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Petermann Island – Port Charcot – North

After a snowy morning on Petermann island, the sky much darker grey than the land, we are suddenly surprised by sunshine. A lot of sunshine. The full on Antarctic summer day that no type of sunscreen can handle. Sea like a mirror, high peaks, glaciers tumbling down. And icebergs. Lots of icebergs, stranded on the shallows that surround Pleneau. Have been melting. Slowly turning, have been tilting, constantly changing. Large, large pieces, brought by the current, melting with endless patience. Crabeater seals – in all different shades own brown and silver, laying on the last small flakes of sea ice. And we go – in our zodiacs, between those piles of blue and green. Sculptures of all kinds – abstract, realistic, performative - not to many conceptual ones, but plenty of beauty. As it is this full on Antarctic summer day – they melt – drips and streams of water are running down. As we turn off the engine, there is nothing but the sound of water. And, actually, after listening for a
while, the breathing of a nearby seal. It is at this moment one realises how Antarctica is: exactly like this when we are not here. Perfectly the same when no one is looking.

Written by:
Sarah Gerats | Guide

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Bijna einde Antarctica. Bedankt Sarah voor de mooie verhalen. Superfoto.


margriet.  |  31-01-2019 09:18 uur

Thanks Sarah, You have come up trumps again, I had no idea it could be so tranquil. What happened to your other later blog, the scarey one through the ice and the Pirates ??? Did it get taken down as being too scarey ???


Jean  |  30-01-2019 20:47 uur

Wonderfull summerday in the Antarctic! Looks superb!


Mary Bosman  |  30-01-2019 17:38 uur

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