Luke Around The World – 20100209 – Antarctic Peninsula

My second time to Antarctica, and probably the last time for many years to come. I ran long on this podcast, but had a lot of things to talk about. Hopefully I can keep these photos in a similar order to how I mentioned them during the podcast.

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A zodiac with the Marco Polo int he background (2007).
A zodiac with the Marco Polo int he background (2007).

Zodiac semi-inflatables, here seen pushing small icebergs away from the (comparatively delicate) tender embarkation platform that hugs the side of the ship at the waterline (2007).
Zodiac semi-inflatables, here seen pushing small icebergs away from the (comparatively delicate) tender embarkation platform that hugs the side of the ship at the waterline (2007).

Peter Hillary (son of Sir Edmund Hillary), Pola, and yours truly (2007).
Peter Hillary (son of Sir Edmund Hillary), Pola, and yours truly (2007).

Me and Pola juggling in Antarctica (2007).
Me and Pola juggling in Antarctica (2007).

Penguin and photographer (2007).
Penguin and photographer (2007).

No humans beyond this point. In Antarctica, penguins have the right of way (2007).
No humans beyond this point. In Antarctica, penguins have the right of way (2007).

Night in Antarctica, or as close to it as you get two days after the longest day of the year, just a few degrees above the Antarctic Circle (2007).
Night in Antarctica, or as close to it as you get two days after the longest day of the year, just a few degrees above the Antarctic Circle (2007).

Whale skull at an old whaling station. In the background is a Leopard Seal (2007).
Whale skull at an old whaling station. In the background is a Leopard Seal (2007).

More whale bones and a research ship (2007).
More whale bones and a research ship (2007).

Bertha’s Breasts at the entrance to the Lemare Channel.(2007).
Bertha's Breasts at the entrance to the Lemare Channel.(2007).

Me and Pola on Christmas Eve 2007.
Me and Pola on Christmas Eve 2007.

Half Moon Island. The wind picked up and due to safety concerns we had to leave early and rejoin the ship (2007).
Half Moon Island. The wind picked up and due to safety concerns we had to leave early and rejoin the ship (2007).

Elephant Island.
Elephant Island.

The bay on Elephant Island where Shackleton and crew landed.
The bay on Elephant Island where Shackleton and crew landed.

There are many impressive icebergs in the water around Antarctica. Here’s one.
There are many impressive icebergs in the water around Antarctica. Here's one.

Penguins on the iceberg.
Penguins on the iceberg.

The Arctowski Polish Antarctic Research Base, Admiralty Bay.
The Arctowski Polish Antarctic Research Base, Admiralty Bay.

Snowy Petrel, the bird with the southernmost breeding area.
Snowy Petrel, the bird with the southernmost breeding area.

Another awesome iceberg, this one with an arch.
Another awesome iceberg, this one with an arch.

The mountains have no trees or any other feature to judge their size. Here you can see a boat below the mountain, and suddenly the size becomes apparent. It’s possible to see similar height mountains all over the world, but not with that much snow, and not that much snow right down to sea level. Maybe in Greenland, but I’ve never visited Greenland.
The mountains have no trees or any other feature to judge their size. Here you can see a boat  below the mountain, and suddenly the size becomes apparent. It's possible to see similar height mountains all over the world, but not with that much snow, and not that much snow right down to sea level. Maybe in Greenland, but I've never visited Greenland.

The same boat with a glacier behind.
The same boat with a glacier behind.

This is a feed from a camera on the bridge. The wind was pretty strong!
This is a feed from a camera on the bridge. The wind was pretty strong!

Mountains and people.
Mountains and people.

Me in the jacuzzi.
Me in the jacuzzi.

The swimming pool was far, far colder.
The swimming pool was far, far colder.

Jumping into the pool. Chilly!
Jumping into the pool. Chilly!

Sunset in Antarctica.
Sunset in Antarctica.

A rock formation at the entrance to Deception Island (2007).
A rock formation at the entrance to Deception Island (2007).

A sailing boat in Deception Island, which must be one of the largest (almost) completely enclosed natural harbors in the world (2007).
A sailing boat in Deception Island, which must be one of the largest (almost) completely enclosed natural harbors in the world (2007).

The very visible geology in Antarctica due to complete lack of soil and vegetation. Just imagine if we got rid of all the ice, and how many new fossils we could find! That said, I’d rather keep the ice…
The very visible geology in Antarctica due to complete lack of soil and vegetation. Just imagine if we got rid of all the ice, and how many new fossils we could find! That said, I'd rather keep the ice...


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