Author: Sarah Rees

Discovering Tropical Rainforests

Forests in the tropics can be considered ‘biodiversity hotspots’.  As well as supporting a vast array of vegetation, they provide shelter and nourishment for a wealth of wildlife.   Depending on the area of land covered, forests can even affect the local and regional climate – cooling and refreshing the tropical atmosphere. Rainforests have a clearly identifiable structure – and each vertical layer has a distinctly different type of vegetation and wildlife associated with it.  The ‘bushy’ leafy tree level of the forest is known as the ‘canopy’.  This is where birds and primates predominantly live.  Occasionally huge trees pierce...

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Hiking ‘Dragon Crest’ Mountain in Thailand

I knew hiking a mountain forest in 98% humidity in Thailand was going to be a challenge.  I also knew that it would be slow-going, as there would be so many photo opportunities!  It would take over three hours to reach the summit of Ngorn Nak or ‘Dragon Crest’ Mountain – a sacred mountain towards the north of Krabi in Thailand.   At the start of the hike, the forest trail led through lush jungle.  Big leaves and bright flowers greeted us – along with a little shrine for the dragon mountain.   The jungle canopy provided welcome shade...

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The Secret Lagoon of Hong Island

After visiting the incredible white powder beach of Hong Island, our boat then headed back out to sea and we started to cruise along the rocky coastline. We were looking for a narrow entrance in the rock face… At the centre of Hong Island is a cavern that can only be entered when the sea is above a certain level.  This is what inspired the island’s name as Hong in Thai means ‘room’ or ‘cavern’.   Small boats can enter this concealed lagoon through the narrow gap in the rocky cliffs. Once inside, we were able to slowly explore this...

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Exploring Paradise… Thailand’s Hong Island

The traditional Thai long tail boat moored up on the beach and the captain beckoned us to climb aboard.  Wading out through the warm sea, I did my best to hold my camera bag high above the water. We were embarking on an adventure to see the island jewel ‘Koh Hong’. And then we were off!  Heading out into the Andaman Sea we could see little island silhouettes on the horizon getting larger and larger.  Gradually they came into focus and we could see all their detail – the bushy green tree cover and steep, bright rock faces.  ...

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Lumiere London’s Pop-Up Light Show

For four magical evenings in January, London was treated to a most wonderful light show.  The Lumiere Festival of Lights featured a series of weird and wonderful artistic light installations that magically popped up throughout some of the Capital’s most famous areas; Piccadilly, Regent Street, St James, Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Mayfair and King’s Cross. I took a stroll around the West End to see what all the fuss was about!  In scenes reminiscent of London’s Olympics in 2012; huge happy crowds were gathered together in an atmosphere of excitement – gazing in awe at the magical light creations.   Wandering...

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Walking with Butterflies

In the Summer months, just in time for the school holidays; the Natural History Museum in London opens its doors to a wonderful butterfly house.  Here is a place where dedicated staff make it their mission not only to tend to the butterflies in their care; but also to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with visitors of all ages. I arrived early before the crowds began to gather outside.  Stepping out of the hubbub of South Kensington I was suddenly transported into a calm and tropical realm.  Almost instantly I was greeted by a pair of enormous fluttering blue...

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