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During the 9 days I spent in Singapore, over 96 hours were spent with these beauties: smooth-coated otters. Each of those hours went to the Bishan family, the city-state's most famous.⁣ ⁣ I followed them from dawn 'til dusk, becoming part of the family. Our bond grew. They fished below my feet, we'd siesta together to escape the blazing midday heat, and we covered over 150km of waterways. Believe me, they covered that distance far easier than I did with 25kg of camera gear!⁣ ⁣ Fishing near the famous Mariana Bay Sands at dawn, dashing across an artificial football pitch, sleeping underneath a motorway, and swimming along a canal. Completely wild otters in a distinctly urban, human environment -- I hope these images tell their story.⁣ ⁣ My biggest wish is that more cities follow Singapore's example in protecting green spaces. It *is* possible for humans and nature to live in harmony, just as our distant ancestors did.⁣ ⁣ [Nikon D5, 70-200mm f/2.8 & 24-70mm f/2.8]

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🚨**OTTER ALERT**🚨 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ These two playful bundles of fluff are smooth-coated otters... but they're very special. Super duper special. Why though? Well, their story.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ They call Singapore home. With over 5.6 million people (20,000 per square mile!), it's hard to imagine wildlife thriving here. Well, think again.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ By the 1970s, smooth-coated otters had become locally extinct in Singapore. Like so many places around the world, polluted waterways and loss of habitat were the primarily culprits for their disappearance. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Following a concerted effort by the various local authorities, the waterways were cleared up, green spaces created and finally, in the late 1990s, an otter was spotted. They were back.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Since then, they've fanned out across the city-state, with every pocket of land being inhabited by a smooth-coated otter family -- 10 in total. They are thriving. These incredibly intelligent animals have adapted to urban life, creating holts (dens) under motorway bridges, fishing next to skyscrapers, and using drainage systems to navigate the city. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The future? Well, Singapore's population is stable. Elsewhere across south east Asia, increasingly polluted waterways, loss of habitat, and the burgeoning otter pet trade pose massive threats to smooth-coated otters. ⁣ ⁣ [D850, 70-200 f/2.8]

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That beak 😍⁣ ⁣ Looking back on my @visitorkney trip - and my time with these beauties - makes me want to book a return trip... right noowwww!⁣ ⁣ Orkney is so alive; from the cliffs teeming with sea birds, through to the orcas dashing through Scapa Flow.⁣ ⁣ If you’ve been thinking about it: go. If you’re wanting to experience nature at its finest... you guessed it, go #visitorkney!⁣ ⁣ [D5, 70-200mm f2.8]

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Close encounters of the puffin kind on @visitorkney 😍⁣ ⁣ The return of puffins to Orkney is a sure sign of spring. Along with them dozens and dozens of seabirds follow, turning cliffs into the most incredible of natural amphitheatres.⁣ ⁣ Razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, arctic terns, and the list goes on. I could spent months watching and it still wouldn’t be enough.⁣ ⁣ These islands are ALIVE. (Swipe across for a little puffin waddle!) ⁣ ⁣ #visitorkney [D5, 500mm f/4]

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Seeing double on @visitorkney.⁣ ⁣ These wild, wild islands. Elemental, ethereal, enriching. Perfect equilibrium. ⁣ ⁣ My love for Orkney, and for all its wild inhabitants, runs deep. These islands are moulded by the elements, where life adapts and flourishes; most iconic of all, the Atlantic puffins.⁣ ⁣ Puffins are monogamous, meaning they mate for life. Yet, every winter, they're separated for 6 long, brutal months in the Atlantic Ocean.⁣ ⁣ Then, something special happens. They return to the same nest, reuniting with the same mate, all along Orkney's coastlines. Year after year, generation after generation. ⁣ ⁣ That's the magnetism of the Orkney Islands. That unwavering, absolute balance between all things. #visitorkney

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IT'S #WORLDOTTERDAY!⁣ ⁣ As you've likely gathered, I'm *obsessed* with otters... and there's good reason why. ⁣ ⁣ Otters are a keystone species and ambassadors to a first class ecosystem. Wherever you find otters, it's a fantastic sign of a healthy, functioning environment.⁣ ⁣ Unfortunately, such ecosystems are dwindling... and rapidly. From the Pantanal in Brazil through to the waterways of western Europe, habitat loss is a major threat to all 13 otters species.⁣ ⁣ On top of this, polluted waterways and plastics are driving otters away and as a result, the various ecosystems are collapsing.⁣ ⁣ What can we do? Volunteer! Beach cleans, river cleans, you name it. Conservation starts with community. Then of course, recycle (and recycle some more!), avoid those pesky plastics, and choose biodegradable goods 💪🏼⁣ ⁣ Singapore is a shining example of conservation in action. For nearly thirty years, not a SINGLE otter was seen in the city's waterways. Then, after a huge effort to eliminate all water pollution, the first smooth coated otter returned in 1998.⁣ ⁣ Now, 21 years later, smooth coated otter families are thriving across a city of 5.6 million people. As a result of their comeback, various fish species returned, insects, birds and recently, even saltwater crocodiles.⁣ ⁣ That, my friends, is why I love otters.

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Orkney: you’ve done it again.⁣ ⁣ It’s been an amazing week here in Orkney, absolutely packed with mind-blowing wildlife experiences.⁣ ⁣ High on that list? Puffins. These guys are hardcore. They spend the entirety of winter in the Atlantic Ocean, only returning in summer to form huge breeding colonies.⁣ ⁣ Orkney’s coastline constitutes the perfect habitat; plentiful cliff ledges, soft soil for burrows, and few predators.⁣ #visitorkney @visitorkney ⁣ [D5, 500mm f/4]

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The Three Meerkateers.⁣ ⁣ It's rare that I'm able to share the "behind the scenes" of my wildlife work. However, that's all changed... thanks to @lightroom! Check out their IGTV to watch three of my recent African wildlife adventures, plus lots of editing tips to up your post-processing game :-D #ad⁣ ⁣ ****⁣ Climate change is heating up the Khalari Desert to new heights. Summers searingly hot and longer, winters continually shortening and warming. ⁣ ⁣ Such imbalance - particularly at the current rates of change - is decreasing the the number of meerkats born year-on-year. With dwindling numbers, meerkats lack the required 'helpers' within the group to raise young, lowering their numbers even further.⁣ ⁣ In 50 years, meerkats could feasibly vanish from this planet. Fifty years. For a species once so numerous, that's terrifying.⁣ ⁣ Their survival - and that countless other species - is down to us. [Nikon D810, 24-70mm f/2.8]

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In celebration of #EarthDay, I'm ecstatic to be partnering with @lightroom, taking you on a photographic journey! Join me in the wild searching for animals, learning about their behaviours, how to photograph with respect, and then going through the editing process! The link is in my bio :-) #ad⁣ ⁣ Let's not also forget that every day, is Earth Day. Our planet is suffering. We're systematically destroying the vital organs of our globe - oceans, forests, grasslands, the list goes on - and countless species with it... every day.⁣ ⁣ We're the orchestrators of Earth's destiny; a collective, working together as one to heal and nurture. Those changes start from the ground up, beginning with you, your family, your friends, and your community. ⁣ ⁣ Although I'm often raising flags, I'm guilty of not being vocal enough. That's going to change. I've never felt more determined and motivated. In the coming months, I'll be working on some amazing, incredibly inspiring projects showcasing positive impact. I can't wait.⁣ ⁣ Use your voice, own it. Inspire others. Encourage those with influence - both here on social media and in the public sphere - to do the same. We've only got one chance.⁣ ⁣ [Nikon D5, 70-200 f/2.8 & 500 f/4]

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The Kenyan hitchhiker 🦁 intimate scenes like these are often around dawn, as the pride reconvenes after a night of hunting. Lions will nuzzle, play fight, and generally jump around. Why though?! Such behaviour strengthens social bonds within the group. Fancy getting your wildlife work featured on @lightroom? This month’s theme is #Lr_Wild. Give it a go and get involved! 🤗 #AD (D5, 70-200mm f2.8)

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Strength. Power. Determination. For all of this week, I'm taking over @lightroom's page, sharing images of wild places from all corners of this beautiful planet. Go check it out! :) #ad [D5, 500mm f/4]

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Scar. The absolute definition of a warrior. Every battle mark, a testament to his strength in purpose. Long may he rule.

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Soul searcher. The future of his bloodline, the journey uncertain. Destiny.

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The Magic of the Mara // I'm so, SO excited to announce a special Maasai Mara Photographic Adventure! Spending 5 nights in the Greater Mara Region, we'll enjoy an amazing array wildlife, spectacular landscapes, and incredible biodiversity. This is an opportunity to soak up one of Earth's greatest wildernesses, all the while taking your photography game to the next level; we'll cover everything from in-the-field techniques and defining your photographic style, all the way through to post-processing and in-camp workshops. We'll be using an exclusive photographic vehicle, basing ourselves in an out-of-this-world eco lodge, and having a super small group structure (me, you, and 2 others!). Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Hit the link in my bio for lots of info :)

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The King of Naboisho. Challenged by #Nikon in #PursuitOfLight, the Maasai Mara really delivered. This was taken using the new #Z7; I've never enjoyed such detail. The depth this powerful little camera produces is unparalleled. Taken just after sunrise, I pushed the ISO capabilities and man, did the Z7 deliver. I've never seen sharpness like it. [📸: Z7 | 24-70 | 70mm | f/4 | 1/800 | ISO400] #NikkorZ #AD #NikkorZ24_70mm @nikonuknordic

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Dusk is a photographer's dream; a strange limbo between light and dark, with all the advantages that each bring. @nikoneurope challenged me to use the new Z7 in a #PursuitOfLight, to see differently. The incredible low-light ability of the camera made this image possible. Oh, and if you like detail, you're in for a treat with the Z mount -- the edge-to-edge sharpness of the #NikkorZ24_70mm is next level. Seriously. [Z7 | 24-70mm f/4 | 1/2500 | f/4 | ISO400] #Nikon #NikkorZ #AD @nikonuknordic

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"Ghost". As light fades, the dusk air vibrates with an all-encompassing fear. His presence, stirring the forest into a frenzy. The jungle orchestra in full flow, howling, snorting, screeching. Then, silence... a spectral interlude. Ghost strikes. [D5, 500mm f/4]

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Former Kings, returned to the Earth. Their regal presence simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. Through their dynasties the roars echo. These encounters never forgotten.

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Relentless. Both fighting for life. For one, two young cubs to feed. The other, to witness another sunrise.

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Leader. Warrior. Mother. #whoruntheworld [D5, 70-200mm f/2.8]

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Post-Christmas food, anyone?! This polar bear feels incredibly relatable right about now. Hope you’ve all had a spectacular time! 🎄🥂

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Ready, Rudolph?! 🎄 🦌 ⁣ ⁣ I hope you all have the BEST Christmas/Holidays/lazing around time. Eat lots, drink plenty, laugh even more. ⁣ ⁣ Thanks for being awesome! 🎉 🥂

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😴 Sleepy polar bear 😴⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Polar bears are experts at napping. In fact, it’s pretty vital to their survival. With little food available in the summer/autumn months, conservation of available energy is an absolute necessity.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Right now it’s the holidays and I’m constantly eating... yet also napping. I could learn a few lessons from these guys! @churchillwildsafaris | D5, 500mm f/4⁣

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Looking like this after Christmas dinner, anyone?! These two big polars bears were incredible characters. Rolling around, nuzzling, and being general goof balls. Love them. @churchillwildsafaris | D5, 500mm f/4

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Manitoban Magic 💫 ⁣ ⁣ It's an injustice to describe these encounters with words. In fact, it's near impossible. The way that ethereal light filled the air, the sharp cold on my skin and of course, this beautiful, beautiful animal.⁣ ⁣ Just by looking at this image, I feel it all over again. The perfect sensation.⁣ ⁣ @churchillwildsafaris | #TravelMB | D5 & 500mm f/4

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Meet Janet. She’s awesome.⁣ ⁣ She’s also tough. Really tough. She endures some of the world's most brutal weather each year.⁣ ⁣ She - like hundreds of other polar bears - was on the Hudson Bay's shores waiting for the sea ice. That wait is becoming longer and longer.⁣ ⁣ Each year, the sea ice - averagely - is forming one day later and melting one day earlier. Over the next 15 years, that's a month's worth of hunting, gone. That can't happen. ⁣ ⁣ It's thanks to companies like @churchillwildsafaris that these bears - and their habitat - is having a spotlight shone on them. So, what can you do? Use your voice. Be heard. It starts with you. ⁣ ⁣ @travelmanitoba #TravelMB [D5, 70-200 f/2.8]

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The Prince of the Arctic.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ His kingdom, shrinking. It's arrival becoming increasingly later, the departure sooner. The long summer months ever-growing. His silent, frozen world... vanishing.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Spending time with Hudson Bay's polar bears was beyond a privilege... but to walk with them? I'm still lost for words. Massive thank you to the legendary guides Derek, Paul, and Emri at @churchillwildsafaris for sharing their wisdom and knowledge that makes it possible. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing countless more images and stories from the frozen tundras of northern Manitoba. Also, crucially, explaining how *you* can get involved to ensure this wilderness - and countless others like it - can continue to flourish and thrive. They need your help.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ @travelmanitoba #TravelMB // D5, 70-200mm f2.8

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Proud to be #sponsored by Adobe Northern Norway’s winter light is pure magic; crisp, blue-ish hues filling the sky with fantastical atmosphere. To bring this scene to life, I used good ol’ trusty @lightroom, which gave this image life. If you check my Stories, you’ll find a mini tutorial using the Lightroom CC mobile app - inc. my favourite feature, the adjustment brush! There’s also a 16% off code in there, plus in my bio - ends on Friday!!! :) #AdobeLightroom

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Next week, I return to the frozen north. There are no words in the English language to describe my excitement.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ I’ll be in one of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas, surrounded by polar bears, wolves, and endless other amounts of amazing wildlife.⁣ ⁣ More will be revealed next week — see you in Canada. 🇨🇦👋🏼

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November 1st. ❄️ mode: on. In just 5 days time, a lifelong wildlife dream will come true. I’ve been brimming with excitement for months and I can’t wait to share the experience with you all. 🤗 [D5, 70-200 f/2.8]

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Durdle DONE.⁣ ⁣ 1,040km (630 miles) hiked, 34,000m (111,500ft) ascended, 26.5 days passed, endless memories created.⁣ ⁣ The experience wasn’t so much ‘life changing’ but more so, a reawakening. ⁣ ⁣ My ‘normal’ life is so erratic there’s barely time to stay still, let alone truly look inwardly. This challenge enabled me to spend valuable time with myself and wrestle with painful memories that I’d buried away 10 years ago. ⁣ ⁣ It reminded me how lucky I am - of how lucky we all are - to live on this tiny blue dot, in the middle of an infinite universe. How fortunate we are to love, to laugh, to learn, to live. I can now look back at the past with my eyes wide open, rather than through my hands.⁣ ⁣ I’m endlessly thankful to all those who donated, raising an incredible £4,200 for a charity so close to my heart. Also, for the hundreds of messages with words of encouragement; it meant the world.⁣ ⁣ Be nice to each other :)⁣

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Hoy-wai’ii. The Orkney Islands blew my mind 🤯. At 335m high, St John’s Head on the island of Hoy are UK’s tallest cliffs. They. Are. Huge. Check out @visitorkney for more pics — I’m doing a takeover there 🤗 [D810, 70-200 f/2.8]

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🦁🦁🦁. Shared ambitions, motivations, desires. Their bond fused by brotherhood. It’s hard to explain witnessing moments like these. There’s a form of transcendence, where time slows and senses heighten. I’m addicted. I live for it. ——— Don’t forget, my #LightroomUnleashed series with @lightroom is still available! 5 videos — all made and shot in Africa — packed with editing tips. Link in my bio ☺️.

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The Warrior: relentless, unforgiving, fearless. His very history etched into his face. Still, he dominates. The King of the Mara. —— To see how I edit my wildlife shots, hit the link in my bio! Myself and @lightroom have created #LightroomUnleashed. 5 videos. 5 methods. Dive in! [D5, 70-200 f/2.8]

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Tranquility. Contemplation. Peace. - - Moments like these demand you to be *present*. To make time stand still. Where seconds feel like hours and the senses heightened. Often time, slowing down will get you to the destination faster. 🤗 - - Also, have you seen the #LightroomUnleashed series I’ve collaborated with @lightroom on?! If not, hit the link in my bio!

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Elemental. The word most fitting to @visitorkney. Mother Nature dominates here. Her creations everywhere. On these islands, you’ll feel closer to Earth than ever before. #visitorkney #loveorkney

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Eye-to-eye with the King. - Want some wildlife photography @lightroom tips?! Well, there’s now FIVE (!) of my processing videos on the #LightroomUnleashed webpage! The link is in my bio 🤗 - If you have any questions on processing in Lightroom CC, check my story for a Q&A! [D810, 500mm f/4]

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Mother Nature at her fierce best. What a week on @visitorkney. In awe of the spectacular coastlines, varied landscapes and of course, spectacular bird life! #visitorkney #loveorkney [D810 / 24-70 f2.8]

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So, SO excited (and honoured) to launch #LightroomUnleashed, in partnership with @lightroom! I’ve always wanted to create Lightroom tutorials that *bring* the viewer with me: from the moment I took an image, to the final edit. Well, finally, that dream has been achieved! 5 videos. 5 animals. 5 locations. Check out the link in my bio and share your feedback & thoughts. THANK YOU!

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The Warriors. Their faces a canvas, painted with the scars of past conquests and defeats. Their every aching movement, telling of the relentless pursuit of dominance. Their piercing eyes, scanning the lands fraught with danger. Take me back. [D5, 24-70mm f2.8 | @asiliaafrica]

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The Warriors. Their faces a canvas, painted with the scars of past conquests and defeats. Their every aching movement, telling of the relentless pursuit of dominance. Their piercing eyes, scanning the lands fraught with danger. Take me back. [D5, 24-70mm f2.8 | @asiliaafrica]

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Fairytale scenes in the Maasai Mara. Every second spent with these beauties is precious. [ @asiliaafrica / D5, 70-200mm f/2.8]

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Anyone else longing for autumn?! Just me?! Cosy evenings, the chill in the air. Gimmmmeeee 🍂 (D810 w/ 24-70 f/2.8)

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Big walls and big storms. Happy to hear that the Valley is opening up again. Big props to those brave men and women who’ve been fighting fires all summer long. Incredible bravery. [D810, 24-70 f/2.8]

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Still not over this encounter. Never will be. Ever. Ever ever. [D5 / 500mm f/4]

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Home. I walked these beaches and cliffs as a boy with my family. Sat around campfires with my friends as a teenager. Brought first loves here to show them the 'Dorset' way (HA!). Now, I come here to cleanse my mind. Breathe the pure air. To remind myself of where I'm from. This October, I'll be hiking the South West Coast Path (1000km) to fundraise for @mssocietyuk and in honour of my late father. This exact spot will be around Day 29 of 30, one of the most special places in the world to me; the thought of it makes me feel quite emotional already! To read more about what I'm doing and why, I've put a link in my bio :) (D5, 24-70 f/2.8)

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“Can you shout me out, bro?” Here’s to you, young iguana.... and here’s to the astounding US Virgin Islands. Undeterred by two devastating category 5 hurricanes, they’ve rebounded and rebuilt stronger than ever. My advice? Visit. Now! @lightroom | @visitusvi | #BeBoundless (D810 / 24-70 f/2.8)

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Flying giants. Still one of my favourite encounters ever. Breach.... another breach.... and another. Nobody *really* knows why humpbacks breach but it’s generally thought it’s for communication, loosening parasites from the skin, or to breathe “fresh” air in bumpy seas... or all the above! I’m just going to tell myself it’s because he/she knew I was in town 😆 Nikon D5 | 70-200 f2.8

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The Big Boss. The green iguanas on @visitusvi are amazing. Despite their name, their colour variants (both skin and eyes) makes no two subjects the same. Then of course, their character. This big guy was ridiculously relaxed, perched on the Beverly Hills of palm trees. On the flip side, the youngsters were incredibly inquisitive and loved chasing their reflections. Before I knew it, I’d spent 3 hours with these beauts. Can you blame me?! @lightroom | #BeBoundless | D5, 24-70 f/2.8

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Anyone for a swim?! 🙋🏼‍♂️ An astounding 60% of Saint John - one of the US Virgin Islands - is National Park. Snorkel trails? Go for it. Hike through rainforest? You betcha. This place is pristine. Visit. Seriously. @lightroom | @visitusvi | #BeBoundless