Antarctica!

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Antarctica!

Post by netllama » Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:19 am

I spent the last 2 weeks of 2015 on a ship, touring around the Antarctic peninsula. I spent about a third of the trip on the east side of the peninsula, on the Weddell Sea, and the remainder on the west side of the peninsula, going as far as 63 degrees south. For the most part the weather was not terribly harsh. It was typically in the 30s during the day, and teens-20s overnight. Some days were cloudy or foggy, but we had a number of days with clear skies and brilliant sunshine. There were just two partial days were it snowed a lot (which were quite pretty, especially considering how I live in a part of California that just about never gets snow).

While Antarctica is in many ways the antithesis of Death Valley, there are a number of similarities. Nearly all of Antarctica is classified as desert, averaging less than 2 inches of precipitation annually. Also, due to the extreme wind & cold, no trees, and virtually no plants or grasses grow on the majority of the continent. This means that where there isn't any snow or glacial coverage, the mountainous terrain looks quite similar to many of the mountain ranges in Death Valley (rocky, exposed & rugged).

But enough rambling on, I'll let the photos show off this amazing place.

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Neko Harbor

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Crabeater Seal

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Tabular icebergs offshore, penguin colony on Gourdin Island

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Mikkelsen Bay

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Lemaire Channel

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Adelie penguins

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Humpback whales feeding

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What's left of the largest chunk of the B15 iceberg. Google "b15 iceberg" for much more info on this record setting iceberg.

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Chinstrap penguin

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Deception Island

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Iceberg with natural caves

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Elephant Seal at Turret Point

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Adrift

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Elephant Point (South Shetland Islands)

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Sea Ice for the next thousand miles at the north Weddell Sea

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Historic whaling station on Deception Island

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Brash ice in Neko Harbour

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Passing the locals off the South Shetland Islands

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Devil Island

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Brown Station, an Argentine research base on Paradise Harbour


The rest of the album is posted here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/netllama/ ... 546/page1/
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Post by bbb » Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:01 am

That looks like an incredible journey and some beautiful captures too. It is amazing how some of these treeless mountains and rock formations call to mind Death Valley. While not nearly the same as Antarctica, I definitely got that feeling in parts of Alaska too. Thanks for posting.

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Post by MojaveGeek » Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:10 am

Very nice! Quite a trip, and great pix. You got to see some cool things.

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Post by wbdeford » Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:15 am

Very nice! On my list of things to do some day.

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Post by netllama » Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:01 pm

Thanks gents!

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Post by Gowergulch42 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:32 pm

I am infinitely envious of this venture. Well photographed!
Check out my reports and informative ramblings at http://dvexplore.blogspot.com

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Post by Panamint Charlie » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:12 pm

Really great photos and experience! Antarctica is on the short list of destinations for when my wife and I are fully retired.

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Post by TacoLand » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:37 am

Thanks for sharing your photos of Antarctica! I've always wanted to make the trip down there and these are some inspirational shots. I'm headed down to South America in a week and will be doing the full circuit hike through Patagonia so your photos have got me even more excited for my adventure.

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Post by Panamint Charlie » Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:43 pm

TacoLand wrote:Thanks for sharing your photos of Antarctica! I've always wanted to make the trip down there and these are some inspirational shots. I'm headed down to South America in a week and will be doing the full circuit hike through Patagonia so your photos have got me even more excited for my adventure.
Have a good trip. We'll be expecting to hear all about it when you get back.

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Post by TacoLand » Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:38 pm

Panamint Charlie wrote:Have a good trip. We'll be expecting to hear all about it when you get back.
Yeah ... once I wrap up my DV trip reports from the past decade I'll jump right on that. :???:

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