Antarctica and Patagonia Trip


There were many  meaningful moments of the Antarctica/Patagonia trip some of which started long before the trip.

Here are some of the highlights……


Checking various volcano sites every morning at 4:30 and calculating our chances of making it to Buenos Aires and finally Ushuaia.

Finding an alternative way to get to Ushuaia via a 35 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires.

Finally after much anxiety, making it to Ushuaia.

Walking in to my favorite wine store in Ushuaia and they had our pictures behind the counter from our 3 previous trips to the store.

Seeing the trunk of the taxi completely filled with the likes of Zucardi Tempranillos.

Hiring helicopters with JP to bring a group of folks up to the top of the glaciers in Ushuaia completely spur of the moment.

Having everyone arrive in Ushuaia without major problems even though a volcano was canceling flights to Ushuaia and Buenos Aires.

Oh yea, Arthur and Eric.


Getting on the ship and seeing Captain Alexi who had taken us South of the Antarctic Circle when no other ships could get through the ice.

Getting all of our wine onboard the ship.

Having some old and dear friends on the ship and meeting new folks some of whom will be new life long friends.

Getting on my patch so that I didn’t hurl across the Drake.

Figuring how to give lectures while the boat is pitching 30 degrees.

Figuring how to keep crystal wine glasses that we bought on board from smashing as you hold them with one hand and eat with the other.

Crossing the Point of Convergence and feeling a sense of magic and mystery.

Convincing some Zodiac drivers to get just a little closer and then just a little closer to amazing vantage points for icebergs.

Seeing the blue of an iceberg from underneath it.

Seeing the joy of everyone in the zodiacs when we got into the best positions.

Talking about the famous extension pole to get the best vantage points under the ice.

Having Campbell Gunn tell me that one of the zodiac rides with me was his best photographic day of his life.

Getting to stand on three icebergs.

Sitting in a zodiac with Linc, and Nancy and Eric from Syracuse University that I went to school with in 1979.

Finding that my dear friend JP is truly having impact on my life. I learned how to sleep almost instantly by studying how he did this on the trip.

Finding that some of my best images from the trip look like JP shot them.

Trying to find something to argue about with JP about and still being unsuccessful in this department.

Seeing the smile on Jeffrey Neu’s face even when he was close to being banned from Antarctica.

Oh yea, Arthur and Eric..


Having Louisa Michelin translate and to assure me that even though my passport was filled that she would help me get through Chile.

Seeing the Perito Moreno glacier and then getting to hike up it.

Arthur and Eric..

Most amazing of all is trying to write down my memories and realizing that I could go on and on and on. THIS WAS AN AMAZING JOURNEY….


And now for some image highlights…

Frozen water on glacier in Ushuaia, Argentina


Glaciated rock in Ushuaia


Glacial pond in Ushuaia


Wetlands from helicopter in Ushuaia



Halfmoon Island


Iceberg on Halfmoon Island


Sun over Halfmoon Island


Sculpted Ice on Halfmoon Island


Rusted iron on Deception Island


Iceberg in Wilhelmina Bay


Wilhelmina Bay


Spectacular berg in Wilhelmina Bay


Sky in Neko Harbour


Blue ice in Neko Harbour


Rainbow in Neko Harbour


Bue Iceberg, Petermann Island


Sun over Petermann Island
Snow Algae on Petermann Island


Under overhang of Iceberg, Petermann Island


Neon light at the iceberg Graveyard


Sliding penguin, Iceberg Graveyard


Through the hole, Iceberg Graveyard


Iceberg Graveyard


Storm clouds and the Iceberg Graveyard


Danko Island blue iceberg


Danko Island over and under iceberg


looking up at berg on Danko Island


Striated berg, Danko Island


Under the berg, Danko Island


Lenticular Clouds over Melchior Islands


Iceberg caving in Patagonia
Glacier in El Calafate, Patagonia


El Calafate, Patagonia


View below and above glacier, El Calafate, Patagonia


Glacier, El Calafate


Blue hole in ice on glacier in El Calafate, Patagonia


Blue ice on glacier, El Calafate, Patagonia


Glacier hike, El Calafate, Patagonia


Glacier hike in El Calafate, Patagonia


Glacier. El Calafate, Patagonia


Sunrise in Torres del Paine, Patagonia


Swamp in Torres del Paine, Patagonia


Llamas in Torres del Paine, Patagonia


Torres del Paine sunrise








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