After experiencing an
incredible Antarctica Sunrise, we zodiac'ed out at 5:30AM for our first landing on the
continent at Brown Bluff, Antarctica.
For a number of passengers, this was their 7th continent ... but
it was only #6 for me as I have not been to Australia.
One big difference compared to
Falklands and South Georgia was the lack of vegetation as only
lichens, mosses, and algae can grow in the much harsher environment.
But for our summer visit, the weather was fantastic with
temperatures just above freezing and barely a breeze - a
splendid introduction to Antarctica.
Beautiful morning at Brown Bluff Antarctica
Roger (in yellow) zodiac's in with more passengers from the Ocean Nova
A Gentoo Penguin among the piled up ice at the waterline
Other Gentoo Penguins hanging out at Brown Bluff
The Gentoo's allowed you to get quite close for photos
Here's a close-up of his feet - mouseover to see if he needs a manicure! ;-)
This Gentoo Penguin looks a bit lonely boxed inside some blue ice
"A large blue popsicle" - mouseover to see 'em nibble on it!
A Gentoo Penguin flaps his flippers - mouseover to see how amused the Juvenile Kelp Gull is ... ;-)
Jim and Carol were pretty serious photographers and they took some great pictures!
Alek taking penguin pictures and then setting up the remote controlled tripod with surgical gloves