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!

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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!


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