moutain gorilla holidays PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING BY IAN WOOD
3rd to 10th October 2014 - Thanks to Adrian, Diane, Nicole, Nod, Celia, Linda and Gail for being such great fun and making this Borneo trip a memorable one. There's a few photos from the week below (click on any image to view them larger). Together we raised another chunk of money for the Orangutan Foundation UK and were rewarded with some wonderful wildlife sightings all week. If you'd like to come on a future Borneo orangutan trip with me then there's information about these tours here. I've also just put a 2 minute video on Youtube of some of our sightings in one day last week which can be seen if you scroll down below the photos.
1) The closest relations of the hippopotamus are whales and dolphins.
2) Hippopotamuses give birth under water.
3) They can eat over 60kg of grass each night.
4) On land they are suprsingly fast reaching speeds of up to 40km per hour which is faster than Usain Bolt.
5) The male hippo attracts a female by using his tail to spray her with his feces.
A few examples of stock photos that I've sold this week ... proving one thing ... you can never predict what will sell and what won't ... happy snapping !
And finally ... yet again the orangutan photo below has sold ... this time as front page cover for an Indian magazine. Click here for more info on 'the money shot'.
Another few random photos taken on my some of my Sussex photography days over the last 2 weeks. If you fancy joining me for any any of the remaining days this summer then please visit my Sussex photography workshop and course section here.
A few random photos taken on my Sussex photography workshops over the last 2 weeks. I run a number of small group photogaphy courses and one-on-one days which can be tailored to your exact needs. Click here and it will take you to Sussex photography course page for more info.
I've been back in sunny Sussex, UK, for a month now and there doesn't seem to be that many great apes around (my next Borneo orangutan holiday is in October time and there are now just 2 places left click here for more info). Luckily I've found a few water voles near to my house which are now in breeding season. Here's hoping for pictures of babies over the coming weeks ...
The Ndutu area of Tanzania never ceases to amaze me for its close encounters with wildlife. Thanks so much to Becca, Georgie, Dave, Lee, Derek, Linden, Andy & Gill for making this trip pure unadulterated pleasure ... lovely people and incredible wildlife opportunites ... how much better can life be ? I'm still in Africa at the mo with 1000's of photos to sort through and poor internet access but here's a few initial pics from this week. If you'd like to come on a future Tanzania cat safari with me there's more info on my website here.
There's also a few more photos and some info about Cheetah cubs here.
Lions and Cheetahs are two of over 40 species included in my new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' which is a coffee table style paperback showing where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. It's illustrated with beautiful photography and has been getting some lovely reviews ... Amazon(UK) (direct link here) have a special offer on of just £13.59 with free delivery in UK or for the rest of world The Book Depository (direct link) are now offering free delivery to anywhere on the planet. Or if you'd just like more info and a few sample pages to flick through click here.
Here's a few random pics from our last mountian gorilla encounter in Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Having spent another 6 weeks in this beautiful country it's time to leave tomorrow for Tanzania. If you fancy coming on one of my future Uganda holidays there's more info here ... or for a trip report from the last trip click here. And for some very positive news about the increase in mountain gorilla numbers you might like this link here.
Just put a 2 minute video from our mountain gorilla encounter last week on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuC_r5Xuou4&feature=youtu.be
My internet connection here is very slow so it's a low res video but OK if you don't watch it at too large a size !
This was the Rushegura group in Bwindi Impenetrable forest ... a few photos and some good news about mountain gorilla numbers are on this link here http://agoodplace.co.uk/blog/item/73-mountain-gorilla-numbers-rise-by-10
"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
A 2 minute video from our mountain gorilla encounter is now on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuC_r5Xuou4&feature=youtu.be
That sums up the last 10 days for me and in many ways there is nothing else to say. We had 3 Jo's on this mountain gorilla holiday so in no particular order I'd like to thank Barbara, Leon, Carolyn, Russell, Jo, Jo and Jo for making this time one of the most memorable in my life. Our wildlife encounters were exceptional but more than that we laughed and loved like friends who had already known each other for a lifetime. I shall look forward to our group renunion in Canada in 2015 with utter joy. My internet connection here is dreadful but I'll try and upload just a few random photos below. If you'd like to see more of my Uganda photos you might also like these links. Why I love Uganda; Ugandan birds; Primates of Uganda; Mountain gorilla numbers rise by 10%