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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.