Field Notes From The Knepp Wildlands – June 2023

Fuzz and I enjoyed a spectacular visit to the Knepp Wildlands in late June, where we saw an incredible hatch of Purple Emperor.

It was a rare day, and something we’re both glad that we witnessed. We perhaps saw 70 specimens.

Photographically, I captured a male Purple Emperor visiting a sap bleed at low level, and image of which I used as the cover for my Butterfly Effect 2024 Calendar. – JC

Field Notes From Motorcycling In Europe – May/June 2023

Fuzz and I enjoyed a European motorcycle road trip, that served as a precursor to something more ambitious for 2024 (Iceland).

We covered circa 3200 miles and visited eight countries (France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Czech, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), found some great roads and stayed in some great towns.

In terms of roads, we included the Grossglockner Pass, the Furka Pass and the Grimsel Pass in our itinerary, and for towns we especially enjoyed staying at Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Germany) and Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic). For our doses of wildlife, we visited the Oostvardplassen Re-wilding project in Holland, and the Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve in Switzerland.

Photographically, I simply grabbed images along the way to document some of what we did. – JC

Field Notes From Baku, Azerbaijan – April/May 2023

A trip to Baku in Azerbaijan for the Formula 1 Grand Prix with Amanda and Zac.

Though not a “photo trip” perse, there were opportunities to grab some images of this photogenic city, and the event itself. – JC

Field Notes From The Bahamas – February 2023

Our Shark diving visit to the Bahamas was another trip delayed due to the Covid Pandemic.

The objective was to see, experience and photograph the up-close shark action from Tiger Beach off Grand Bahama, in particular the Tiger Sharks and Great Hammerheads.

We had a very good week, but unfortunately no Great Hammerheads showed up, but the rest of the shark action was exhilarating.

Photographically, we captured images of mostly the Tiger Sharks, and to a lesser extent, the Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks. We also saw Bull Sharks, though they tended to stay at a distance.

A great trip with some good images captured, using my 10-17mm fisheye zoom. – JC