In the hours before we closed our cottage for the summer, I sat at the lake edge thinking about all the fun we’d had with our friends and family. “I should read the guestbook” I thought, and see what people have said, and maybe I should sign it too, after all, the cottage will long survive me, so in a way I too am a guest.
I contemplated how fortunate I am to see the things I see and live the experiences I live. I am so lucky to be aware of what I encounter when so many people drift through their days unaware, focused on the noise that’s so persistent today. In fact, I wish I could sign a guest book for the planet and share what I’ve seen, and in my way say “thank you”.
That’s what this blog is about. Guestbook Earth is my way of sharing, for no other reason than to say thank you to the world for all it offers while I am here. I hope that eventually, people will hear of this and send me pictures and stories that have made them happy and appreciative. At a time when the planet is under siege in so many respects, there is still much to marvel at.
Throughout Europe there are many old castles. Some better maintained than others. Some barely recognizable as what once must have been a statement to all who would approach about the types of people who live there. I’ve been reading a lot recently about life in the...read more
There is a rule on Antarctica, not unlike other places in the world where wildlife roams free. Do not touch or feed. That said, if a penguin approaches you, it’s up to the penguin what happens next. This one started toward me as I lay on the guano-covered rocks. It...read more
Annually there are more human deaths caused by hippos in Africa than there are by lions. Maybe because we know lions to be dangerous and give them a wide berth. Hippos seem less obviously a risk. On this evening we left our Rovers and crept down to the area where the...read more
Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned First Nations artist. I visited his gallery while in Tofino and was completely inspired by his use of saturated colours, and positive and negative space. I was also fortunate enough to have a balcony at the wonderful Wickaninnish Hotel...read more
It was with great anticipation that I waited for my first lightning storm to appear over the Gulf of Mexico. I knew that the unobstructed view from my perch would offer the perfect vista. But when would it come? Some say I had two months of amazing weather, which I...read more
Sometimes, the picture tells the who story. It’s a magical world when you put yourself in a place to experience it!read more
“First I will show you how it bites a leaf” said my guide who calls himself George of the Jungle, “then it’s your turn to hold”. We were in a very, tippy canoe in the Rio Negro, in Brazil’s Amazon Forest. We had caught the piranha fishing with horse meat on strings...read more
Somewhere along Eclipse Sound, on our way from Pond Inlet to the Floe Edge, our komatik (sled) ran into a problem. In attempting to cross this lead in the ice, roughly 100 meters or so away from where I took this picture, we got stuck. Our komatik didn’t make it...read more
It won’t be long before I arrive in Naples, FLA for the umpteenth time. Clearly a destination I love. And for all the wonderful restaurants and attractions in the area, what I love most is the nature. A boardwalk through the mangroves, a stroll through the Corkscrew...read more
At best, January in particular can seem miserable in the suburbs of big northern cities. The colourful lights of the holiday season have been dimmed, snow if there is any, is slowly turning grey with slush, trees are bare and the days short. Is there any wonder why...read more
Hello 2019, wow you got here fast! The new year always seems to represent hope and the promise of better things to come. I took this picture of my daughter and her friend many years ago. Pointing to the future, under a wonderful, windswept tree on the rocky shore of...read more
I love to travel. I love exploring unspoiled places and urban landscapes that offer a fresh perspective. It’s good for me. It stokes my creative juices and stretches my mind. I enjoy meeting people from around the world who welcome me and my family with the same pride...read more
A massive mural of diamonds, topaz and sapphires confronted our minuscule zodiacs. There was nothing to do but sit in silent fascination at the wonders of this planet that we too often take for granted. How these things existed in the world outside my suburban home...read more
What inspires you? What makes you so happy that you feel compelled to share that feeling? For me it’s moments like this. A quiet early morning in Ontario’s Killarney Park. It’s a moment that for me goes well beyond just a pretty picture. It’s how the quiet sounded,...read more
And then there are mistakes gone right! I was shooting on Lake Ontario early one morning, apparently before I’d had my coffee. I forgot to change the settings on camera from the night before. This was in the days of film when there was no opportunity to review your...read more
This wasn’t what it looked like. I am not a hunter, nor is the guy with the rifle. We were on a photography trip in South Africa’s Kruger Park and part of one of our excursions was on foot. Despite keeping our distance and being absolutely sure not to upset or...read more
I took this picture a while ago while traveling through Canada’s Atlantic provinces, in Halifax to be exact. A jammed canon? Let's take a look. Darwinism at work? Originally, I thought it was just a funny moment. Today I see it as a metaphor for climate change.read more
In the entrance of the first big ad agency I worked for, on the wall, was the one expression that has challenged me more than anything else in my career. It was attributed to Ray Rubicam and it simply said “Resist The Usual”. If you take that to heart, really take...read more
The Sahara. There aren’t many more geographical terms that fill the pallet of the imagination as quickly as “Sahara” does. From movies to books, the idea of the Sahara Desert spans romance and history. It is all at once enchanting, threatening and deadly. No matter...read more
A storm was kicking up. The Namibian desert was morphing from a quiet panorama of dunes and valleys, to a vista alive with motion. This couple were determine to climb famous Dune 45 not to far from Sossusvlei. I was so thankful to be there and capture the moment, even...read more