Off Topic: Crazy nut I met on my trip to South Georgia

When traveling with Lindblad you expect to be around the elite, the cultured, the wealthy, the social royalty and that was definitely the majority of my fellow passengers. And then there was Joel. Joel Levinson, or Happy Joel, to be more specific. Joel wins contests for a living. I’ll repeat….Joel wins contests for a living….

Camera Gear – what worked, what didn’t?

The hardest part of getting ready for this trip was selecting the camera gear.  I could not find enough online about what to bring and what to leave at home, so let me give you a hand.  If you click on the Gear-Up page, you can see what I had to choose from. Rikki and…

Favorite images…so far

I shot over 12,000 photos on this trip and have only processed about 200 now.  I could be at this for months!  I figured I do a quick little recap with some photos…and more photos than usual because I have a broadband Internet connection again!  Some of these images, you’ve already seen. It isn’t a…

Last day at Sea

We should be back in Ushuaia around 7:00 AM tomorrow morning.  Today has been spent socializing and getting ready to say good bye.  This will be our final night on the NG Endeavour and it is going to be tough to leave – this ship feels like home.  I don’t think the land will move…

Stanley – back in the Falklands

Itinerary Make port at Stanley, the capital of the Falklands Visit Gypsy Cove for our last time with wildlife Walk around Stanley and have a pint Disembark for Ushuaia We’re only one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time now, so I’m waking up at a normal time again – on my own clock. I was…

Sea Day – do we need seat belts on this ride?

We are on our roughest sea day yet. Report from the Bridge is 7-8 meter seas. It is a little strange because the sun is fully out, so it is actually a really nice day. The only reason to put a coat on is to prevent getting soaked by the enormous splashes. Splashes are shooting…

Decided to participate in a photo contest while here

I rarely participate in photo contests anymore because I have had little time to break the camera out. This trip has given me the opportunity to dust the rust on my photography off and then some. Before leaving, the theme for S2Ki’s October photo contest was announced: Our Feathered Friends. I had to enter. I…

Sea Day – South Georgian Colors

We are in the Antarctic Converge, which is biologically part of Antarctica. In such a cold and extreme place, one would expect a lot of whites and grays to be the main color schemes. This is not the case. Yes, the cooler parts of the color palette are well represented, but not by the cold…

Last Day in South Georgia

*Our Internet connection is the worst yet – this is the first time I’ve been able to get on since my last posting* Itinerary Dawn Patrol at 6:30 AM for a short trip to Salisbury Plain (that place we tried to get to 3 times before) Head to see the Gray-Headed Albatross at Elselhul Say…

Late posting on Drygalski Fjord, Cooper Bay, Gold Harbor

Itinerary Shoot, I can’t even remember now So much the mind has melted First off, I’m sorry I didn’t update last night. So much stuff has happened I couldn’t do anything but find my pillow. Today was more of the same. Let me back track, but it is going to be tough because the last…

Fortuna to Stromness (Spanish to Norwegian in 30 minutes?)

Itinerary Wake up early to repeat the final 4 mile leg of Shackleton’s hike into Stromness Whaling Stationm – CANCELLED Zodiac Landing in Fortuna Bay instead…even better! Zodiac Landing for short, medium, or long hikes back-tracking Shackleton’s approach to Stromness Pick up BBC and National Geographic team for dinner Today began as a bust and…

Sooties!

Itinerary Dawn shore call at Salisbury Plain to visit the largest King Penguin colony in the world – CANCELLED Visit Prion Island to see the Albatross nesting grounds Find an alternate cove to visit instead of Salisbury Plain Today began at 5:00 AM (2:00 AM EST) in the hopes of visiting over 100,000 nesting pairs…

SOUTH GEORGIA!!! OMG!!!

Itinerary Try not to get too black and blue Arrive at South Georgia and visit Grytviken settlement Prepare for our first pre-Sunrise landing at 5:45 AM (2:45 AM EST now) Today is the first day the weather has fouled our plans. We were supposed to wake up in a protected South Georgian inlet, but we’re…

Titanic Icebergs!

Itinerary Cross the Antarctic Converge Spend some time on the Bridge See Shag Rock Get closer to South Georgia! We are in some cold waters (the coldest actually) and the air temperature is matching it. Everything is just above freezing and we’ve got one very nice breeze kicking right now! The boat has become a…

My Reflections on the Blue Desert

Life at sea is easy when you’re traveling aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Smiling faces, plenty of refreshments, and tons of space create an atmosphere more like a Hyatt resort. When spending time in the lounge, the library, the galley, or even sometimes on deck it is easy to forget you’re in one of the…

Albatross & Sinatra…a Sea Day

Itinerary: Attend every lecture – especially Kim Heacox’s story about Sir Shackleton (more on that later) Get through all photos taken so far and process a few for the slideshow-showoff later in the trip Shoot some more sea birds off the back of the ship We’ve been at sea since last night. We’ve been going…

More Falklands and more WOW! Sea Lion & Bleaker Islands

Itinerary: Zodiacs to Sea Lion Island to see huge colonies of Gentoo Penguins and Elephant Seals Stay Dry! Zodiacs to Bleaker Island to see Rock hopper penguins, Rock Shags, and more King Cormorants (Blue Eyed Shag) Continue my reputation for being the last person back on the boat I owe you guys a full story…

New Island, Falklands – saving for later

I promised a second update today, but I’m not going to be able to do it in full – sorry. New Island was incredible.  We hit shore around 3:30 PM and I stayed till 7:30 PM (the last possible minute) shooting Rockhopper Penguins, Blue Eyed Shag, Black Browed Albatross, Upland Geese, and many other birds….

Carcass Island in the Falklands – my first WOW!

Looks like I’m going to do two postings today. Itinerary (morning): Wake-up to our first landing at Carcass Island Finally put some food down the hatch Get my mind blown by the wildlife on Carcass Island I woke up feeling fantastic! Breakfast was a treat, and everything tasted much better than usual. Outside the ship…

At Sea – heading to the Falklands

Itinerary: Attend lectures about sea birds and the Falklands Take pictures of the various sea birds following the ship Try not to blow chunks I left a comment on another blog article before crawling into bed last night. As I was typing that comment the boat started rocking, and it hasn’t stopped yet. I have…