to the end of the world and back

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The experience of  being in Antarctica cannot be adequately conveyed in photographs and words. The continent is a truly awesome part of our planet, with an environment so different and extreme that my visit was as close to being on another planet as I’ll ever experience.  From the deck of our big comfortable boat, we saw this sailing ship, with some more adventurous tourists aboard. The monochromatic scenery was breathtakingly beautiful! And everywhere there was wild life to gawk at.

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We woke up a napping elephant seal pup.

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We had to bundle up, but the temperatures were mild for the end of the world–in the 30′s F.

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Being the height of summer, the sun was out most of the day and night.

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The elephant seals sang (or grunted), “There were 9 in the bed and the little one said, roll over, roll over.”

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Polly had a great time!polly

Throughout the frozen landscape, there were signs of growth, like these lichens and moss.

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mossThe adorable penguins won our hearts.

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And an occasional seal on an ice flow noticed our presence. Antarctica was worth the trip! My husband, Rob Goldsborough took many of the photographs I’ve shown from this trip. See more of his great pictures of Antarctica on Flickr.

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7 thoughts on “to the end of the world and back

  1. Beautiful photos! If it’s not revealing any state secrets, would you mind telling us what kind of camera and lens your husband used to get those shots? My husband is looking at a Nikon perspective control lens and I love how sharp your photos are. Thanks again for sharing your trip!

  2. I am so grateful that you shared your amazing journey with us. I have always been enthralled with penguins since reading “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” as a young girl and would have loved to experience them in their own habitat. And having Polly along to share the trip has made it even more fun for us too. You are all very blessed indeed! Happy New Year from the cold and snowy NE to summertime at the South Pole. Wow! Just amazing to be able to say you have actually been there! Safe journey home, until we “talk again” sometime!

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