Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, the Land of Ice - Penguins - Elephant seals - Albatross - and so much more
I visited the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. I always said before the trip that the rough voyage through the Drake's Passage is the part of the price of entry - and although we only crossed through it on the return trip to Ushuaia, it was rough and I had never experienced breakers rolling all the way over the ship. I stood on the captains bridge [behind glass] and felt at times I was under water. Quite an experience. I had taken enough antiemetic drugs to be able to be on my feet most of the time - I did not want to miss this! During the 4+ weeks in the Southern Ocean, I was reminded how
Cara Cara with chick, Falkland Island
Black-browed albatross - when these big birds take off, they run across the water until airborne
Juvenile Elephant Seas - a sleeping giant
Landing in Grytviken, South Georgia, in heavy snowfall.
This is an old whaling station that is now a museum.
Beautiful blue ice of a floating Iceberg
Squabbling Macaroni Penguins
Just above Antarctica, off the
of South Georgia, lies a breeding hot
spot for elephant seals and king penguins known as . Filmmaker Richard Sidey captures incredible
raw footage and the natural sound of this wild bounty for part of his series,
Speechless. With the absence of
narrative, the viewer is left to create their own narrative and their own
experience, without being told what to think. "It gives everyone the possibility of seeing these places for what they
are without the restrictions of cost and the environmental impact,” he says. Gold Harbour
This video was first published by National Geographic on 12 Dec 2014.
Before I sign off for today, I want to thank all of my readers for their continued support, for your comments and notes - that make my day! At times I wonder if my posts interest you, if anyone even reads them.... but finding a response from you in my inbox, makes all the efforts worthwhile.
Thank you! You are a wonderful crowd.
As the year nears its end, I wish you a happy Holiday Season and health, fun, happy travel and all the best for the New Year 2015! I hope to see you all sometime during the next year, maybe for a coffee, maybe for photographing together or just for a chat.