On the afternoon of this day (December 16) 9 years ago, doctors at Royal Brisbane Hospital informed me that my beautiful partner and soul mate, Julia Cooper, would not survive another 24 hours. The rare auto-immune disease (Secondary HLH), was all too consuming and she passed away in my arms the following morning (December 17).
Not a day has past since that I haven't missed her, thought of her and wished she had lived a full life beyond her 33 years. So, this 9 year anniversary post is not meant to bring us down, but to ensure that you make the most of each day and cherish with all your heart the ones you love.
I have posted a collection of photographic treasures of Julia including one of her in Borneo with her best friend Lucy, who I know is also missing her immensely, and one all dressed up with our dear friend in Bristol Martyn Harries.
I hope you enjoy seeing her gorgeous smile again as much as I do. ... See MoreSee Less
Sending Love. Xxx
She was such a special woman 💓
I just spent a week in the Amazon rainforest in the Manu NP Area. It was fantastic. This is my first post of images. The monkeys were impressive especially the Red Howler Monkeys and their amazing calling early in the morning and late afternoon. Spider Monkeys clamouring around the canopy were also very special. ... See MoreSee Less
Ook? No Iskander, that's the Librarian.
Amazing pictures 😍
It was remiss of me to leave out Leopard Seals yesterday, so here are some photos, including one with a very brave (or stupid gentoo penguin). ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Penguin Awareness Day!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Finally got some shots of a breaching humpback whale on my last day in the Kimberley. So very fortunate 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
It has been awhile since I posted something about wildlife or a favourite region. Soon I am going back to the remote and beautiful Kimberley region of North-west Australia. This will be my 12th expedition as a naturalist to this amazing region, one of favourite places on this planet.
Why do I love the Kimberley region so much?
There are so many reasons: The remoteness of this wilderness region (you cannot get there except by sea), the ancient and spectacular geology (2.2 bilion year old sandstone including world famous anticlines), the way the light changes on the sandstone cliffs on King George River, the huge tidal range (up to 10 metres), the extensive mangroves complete with estuarine crocodiles, a good diversity of coastal birds (including several majestic birds of prey), mudskippers, fiddler crabs and so much more, the rock wallabies zooming around the sandstone in the early morning light, the humpback whales leaping and tail-slapping everywhere you look while mothers swim with their new born calves, and last but not least, the breathtaking cultural experience of visiting an area inhabited by the first Australians some 60,000 years ago and being privileged to view their art.
I can't wait to see it again.
I have posted a selection of images. I hope you like them 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Lovely stuff Martin
Beautiful photos Martin
Amazing images Martin. You are most fortunate to have been there so many times.
Truly amazing region. May it remain remote from human interference.