Wild reindeer in northern Sweden, August 2014. A friend and I were on the last hours of our hiking trip, when he signalled freeze and something ahead. Usually, the reindeer always ran away when they spotted us, resulting in just bad photos from a long distance. In this case, the one pictured and a young one didn't see us peeking around a rock, so I was able ...
This photo was taken in August 2016 on the Fimmvörðuháls pass, between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. This was an exposed plateau on the north side, giving a view to the east up the side of the Mýrdalsjökull, before crossing the snow fields to reach the south side of the glaciers.
I made this last Friday as a cheap alternative to a professional meter (costing hundreds of pounds) for measuring SRT ropes for caving. The measuring wheel was £10 from Amazon, and everything else was offcuts or leftovers from previous projects.
To use, unclip the white swinging arm at the right-hand end, loop the rope over the pulleys, and ...
A hornet ready for take-off. Picture taken on a camp ground at the shores of Lake Ossiach, Austria, in 2010.
There was a whole nest in this tree, and while I was not fully comfortable taking that photo, fortunately the hornets didn't seem to care for my presence.
This strong chipmunk climbed out of its hole and up through two feet of icy snow in our yard in Massachusetts, USA, on February 22, 2017. Within a minute or two it came all the way out, stepped gingerly around, and went back down!
I took the picture.
A couple of years ago, I spent a week exploring the east coasts of Benbecula and South Uist, and took this photo of one of my overnight camp sites, looking back north along the coast I'd just paddled. On a calm evening like this, there's no need for all six guy lines; one each side is enough to prevent condensation spots.
Taken close to the start of the ...
View from Helvete, next to the famous Reinebringen on Moskenesøy, Lofoten, Norway. In the front is, about 700 meters below, the Reinefjord, the white dots just left of the center are the houses of Vindstad. The beach in the back is Buneset, probably one of the most beautiful beaches north of the polar circle. Picture taken in August 2015.
This one's a surprise treat, just minutes ago.
The Wobbly Fawn
June 20, 2019, Northwest USA.
I think he's a late comer, as the fawns are all a month or two old now. I guess he's only a week or less. He could barely walk, and didn't even notice me until I was 10 feet from him.
A cheese cube, good camera, rain and waterfalls... what else should one desire for on a monsoon trek?
This was clicked July last year, en-route a trek, in a stream where we all slipped and fell countless times without frowning about it :)
Place: Enroute Bhivgad fort, about a 80 miles from Mumbai, India.
Dolphin in Loch Carron, Scotland. Taken on Tuesday 23rd February 2010, by holding camera underwater alongside my kayak and repeatedly shooting until the animal was in the frame. This took a long time, and the water was around 0°C, so I suffered for this one!
Norway 2013, Dovrefjell. My first 2-week hiking tour, with rather improvised gear. Instead of a tent, I just had a tarp, hiking sticks and paracord. With a bit of origami, it worked out well enough, and led to a great tour. The only day where it was too wet and mossy to camp that way, I was lucky and found a small cave instead. Needless to say, for the next ...
Sweden, in 2016, at the shores of Fryken near Karlstad.
Thanks to the allemansrätten, you can legally set up your tent on this beautiful patch of land and wake up in the morning right next to the lake and continue your hike.
In the summer, it also won't get much darker than this.
DIY tent pegs. Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of these in action, and they're a little beat up from use.
Back in college, I was going on a camping trip with the outdoors club, but realized the day before that my tent was lacking tent pegs. So, I used a roll of baling wire that I had on hand (because who doesn't keep baling wire and duct tape around ...