Journey to Antarctica – Part 4

First, a quick update on the Herndon ArtSpace Fine Art Photography Competition.  I was quite pleased on Saturday evening to receive a 3rd Place Award for my “Clearing Storm, Yosemite Valley” image (see my previous post here).  Maybe I should do this more often…or should I quit while I’m ahead?   Anyway, back to the saga of the White Continent……….

Antartica Map 03 Version 2

It seems that every Antarctica trip veteran we met before our departure had a different story about the weather.  Although we’ve been there only once, it’s pretty easy to see why.  Even when conditions are not extreme (i.e., enormous waves, huge storms), the weather is still volatile and often localized. This combination can make things very interesting. The following sequence of images on our passage through the Lemaire Channel is just one example.

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Lemaire Channel, Looking South at Sunrise

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Lemaire Channel, Looking East  (One Minute Later)

Antarctica 21Lemaire Channel (25 Minutes Later)

Lemaire Channel is about 7 miles long and a mile wide at its narrowest point. Because of the closeness of the sheltering mountains, it can be as smooth as a lake.  Icebergs, however, can block the passage especially earlier in the season.   Our destination was Petermann Island, home to another colony of Gentoo penguins and no iceberg congestion interfered (two images below).

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Gentoo Penguin Surveys His/Her Domain

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Gentoo Penguins on Petermann Island

Petermann Island was the southernmost point of our expedition, even though we would not have complained had the captain decided to break ranks and continue on. But such was not the case and that evening we retraced our route through the Lemaire Channel. On the positive side, we were treated not only to some very nice evening light by the setting sun but also the spectacle of a rising full moon (images below)

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Sunset, Antarctica

Antarctica 25Alpen Glow, Antarctica

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Moonrise, Antarctica

Next—Paradise Bay and Beyond

40 thoughts on “Journey to Antarctica – Part 4

    • Thanks very much for visiting and for the comments. I had to move fast to get that one because the boat was moving. Most of these images with a panorama format are actually several images (two in this case) merged together on my computer. The computer doesn’t have too much trouble when all of the images are taken from exactly the same spot. But since I couldn’t expect a 500-foot long ship to stop every time I saw a good scene, my only option was to shoot the sequence as quickly as possible (about 1 second for this image) and hope for the best.

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  1. Robin, there are just no adequate words to convey how beautiful these images are! Each and every one I scrolled to, I just continued to gape. What a fantastical area of the earth, and how blessed you are to have seen it with your own eyes. Thanks for sharing these remarkable photos. I will definitely revisit them!

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    • Hi, Stacy: Thanks so much for those very nice words. I plan to start making some exhibition prints fairly soon. Even though Open Studio is more than 6 months away, I am getting excited about it already.

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  2. Oh Robin, these images are stunning. I have been debating about going to Antarctica before I give up work – images like yours are certainly making me think about this more seriously!

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    • Thanks very much for the visits and comments. After the trip, I would highly recommend it for anyone who likes travel and discovery. Unlike many trips, one feels they have wandered into a different time, that the vessel carrying you and your fellow passengers are alone in a strange land equivalent in size to the lower 48 states.

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  3. Congratulations on your award Robin. I’ve just caught up with all your Antarctica posts, they are all amazing and it seems such a wonderful experience! Thank you so much for sharing your marvellous photos and travel stories with us.

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    • Thanks, Katie: Thanks for checking out the posts and for the kind words. As you say, it was a memorable experience, and I’m glad I had the opportunity. It was also kind of Mother Nature to provide some fantastic conditions. But as we were about to leave the last stop, she gave us just a little taste of what it could be like. And that was fun too.

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