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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.

breaking ice

pulling the the kapitan khlebnikov 02

It’s me, pulling and pushing the Kapitan Khlebnikov.
Even a tough icebreaker like the Khlebnikov can get stuck in the icy Weddell Sea. When that happens, everyone participating in the expedition must help out. This is me, taking my turn in pulling the rope 😉

pulling the the kapitan khlebnikov 01

pushing the the kapitan khlebnikov

national geographic magazine

Publications are always nice, but to have one of my photos published in the famous National Geographic Magazine (the international edition of January 2018) filled me with joy and pride.
The photo shows a cuckoo chick being fed by a much smaller reed warbler, to illustrate an article about the brood paratism behavior of cuckoos.

murmuration (2)

Seeing hundreds or thousands of starlings flying together in a whirling, ever-changing pattern is a phenomenon of nature that amazes and delights those lucky enough to witness it. In the fall of 2017 I was very fortunate to be able to see a murmuration in my own neighborhood. Every night just before sunset the starlings gathered to perform their mysterious dance, right above the buildings on our island. It kept me mesmerized for weeks.

murmuration (1)

Seeing hundreds or thousands of starlings flying together in a whirling, ever-changing pattern is a phenomenon of nature that amazes and delights those lucky enough to witness it. In the fall of 2017 I was very fortunate to be able to see a murmuration in my own neighborhood. Every night just before sunset the starlings gathered to perform their mysterious dance. It kept me mesmerized for a few weeks.

culinary pleasures on board

You would think making a expedition style journey to one of the remotest places on earth would be basic, but we cruised the Antarctics in 5 star comfort. A French ship, with French cooks, two gorgeous restaurants, fine dining twice a day every day. Yes, life really sucks 😉