May 19' Monthly Selects

 
Lake Bled and the Julian Alps, Slovenia

Lake Bled and the Julian Alps, Slovenia

May 2019, started off in Slovenia, not the greatest weather, one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

Then the month turned upside down as I was diagnosed with asthma and really bogged me down, not the fact I need an inhaler, but that I can physically do many sports, I get out of breath rather quickly and that's quite frustrating.

Any case, with asthma or not I had agreed to share a few images on my first ever photography exhibit, wow! Preparation was exhausting but reached due date with everything ready.

And I had a blast with everyone who came, enjoyed and asked.
Feeling grateful for that.

 Exhibition Sala Siroco, 2019

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Let's start with the usual notes. Did you read about the previous month?
Whether you did or not, remember I share every month as part of blog series, check it out here April '19

Journey Notes

AORAKI / MT COOK

Aoraki / Mount Cook was a natural step on the road through New Zealand and it did not disappoint at all.

Driving next to Lake Pukaki with Mt Cook, the highest in New Zealand, on sight, was truly mesmerizing, and the days after a gift by nature, you can see all the details in the post.

Amazing Places

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Slovenia has surpassed my expectations, the weather wasn’t at its best, and we missed sight to many mountain peaks I would like to have captured, however, weather-wise, we are never in charge, Mother Earth is, and therefore we tried to make the best out of it.

Slovenian people are incredibly warm and kind, food is great for its price and how they care about their country is amazing, I’m glad isn’t far from many places in Europe and I hope I can visit again soon.

Stay tuned for a full blog, as well as many more images on my Instagram.

Bovec Valley, Slovenia

Bovec Valley, Slovenia

I follow Reuben Wu on Instagram and he truly amazes me with every image, but with this project, he goes beyond anything I had seen before. Shooting at night with a drone and lights attached to them, it shows incredible creativity and honestly, I can't imagine how difficult must have been to accomplish such powerful images.

Fiona is a role model to challenge anyone, personally I was totally impressed by what she has accomplished, being vegan for more than 40 years, running everything worldwide, on every continent, and every ecosystem, the desert, Antartica and the North Pole, and setting world records everywhere she goes, simply an inspiration.

Insightful Words

A RACE AGAINST TIME
Combatting Illegal and Unsustainable Trade in Endangered Species in Indonesia

A huge percentage of today's wild animal population has disappeared, it's not a secret to anyone that we are facing another massive extinction and we gotta do something about. Whether Indonesia or anywhere else in this post there key actions we can do to help, and that really gives me hope.

WILDERNESS MAGAZINE
The Oceans Issue

Although by now you already know I'm a mountain lover, it doesn't mean I live by and for the mountains, I do like to explore and get information about different ecosystems.
The Ocean scares me at the same time make me feel relaxing, swimming or diving, the ocean is incredibly powerful, and the stories in this issue are as powerful as the ocean.
If I have to choose I was astounded by an interview to Fabien Cousteau on carrying on Jacques legacy. Such extraordinary work they do today.


Well, that was May.
Thank you for being part of this growing community. I hope you enjoyed monthly writeup, and wish all the best for what's coming in June.

Remember, I would love to hear from you if you have anything to add or inspiring stories, or simply say hello.

I’m all ears! 

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April 19' Monthly Selects

 
Ilheu de vila franca, Azores

Ilheu de vila franca, Azores

APRIL 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

Another month another newsletter, a special one!

Finally! Fine Art Prints online shop is live! Every print has been carefully selected from all around the globe.

But what's most important is that, for every purchase, you not only support my work, you will donate 6% of the print total value to an NGO on the quest to save our planet! That's amazing!

If interested to purchase any of the available, use “LAUNCH” code for 20% off your first entire order.

Did you miss previous month newsletter? Does sound interesting? Well, you can read all about that here March Selects

Let's dive into April's stories!

Journey Notes

Lake Tekapo

In Lake Tekapo we spent about 24h long, it was intense, yet we brought amazing memories from that place in New Zealand.

Terrific night skies, mind-blowing sunrise and fantastic area to roam around. Sure 24h isn't long enough, but we made the best out of it and this story is all about that!

Amazing Places

Spring is here, well not really in Spain, but we thought it was the time to get abroad, usually, we like to get somewhere during this time of the year, its shoulder season, not too crowded, cheaper fares and weather normally respect us.

Lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel, Azores

Lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel, Azores

Destination: São Miguel, The Azores.

It had been on my list for a while now, glad we made it there. The island is truly a pearl, its natural gems, evergreen forests and rugged coastlines make it look like a paradise for nature lovers. I can't wait to share more of the images the coming days over Instagram.

Sete Cidades, São Miguel

Sete Cidades, São Miguel

Bits of inspiration.

This month the great documentary of Our Planet was released on Netflix, haven't had the time to watch yet but it looks promising!

I could watch his speech over and over, listening to Sir David Attenborough it always inspiring, however, this time he is so touching.

To mention a few quotes:

“right now we are in the midst of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction”

“96 % of the mass of mammals on earth our planet today are us and livestock we domesticated only 4% is everything else”

And one more:

“Nature once determined how we survive, now we determine how nature survives.”

I really hope we simply watch him and think twice about our actions, we are here to learn and it’s in our hands to get our planet back on track.

In May 2018, three British climbers Malcolm Bass, Paul Figg and Guy Buckingham set out to attempt the first ascent of Janhukot, and that has been quite inspiring, not only the ascent but to actually see how these expeditions get prepared.

They filmed themselves while climbing, but what I found most interesting was the short movies about how to prepare the route, how to get fit, how to pick up a partner and how to get back home safe.

Both videos and reading material are amazing, simply check it out.

Insightful Words

Its the first volume I read from Wilderness Magazine, and I'm impressed, it's been truly inspiring as a whole, but if I had to pick one essay, it would be this one "Adventure is Ruined".

The essay speaks about the Adventure true meaning as of today, and there were a few sentences that really called my attention and maybe it gives you a bit of insight and gets to read the story.

German sociologist Erich Fromm put it like this: "We are a society of notoriously unhappy people: lonely, anxious, depressed, destructive, dependent -- people who are glad when we have killed the time we are trying so hard to save"

Chris Wiersma defines "authentic adventure" as activities involving some small measure of high managed thrills with little or no real risk.

Great read sharing 17 sustainable development goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In the western world we pretty much consider these goals for granted, we have access to clean water, energy, quality education, and very decent health care systems, if not the best health systems in the world. Those though aren’t as granted for everyone, unfortunately, there are many people who don’t have access to that, or they live in poverty.

Reading through this post it really inspired me to do more, we have the resources to make the change and it seems we don’t do enough. Hope inspires you as well and makes you feel privileged for having all the above easily accessible.


One More Thing

For the coming month, May, on the 30th, Thursday, I'll be sharing my first ever photography exhibition, and I can't be more excited about that! 🎊

It will be in Madrid, at Sala Siroco from 21:00h to 01:00h I wish all of you could attend and enjoy some time with you, so for those who can come here all the details.


Sigh! That was all about April! Wish you the best for the coming month full of surprises and joy!


Once again, would you like to share something that inspires you?

I’m all ears! And I would love to hear it!

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March 19' Monthly Selects

 
Newton Peak at sunset @ Mt Sunday, New Zealand

Newton Peak at sunset @ Mt Sunday, New Zealand

MARCH 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

What a month, busy in the making for the prints online shop,

Creating a business and preparing spring trips! How was your month?

Did you subscribe after in March?
Didn’t have a chance to read the previous month newsletter?
No worries, head over February Selects and check it out.

Journey Notes

48H of Banks Peninsula

Mt Sunday

I’m truly behind sharing these stories and somehow I love it. Going through all those images reminds me so much of the trip aroundNew Zealand, and even though in the northern hemisphere we are entering spring, these two stories will transport you back to Autumn and Winter.Landing in New Zealand couldn’t have started better, just at sunset over the Southern Alps, majestic mountains in the south island. Got me excited already before stepping in the country!

The other destination turned out to be, one of the highlights, if not "The Highlight" of New Zealand. Mt Sunday aka Edoras, or Rohan from the Lord of the Rings, what a site!

Amazing Places

Once again traveling back and forward between hometown and Madrid, preparing all the formalities for business creating, left not much time for pleasure, although sometimes a weekend is just enough.

 Denia, Alicante, Spain.

A new area on the coast of Spain I hadn't visited before. Cap the San Antoni, a wonderful marine reserve in which to see the city of Javea (in the picture), Ibiza island and impressive cliffs to the Mediterranean Sea.

Bits of inspiration.

Personally, winter is a season I really appreciate, different to many I enjoy the cold crisp air in the morning and don’t mind having to wear a few extra layers. This winter though has been rather short, and there’s no other way that seeing others to be inspired and get that feeling.

This family had been in expeditions before, from Alaska to Japan they had skied all.In this story, they explore and reconnect an area in their home country in the North of Sweden.

Their story is also to raise awareness of how climate change is affecting the planet we all live in.

”Statistics over the last 20 years show a one metre per year decrease of the south peak, due to snow melt”

During January, Gilly McArthur undertook a challenge to swim in the local Cumbrian lakes and tarns every day to raise money and awareness for the health charity, Mind.Can you describe the feeling of ice swimming?The answer is simply inspiring.

Can you describe the feeling of ice swimming?

The answer is simply inspiring.

These two stories brought a bit of winter cold and now I’m ready to face spring! Hope you too!

Insightful Words

The Gap by Ira Glass

These words aren’t on a magazine or a newspaper, Daniel Sax created this video for himself and anybody in doubt with her creative career or willing to try something else, something different and always seeking improvement. Probably the most inspiring words this month.

Sidetracked, Volumen 14

This volume got me excited, its main theme, “taking risks and taking care“.

Remarkable written stories.

The Call, by Jillian A. Brown

What she learned on that trip might impact her for the rest of her life. Can’t recommend enough this story if you can purchase the volume.

The Shining Wall, by Jeremiah Watt

”I’m fully honored to have been inspired by his humility, insight, and ambition. His was a light extinguished too soon. I hope the ice is fat, the mountains tall, and the days long wherever your spirit resides.”

This volume had me thinking about these words I thought it may you think as well.”Earth is a place we camp through with skill and care, leaving little trace, and picking up treasured memories during our time limited stay.”


Hoping you enjoyed those bits above. That’s a wrap! Wishing you all the best for April, make it count! 🤘


Once again, would you like to share something that inspires you?

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February 19' Monthly Selects

 
Sunrise Room View @ Benasque Valley

Sunrise Room View @ Benasque Valley

FEBRUARY 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

Almost in no time February 19’ is over, and with it the selections of the month! 🙌

Remember, if you didn’t have the time to read January Selects, go ahead and check it out Monthly Selects.

Let’s start the sharing!

Journey Notes

Fraser & Whitsunday Islands
Queensland, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The last of the last stories from Australia.

My confession goes here, it has been amazing to re-edit and share these two stories.Fraser and Whitsunday were truly an experience, both islands had its unique beauty and I feel so lucky to have been there to show you.

However, the Australian journey couldn’t have finished in a better way. A highly recommended adventure, living aboard Ocean Quest vessel for the 3 days, diving 4 times a day and seeing an incredible marine life.The Great Barrier Reef left us speechless, so I hope it does you the same.

Amazing Places


This month it has been quite busy with something in the making, but I’ll share that in a few days. Therefore I simply had a weekend getaway.

 Cerler ski trip February 2019

A weekend in the Pyrenees, in particular Cerler Ski Station, Huesca, Spain.Three days of skiing in which, even though the snow wasn't at its greatest conditions, I recharged inspiration for a month. Being surrounded by the nature beauty, by high mountains, getting hit by the strong wind, it simply remind me how small we are, and we had fun days on the slopes too.

Bits of inspiration.

This month, maybe more than others, I felt the need to share how lucky we are to live we were we live. Yet, we’re recklessly using all natural resources of the planet. We are worshiping the God of money and just buying and wasting, while others live in poverty destroying the environment to survive, but we, destroy the environment in order to have more than we need.

It’s difficult for me to share a remarkable sentence or quote from Jane Goodall, so I would highly recommend to watch her talking.

”Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference”
- What kind of difference you make?

This 25 min film tells the story of Rankin Jackson’s struggle to provide for his family while trying to survive the push of drug running and ultimately how fly fishing revealed his road to redemption.

”I’m not afraid of drug runners, you know? I’m afraid of Pirates”

”What about if I get killed? What if I get hijacked? What if I they take me to prison - You got the opportunity to get 10.000 $, and buy his medication for a year? - I don’t wanna lose my son, I’d do anything for him”

We are so fortunate to have been born in a peaceful place, with resources, and yet we don’t feel that as a privilege. This film will show some of it, go watch it.

I hope these stories encourage you to seize the week, month, year and find your way to make a positive impact.

Insightful Words

Sidetracked, Volumen 13

Two stories,

A story about chasing tornadoes in the US.
Incredibly well written made me want to go straight away into a storm an feel the power of dust, wind, and rain.

She goes with her dog, two horses across 1.000 miles in Patagonia,
and having been there it really made feel what she had gone through.
A powerful written story. See more of it in her site.


Well, that’s enough internet for today! I really hope the above mentioned inspires you to make a change.


Once again, would you like to share something that inspires you?

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January 19' Monthly Selects

 
Sunset at Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain.

Sunset at Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain.

JANUARY 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

The first month of the year, first newsletter, exciting! 🎉

Hope you liked the last one and went through all the information there, but if you didn’t, no worries, there will be an archive.

Check it out in Monthly Selects

After Christmas, we all start to work out again, back to business and all that stuff. I did my work too, so here I go.

Journey Notes

New South Wales

Queensland

Two more stories from Australia.

First, arriving onto Sydney, a city that really captivated us, we enjoy the vibes and saw us living there for a while.

The latter, Queensland, a huge state in Australia, quite long to drive, but spectacular nonetheless, if I had to choose, Wallaman Falls were the highlight.

Go ahead and immerse yourself in some road tripping vibes to start the year!

Amazing Places

I had the chance to visit a couple of places.

 Asturias 2019, Cangas de Onis, Lagos de Covadonga, Bulnes, Picos de Europa

The first weekend in January I spent a weekend in Picos de Europa National Park, Asturias, in the north of Spain.

I knew it was going to be amazing, however, it really surpassed my expectations. The north of Spain it’s spectacular and once again I saw that.

 Avoriaz ski trip January 2019

Last weekend of the month I went to Avoriaz, France. Past year we missed the skiing trip, and this year we couldn't miss it again.

Avoriaz itself is this amazing, a little village at 1800m, with the slops straight from your apartment. I never thought we could ever stay here.

Snow conditions were superb, and have a few days in the snowed mountains with friends is priceless, isn't it?

Bits of Inspiration

My inspiration comes mostly from the natural world in we live in, whether an expedition, saving the animal kingdom or sharing ways of living more sustainable, this month I bring something that’ll make you think, and maybe drop a few tears.

Community United for Elephants

A four-minute video that shows the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in northern Kenya. The first-ever community-owned and run sanctuary in all of Africa, rescued orphaned elephants are looked after by local keepers from the Samburu community. They are lovingly rehabilitated and raised with the ultimate goal to reintroduce them back into the wild.

104km-40c-mongolia

“Scottish Ultra Athlete & Merrell Brand Ambassador Dr. Andrew Murray ran 11 hour, 104km in -40C in Northern Mongolia.”
Simply stunning. You can read and see the pictures in the story.

The Shadow Campaign Volume V

“It’s pretty simple, it’s dark blues, and it’s whites” - Oskar Enander had no intention of ever becoming a photographer. Today he’s an iconic photographer in the field, and most impressive, colorblind. Truly inspiring video.


Insightful Words

Another Escape, Volumen 11

This volume by itself has been one of the most inspiring I’ve read in a while.

I’m like the cold, the snow, the rain, and, honestly, every single story in this volume got me excited.

On the other hand, this volume tackles a real problem, Climate Change, and its consequences.
We don’t see much of those, however, in the polar regions, those consequences are faster than ever,
shorter winters, unstable climate, less snow, ice melting fast.

I encourage you to read the whole volume, you can purchase it here. And personally, I highly recommend two stories:

  • Get on board, an essay to present the Zero Emissions project.
    Important to Michael is that the project reaches audiences otherwise unengaged with climate change. And hopes to empower younger generations to lead the change towards less destructive lifestyle, to do so he shares his ideas to become more conscious of the daily life decisions such as cycling instead over using the car, or reducing meat consumption.

  • Into de Backcountry.
    A journey over a frozen fjord, using technology and knowledge that’s long been integral to the Inuit way of life in Greenland with dog musher Stella Davidsen Olsen


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  • Would you like something else?

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December 18’ Monthly Selects

 
 New Zealand

DECEMBER 18’ MONTHLY RECAP

As you may know, this is something new I would like to do in the new year.

Along the way, I will be introducing new ideas and or removing some others, so any suggestion is more than welcome!

Let’s get to it, here the brief of what happened during December 18.

What did I write?

48h of Melbourne

Great Ocean Road

Two stories from the beginning of the Australian trip.

Melbourne was a fantastic way to kickstart the road trip,
and the Great Ocean Road left us in awe.

Looking for ideas to travel in 2019? Check them out!

Where did I go?

I discovered about Mendi Film Festival a couple of months ago,
a Mountain Film Festival in Bilbao, North of Spain.
The past month I attended and watched a few movies.

I was totally amazed by the number of inspiring people out there going in incredible adventures, in this case in the mountains.

So if you have a chance, check them out for next year, or watch their social media for tours around Spain.

Bilbao Mendi Film Festival

If Spain isn’t an option, there a few others you can check out. EOFT, Dutch Mountain Film Festival, Banff Mountain Film Festival, and much more.

What have I been inspired by?

During the festival above mentioned I had the chance to watch a few movies, some of them really inspired me, so they may inspire you as well.

  • This Mountain Life, inspiring about this girl and her mother going for 6 months in the mountains of British Columbia.

  • The Dawn Wall, Tommy Caldwell, and Kevin Jorgeson climbed a thousand meters seemingly impossible wall.

  • Free Solo, in which Alex Honnold climbs ropeless another thousand meters wall.

What did I read?

Another Escape, Volumen 9, in particular, a couple of stories.

  • Firstly Brothers by Nature in which Ed & James Harrison combine design and conservation in their new project, Under the Skin of endangered animals.

  • Carving Landscapes, in which printmaker Kelli MacConnell shows how her relationship with nature and her work.