If you're lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Antarctica, you hope to see some penguins. But, still, I was not prepared to see tens of thousands of them on our very first landing! These chinstrap penguins live near Baily Head on Deception Island, where I met them and took this photo on February 23, 2019.
I took this in September 2018, in a small green area behind the Landungsbrücken station near the centre of Hamburg.
I stopped off on my way elsewhere because I knew the area had squirrels and it seemed like it might be a good opportunity to test out the new lens I'd recently bought. I was walking along the path, tracking a different squirrel up in the trees, when suddenly I came around a curve and this cute little thing was right there. I'm not sure which of us was more surprised.
I don't think this is necessarily one of the best photos I've ever taken, but the squirrel's dramatic pose (I can almost imagine it's clutching its chest in shock) makes it one of my favourites.
Jökulsárlón is a lagoon located directly at the bottom of a glacier in south-east Iceland. Large chunks of ice break off the glacier and slowly float around the lagoon until they melt. There are boat tours around the lagoon, this was taken from one of them.
My wife and I were hitchhiking for a few days during our honeymoon. This day was the hardest - we waited almost three hours for a ride when setting off in the early afternoon, and nearly missed our chance to take the tour. Thankfully we got there just in time to take the last trip of the day, it's an incredible place.
I love the contrast and harmony between nature and human-made works of art that you can see at the Storm King Art Center in the Hudson Valley north of New York City. Sometimes, the art makes this contrast explicit, as with We Are The Asteroid by Justin Brice Guariglia, seen here in front of some colorful fall foliage, in a photo I took on October 28, 2018.
This image was taken in October 2010 in an undeveloped area outside Kronstadt, Russia (a town on a small island near St. Petersburg).
My wife and I had taken a trip from St. Petersburg to Kronstadt to visit the remains of an abandoned military fort (the area is now a nature reserve). Afterwards we decided to take a walk further along the coast. We barely saw any sign of other people, and the colours as the sun began to set were incredible.
This was my first trip to Russia, and completely shattered so many stereotypes.