My Favorites out of the much larger collections in parts I, II, III
The eastern part of the small city of Ushuaia, Argentina on a fairly clear day. This city is where we embarked on the expedition.
Looking behind us toward some of the mountains near Ushuaia, and the pilot boat for the port.
The rocks we encountered in Whaler's Bay, Deception Island, are the result of lava becoming rock when it runs into thick ice.
A Chinstrap Penguin, the first penguin I encountered in the wild. They are a little bigger than the Gentoo Penguins, who also were scattered around Whaler's Bay.
A Gentoo Pengin, resting.
The small cemetery at Whaler's Bay
Our ship, MS The World, in Whaler's Bay.
Weddell Seal, near Cuverville Island
Leopard Seal, near Cuverville Island
Gentoo Penguin on the penguin highway at Neko Harbor
Paradise Bay, named for it's relatively friendly climate (a low bar)
Approaching Lemaire Channel from the north, late afternoon
The south end of Lemaire Channel, looking north
The Penola Strait had sufficient ice, that we couldn't reach the Antarctic Circle, as The World had in previous years
The view from the other side of this Lemaire Channel landmark is as spectacular as the better known side.
The building containing the post office, store, and museum at Port Lockroy
Approaching "Iceberg Alley", Antarctic Sound
From our Kayak, some Adelie penguins at Brown Bluff (just off of Antarctic Sound)
North edge of the Weddell Sea
Approaching Elephant Island
That thin peninsula on the right is Cape Valentine, where Shackleton's mens first reached land after a couple years on the ice. They soon realized they shouldn't/couldn't stay there and moved a bit further west to Port Wild.
Port Wild, where Shackleton's men awaited rescue
The peculiar monument at port wild, not to Shackleton or any of his crew, but to the captain of the ship that Shackleton got to rescue them.
The former whaling station of Grytviken, South Georgia Island. Now a historical site complete with museum and post office. It is where we first encountered King Penguins
Elephant seals blocking the trail to Shackleton's gravesite
Grytviken from a distance
St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia Island
Sometime King Penguins seem to do a dominance dance, involving bumping of their chests and extending their necks to be as tall as possible
Looking back at St. Andrews Bay as we left
Looking back at St. Andrews Bay as we left
Albatross we saw as we entered Drygalski Fjord (the southern end of South Georgia Island)
Gold Harbour, South Georgia Island. Lots of snow and rough surf meant we could only see what we could see from a zodiac
Gold Harbour, South Georgia Island. The snow finally lifted somewhat just as we were leaving, revealing some of the scenery we had been missing
Cooper Bay, South Georgia Island (actually an island a bit off to the south east of South Georgia Island proper). Here we first encountered Macaroni Penguins (named for the decorative feathers on their heads), along with a very large number of seals and Gentoo Penguins. Our naturalist had never seen anywhere near as many seal pups there as on this visit.
Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island. Another very snowy morning in South Georgia's warmest time of the year
The main King Penguin nesting area at Fortuna Bay had 50,000 pairs - stunning to see and hear so many up close.
Stromness, South Georgia Island. This valley is just to the other side of the ridge from Fortuna Bay, and that crossing was the last leg of Shackleton's rescue adventure - he reached "civilization" here at Stromness
Waterfall famous as the last hurdle of Shackleton's crossing of South Georgia Island - when he was here it was covered in ice and snow, making their climb down near it tricky.
Shag Rocks - the tiny islands between South Georgia Island and The Falklands, named for the Blue-eyed Shags covering them
Giant Petrel near Shag Rocks.
Albatross near Shag Rocks
Right Whale near Shag Rocks. Right Whales are now believed to be recovering nicely from their near-extinction from over-hunting a century ago.
Stanley, Falkland Islands
West Point, Falkland Islands. Home of a large Albatross colony. The albatrosses shared it with Rock Hopper penguins
Devil's nose - formation on the south side of West Point
View of Devil's nose and the nesting area from the other side
Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands. Largest albatross colony in the world, but we didn't get very close as we were just navigating by it on our way back to Argentina.