Departing for Finland – COVID Prison Break!

The time has come, and after more than 18 months of being confined to Australia, I am leaving for Melbourne international airport as soon as I finish this post. Travel exemption and permit were long ago applied for, assessed, and granted. Declarations are all completed, along with a negative COVID PCR test, and associated airline declarations are also done and dusted. Even my consular rights are signed away! All that remains now is the journey, and I feel it will be an exciting experience. More updates to come via my podcast.

Photo of the Month October 2021 – On the Run!

It feels appropriate that with just a few days to go before I leave Australia for Finland that my photograph of the month for October 2021 should be ‘on the run’. Photographed in Mongolia in Winter in 2019, this Pallas Cat did not see me lying down in the snow until it was quite close. This photograph the moment of realisation. It is a combination of the cats expression and the perfect symmetry in this photograph that work for me. The little tongue is the icing on the cake.

Pending travel restrictions, I am still hopeful that I will be able to make a return to Mongolia in December this year for my Pallas Cat and Snow Leopard expeditions.