Photo Gallery: The Big Ice of Antarctica (Pleneau Bay)

Sailing through Antarctica feels like sailing through a landscape painting that has been created with a colour palate limited to whites and blues.  Random objects such as rocks, ice, ships and animals are strategically placed in the frame to create a series of images, but the paintings remain distinctively Antarctic.

No object is more iconic than the iceberg and my final day in Antarctica began with a zodiac cruise near Pleneau Island that lies just south of the Lemaire Channel, between Hovgaard Island and Booth Island.  It also lies adjacent to an iceberg gallery affectionately knows as the Iceberg Graveyard, home to both large tabular icebergs and older, rolled icebergs that have run aground.

Sailing around the graveyard in Pleneau Bay feels like wandering through an outdoor art exhibition, where ice structures have been placed for the artistic enjoyment of visitors.  The size and volume of this ice is simply breath-taking and is symbolic of the unspoiled and rugged wilderness that is Antarctica, the continent that plays by it’s own rules.

This is a collection of my favourite ‘big ice’ photographs from that magical morning.






























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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


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  2. Carol Darby says:

    I will be doing a very similar trip in November 2014. Your BLOG posts have provided such a wonderful taste of what I can only hope for. Your images are fantastic and the information invaluable. I will be following your pages with great interest. Thank you so much for doing this and sharing with the world.

    • Thanks for the kind words Carol, I’m so glad you are finding the posts useful. You are really in for the trip of a lifetime and November should be an incredibly time to visit, with the nesting penguins in fine form. No matter how many posts you read and photos you see, nothing can prepare you for how you feel the first morning you look outside at the Antarctic landscape – you are in for a real treat!

  3. Your work is beautiful! I took he same trip in 2015 and am still editing my photos. It was marvelous. And of corse, never the same form one trip to the next because of weather or moving icebergs. You had some stunners! I look forward to seeing more of your work.
    Travel well, Anita

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