moutain gorilla holidays PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING BY IAN WOOD
"The principle of nowness is very important to any effort to establish an enlightened society. You may wonder what the best approach is to helping society and how you can know that what you are doing is authentic and good. The only answer is nowness. The way to relax, or rest the mind is nowness and is through the practice of meditation. In meditation you take an unbiased approach. You let things be as they are, without judgement and in that way you yourself learn to be." Chogyam Trungpa RinpocheSo what has this got to with photography ? Everything. Learning to be utterly present in the moment helps you achieve a state of flow where you will be truly creative.
Whatever part of our planet you are spinning around on I wish you a peaceful and happy day.
I've just finished reading a truly inspiring book about Mahatma Gandhi entited 'The story of my experiments with truth'. If you want to learn more about compassion and honesty in the face of extreme provocation then just buy it now. Enjoy.
"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts." Mahatma Gandh
Thanks so much to Peter, Jan, Lucinda, Kalie, Dawn and Julian for being part of my last Sussex photography workshop on 2nd April. A gorgeous day with lovely people - what a pleasure !
"I had a great time on the Sussex Photo Day. Ian made us all feel very welcome and relaxed. Our time in the morning down on the beach at low tide was great and Ian spent time with each of us helping us get the most out of our cameras. Then it was back to the Pub for well earned refreshments and a chance to see each other's photographs. The afternoon consisted of a further relaxed session, at the top of the hill this time, consolidating what we had learnt from the morning. A very enjoyable day, thank you Ian." Jan Adams
My next small group Sussex photography days is now confirmed for Sunday 7th May near Arundel where we'll be photographing one of the most beautiful Bluebell Woods in the UK and meeting a family of Water Voles that I've been befriending over last couple of years along with some great opportunities for bird photography. More info here.
I'm delighted to announce that our new Orangutan book is now published. It's packed with gorgeous photos and a selection of quotes from many people including Sir David Attenborough, Joanna Lumley, Jane Goodall, Ashley Leiman and Ian Wood (whoever the last two are) ... and best of all every penny from sales goes directly to a forest regeneration project in Borneo where tens of thousands of new trees are being planted. If you'd like to buy a copy please don't buy from Amazon as they take most of the money ... you can buy it directly from the Orangutan Foundation UK online shop here and then all proceeds go to this great cause. Below the front cover photo you can have a peak at some of the pages inside this book. If you fancy coming to Borneo with me on one of my Orangutan fundraising trips then click here for more info on those.
Click here for link to look inside the book a flick through a few sample pages. ... please note that if your internet connection is slow it will take a minute or so to load.
Ranthambore in India always comes up trumps with truly intimate wildlife sightings ... here's a few photos from just a two hour window during our safari this morning. If you fancy coming on a future tiger trip wth me contact me here to be kept updated with trip details.
Camping at over 12,000 feet in temperatures down to minus 28 C isn't everyone's idea of a picnic and this trip certainly had some extreme highs and lows if you'll forgive the pun. Massive thanks to Ashley, Rob, Christine, Ginnie, Robert, Michal, Derek, Lee, Linden and Lesley for being so utterly brilliant on this trip - both individually and as a group. We've just returned to Delhi ahead of our tiger trip which starts tomorrow so a slight change of habitat from the beautiful Himalayas to the heat of Ranthambore. Time is very limited at the mo, so for now there's just a few pics below from our Himalaya adventure - a place I've fallen utterly in love with and yearn to return. Future trips to Ladakh, Nepal and Bhutan are all somewhere in the very long pipeline so please contact me here to register any advanced interest in such wonderful wanders.
"When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon my soul expands." Gandi
When people first enquire about possibly joining a Borneo orangutan holiday with me I send some general info out where I describe these trips like a group of friends sharing an incredible experience together. This happened so quickly on this tour that it has to be one of my best trips ever so massive thanks to Michal, Jemma, Andy-1, Celsey, Andy-2, Christine (back for her 3rd trip with me !), and Pat. We had special permission to visit Lamandua on this trip which is completely off limits to visitors normally and seeing this beautiful area of forest was one of the highlights along with the journey down an array of rivers to get there. I'm in Flores now working with manta rays and Komodo dragons and internet access is pants so I've just chosen a few random images from our week below. There's more info about an orangutan release and a new book I have coming out in March on the previous trip report which is here.
"Wow.... this trip had everything! it was great fun, educational, exhilarating, humbling, amazing food, stunning scenery, great company and unbelievable wildlife. The memories I made will stay with me forever! " jemma Atkins