- From the high atlas mountains of Morocco to the great plains of Africa, around the unique and remote island archipelagos of Galapagos and the Seychelles, and from the rainforests of Central and South America down to Brazil and the magnificent wetlands of the Pantanal, our recent wildlife travel adventures have given us some tremendous and unforgettable experiences.
I would like to have followed that introduction by saying that I’m an avid traveller and adventurer but, whilst that romantic notion has always been at the back of my mind, it would be an imaginative overstatement. In truth I'm an enthusiastic amateur photographer with a simple love of nature and a desire to see as much wildlife as possible in its natural environment. Until recently, normal family-life and work commitments have curtailed my wanderlust, but now, with more free time available and hopefully reasonable health and finances to fund these adventures, my wife and I hope to add a few more places like these to our list before we're done with long-haul flights.
High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
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Seasonal flooded wetlands, Southern Pantanal, Brazil
- This ‘travel’ section is intended as a personal record and reminder of where we’ve been. Destinations are shown on simple maps with associated location details and general information appertaining to those places on separate linked travel pages. It’s intended to be no more, and no less, than a general overview, as more detailed information is readily available on the internet. I would also note that whilst, in many cases, I make specific mention of the actual places we’ve stayed, they are for reference purposes only as there is no intention of extending this relatively simple ‘travel’ section into any form of lodge review site. At the bottom of this page you'll find links to the general geographical areas (ecozones) and from there to individual destinations. Alternatively, use the quick reference 'travel section index' navigator at the top of the page.
- As a result of my business life I’ve always been pretty meticulous about having good robust workable systems and procedures for my paperwork, and the same philosophy has followed through to the cataloguing of my photos. Fortunately Adobe Lightroom enables an almost limitless facility for hierarchical tagging of images, which is only limited by one’s imagination and requirements. When I first started cataloguing my wildlife images I had simple group lists into which similar species were filed, but as my collection of photos has grown so has the number of different species. Consequently there has been a need to improve and expand the filing structure into groups, sub-groups and so on. I adopted a similar approach with their respective ‘location tag’, which I use in conjunction with normal IPTC embedded location information. I like this method of cataloguing because, although you can filter and search for photos in many different ways in Lightroom, a relatively basic and straightforward ‘location tag’ system gives you instant access to those particular photos, together with a constantly visible 'rolling total' of the number of images taken within a general area, country or specific location within that country.
The broader geographical areas that I use for cataloguing individual locations and places in Lightroom were initially based on defined areas or continents (ie. New Forest, Ruaha, East Africa, South America etc), but that method of listing kept extending, so some while ago I decided to adopt a completely different approach by limiting the number of main areas, and then listing locations and specific places under their respective countries. After a bit of thought and research I settled on a new cataloguing system using the WWF defined ecozones as the main geographical area. I’ve always had an interest in physical geography and, therefore, found this to be a very sensible and suitable method of separating my photos and, consequently, I’m using the same categorisation method here.
Ecozones are effectively very large regions of land that divide up the earth’s surface into separate geographical areas within which there are many different wildlife habitats
linked by the evolutionary history of the fauna and flora within them.
The recognised WWF categorisation has eight terrestrial ecozones – Palearctic
(including the bulk of Eurasia and North Africa), Nearctic
(comprising most of North America), Neotropics
(including Central and South America, and the Caribbean), Afrotropics
(all sub-Saharan Africa and the western Indian Ocean), Indo-Malay
(including South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent and southern China), Australasia
(including Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and some neighbouring islands), plus Oceania
Whilst we would love to see some of the birds and varied wildlife of Australia, brown bears catching salmon in Alaska, tigers in India, orang-utans in Borneo or even polar bears at Hudson Bay or Svalbard in the next few years, our current list of destinations is covered by the following three ecozones areas :-
- a recognised subdivision of the Palearctic, incorporating the UK, Europe and North Africa.
- West, East and South Africa, and the western Indian Ocean including one of our favourite destinations of Bird Island in the Seychelles.
- Central and South America, the Caribbean and the southern tropical portion of Florida.
Click the above Ecozones to access additional details, regional maps and associated destination information