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Antarctica — Devil Island and Brown Bluff

January 26, 2010

Here are a few more pictures from our Antarctica “Expedition”.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit Antarctica don’t pass it up — it is an incredible experience.  It’s amazing to think the South pole has only been explored within the last 100 years.

We traversed the Drake Passage in what the staff called “moderately rough” waters which pretty much sent most passengers to their staterooms.  In fact one of the cooks was rolled out of his bed and dislocated his shoulder which required us to rendezvous with another ship later in the week so he could have x-rays.  Another tidbit about the Drake is it takes almost 2 days to cross it — and by the end of the 2 days you really “feel” like you know the Antarctic Convergence…and has you pondering if you could charter a plane for the return trip!

Once we crossed the Antarctic Convergence everyone was on the lookout to spot the first iceberg.  Mac won the contest and was recognized at the Captain’s dinner.  For the rest of the trip people would congratulate him and ask him to spot a whale, leopard seal, etc.  After stopping at Penguin Island (see earlier post), we set sail through the Antarctic Sound, or Iceberg Alley.  This is a body of water about 30 miles long and from 7 to 12 miles wide.  The sound was named by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition under Otto von Nordenskjold for the expedition ship Antarctic which in 1902, under the command of Captain C.A. Larsen, was the first vessel to navigate it.  The next morning we arrived at Devil Island and Brown Bluff in the afternoon.

These pictures were taken on January 13th when we disembarked via zodiacs to Devil Island and Brown Bluff.

Mary Cate enjoys her trip ashore

Penguins at a beach party!

Some "down and out" penguins

Penguin Massage Therapy

"Last one in the water is a rotten egg!"

"Damm, I think I'm last!"

Stopping to enjoy the view

"Hmm...90% of the iceberg is below the water...what was that sound I just heard?!!!"

After dinner we enjoyed the late evening/early morning sun…can’t really call it a sunset since it never actually sets.

Huge iceberg in the distance reflecting the late sun

11pm sun

Cocktails at midnight anyone? Make sure to wear a jacket

On the bridge after midnight

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie B. permalink
    January 26, 2010 23:35

    I can’t wait to show my students the penguin pics when we study penguins….especially since the photos have my nieces/nephews in various shots!!! Makes it all the more up close and personal!! Really extraordinary photos, and love the informative blog!!!

  2. Mary permalink
    January 27, 2010 16:57

    Really extraordinary! Great photographs!

  3. January 28, 2010 09:21

    great pictures and wonderful overview of the landing. thanks for posting.

  4. Maura permalink
    February 3, 2010 21:28

    More awesome pics! Love it! Keep them coming!!!

  5. Darlene permalink
    February 3, 2010 22:23

    How neat!

  6. February 7, 2010 12:15

    LOVE these pictures… especially cocktails at midnight. And the iceberg… okay so I like them all. Hows that Lightroom catalog working out? Hope you guys are all doing well. much love from nyc, Allison

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