West Point Island and Carcass Island

Dec 01, 2017 - National Geographic Orion


The West Falklands provide one with a sense of what life is like on the frontier between civilization and raw wilderness. While the islands have been mostly cultivated for sheep or cattle, there persists a constant reminder that this landscape cannot be completely tamed. The elements and native animals that thrive in them carry on despite the anthropological disturbance with a delightful dissonance that rarely experienced so gently.

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Ian Strachan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

One steady constant in Ian’s life has been the ocean. Born by the rocky shores of mid-coast Maine, his family repatriated to far north Queensland in Australia early on in his life where he became a dual-citizen and sparked his passion for exploring new environments. Living only an hour away from the Great Barrier Reef served to direct, if not focus, the exhilaration of discovery and set him on his current path. Returning to native soil for education, Ian was fascinated by altogether too many subjects, leaving him with a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Psychobiology, focusing on animal behavior and perception, and with minors in Astronomy, History, and Environmental Science.

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