140107 122343 : Antarctica  131229 122858  Ushuaia, Argentina.  This is a view of the airport.  We will be getting on the National Geographic Explorer a little later in the day. : Antarctica, Ushuaia Argentina  131229 133138  For the time being, we are going to do a little exploring on this catamaran. : Antarctica, Ushuaia Argentina  131229 150038  Penguin rookery near Ushuaia, Argentina. A rookery is simply a colony of breeding animals - usually birds. : Antarctica, Penguins, Ushuaia Argentina 
131229 150124 : Antarctica, Penguins, Ushuaia Argentina  131229 150246  Ushuaia is off in the distance : Antarctica, Ushuaia Argentina  131229 152000  Seals and Cormorants : Antarctica, Cormorants, Seals, Ushuaia Argentina  131229 154740  Still cruising around Ushuaia. : Antarctica, Ushuaia Argentina 
131229 163536  Ushuaia, Argentina. : Antarctica, Ushuaia Argentina  131229 163715  Our first view of the ship that is going to be our home for the next ten days.  This ship is said to be "ice rated".  It is not an icebreaker but is specially reinforced to cruise in ice-filled waters. : Antarctica, National Geographic Explorer  131230 154341  Off for Antarctica. : Antarctica  131230 155224  Every afternoon one of the ship's officers would mark how far we have gotten. : Antarctica 
131231 063338  Exploring through the ship.  This is the library. : Antarctica, National Geographic Explorer  131231 065944  Walking in the ship was quite a challenge after it entered the Drake Passage. : Antarctica  131231 070346  With holding bars everywhere, the ship looked like a sea-going assisted living facility.  The ropes made it look like it was attacked by a giant spider. : Antarctica  131231 070940  Dining room chairs are tethered to the floor : Antarctica 
131231 070352  Bar stools are bolted down. : Antarctica  131231 071851  Glenda took this as I was going around the ship photographing the bars, ropes, etc. : Antarctica  131231 113448  This little fellow was following me around. : Antarctica  131231 115034  The ship's bridge is open any time, so Glenda and I visited.  Here the captain is showing me the different instruments and how they work.  The visit was very fascinating. : Antarctica 
131231 122705  Getting close to Antarctica. : Antarctica  131231 123251 : Antarctica  131231 162008  This is a Chinstrap Penguin.  Note the black line under the eyes and beak. : Antarctica, Penguins  131231 162641  Chinstrap Penguin.  Notice that under his beak he has something that looks like a chin strap. : Antarctica, Penguins 
131231 163052  Chinstrap with egg.  Notice, it is hatching. There is no way for us humans to tell who are the males and who are the females.  They both take an equal part in hatching the egg(s), and feeding the chicks.  Presumably the penguins know the difference. : Antarctica, Penguins  131231 163126  Chinstrap with chick. : Antarctica, Penguins  131231 163318  Chinstrap Penguin rookery. : Antarctica, Penguins  131231 163507  Rookery : Antarctica, Penguins 
131231 163725  Chinstrap feeding it's young.  Penguins are monogamous .  It is very difficult to tell the male from the female.  They both participate in hatching the egg and feeding the young.  We don't know if this particular chinstrap is a male or female. : Antarctica, Penguins  131231 164152  The penguins always have the right-away. : Antarctica, Penguins  131231 164223  Our ship. : Antarctica  131231 164416  Intrepid explorer. : Antarctica 
131231 164549  We are in a volcanic area.  The "chimney" that you see is formed by lava coming up and solidifying almost instantly. : Antarctica, Penguins  131231 165830  Chinstrap Penguins in typical spring weather. : Antarctica, penguins  131231 165847  Springtime in Antarctica, January in the southern hemisphere is equivalent to July in the northern hemisphere. : Antarctica  131231 170036  Chinstrap Penguin. : Antarctica 
131231 171154  Spring is here, where are the flowers? : Antarctica  140101 073033  Beautiful Antarctica. : Antarctica  140101 073124 : Antarctica  140101 073130 : Antarctica 
140101 073848 : Antarctica  140101 074221  Glenda and Ron : Antarctica  140101 074405 : Antarctica  140101 074619  Antarctic scenery : Antarctica 
140101 075441 : Antarctica  140101 093156  Gentoo Penguin.  The gentoo has a red beak.  It is quite easy to identify them. : Antarctica  140101 093204  Gentoo : Antarctica  140101 093941  Gentoo rookery : Antarctica 
140101 094104  Notice the yellow kayaks to the right and the Zodiacs to the left. : Antarctica  140101 094438  Gentoo : Antarctica, Penguins  140101 095215  Our clothing was so good that no one ever felt wet or cold even when sitting on the snow for long periods of time. : Antarctica  140101 095504  Gentoo.  Notice the nest.  It is made of only rock. : Antarctica 
140101 100046  Gentoo with plans to sing at ball games. : Antarctica  140101 100720 : Antarctica  140101 101629 : Antarctica  140101 102028  The blue coloring in the snow tells us that the ice has been compressed under a glacier by hundreds of tons of snow.  This causes the molecular structure to change.  This change gives the compressed ice a blue tint when it reflects light. : Antarctica 
140101 102230  Kayaking in Antarctic waters. : Antarctica  140101 102253  Gentoo rookery. : Antarctica  140101 102504  Gentoos going for a walk. : Antarctica  140101 102617 : Antarctica 
140101 102534  The Gentoo Penguins were clearly not afraid of us.  Notice all of the blue ice. : Antarctica  140101 103332 : Antarctica  140101 103800  Gentoo : Antarctica  140101 104328 : Antarctica 
140101 110353 : Antarctica  140101 110612 : Antarctica  140101 110645 : Antarctica  140101 111103  Kayaking in Antarctic waters. : Antarctica 
140101 145359  Seals, doing what they do best - take a nap. : Antarctica  140101 150435 : Antarctica  140101 151604 : Antarctica  140101 094056  Skua - will break penguin eggs and eat the contents.  Can also eat small penguin chicks. : Antarctica 
140101 102827  Skua looking for prey. : Antarctica, Skua  140101 152711 : Antarctica  140101 154453  Skua in flight. : Antarctica, Skua  140101 154538  Skua made himself right at home next to a roosting penguin.  If the penguin gets up, the skua will grab the egg (or small chick). : Antarctica, penguin, skua 
140101 154635 : Antarctica  140101 155312  Glenda performing the annual blessing of the penguins. : Antarctica  140101 155746  Seal having pleasant dreams. : Antarctica  140101 204943  Antarctica : Antarctica 
140101 204951 : Antarctica  140101 205732  Glenda and Ron : Antarctica  140102 063410 : Antarctica  140102 070503 : Antarctica 
140102 071828 : Antarctica  140102 072124 : Antarctica  140102 091020  Who is that masked woman? : Antarctica  140102 094425  Two Gentoos and an Adelaide Penguin. . : Antarctica 
140102 094540  This Adelaide Penguin is actually in mid-air. : Antarctica  140102 094748  Birds refused to look at the camera while a picture was being taken. : Antarctica  140102 095324 : Antarctica  140102 095452 : Antarctica 
140102 095950 : Antarctica  140102 100300 : Antarctica  140102 100318 : Antarctica  140102 101448  We know that this iceberg is frozen to the ground.  We know this by the indentation at the bottom.  At high tide the water rises and melts some of the ice because the iceberg is moored to the ground and won't rise with the change in the level. : Antarctica 
140102 101619 : Antarctica  140102 101632 : Antarctica  140102 101913 : Antarctica  140102 103020  Ron in spring attire. : Antarctica 
140102 104634  Gentoo rookery : Antarctica  140102 104835  Rescue shed.  If a ship crew needs to take refuge from the weather, this shed has all the necessities for life.  You are expected to replenish it when you are rescued. : Antarctica  140102 110115  Gentoo and egg. : Antarctica, penguin  140102 110119 : Antarctica, penguin 
140102 110128 : Antarctica, penguin  140102 110357 : Antarctica  140102 111557 : Antarctica  140102 112653 : Antarctica 
140102 161139  Who ever heard of an explorer drinking red wine while exploring? : Antarctica  140102 161500  ham sandwich. : Antarctica  140102 163244  Mom and two kids. : Antarctica  140102 163305 : Antarctica 
140102 163746 : Antarctica  140103 073639  Seal sleeping. : Antarctica  140103 074356  I think that I will explore Antarctica on my own. : Antarctica  140103 074402  checking to be sure that the ice is strong enough.  If he doesn't come back, it wasn't strong enough. : Antarctica 
140103 074726 : Antarctica  140103 074910  The red parka was given to everyone on the cruise. : Antarctica  140103 075703  Here the captain used the enormous strength of the engines and simply pushed on to the ice. : Antarctica  140103 090223  Taking advantage of the extreme physical strength that I have built up by walking my dog 3-miles per day for two years, the captain asked me to pull the ship through the ice.  Nooo problem! : Antarctica, Ron 
140103 075907 : Antarctica  140103 080926 : Antarctica  140103 082351 : Antarctica  140103 082425 : Antarctica 
140103 082454  Photographing an antarctic bird.  This picture was taken from the pointy end of our ship. : Antarctica  140103 082706 : Antarctica  140103 085758 : Antarctica  140103 093434  Walking around on the ice. : Antarctica 
140103 094402  Scenery taken from the ship. : Antarctica  140103 095820  We couldn't get enough of Antarctic scenery. : Antarctica  140103 104959  Picture taken at 10:50 in the evening.  While we were there, it was getting dark at about midnight and the sun would rise at about 2am.  Scenery taken from the ship. : Antarctica  140103 105117  Photographing Antarctica through the ship's dining room windows. : Antarctica 
140103 113545  Antarctica : Antarctica  140103 114430  Ross Seal. : Antarctica  140103 114639  Antarctica scenery. : Antarctica  140103 162500  Sea ice. : Antarctica 
140104 080722 : Antarctica  140104 092233  Rescue hut built by the British.  Take what you need and replenish when you can. : Antarctica  140104 093237  Rescue hut built by the British.  Take what you need and replenish when you can. : Antarctica  140104 093411  Rescue hut built by the British.  Take what you need and replenish when you can. : Antarctica 
140104 093435 : Antarctica  140104 093846  Rescue hut built by the British.  Take what you need and replenish when you can. : Antarctica  140104 095212  Gentoo : Antarctica  140104 095543  One of our fellow passengers examines a penguin rookery while one of the penguins examines him. : Antarctica 
140104 100357  Red-bodied penguin.  Very rare. : Antarctica  140104 101054 : Antarctica  140104 130940  Three killer whales. : Antarctica, Gerlache Strait, Killer Whales  140104 131032 : Antarctica, Killer Whales 
140104 131123  4-whales : Antarctica, Gerlache Strait, Killer Whales  140104 131318 : Antarctica, Gerlache Strait, Killer Whales  140104 131355  6-Killer Whales hunting for food. : Antarctica, Gerlache Strait, Killer Whales  140104 131416 : Antarctica, Gerlache Strait, Killer Whales 
140104 131417 : Antarctica, Gerlache Strait, Killer Whales  140104 131746 : Antarctica  140104 131951 : Antarctica  140104 132644  Killer Whale : Antarctica, Gerlache Strait, Killer Whales 
140104 132706 : Antarctica, Gerlache Strait, Killer Whales  140104 132710  Killer Whales : Antarctica, Gerlache Strait, Killer Whales  140104 132723 : Antarctica, Gerlache Strait, Killer Whales  140104 214554  Humpback Whale. : Antarctica, Humpback Whales 
140104 214621  Humpback Whale. : Antarctica, Humpback Whales  140104 214834 : Antarctica, Humpback Whales  140104 214838  These whales were clearly not afraid of our ship.. : Antarctica, Humpback Whales  140104 215336 : Antarctica, Humpback Whales 
140104 215506 : Antarctica, Humpback Whales  140104 215553  face of the whale : Antarctica, Humpback Whales  140104 215657 : Antarctica, Humpback Whales  140104 215938 : Antarctica, Humpback Whales 
140104 220334 : Antarctica, Humpback Whales  140104 220335 : Antarctica, Humpback Whales  140104 220345 : Antarctica, Humpback Whales  140104 220558 : Antarctica, Humpback Whales 
140104 221233  Whale watching. : Antarctica  140104 221553 : Antarctica  140104 221754 : Antarctica  140104 223738 : Antarctica 
140104 225312 : Antarctica  140105 091247  Antarctica : Antarctica  140105 092104 : Antarctica  140105 092505  Feeding the kid. : Antarctica 
140105 092524  Notice the Gentoo Chick. : Antarctica  140105 092615 : Antarctica  140105 092634  Feeding.  The parents take turns sitting on the egg.  The one that is not sitting goes to the water and searches for krill (a little water animal about the size of a shrimp).  The krill is digested by the parent and then they regurgitate up a little at a time for the chick. : Antarctica  140105 093608  Seal taking beauty nap. : Antarctica 
140105 093944  Photographing whale bones.  The area that we are now in used to be a whaling station.  The whale would be killed and then taken to shore.  All the parts would be taken and the bones left in Antarctica. : Antarctica  140105 094708 : Antarctica  140105 095406  Fearless Gentoo Penguin : Antarctica  140105 095947  Leaving shore to return to our ship. : Antarctica 
140105 100003 : Antarctica  140105 100636 : Antarctica  140105 101248  Interior of rescue station.  Use what you need and then replace it when rescued. : Antarctica  140105 101305  Interior of rescue station.  Use what you need and then replace it when rescued. : Antarctica 
140105 101345  Interior of rescue station.  Use what you need and then replace it when rescued.  Notice the picture of a young Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. : Antarctica  140105 101420  Rescue station. : Antarctica  140105 101511  Rescue station. : Antarctica  140105 101629  Rescue station. : Antarctica 
140106 124945  This crew member, Stephan, pursues his own hobby as time permits.  He takes panorama pictures and sells them to large offices, etc. : Antarctica  140105 103132 : Antarctica  140106 125858  This is Stephan with his panorama camera. : Antarctica  140107 103350  Man on the left is the ship's captain.  He is not only the captain, but is the bar tender and barber.  Doesn't have a license but in his younger years used to play with a rubber ducky in the tub.  Center is the ship's doctor.  No license but used to hang around a pharmacy counter as a youth.  Right is the ship's radio operator.  He only speaks Swahili, so if we needed rescuing his job would be to contact any ship with a Swahili-speaking operator. : Antarctica 
140108 074435  Our cabin.  Quite comfortable. : Antarctica  140113 112014  When we left on our great adventure, this parking lot at BWI was quite full.  It took us a while to find a space.  Look at it now.  The white SUV is ours. : Antarctica  131229 151910  Seals and Cormorants seem to get along OK. : Antarctica, Penguins, Seals, Ushuaia Argentina  131229 154459  Lighthouse and Cormorants : Antarctica, Penguins 
131229 155152  Lighthouse and Cormorants : Antarctica, Penguins  folderimage  folderthumb