Thursday, March 1st, 2007
Today we attempted a landing at Diego Ramirez Archipelago located 60 nautical miles south west of Cape Horn. Due to the high seas the zodiac landing was not possible and we continued on to Ushuaia via Cape Horn.
Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 2007
We are on our way back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, seas are calm and the sky is sunny.
Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 2007
Today we sailed to Deception Island, an active volcanic center of the South Shetlands.
It is ring-shaped and 9 miles in diameter, enclosing the large harbour of Port Foster.
Port Foster is also the caldera of the ancient volcano. Our ship entered the caldera through narrow a passage known as Neptune's Bellows. Inside is Whaler's Bay, which was used by whalers at the turn of 20th century. What remains on the shore are old rusting boilers, some huts and equipment. Most of it is covered by ash when Deception Island erupted in the late sixties.
In the late afternoon we landed at Half Moon Island where the Argentine Base Camara is located. The island is crescent-shaped and is home to more than 3000 pairs of chinstrap penguins and fur seals.
Monday, Feb. 26th, 2007
This morning we made a zodiac trip among Iceberg Graveyard of Pleneau Bay. For the first time I encountered Leopard seals. Magnificent creatures, but keep your fingers above the water... Later on we landed on Peterman Island in the Wiilhelm Archipelago, home to Adelie and Gentoo penguins. In the afternoon we sailed to Port Lackroy, an old British station on Goudier Island.
Sunday, Feb. 25th, 2007
Today we sailed southbound and crossed Antarctic Polar Circle. It is located at 66o 33' 38" S latitude on the surface of the earth, which lies 2606 km from the South Pole. In the afternoon we landed at Detail Island, which was used as a Surveying and Geology Base in the late 1950's. Towards the evening we started to sail north among magnificent gigantic icebergs.
Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2007
Today we did three zodiac landings. Finally dry land! The day started early with landing on Denco Island. It is a one-mile long island that lies in the southern part of the Errera Channel. It was my first encounter with Gentoo penguins. In the afternoon we continued to Neko harbor which was our first Continental landing on Antarctic continent. This bay also contains the spectacular Devil Glacier, which during our visit calved several times causing small tsunamis. At the end of a day we sailed into Paradise Harbour, which offered spectacular views of snow-capped mountains reflected in calm ocean.
Friday, Feb. 23rd, 2007
Not feeling very well, appetite is gone but I am attempting some painting outside. One more day and we enter Antarctica when we cross Antarctic Convergence. Calm waters ahead of us!
Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 2007
We are in the middle of the Drake Passage. It is the ocean gap between South America and Antarctica and one of the roughest waters on earth. I try to spend my time outside following the line of horizon. The waves are higher than the ship and I am standing at the stern of the ship observing ship's wake and Russian sailors doing chin ups. It is impossible to paint since you need to hold down on the railings with both hands to keep from falling down.
Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 2007
We left port Ushuaia at 7:00 pm south bound through the Drake Passage on board M/V
Lyubov Orlova. The unknown is ahead of me. The new continent!
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