Adventuring to Antarctica
Words and Photos by: Craig Brown
Antarctica. A place I thought I would never get to. A place where 99% of the human race has never been too.
The mystery. For most of my life I have dreamt of visiting the world’s most extreme locations. Antartica was on the top of that list. I had read the stories of Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen - amazing stories of courage and bravery coupled with incredible pictures from the days of exploration.
The beauty. No matter which direction you look, the landscapes are mind-boggling: giant icebergs dwarf ships, animals are everywhere, the light is ever-changing, mountains peek out from low-lying clouds. The sea lights up and sparkles in the morning sun.
No matter which direction you look, the landscapes are mind-boggling: giant icebergs dwarf ships, animals are everywhere, the light is ever-changing, mountains peek out from low-lying clouds.
The wildlife. Such beautiful, amazing creatures. Penguins, sea birds, whales, seals. Mostly unaffected by humans except for the damage being caused by the changing climate. These animals need their habitat to remain intact to raise their families and proliferate their species.
The peace and quiet. No ringing phones. No sounds of traffic or other human intervention. Just quiet... Until an iceberg calves and creates an explosion of sound. Then you notice the animals talking to one another, penguins crying out for their mates, and seals battling for a piece of beach.
The fragility. The Antarctic ecosystem must be protected. “Take only photographs, leave only footprints” is not a suggestion here, it is a requirement.
Adventuring to Antarctica was my dream come true - it was an experience I will never forget, and a memory I will long cherish.
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