Underwater photographer of the year 2018 winners – in pictures

German photographer Tobias Friedrich has been named this year’s winner for his ‘perfectly lit and composed’ panorama of a wreck off the coast of Egypt, while British winner Grant Thomas captured a couple of affectionate swans

Admire Charles Darwin, but never forget Alfred Russel Wallace and James Hutton

– All fans of Charles Darwin, and indeed his opponents too, should take some time to read about Alfred Russel Wallace and James Hutton. These two men should always be mentioned in the same breath as Darwin. I can guarantee creationists will utterly detest Hutton’s ideas.

James Hutton – The Father of Modern Geology.

Alfred Russel Wallace – the co-discoverer of natural selection

If you would like some academic insight into the accuracy of quotes attributed to Charles Darwin, please see this place

So why this post on a travel blog – well these three people travelled widely in their investigations into the truth. Travel does broaden the mind.

 

Lord of the ring road: see Iceland through the windscreen

A driving holiday around Iceland’s Golden Circle and south coast gives a widescreen view of its cinematic landscape

 

Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including

Travels through History : France

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

Nice to meet you: amazing new animal species discovered in 2017 – in pictures

From the Pink Floyd shrimp that makes a noise so loud it can kill small fish, to giant stick insects and new types of orangutans and gibbons, here is a round up of new animal species discovered in 2017.

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

The number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 finalists – in pictures

Wrestling komodo dragons and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by photographers for this year’s competition. The exhibition opens on 16 October at the Natural History Museum in London