Roving Tortoise Worldwide
"Images of wildlife & wilderness from our planet's most pristine uninhabited regions"
perspective |pərˈspektiv| noun
• The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations;
• A true understanding of the relative importance of things;
• Wisdom, the related experience & values of the narrator.
Tui De Roy & Mark Jones
~ unique perspectives on the natural world ~
Sunset with the Salvin's Albatross on the rarely visited New Zealand subantarctic Bounty Islands
Photo by © Tui De Roy
Take That!! Female marine iguanas in Galapagos fight to claim a prime nesting spot in the black volcanic sand. Photo by © Tui De Roy
High-speed stoop of a Galapagos Hawk. This image, from Tui's latest visit to Alcedo Volcano, embodies the beauty of photography beyond the limitations of film... (Nikon D4/200mm lens) Photo © Tui De Roy
Slow motion action of waves washing over a marine iguana clinging to a submerged rock as she heads out to feed on algae that grows in the tidal zone. Photo by © Tui De Roy
Bromeliads growing in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest: today only fragmented remnants of this verdant ecosystem remain intact. Photo by © Tui De Roy
Alert and suspicious as daylight begins to fade, a leopard patrols his territory: captured with a wide angle lens using a wireless remote to fire both camera and flash. Photo © Mark Jones
Open Ocean feeding frenzy off the Galapagos Islands: silky sharks and rainbow runners dash through the balled-up schools of juvenile fish. Photo by © Tui De Roy
An underwater flight of King penguins off Australia's Macquarie Island. Photo by © Tui De Roy
A primordial Galapagos scene, no doubt replayed thousands of times during these islands' evolution: Flightless cormorants court as fresh lavas spew from a nearby vent on Fernandina Is. Photo © Tui De Roy
Slow motion panning with fill flash in the tree-top realm of the Scarlet macaw, Tambopata-Candamo Reserve, Peruvian Amazon. Photo by © Tui De Roy
Antipodean albatrosses use the undersea Kaikoura Canyon to find rich pickings, as do many other seabirds, and are especially attracted to fishing boat discards. Photo by © Tui De Roy
Renown for its cheeky antics, New Zealand's endemic mountain parrot - the kea - lives above snow-line, where it uses that remarkable beak to fossick for nutritious roots and tubers. Photo by © Tui De Roy
Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site, in the Little Karoo, South Africa: a spectacular variety of blooms dominated by dewflowers of Drosanthemum (Mesemb family). Photo by © Tui De Roy
Ears and eyes alert to the slightest movement, a Maned Wolf in full leap after a mouse scurrying in the dry grasslands of Serra de Canastra National Park, Brazil. Photo by © Mark Jones
Cataracts of water stream from the 6m wide fluke of a sounding Blue whale, the largest animal to have ever lived. Sea of Cortez, Mexico. Photo by © Tui De Roy
Ever playful and gregarious: Dusky dolphins leap in unison off the Kaikoura Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Photo by © Mark Jones
Fresh out of the nest but not yet fully flighted, a young Harpy Eagle tests its formidable new talons on a rotting tree stump 35m above ground in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by © Tui De Roy
Foraging for an entire family, a male Sulawesi Red-knobbed Hornbill delivers fig fruits to his mate who safely sealed herself into a cavity where she will raise the chicks until fledging. Photo by © Tui De Roy
Fresh rainfall glistens on the huge saucer-sized petals of the Mount Cook Lily (actually a the world's largest buttercup), high above Fox Glacier in the New Zealand Southern Alps. Photo by © Mark Jones
The setting sun highlights the dense ash falls emanating from an eruption cloud over Mount Ruapehu in the centre of New Zealand's North Island. Photo by © Tui De Roy
The first seasonal rain sweeps down from the hidden heights of Mt. Kenya, while a fleeting golden sunrise paints a vibrant rainbow over the parched plains of Lewa Conservancy. Photo by © Tui De Roy
The last squeals of pain for the warthog piglet turn into squeals of delight for the lion cubs as their mother forces the to tussle over the spoils of her latest hunt: Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Photo © Tui De Roy
Emblem of the Antarctic: an Emperor Penguin in the surreal light and ice-scapes of the frozen continent. Photo by © Tui De Roy
Welcome to the world as we see it...
~ we specialise in photographing – and writing about – unfettered wildlife and nature ~
In viewing our images you can rest assured that you never need to question the integrity of what you see. We have over 30 years experience in professional conservation photography. Our images are taken in wild and natural conditions, and we take great pride in promoting the strictest ethical standards, both in the field and in the subsequent digital processing of photographs.
We believe an image should depict the truth about a particularly special moment in time: we aim to touch the emotions, evoke a sense of being there and nurture awe and respect for the complex lives of wild creatures. Our honesty in captioning will always state if an image was taken in a captive or controlled situation, or if other non-standard photographic or digital optimising techniques have been used.
~ we hope you will enjoy exploring our website ~
Functionality: we have endeavoured to create a comprehensive series of pages that are clear, consistent and self explanatory, with easy to navigate menus and specially highlighted Feature Buttons (like the two below). However, for those seeking to know more, via browser tooltips, mouse-overs, embedded links and ongoing development you can discover multi-levels of further information and added interactivity.
Mouse-overs pop-up to look like this.
Usually indicated with pale blue text, they may contain images, explanatory text or other worthwhile titbits... aka rollovers, they either go away automatically when you move off (like this one), or may have their own close box. Touch-screen devices may need to be tapped to activate / deactivate this kind of pop-up functionality.
Underlined blue words are always links...
They take you somewhere new that is of related interest: usually they open separate pages or informative pop-up windows within our site, or sometimes a separate window/tab for links to other sources. Do please let us know if you uncover any broken or misdirected links, thank you.
To view highlight selections of our images, please visit these gallery pages...
All our images are available for commercial licensing. Please contact us with your design requirements
— editorial, advertising, exhibits or conservation projects, in print or on-line, large budget or small —
we have an extensive picture library and are always happy to help realise your natural history photographic needs.
The Chelonians - a.k.a. the Roving Tortoises...
Beyond being out in the field, there is of course a lot more to the business of wildlife photography than just living on corned beef and wielding a camera!
Tui: Communications Executive, Brainstormer & Photography demigoddess;
Julie: Design, Production & PR, Accounting, Facebook Manager, unpaid cleaner;
Mark: Technical Development & Computing, IT & Webmaster, General Admin Dogsbody.