In 2010

The taiga in early spring

Now 2009 is over and we’ve made a fresh start with 2010 it’s time to look forward. After we’ve looked back on the highlights of 2009, it’s now time to see what I plan to do the coming year?

I think it’s always important to keep on developing oneself. This year I intent to focus on my two main specialities: dragonflies and the Arctic.

For dragonflies I plan to dive more into their world. Both in close up as their environment and their behaviour. This means not only close-ups (which I’ll also make of course), but also pictures with the dragonfly in its environment and hopefully this year my first emerging dragonfly…. And of course there will be several trips to rarer dragonflies.

Mercury Bluet in Germany, a trip that will be repeated

Another specialty of mine is the Arctic. At the moment it’s not sure whether I can guide on Spitsbergen again (I’ll keep you posted on that one), but I hope I’ll be on one of the ships again. If not I might go to Spitsbergen on my own to do some photography work, or go back to Sweden. I’ve got plans for a new lecture: “From the taiga to the pack ice” and I still need lots of taiga pictures for that one. So I might also go after some of those shots. And of course the Muskox trip in February, my first real winter experience in Scandinavia.

Finally, with new 5DmkII I’ve got the option to make nice movies. This opens a whole new world, that I gladly explore. Not that I’m going to quit taking pictures, but I think it can be a really nice addition.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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