The Man Who Planted Trees tells the tale of Elzéard Bouffier, a solitary shepherd living in the foothills of the French Alps in the early 20th century..
A bird in the hand is definitely worth two in the bush - at least in terms of inspiring young people to take an interest in wildlife and conservation...
If you're tired or hungry or fruitlessly laboring, it's easy to make mountains out of mole hills..
For those that know me, you'll know I like to dabble in the kitchen. That too extends to expeditions in the field, although I can't comment on my ability, most others aren't alive to do so now either.
Embarking on my first was a fluke. Back in the days of 'msn' I heard from a friend about an expedition to Svalbard. Sounded interesting, though I confess to not having a clue what Svalbard was..
A few weeks ago I posted ten interesting photos as ranked by those clever folks at Flickr. I didn't really agree with them, in fact, I think a lot of those photos are quite dull..
I often get asked why I go on expeditions. What's the point? Why put up with hardships and trials and bad days? Why go far away from the comforts of civilization and stability?
The more you know, the saying goes, that more you realise you know nothing. The same is true for traveling, I think..
Whilst packing for Oman I was aware that whatever I decided to take, I would probably have to carry. That's a wonderful incentive for packing light.
They say that a camel can smell water. I'm not sure if that's true, but they do have a knack of turning up at camp..
Expeditions aren't all fun all of the time. Low points can leave you wondering why you're there, pushing you towards giving up, amplified by the very nature of expedition life..
On one particularly tiring and long day, the very instant my head hit the pillow (insert: a sandy pair of rather grim trousers) the valley boomed with the rasping bellow of an Arabian Leopard.