on the southeastern end of South Georgia.
as seen from above the restored church, on the return walk from Maiviken, a nearby historic sealing station.
on a gorgeous day where, unfortunately, wind and swell prevented us from landing. A huge disappointment.
a historic whaling station to which Sir Ernest Shackleton returned after his epic adventure in 1916. It’s from here that the rescue of the men on Elephant Island was launched.
from the summit of Mount Edda, nearly 1,000 feet above sea level.
as we enter North Cumberland Bay on South Georgia.
and is draped in guano from the South Georgia Shag.
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!
on the evening of 4 January 1922, as his ship lay anchored in the Grytviken harbor on South Georgia. Sadly, later that night he succumbed to a heart attack and died in the place he loved most. I used an astronomical charting program to determine, for that night at that location, the star he likely saw was Sirius, the brightest star in the evening sky.