Whooo hooo - so pleased I made the decision and have taken the final place on a 2014 tour - again with David Plummer. So I am now going.... Back to the swamps of Brazil!
I went to the Pantanal in 2007 (where unfortunately I did not see the elusive Jaguar) but the knowledge that, every year since, the tour has seen Jaguars, in multiple numbers, has persuaded me to break my own rules and re-visit the same place twice. The tour leaves London on the 1st October 2014 and so already it is less than a year away. A little too early to start preparations, but never too early to start blogging.
I was immensely pleased with my images from the last visit and the experience was one that's difficult to put into words, but thankfully I now have a chance to relive it and make some improvements (mainly to the kites and kingfishers).
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins