Icy Coast, Disko Bay, Greenland
This image was taken on a calm, serene morning in early spring, overlooking Baffin Bay in Western Greenland. I was visiting to photograph icebergs calved from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and the magnificent Ilulissat Icefjord. During the mornings I enjoyed exploring the rocky shoreline close to Ilulissat and noticed the colour and stripes amongst the granite rocks. I visited this location on a number of occasions and on one particular morning icebergs had floated close to the shore. I was drawn to the subtle, pastel tones and the overcast light. In this image I tried to convey the sense of peace and calm that I felt despite being in a remote, wild and unfamiliar landscape.
Fishing Boat and Icebergs, Disko Bay, Greenland
During spring in the Arctic, the sun barely dipped beneath the horizon and the best light was often during the early hours of the day. Waking one morning at 4am, after a short sleep, I walked along the coast to photograph the dawn light and mirror-like sea. I sat and watched the icebergs as they gently floated out to sea in the tide – all moving at different speeds. The sense of quiet was interspersed by the shrill cry of a tern or the distant creak of ice. A passing fishing boat, which was also out early, headed towards deeper water searching for halibut and shrimp. I was aware during my trip that I was privileged to witness a very different way of life so much more closely intertwined with the rhythms of nature than my own.
Autumn Delta, Lapland, Sweden
The Rapa river delta in Northern Sweden is one of the most beautiful deltas in Europe. I was keen to photograph the delta at the peak of autumn when the small birch trees and grassland were a deep orange and yellow. I hoped this would contrast with the distinctive blue colour of the river, created from a large quantity of sediment carried down from the mountains. I photographed the remote delta at dawn from a helicopter late in September, marvelling at the braided patterns as the river flowed across the flood plain.
Torrent, Abisko River, Lapland, Sweden
Just above the Arctic Circle the Abiskojakka River flows down through a dramatic limestone canyon surrounded by birch trees and mountains. I perched on the edge of the canyon and was intrigued by the crystal clear water and marble like rocks. I watched as a torrent formed an almost semi-circular pattern. Small eddies appeared momentarily and the flow of water took on differing shapes as though dancing below. A few dry days had meant the water level was low. When I returned a few days later after heavy rain - the golden rocks were deep below and the flooded river had an altogether different mood.
Huckleberry, Abisko National Park, Sweden
As autumn encroaches in Lapland, the Arctic tundra takes on a colourful palate of red, orange, green and brown. It is a time known as ruska or “autumn colour” and is nature’s final flourish before the onset of Winter. Whilst walking and exploring the banks of the Abisko River I came across a particularly vibrant patch of Huckleberries tucked under a small grove of trees. Delicate stems of grass emerged forming an intricate pattern amongst the green dwarf Bilberry and red Huckleberry.
Vanishing Ice, Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland
On the Western coast of Greenland, 250km above the Arctic Circle, lies the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Giant icebergs are calved from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and drift out to sea. Some of the larger icebergs run aground at the mouth of the icefjord at depths of 250m, while the smaller ones drift out into wider sea. Trudging through deep snowy slopes I made a number of trips out across small hills to overlook the icefjord. As I climbed the final rocky outcrop and stood in the bighting, frosty air I wondered at both the magnificence and fragility of nature.
Lichen Patterns, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands
Map lichens can add the most amazing colour and texture to rock. These particular lichens were found on a large boulder close to a remote track in North West Scotland. In a relatively small area there were a collection of some of the most vivid colours. I spent a number of hours exploring the rocks under a clear blue sky in late March. Small patches of snow still lingered amongst the brown heather and frozen pools nestled in the shade. During the afternoon I took only two compositions. Each one was a long process of fine-tuning and adjustment until I felt the image finally fitted into place.
Lupins, Skaftafell National Park, Iceland
For a few weeks towards the end of June – the landscape of Iceland was transformed by the flowering Arctic Lupin. Stretching far into the distance there was a profusion of purple and blue while the snow capped peaks of Skaftafell formed a majestic backdrop. Each plant towered elegantly next to the other. The flowers were perfectly formed with a sprinkle of white on the edges - a motif to the distant mountains. It was a day where much of the south coast was layered in thick fog and drizzle, yet luckily the sky brightened for a few, brief minutes.
Ice Jewels, Jökulsárlón, Iceland
This image was made on a breezy evening in late May at Jökulsárlón in Iceland. I walked along the black sandy beach searching for clear icebergs shaped like jewels and crystals. A brisk wind blew off the North Atlantic Ocean and I needed to take care to avoid the encroaching waves. As the tide retreated I tried to capture the flow and energy of the water. Light pinks and purple on the horizon, which brought a sense of warmth to the cooler light, punctuated the subtle blues and grey in the sky.
Autumn Colour, Glen Affric, Scottish Highlands
Glen Affric is one of my favourite glens in Scotland. It is especially beautiful during autumn when the birches and beech are scattered with yellow and gold. After a number of days of heavy rain, the flooded loch surrounded many of the trees on the shore. Perfectly still conditions were needed to bring out the reflections on the water and I was blessed with these conditions for a few precious minutes one morning. Droplets of water still clung to the leaves of a rowan tree and its leaves shimmered in the soft dawn light.
River Confluence, Landmannalaugar, Iceland
A harsh winter meant that snow still covered many of the rivers and valleys of Landmannalaugar. Flying just a few feet above over the Jökugil River I was particularly drawn to an area where a small valley branched off drawing the eye to explore the mountains beyond. At this confluence there was a fantastic contrast between the snow-lined blue melt water of the tributary and the brown sandy sediment of the main river. The rhyolite mountains and river valleys of Landmannalaugar yield a truly unique landscape, which I have never experienced in another location.
Basalt Cliffs, Reynisfjara, Iceland
The Icelandic coast has a varied and fascinating geology, which is colourful and rich. At Reynisfjara ,on the southern tip of Iceland, basalt cliffs and columns tower up from the sea. In a high section of cliffs there was a geometrical layering of basalt which created a sense of flow. The blue colour in the rock was enhanced by light reflected from the cloudless sky.
Rowan Tree, North West Highlands, Scotland
This image was made on a still autumn morning near Sheildaig in the Highlands. I love the North West region of Scotland – it feels like one of the last remaining true wilderness areas of Britain and there is an amazing sense of light over the mountains, coast and inland lochs. When there is light drizzle in the air I like to explore the woodland and while walking near the River Kerry I happened upon this leaning rowan tree with a particularly silvery trunk. Birch, beech and larch peeked through in the background. There was wonderful colour in the leaves – green, yellow, orange punctuated by the clusters of red berries.
Iceberg Reflection, Disko Bay, Greenland
Soft light provides my favourite conditions for photography. Here the shape of the sky is dramatic yet the tones are subtle and don’t distract from the rich blues of the iceberg. Photographing from a small fishing boat in Disko Bay allowed me to get close to these wonderful floating sculptures. The engine was cut to prevent any ripples, yet this could only be for a few minutes as the sea soon started to freeze around the boat. The sea was like a mirror – absolutely still – the viscous liquid temporarily free from its frozen winter state.
Raudufoss, Landmannalaugar, Iceland
Raudufoss lies nestled in the hills of Landmannalauagar – accessible only by mountain roads. To reach the waterfall necessitates travelling across wide volcanic plains and then crossing numerous rivers. I finally discovered Raudufoss on a cloudy, cold day in early summer. Large areas of snow on the ground made the climb to the waterfall exhausting but definitely worth the effort. Layers of thick snow and ice lay at its base like small glaciers - volcanic sand and ash coating the surface. The water fell in beautiful veils down steep slopes of red volcanic rock and then created small streams, which picked their course amongst the red, golden stones.
Tungnaá Delta, Fjallabak, Iceland
The River Tungnaá meanders through the Fjallabak mountains on its path from the Vatnajökull glacier. Along its way, water from the melting winter snow creates small tributaries, which join the large delta. For a few minutes this aerial scene was enhanced by dappled light picking out the mossy slopes and turquoise lakes.
Dusk over the Icefjord, Ilullissat, Greenland
At dusk, the colour of the ice took on a palate of pink and blue. Passing snowstorms had been coming and going all evening. Around midnight the skies began to clear as the storms headed inland over the Greenland Icecap. Standing overlooking the icefjord – I stood trembling with cold, coated in a layer of thin snow. The rocks and hills were frozen and layered with fresh powder. Out at sea I could hear the creaking and cracking of ice. I took a slow walk back over the hills. As the evening light faded and the wind dropped, I watched the sun setting out at sea over distant icebergs.
Lichen Study, Háifoss, Iceland
This study of lichens was taken overlooking Háifoss waterfall in Iceland. A small section of boulders on the rim of the canyon were covered in amazing lichens in shades of brown, blue and orange. They were covered by a fine mist from the thundering 400-foot waterfall across the canyon. The moist terrain and clear wind-swept air provided an ideal environment for them to flourish.
Jökugil River, Landmannaluagar, Iceland
The Jökugil River winds its way from the higher mountains of Landmannalaugar eventually running into the large Tungnaá delta. Seen from ground level it is difficult to imagine its abstract nature. It is only when viewed from a height that the textures of sediment deposition reveal themselves nestled between the many winding tributaries of the glacial river.
Autumnal Grass, Kärkevagge, Swedish Lapland
Kärkevagge is a valley in the Swedish mountains close to the border with Norway. At the peak of autumn I spent time exploring the hills and valley of this alpine landscape. As I climbed higher wide views opened up over the distant lakes and mountains of Lapland – yet I was drawn to photograph the more intimate landscape around my feet. I noticed an area where red leaves were dotted amongst grasses and a small stream flowed down the hillside. I waited for a clearing in the sky to provide a blue coloured reflection in the water - a contrast to the rich golden flora.
Afternoon light, Háifoss, Iceland
As the waters from the river Fossá fell from the plateau, they created a layer of mist, which drifted across the valley. Shafts of light and showers of rain slowly passed by, punctuating the rocky landscape. Boulders and rocks littered the valley sides and the steep cliffs revealed textures of red and brown. Tall basalt columns and layers of igneous rock suggested a geologically recent eruption on an epic scale. I waited until the sunlight lit the canyon floor and drew the eye towards the distant hills and plains beyond.
Woodland Mist, Grasmere, Lake District National Park
In late March, during a spell of settled weather, I ventured into this beautiful area of woodland close to Grasmere. Beech leaves still clung to smaller trees, which lay in a shallow valley undisturbed by the wind. A layer of mist hung in the morning air over the distant River Brathay. The sun slowly rose over the distant fells giving a gentle warm glow to the leaves. The ethereal light lasted just a few more minutes before giving way to a cloudless spring day.
Rowan Trees, Abisko Caynon, Sweden
On cloudless days, when the light is harsh, I like to search for soft light in the shadows. Thankfully on one such day the steep sides of Abisko Canyon provided the necessary shade. Small groves of silver birch and rowan grew on the riverbank – their branches overhanging and arching – creating small vignettes. The colour of submerged limestone and marble in the water shone through adding warm tones to the scene.
River flow, Langstrath Beck, Lake District National Park
I enjoy photographing sections of river, particularly rapids. Here it is possible to get a magical combination of motion blur and structure. In late September I was exploring the lower reaches of Langstrath Beck just before it merges with Greenup Gill. After a dry spell the river level was low. In a short section there was a wonderful area of granite where the river descended over a series of small waterfalls. The rocks were smoothed and textured – their colours warm and detailed with brown and pink.
Jökulgilskvisi Delta, Landmannalaugar, Iceland
Glacial water creates amazing patterns as it flows downstream through layers of volcanic silt. The merging streams intertwine, creating fractal like patterns and abstract shapes. Both doors were taken off the helicopter and it was quite an experience shooting this from the air.
Hattver, Landmannalaugar, Iceland
In this photograph I like the sense of drama and light. The most interesting conditions during this particular helicopter flight were when the weather closed in. The cloud base lowered and the helicopter had to hover just a few hundred feet from the ground. This was a side valley called Hattver - deep inside Landmannalaugar. It was quite inaccessible to hikers due to the flooded rivers and late winter snow. The hint of turquoise in the bottom left of the frame gave a splash of colour to the moody landscape.
Fjallabak Panorama, Iceland
In early summer the Fjallabak landscape had a painterly appearance with a palette of white and shades of grey from snow stained volcanic ash. This was contrasted by varying hues of yellow and orange from the rhyolite rocks, which geologically give the mountains their distinctive look. The day had started grey and cloudy but luckily there was a brief break in the weather with beautiful dappled light. This panorama shows the valleys of Sveinsgil and Prengsli with the Torfajökull glacier on the distant horizon.