To the Edges of the Earth

To the Edges of the Earth

A Journey into Wild Land

Peter Pickford


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Four years. Seven continents.

A quest to document and champion the preservation of the most remote wilderness realms on earth.

Veteran wildlife photographer Peter Pickford and his wife Beverly had a dream to photograph the last remaining wild land on earth. ‘We had become increasingly distressed by two ideas. The first was a sense of panic as to how rapidly wild places and the life that thrived there was diminishing. The second was that we felt compelled to act, to do something about it. I was haunted by the words of Gandhi: ‘Be the change you want to see in the world'.'

To the Edges of the Earth recounts the story of their four and a half years of overland travel, across every continent on earth, in their specially adapted Land Rover. Their journey took them not only through the earth's last wild landscapes, but deeper into the heart of the adventure that is travel: the places, the people, the excitement, the serenity, the hardship and the joy that stepping outside into the unknown makes so immediate to our attention.

Join them on their journey through the storms of Antarctica, the quiet brooding of ancient Patagonian forest, and discover the vast vistas and wild denizens of Alaska and the Yukon. Feel the potent scrutiny of a polar bear in the Arctic, suffer the lack of oxygen of the Tibetan Plateau, the loneliness of the deserted Australian Kimberley, and sleep beside lions in the chill dawn of Namibia's Skeleton Coast to culminate ultimately, as all journeys should, in a powerful evocation of who we are and our subconscious association and bond with the planet that is our home.


Peter Pickford:
Peter Pickford and his wife Beverly are professional wildlife photographers, committed conservationists, and inveterate travellers and explorers. Both born and educated in South Africa, they met in 1979 when they were working in wildlife tourism. The pair embarked on award-winning photography careers. Their work has carried them across all of earth’s continents to produce ten books, among them the bestselling The Miracle Rivers: The Okavango and the Chobe of Botswana, the critically acclaimed Forever Africa: A Journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Morocco and the award-winning Wild Land.