We were scheduled to depart South Georgia for the Antarctic Peninsula later this afternoon. Fortunately, we had one more opportunity to see something amazing here: it was Drygalski Fjord.
We planned to sail right into it, so I positioned myself in the centre of the forward observation deck. There wasn’t a better seat in the house for what would be, another life changing experience.
BTW, all of the images you see in the post were taken with my Nikon D3 and Nikon 16-35mm f/4G zoom lens. I would have used a Circular Polarizer to reduce the glare and enhance the colour, but I forgot I had it with me in my bag.
I stood there in awe – the images you see may look lovely, but no photograph can ever do Drygalski Fjord justice. It is one of the most spectactular places I have ever visited (I have been to over 70 countries to date).
We finally came to the end of the fjord and about 30m from the glacier. You could actually hear it moving!
Since a lot of my landscape work is inspired by my hero, Ansel Adams, this is what I actually saw in my mind:
We could see (and hear) the glacier calving. Here is a closeup of some glacial ice falling into the water:
South Georgia is by far the most beautiful place I have ever visited and our experience with the wildlife made it even more incredible. No words could ever express how grateful I am to have had this opportunity to come here. I look forward to the day I can return and see more of this breathtaking island.
We have a 3 day journey to the Antarctic Peninsula and I have decided not to take my sea sickness medication again. The seas are a little choppy, but my stomach seems happy. To break up the journey, we will attempt to land at the South Orkney Islands in a couple of days.
Au revoir, South Georgia.
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