Icebergs and Whales
There is something so tangible you can feel it, it's quiet, almost silent as you drift along. you are embracing the wonder of Antarctica's presence. A presence that is wearable - like favourite knit sweater or a hoody that's just too perfect, it embraces you. I am in the most remote of places yet I feel at home. It's a strange thing to feel so connected to a world that is worlds away.
A Black Browed Albatross gliding effortlessly across a stormy backdrop
Albatros are amazing seabirds that spend most of their life on the wind currents over the ocean, only going to land to breed. The image doesn't reveal the size of these winged aviators. The Black Browed Albatross wingspan can be as much as 2.5 meters. That's big.
I am honoured to have been recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. For the past 30 years my paint brushes have led me to travel the earths 7 continents and bring back impressions and stories. When coming home after painting abroad I am always reminded how incredibly diverse and beautiful Canada is. I look forward to promote the Society’s mandate to “to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.”
“Agawa Falls Reflections, #7”, 22 x 30 inches, watercolour.
In northern Ontario, the Agawa canyons seasonal displays of form and colour have inspired generations of artists, most famously painted by the “Group of Seven “ in the late 1920’s. One of my favourite places to paint is at the Agawa falls in the autumn where the river plunges 90 feet and flows westward to Lake Superior.
I think he went That Way!
I'll be heading back to the land of the KINGS at the end of the month as a symposium guide with @oneoceanexp
South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic hosts more wildlife per square meter than anywhere else on the planet and Every time I get to go, I'm awestruck even more!
Out For A Stroll
This gorgeous young female Polar Bear was the pinnacle of my recent Svalbard Arctic Trip with @oneoceanexp. As a symposium guide, I get to travel to some of the most extreme tourist destinations helping others get there once in a lifetime experiences. Some days it's simply beyond amazing. Oh who am I kidding, every day is beyond amazing.... #arctic#svalbard#spitsbergen#oneoceanexpeditions#oneoceanexp
Leap of Faith
This wonderful young #polarbear displayed amazing agility while jumping from ice pan to ice pan. Often the smaller Ice pans looked barely big enough to hold her weight but she seemed to know they could, and they did.
Our President Gavin Fitch snapped this shot of @oneoceanexp’s Akademik Ioffe behind Bluenose II prior to embarking on an 11-day voyage on Canada’s east coast. Also onboard this Compass Rose voyage are the 2018 Canadian Geographic Challenge national finalists. Follow @cangeo and @cangeoedu for a closer look at their adventure.
A lighthouse is built around a bulb. This little bulb has the huge job of keeping people safe at sea. That's a lot of responsibility for a 2cm filament. If it weren't for the qualities and configurations of the surrounding pieces, it would be insignificant. But working as part of a team, it shines brighter than it ever could have alone.
I love capturing images of sea ice, from the massive tabular bergs down to the small burgy bits and growlers like this with reflections in the flat calm sea. Eh, I’m going back one day soon. #oneoceanexp#exodustravels#svalbard#ice
‘Putting on hundreds of pounds of fat in the spring to last through periods of food scarcity later in the year (at the height of summer and over the winter) is the evolutionary adaptation that has allowed polar bears to live successfully in the Arctic’
Zoologist at the University of British Columbia
This was certainly true of this female Polar Bear, that had eaten so much seal she could not stand up for long, even her spine sagged under the weight. A ridiculously cropped and over-processed photo from a distance of more than one mile, but interesting to note the condition of the bears in the Storfjorden area. They’re doing alright. We didn’t approach her, she was collared anyway. #polarbearscience#oneoceanexp#exodustravels#polarbears#svalbard
I swear this gorgeous Polar Bear was smiling for the camera
There is so much that goes into getting an opportunity like this. From planning, traveling, knowing your gear and overcoming your fear. On this trip with @oneoceanexp though along with all the searching, our amazing spotters, and some good old-fashioned luck, it was our Captain that maneuvered our ship nearly silently and skilfully so not to alarm the bear and she approached us with curious enthusiasm. An encounter I doubt one could ever forget.