Antarctic Photos Revisited

While the weather has been too hot to work outside, I have been spending some time reviewing my photo library – culling out some duds, key wording some and just reviewing others. It’s a useful exercise as sometimes when you come back to photos that you initially rejected, you find that they were pretty good…

Flight Over Antarctica

  On Sunday, we enjoyed the Christmas present that Jill and I had given each other – a flight over Antarctica. Run on a chartered Qantas long-range 747, these flights operate only six times per year and this one was the last flight for the season. Jill wouldn’t get to see the white continent any…

Antarctica Photo Gallery

Now that I have been home from Antarctica for a few days, I have thad some time in which to sort out my photos (2983 of them) and select the best few to show in a public photo gallery. I have created four separate galleries in this post – 1. Ushuaia, 2 Falkland Islands, 3.…

Still On The Way Home

Today has been our final day at sea. It’s been another day of little wind, sunshine and smooth seas. We’ve been making good progress towards Ushuaia at 14 knots (about 20 km / hr) means that bee have made up too much time. In the afternoon we have slowed down to a little over 5…

On the Way Back to Ushuaia

I’m taking the risk of writing tis in the middle of the day as I don’t think that anything much is going to happen here for the rest of the day. We are now at sea on our return trip to Ushuaia with another day and a half of sailing. We are blessed with calm…

Our Last Day in Antarctica

Today was our last day in Antarctica. We were meant to be here for only two days, but because of the fog at Elephant Island, we have been able to fit in an extra day.  Our day started at 6.00 am with a wake-up cal as we entered the Lemaire Channel. This is a narrow…

Gerlache Strait

Today has been a stunning Antarctic day. We woke up in Willhemena Bay in the northern end of the Antarctic peninsular. The weather was sunny, the sky was blue and the air temperature was -1C. We were off in Zodiacs to see the sites by 7:00 am, before breakfast. Wilhemena Bay is noted place for…

Awesome Antarctica

Well, today has been a great day, We are at the northern end of the Antarctic Peninsular in calm seas and brilliant sunshine. The weather has really made up for the windy and wild weather that we had during our crossing from South Georgia.  We awoke this morning to our first view of Antarctica –…

More Bad Weather

This expedition is keeping to its need for flexibility. We arrived at Elephant Island at about 6 am this morning to find it shrouded in heavy fog and a 30 knot wind blowing from the north west. We stopped for a half hour and ddecided that it was not good enough to launch zodiacs and…

Another Sea Day

Today was a very quiet day at sea with little of great interest. One of the most notable events was that we crossed back int our old time zone (Buenos Aries time), so we had an extra hour in bed.  I spent a little time on the bridge today and every now and then we…

A Rough Day at Sea

When I awoke this morning, I could feel the ship rocking and rolling quite heavily. At one time I would be lying in a position where my head was much higher than my feet, and in the next, my feet ere at a higher elevation thank my head. I grabbed a seasickness pill and swallowed…

Last Days in Georgia

This is our last day in South Georgia before we head down to Antarctica.  We were awake at 6.00 am this morning for an early call to go out in Zodiacs before the wind picked up to go to Gold Harbour where there were thousands of King Penguins on the long strip of beach. There…