Do you love getting outside, taking walks in the countryside or by the sea? Perhaps you prefer exploring on two wheels, or getting out on the water. There’s no doubting that being outside and enjoying nature is the best way to relax and relieve stress, whether you sit on a park bench and watch the world go by, hike up a mountain, or take to the waves kite-surfing. Nature is good for you.

I live in a small seaside town, and love going down to the beach. Each day it is different. Sometimes the sea is grey and murky, other days it’s a beautiful blue or green. It can be smooth like a mirror or whipping up huge waves, or a myriad of variations between those two extremes.

The path to Halnaker Windmill

above: I enjoy exploring the English countryside. This is the path to Halnaker Windmill, just a few miles from where I live in West Sussex.

Just a short drive or train ride and I’m in the countryside and the South Downs – perfect for a long walk, often ending in a country pub. I always take my camera of course, you never know what you might see. As well as the beautiful views and pretty villages, I adore photographing wildlife. And there’s plenty to see in England, which people sometimes overlook; from the tiniest of butterflies to magnificent deer (at this time of year the fallow bucks and red deer stags are preparing for battle).

A grizzly bear in the Great Bear Rainforest, Canada

above: I photographed this large male grizzly bear in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. It’s a magical place, worth visiting purely for the mystical beauty of the landscape, but the opportunity to watch and photograph these magnificent bears was a rare privilege that I am so thankful for.

I love living in West Sussex, a beautiful part of England, but I’m also grateful for the opportunities that blogging has opened up for me. I have been invited to some truly magical corners of this wonderful world we live in. From the deserts of United Arab Emirates to frozen fjords of Norway to the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada or the beaches of St Kitts, I have loved it all. Next week I’m off to Aruba, and I can’t wait to explore this island off the coast of Venezuela, in the south Caribbean Sea.

Deserts outside Dubai in the UAE

above: I’ll never forget the audible intake of breath, from myself and my travel companions, when we reached the crest of a sand dune near Dubai in the UAE and saw the seemingly never-ending desert stretched out before us, bathed in the golden light of the late afternoon sun.

Thank you to everyone who has ever read my blog, liked my Facebook page, retweeted one of my tweets or commented on one of my images on Instagram. It is because of you that I have had these opportunities.

Riding with thte huskies across frozen fjords in Arctic Norway

above: Another memorable moment, in a very different landscape, riding with the huskies across frozen fjords in Arctic Norway. I remember thinking, as we whizzed across the snow, that I had never felt so glad to be alive.

#ShareYourOutdoors

The Aspinall Foundation, an internationally renowned animal conservation charity, are asking bloggers to make a collage from 4 photographs of their favourite nature spots or activities, then to share it in a blog post and on social media using the hashtag #ShareYourOutdoors. There are some wonderful prizes up for grabs, including an overnight stay in a Pinewood Shepherd’s Hut for 2 people. They are in the grounds of Port Lympne, a 600-acre wildlife reserve set in the Kentish countryside. You can find out more about the competition here and the full terms and conditions here. The closing date is the end of October.

I nominate my blogging buddies, Sara from TravelContinuum, and Suzanne aka The Travel Bunny for the #ShareYourOutdoors challenge.

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