I'm reminded that the most important thing about expeditions and fieldwork is legacy.
On the day that the final Landrover Defender rolls off the production line, I wanted to share some of my fondest memories of a vehicle that changed the world.
I write this from the blissful ignorance of predeparture faffing.
Photography is an incredibly important tool in conservation. You can have all the data and research papers in the world, but unless you inspire action then conservation will remain an uphill struggle.
It's hard enough to get wildlife and conservation on TV, let alone have enough time to show just how complicated it is.
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get a glimpse at the insect collections, behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum, London.
Scotland, Lapland, Fieldwork, Walking the Tube, Liquid nitrogen and other adventures from 2013.
Endless daylight, endless forests and endless lakes. These are the things I'll remember about Lapland.
I was mainly studying plants, but couldn't help packing a camera trap on the off chance of catching something exciting.
Most people probably don't know that Spain (and a little bit of Portugal) are home simultaneously the worlds rarest cat and one of conservations biggest success stories - the Iberian Lynx.
It's remarkably easy to sit in a centrally heated office, cosily hatching plans through the Winter. Distances look shorter, methods seem simpler and the prospect of a summer of fieldwork in the hills sounds positively straight forward.
An intro to the International League of Conservation Photographers. You might not have heard of them, but you've probably seen some of their images.