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Date archive: April 2015

Teaching a class at college today and I had to remind them all it was St George’s Day. The English just don’t seem to make a fuss of their national day as we Scots do. What a pity. Anyway ‘Happy St George’s Day’ to all English folk out there. saying that, the original ‘St George’…

I have been most fortunate to travel to and photograph the unique and stunning wildlife in the Antarctic and Arctic. Probably the key polar species is KRILL. This small crustacean eats plankton, and in turn is eaten by almost everything else, penguins, seals, seabirds and the biggest creature on the planet – the blue whale. Mankind…

I am looking forward to giving my second presentation to a UK TeachMeet event. This time in Liverpool on Sat 25th April. My presentation ‘explore experience discover’ will introduce the teachers attending to my illustrated talks for primary and secondary schools. Inspiring young children with my images and facts from some of the world’s most amazing places, cultures and peoples. I hope to get a…

Yesterday I photographed Liverpool’s Dazzle ferry sailing through the fog and gloom on the Mersey. Well today, the sun was shining and the sky was blue. Liverpool and the river’s Dazzle ferry looked wonderful. Spring is here!!

Dazzle camouflage, aka as dazzle painting, was used extensively on ships in WW1 and consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other. Dazzle camouflage works by making it difficult to estimate a target’s range, speed and heading. Dazzle was intended more to mislead the enemy as to the correct position…

Had a go at a couple of April Fools’ Day pranks today, and my eldest son tried one on me. It reminded me of the classic I played on a South African friend I had met in Antarctica a few years back. She is ‘penguin mad’ as I am, and took pictures of as many species as…

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