Antarctica in one photo only

January 25th, 2011 § 6

How do you sum up Antarctica with one photo?  Tough?  Impossible?

I’ve done over 15 expeditions to the Ross Sea, Adelie Coast and Antarctic Peninsula, but took my first photo last week that nearly captures the essence of Antarctica for me.  Here it is:

Crabeater seals in Antarctic iceberg graveyard. Booth Island

Crabeater seals in Antarctic iceberg graveyard. Booth Island

I had about 30 minutes to myself amongst an area of stranded icebergs.  The sky was heavy with no wind.  Magic starts to happen. I had to find it.  Slowly I weaved my zodiac boat amongst …bergs and brash ice before finding this scene; two crabeater seals resting above the iridescent blue of a shallow ice foot of a berg. For me it captures the serenity, the wildlife, the colours and awe in one shot. 1 hour later I passed by again and the berg had collapsed – broken brash ice floated around and the berg in the photo had reared up on it’s side.  Underlining that these places are highly dynamic dangerous places to visit. I’d captured an fleeting moment in the vastness of space and time that is Antarctica.

What do other ‘Antarcticians’ think?  I’d love to hear what the ‘essence of Antarctica’ means to you.

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§ 6 Responses to “Antarctica in one photo only”

  • Rod says:

    Rob, this is very nice. Love the ice floating over the submerged iceberg. Gives it a 3D like quality. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Wendy says:

    Hi Rob, Im not an Antarctican but hope to visit at least once in my lifetime. I agree with you, this photo is simply stunning. Welcome back to Godzone.

  • Kitty says:

    Hi Rob,
    Wow, what a beauty.
    The colors, the peace and unspoilt beauty you have captured brilliantly.
    When I see your picture I wish I was back in Antarctica.

  • Phil says:

    Nice shot. I like it how there are no penguins visible as they’re overrated smelly birds with anti-social habits. Just joking of course, but nice to see a view that doesn’t include them.

  • Janette says:

    One word – AWESOME!!

  • Ian says:

    WOW!!!, fantastic shot Rob. Must have been a great day in your life that one.

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