Early morning, southern Uganda
Early morning in the south west corner of Uganda, straddling the border of the DRC, in a 4WD, we made our way down a bumpy mountain track towards our starting point to go Gorilla Tracking. The mountains here were absolutely stunning, and here’s just one of the many similar vistas we got to see just after sunrise. Here you can see the end of civilisation in terms of Uganda; the last remaining farms south-west of the country before the Biwindi Impenetrable Jungle begins.
I took this photograph from a moving vehicle, which was quite a feat in itself, seeming though how bumpy the track was. So the camera settings had to be spot on for me to capture this image sharp.
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Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural formation on the plains of south west Turkey. Out of no where there is a white mountain containing hot springs, a castle like terrace structure of carbonate minerals (left over from the flowing water) and beautiful pools of bright, clear turquoise water that glisten in the sun.
When I was there, it was in the middle of a Turkish winter. This was one small area of the country which happened not to be blanketed in snow, however it was just as cold up on that white mountain with winds blowing in at -10 degrees. Taking photographs was absolutely painful due to the freezing temperatures, as I didn’t have the right gear. I wish I could of taken more, but the conditions were just too harsh. But did manage to get a few nice shots, and this is just one.
Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia (Hoodoos), Turkey
The unearthly landmarks that dot the landscape provide such a surreal experience. Made up of solid rock, and carved by millions of years of erosion, “Fairy Chimneys” or “Hoodoos” surround you at every turn. Having this terrain blanketed in snow was an absolute treat, even if my pants did freeze solid while still on. I had such a memorable time trekking amongst these giants that can range anywhere from 2 to 45m high. Göreme (the town near by) is a gorgeous little village that lies at the bottom of a valley where these enormous chimneys concentrate. Here you can actually stay inside a chimney (which I did), and keep warm from the harsh winter outside.
Sunrise over Torres Del Paine, Chile
Up before first light in the dark, cold and unbelievably freezing wind, I decked myself out in all of my warmest clothes and trekked up to the top of a nearby hill in hope of capturing some of that morning light over one of the worlds most amazing mountains. With thick cloud cover all around me and rain on all horizons, I had little to no hope I was going to get what I came for. But just as I arrived to the top, the clouds opened up just in the right place to let some beautiful deep red sun rays to push through the clouds and create an absolutely surreal display of light over the snow capped peaks. The scene unfolding in front of me was absolutely beautiful, and with the combination of the landscape and show of light, it created one of the most serene sunrises I’ve ever seen.
All of this came and went in no more than five minutes, and was immediately followed by the mountains covered in cloud and a heavy downpour of rain right over me. If I was just a few minutes late I would of missed the whole thing.
A Family Huddled Together on the Plains of Africa’s Serengeti, Tanzania
– My photograph for Earth Day!
Here a family bond and share an intimate moment together as they slowly cross their way through Tanzania’s Serengeti. An absolutely beautiful site to see.
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support and awareness for environmental protection.
Don’t forget to check out TIME Magazine for some other great earth day photos!