on this second voyage to Antarctica. Here we are on Greenwich Island in the Shetland Island group, arriving on a pebble tombolo beach populated by fur seals and gentoo and chinstrap penguins.
following a terrific 18 day long voyage to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. The guests will depart tomorrow and the ship reprovisioned, welcoming new guests aboard later in the day with a return to Antarctica.
is a more positive way of thinking about my new focus in life. Here I am in Gold Harbour on South Georgia celebrating this wonderful exploration of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.
was the site of phreatomagmatic eruptions in 1967, 1969 and 1970. Since then, a glacier is advancing into one of the maar craters formed during the explosive eruptions.
that erupted beneath a thick glacial ice cover, technically termed a “tuya.”
as we approach the Antarctic Sound.
is where Ernest Shackleton’s men waited patiently for rescue for nearly five months on a lonely rocky platform. Today, a monument stands honoring Captain Pardo of the Yelcho who ultimately took the men off the remote island.
on the Salisbury Plain of South Georgia. Wow!
was made by guests and expedition staff at his grave in Grytviken on arrival at this historic whaling station. Later, my two colleagues, Peter Harrison and Jonathan Rossouw, joined me at the grave for a more personal reflection.
is a platform for biology on steroids. Here are several images of the enormous king penguin colony (as many as ~100,000 pairs) as seen from different perspectives. Words can’t describe the overwhelming experience to land here!