Antarctica Photos: Tip of the Iceberg

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Ice is an iconic feature of the Antarctic landscape and a key feature in many of the photos I’ve left with. These photos are just the tip of the iceberg of what I saw and enjoyed in the world’s wildest continent.

(Chinstrap Penguins on iceberg near Spert Island)

A journey to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica is full of iconic sights and moments, providing a symbolic introduction into each unique region.

As we approached the Falkland Islands, it was the albatross flying alongside our ship. As we moved on to South Georgia it was the first raft of penguins we saw swimming in the water. And as we inched closer to the main attraction of our expedition, it was the ice.

Ice is one of the continent’s leaders, setting and playing by its own rules. It has the ability to enhance a travel expedition, shrouding the landscape in mystique and beauty. It also has the ability to disrupt it with pack ice preventing access and icebergs complicating navigation.

But above all, it is an iconic feature of the Antarctic landscape, taking many shapes and forms: towering icebergs floating in the water like an outdoor gallery, an ice floe hosting a sleeping leopard seal, glacial ice bordering the sea and land or sea ice covering the water like glass from a broken mirror.

 

Tabular iceberg near Elephant Island

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Iceberg at Pleneau Bay

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At Sea towards the Antarctic Circle

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Iceberg near Portal Pim

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Sun sets alongside a distant tabular iceberg on the Brandsfield Strait

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At sea towards the Antarctic Circle

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Iceberg at Pleneau Bay

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Leopard Seal on ice floe in Pleneau Bay

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Iceberg in Pleneau Bay

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Gentoo Penguin enjoying the ice washed up on shore at Danco Island

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Glacial ice at Neko Harbour

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Zodiac cruising amongst icebergs in Pleneau Bay

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Iceberg near Spert Island

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Tabular iceberg near Elephant Island

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

Comments

  1. A great range of icebergs there with all sorts of interesting shapes.

  2. Spectacular photos Kellie…it must be amazing to see. I would love to go but a bit nervous about the zodiacs…visions of tipping everyone in the ocean.

    • Thanks Pauleen, and yes it really is amazing to see. I think a few people are nervous about the zodiacs until their first ride…and then realise how fun it is!! They never take you out unless its safe and most of the time in Antarctica you are cruising along water that is so still its incredible.

  3. Wow! Stunning photography, this is one of the places still on my list, so much beauty (and coldness) over there! Thank’s for sharing it!

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