Dappled

Dappled

The colours of Antarctica can sometimes be surprising. Many believe there are various shades of blues and grays, and otherwise only the colours the sky lends at the beginning or end of the day. As seen here, this simply isn't the case, with rich colours coming from native algae and mosses growing in the volcanic soil. 

King George Island - Antarctic Peninsula

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Southern Basking

Southern Basking

An amazing day in Antarctica with a morning Zodiac ride amongst the icebergs. Visible on the left: three Weddell Seals bask in the glow of the morning sun.

Planeau Bay, Antarctica

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First Light

First Light

Arriving in Pleneau Bay, the colours of the early morning filled the sky, along with wisps of cloud cover over the enormous horizon. The calm waters were sumptuously reflective, while the sun reflected gold off the icebergs.

Pleneau Bay, Pleneau Island, Antarctica

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Eroded

Eroded

This amazing iceberg shows the layers of erosion in the cold waters. Taken on the same morning as Southern Basking, this location was simply gorgeous.

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The Sentinels

The Sentinels

Three Chinstrap Penguins walked into position to be framed by the wreckage of an old whaling station, demolished by decades of strong winds and volcanic activity.

Whalers Bay, Deception Islands.

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Rust

Rust

Evidence of the sad past in Antarctica, the whale-oil silos rust in the salt air.

Whalers Bay, Deception Island.

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Derelict 1

Derelict 1

Left in a volcanic crater, these boats have eroded not so much due to rot, but to extreme weather conditions - the lashing wind and sea slowly taking the boats apart. Also covered by volcanic ash and tidal residue, are the remains of hundreds of slaughtered whales, left abandoned after the whale oil trade in Antarctica ended.

Whalers Bay, Deception Islands.

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Antarctic Portraits - Curiosity

Antarctic Portraits - Curiosity

This juvenile Antarctic Fur Seal enjoyed playing with me and other members of our expedition group (at a distance). He was very photogenic, and seemed to pose for each photo.

Whalers Bay, Deception Islands.

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The Interloper

The Interloper

A juvenile Fur Seal scouts the landing party of humans, invading his home. This naturally curious creature was as intrigued by us, as we were by him.

Deception Island.

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The Rush

The Rush

The hustle and bustle of the Chinstrap Penguin colony hits every sense as you approach the shoreline. The eastern side of Deception Island is home to the largest perminant penguin colony in Antarctica, and the traffic jam as they enter and leave the rough waters, somehow avoiding collisions with each other, is visually spectacular.

Deception Island

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Ripples

Ripples

A single Gentoo Penguin porpoises then dives beneath the paradoxically dark yet perfectly clear waters of Antarctica.

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Black & White

Black & White

The deceiving black water in Antarctica offers extreme contrast to the white of the snow and glaciers. Ice below the surface creates stunning colour-play, as the light refracts through the perfectly clear water, filtering out all but the teals and turquoises unique to Antarctic icebergs.

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The Landing

The Landing

The way some icebergs refract light seems utterly impossible.These icebergs appear positively luminescent, as if emitting some etherial glow.

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Nomad 1

Nomad 1

This haze of golden light was captured at almost midnight in the long sunset of the Antarctic summer. The image shows a group of gentoo penguins aboard the nomadic traveller, with an Antarctic petrel in front.

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Nomad 2

Nomad 2

The changing sunset in Antarctica presents a myriad of different effects from moment to moment. Nomad 1 is the first in a series of 3 demonstrating these shifting colours, with Nomad 2 taken only a few minutes later. The orange makes way for blues, purples and pinks. The ocean becomes darker, and the clouds softer.

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The Corridor

The Corridor

These icebergs floating along the water regularly open and close the corridors between them. This was just around the corner of where Southern Basking was photographed.

Planeau Bay, Antarctica

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Animal Portraits - Leopard Seal

Animal Portraits - Leopard Seal

This Leopard Seal basks in the sun, warming and resting in preparation for the next hunt.  Though docile on the icebergs, this yawning seal also displays his weapons with which he is armed.

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Folds

Folds

The intersecting folds of icebergs and mountain show layers of contrast, colour and shadow. A lone Antarctic Gull glides into scene.

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Observers

Observers

Two Gentoo Penguins stand watch from a contrast of rocky outcrops. Antarctic lichen line the crevices.

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Le Petit Voyageur

Le Petit Voyageur

This little Gentoo penguin, along with some friends, have voyaged all over this iceberg, leaving footprints where they've been.

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The Colony

The Colony

The immensity and density of penguin colonies is difficult to comprehend, but for a Gentoo Penguin means security in such numbers. However, space is limited and some penguins are forced to find nest sites further from the water's edge. This Gentoo and chick, it may be argued, have the better deal, looking over the colony with this extraordinary view. 

Near Renaud Island, Antarctica

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Lemaire

Lemaire

Making our way through the Lemaire Channel at dawn, the light breaks through at the end, leading into the iceberg graveyard.

Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

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