Christmas Review 2016

It’s that time of year again. If you celebrate Christmas hopefully by now you have gifts for your nearest and dearest bought and wrapped, a fridge full of delicious food and drink, and a decorated tree around which to enjoy the festivities. It is always one of my favourite times when I spend time with my family to reflect on the year just gone and look forward to the adventures that the New Year brings. I thought that I would extend that to you too and so today I’m reflecting on my three favourite shots of the year in my Christmas Review 2016. It is always difficult to narrow down my favourites from a year’s worth of images but my first is this image of a Knapweed Gall Fly. It probably isn’t everyone’s idea of a beautiful subject but I like this […]

Greece in Autumn

Last week I told you about the beginning of a tour I led for Greentours to the Peloponnese in south-western Greece. Today I will pick up where I left off for the second half of the trip. While the mediterranean climate is a draw for many a tourist in the area, Greece in autumn holds a special lure for nature enthusiasts at this time of year in the form of stunning arrays of autumn bulbs. The second morning in Gytheio we woke to bright blue skies and after a lovely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the harbour, we set off for the day. We headed north towards Sparta and skirted the edge of the town heading west towards the hilltop citadel of Mystras. From afar you could barely see it, the hill it is perched upon blends almost seamlessly with […]

Autumn Bulbs in Glorious Greece

At the beginning of this month I was privileged to spend a week leading a tour to the Peloponnese in southwest Greece for Greentours. It was ostensibly to see the autumn bulbs there, and indeed the display was wonderful, but of course we saw lots more lovely things too so I thought I’d take a moment to share it with you. I had intended to write this a lot sooner but the last couple of weeks have been rather hectic so apologies for the gap between posts! We flew from Heathrow into Athens, arriving mid-afternoon. Having collected luggage and vehicles we set off northwards across the Corinth Isthmus, crossing the impressive Corinth Canal whilst on the motorway, towards our hotel for the first night. We arrived just as darkness descended to a wonderfully warm welcome. The following morning we woke to […]