoot, and writing journals as a way of documenting my journeys. Gradually, I began to take the photography more seriously and upgraded to a Canon film SLR and then to a digital version.

I’m still documenting my travels via my photography (and journals) with my main focus being landscapes and wildlife. I have impaired mobility and stamina so I use minimal kit. I still hope, though, to have captured some interesting and atmospheric images that not only reflect my travels but which also transmit the essence of a place to others.

As I’m often taking photographs ‘on the hoof’ from speeding trains, rocking boats or bus windows, I’ve had my fair share of ‘disaster pictures’ often with a tree front and centre or containing a blurry animal, like this black bear in Alberta, Canada.

I had better luck with a female grizzly taken from a crowded shuttle bus in Denali National Park in Alaska. Fortunately for me, the bear  appeared on my side of the vehicle but I didn’t have the window seat and a certain amount of jockeying for position ensued.

 

On another occasion, on my way into New York during a Canadian/US cruise, I woke in the early hours as we sailed by the all-lit-up Statue of Liberty – cue mad scramble for camera and some surreal photographs.

 

You can find more of my photographs at: Louise’s Travel Stock Photography