Worldwide Nature Travel Photography
My Nature Travel Photography features a wide range of natural subjects. Namely, wildlife, fungi, plants, landscapes, and the close-up of natural scenes and textures. Furthermore, travel photography adds people, architecture, and other artificial elements into the mix, hence ‘Nature Travel Photography’.
Australia is an island continent comprising six federated states and ten federal territories. Although mostly semi-arid or desert habitat, it does regions with temperate and tropical climates. Therefore, it has a range of additional habitats, including grasslands and rainforests.
My photo albums feature nature and wildlife from my travels, initially from my first fast-paced trip. It features diverse endemic flora and fauna, making it an excellent place for nature and wildlife photography.
The Galápagos Islands are part of Ecuador in South America; they are a naturalists and photographer’s paradise. Before and after flying to the islands, a stopover in Quito is an excellent base for culture and birding day trips.
Moreover, once on the islands, a cruise on a small boat or yacht is the best way to access the visitor sites as the majority require national park guides. Features a two-week cruise around all the major islands that allow terrestrial visits.
Mahé is the largest granite island in the Seychelles group but small enough to drive around in a day. Moreover, it has spectacular white sand beaches with granite rocks, palms, and turquoise seas.
Features nature walks with breathtaking panoramas and endemic flora, such as Seychelles Pitcher Plant, in the Morne Seychelles National Park. Also, hawksbill turtles nest on the southerly breaches, an outstanding island for nature and wildlife photography.
Trinidad and Tobago are a republic in the Caribbean. While both islands offer tourists excellent birdwatching and wildlife watching experiences, we only visited Trinidad. The famous Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge is a charming place to stay for bird photography.
Equally interesting is Mt Plaisir Estate Hotel at Grande Riviere, where Leatherback Turtles nest. Also, Port of Spain is a good base for day trips to other wildlife hot spots.
Mauritius is an Indian Ocean tropical island with a tropical climate with warm daytime temperatures. However, it has one of the highest most endangered flora globally. Often sold as a beach getaway with a palm-fringed coastline but has more to offer nature enthusiasts.
Features photo albums of scenic drives and walks in the Black River Gorges National Park. Also, albums displaying nature and wildlife images at La Vallee de Ferney, Pamplemousses and Curepipe Botanic Gardens. And kitesurfing at Le Morne Peninsula and musicians in Port Louis.
Every destination my wife and I visit is the consequence of a journey. And apart from air travel, I think of each journey as a photographic opportunity. Consequently, I plan en-route scenic detours, stops, and walks, which we visit at our own pace. Moreover, we prefer self-drive road trips with overnight or several nights stay at each location.
Sometimes I limit trips to a few places with several areas of interest that we can drive to each day. Our preference is to stay in motels, small rural hotels, self-catering establishments rather than large business chain hotels.
In addition, my wife is an ace wildlife spotter, often walking ahead to spot while I concentrate on taking photos. We gain maximum flexibility regarding touring, time spent at locations and dining options. I also try to avoid all-inclusive package tours. However, there are always exceptions, such as the Galapagos.
Nature Travel Photography Bibliography: Online Resources
Animal Identification, Conservation, Classification and Forums
1. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. 2020. [Online] Available from https://www.iucnredlist.org/ [Accessed 28-Jul-20].
2. iNaturalist [Online] Available from: //www.inaturalist.org. [Accessed 07-Dec-20].
3. Living National Treasures This site highlights those plants and animals whose survival depends solely on a single nation’s actions. (No date). [Online] Available from http://lntreasures.com/index.html [Accessed 04-Dec-20].