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From bicycle touring to backpacking, watercolour painting to clay modelling, the exploration journal captures my journey through many different interests and travel adventures.

I’m passionate about finding those out of the way places that whisk you away from the concerns of everyday life. Whether this is by wading through an overgrown river or trying new paint techniques is up to you!

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Summer Update 2020

It feels a bit weird to be writing a summer update with Covid-19 rampaging across the world. Normally I use these mid-year updates to tell you all where I plan to go over the summer months and what I want to see but those plans all got thrown out of the window in late March. I’ll run through the adventurous…

How to start wild camping: Location

As a followup to my first wild camping post ‘How to wild camp: Mentality’ I thought it would be a good idea to focus in on what not only makes a good wild camping spot, but that perfect one that you will remember for years to come. Finding the perfect wild camp spot can be a highlight of the trip…

How to start wild camping: Mentality

In my experience you have wild camping, which I define as camping in the wilderness, such as in the mountains or off the beaten track in woodland. As a subset of wild camping there is ‘free (wild) camping’ which is camping where ever you feel like, from public parks to farmers fields. Enough experience wild camping naturally leads overcoming the…

The challenges finding a macro lens for Sony A6000

In the words of this person I sent a message to about their lens: “It’s an absolute minefield!”   Overview When summer started here in Warwick I started to notice so many more insects about. Maybe because it was summer, but also because I installed an app called iNaturalist that can identify anything which led to trying to identify everything. I’ve always…

Summer Update 2018

I’ve neglected this blog a little over the past 6 months, mainly because I haven’t been out and about as much as I would have liked – but that’s going to change! The downside of the Baltic Sea bicycle tour last summer was that I completely missed the annual recruitment drive for IT graduate schemes. The early companies start in…

Summer Update 2017

I’ve been super busy recently, I got home from University on Friday and since then have spent all my time preparing for the cycling holiday over the summer. I’m away the 25th May onwards and so this is my last update for awhile. Look to the right of the homepage at the Instagram photos to get an idea of where…

The Mystery of Star Jelly

If you have ever wandered across the moors, through fields or over woodland you have probably come across this mysterious substance. You may immediately have chosen not to think of where it came from, but ignore your imagination and read on… You will be surprised to hear that it has baffled people for centuries.  Records date back to the 14th…

Tents vs Tarps vs Bivvy Bags

I was discussing a recent holiday with a colleague at work, and told him that tarping was a great way to camp on backpacking holidays. He nodded along a bit then changed the subject and the next day I showed him the photos from the holiday, his response: “oh so that’s what tarping is! I confess I wasn’t entirely sure…

Effect of camera flash on subjects

I first realised that using my camera’s flash on close-up subjects had a nice result two years ago when photographing Coral Fungus, before then I had never really used it. I even scoffed at it as I had never taken a photo that improved upon using it. But now I am a little wiser and understand that the flash feature…