Category Archives: landscapes

icebergs

After leaving the the dreaded Drake Passage behind us, we had landed in the icy world of the Weddell Sea overnight.
At 06.00 we were awakened by our expedition leader, who apologized for waking us up, but he could imagine that many of us wanted to take pictures outside on deck. I opened our curtains, gobbled for 1 second at the phenomenal view outside our small window and got dressed within a record time of 2 minutes, complete with warm parka and boots, camera strapped around my neck, finding myself outside on deck, witnessing this scene glide by.
What attracts me so much to  Antarctica is the silence caused by the absence of human habitation and the beautiful richness of subtle colors. Perhaps you think of white when you think of Antarctica: white ice and white snow. But the sky of this continent is often full of beautiful pastels: yellow, pink, all shades of blue and gray and white. And then there are these different types of ice: glacier types of ice, old ice, new ice, blue ice.

views from the ship

sailing through the beagle channel

Leaving Ushuaia this was our view from the ship while sailing through the Beagle Channel, heading for Snow Hill Island, Antarctica. The snowcapped mountains in the background are the foothills of the Andes.

Landed in the icy Weddell Sea.

Parked in the ice. Our view from one side of the ship.

Parked in the ice. Our view from the other side of the ship.

The cracks in the sea ice.

landscapes

Stunning sceneries while sailing from Deception Island to Half Moon Island.

I took this photo because I was attracted to the red color of the rocks. It was not until I was at home, looking at it on a large screen, I noticed there were people in red coats looking at a penguin colony on the right side of the mountain.

 

 

The last photo is an iPhone shot of Half Moon Island, our very last landing.

gentoos at whalers bay

Luckily for me there were some Gentoo penguins on the beach of Whalers Bay. It’s difficult to be sad when you see penguins. In the background is our ship.

The last photo is an iPhone shot. It’s incredible what you can do with a smartphone nowadays.

abstracts

Detail of the iceberg on the third photo.

The more you zoom in on structures and shapes the more abstract it gets.

The walls of high icebergs. The flying birds give a sense of scale.

icebergs ahead

Icebergs ahead while sailing towards the Antarctic Peninsula.

 

The different colors of old and new ice.

The very first iceberg I saw, shortly after sunrise. There’s a strange halo in the air (no lens flare).

gold harbour

King penguin love.

Gold Harbour at sunrise. Thousands and thousands of King Penguins and Southern elephant seals.

Photo taken from the ship, just before sunrise.

First sunbeams on the King Penguins as we meet them on their beach at Gold Harbour.

The stranger in our midst. An elephant seal in the King penguin colony.

Life in the King penguin creche.

King penguiun chick wondering about something.

O my god! It’s a giant king chick!!

Wide angle shot of Gold Harbour beach.

King penguin diving into the sea.

st andrews bay

One of the places I had been dreaming about to visit, but we only got to see from the ship: St Andrews Bay.
If I would have known that landing there was impossible, which we heard half an hour before, I would have taken some more and maybe some other photos from this distance. But for now, this is all I have.

St Andrews Bay is famous for its huge amounts of king penguins. Salisbury Plain had tens of thousands of them, St Andrews Bay has hundreds of thousands. I would have loved to have made abstract looking photos over there, from the patterns the adults and chicks form by standing there packed together.