Bruny Island Cruise

1 September 2017, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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We started off our first day on Bruny Island with a cruise with Bruny Island Cruises that starts from Adventure Bay and travels down the east coast of the island.

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Cliffs near Adventure Bay.

The boats hold 43 people and are open.  The best place to sit is a bit of a puzzle.

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The sea merges into the distant hills.

Going out it’s better to be on the right hand side.  The boat turns around for each point of interest but not while approaching them.

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Natural arch.

You get a lot more spray in the front.

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Headland.

We were at the back at the left, partly because when we got on the boat, almost everywhere else was taken.

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A little patch of greenery hiding at the bottom of the cliffs.

We still got some spray there but were able to move to the very last row, which was better.

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On the right, it looks to me like a mediæval statue of a queen.

I had brought a dry bag with me which meant I could keep my camera dry though where we were sitting it was actually overkill.

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Looking up at the top of the cliffs.

Conditions would be very variable day by day depending on the weather and the sea.

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A keyhole through an isthmus.

You get a lot more bouncing up and down at the front.

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Cormorants on a rock.

So the front may not be so good if you are prone to sea sickness.

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Australian fur seal.

Even where we were in the back, there was someone near us who was under the weather for the whole voyage.

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Fur seals

On the way back (we’re still going out here), it was a lot rougher with a lot of bouncing around at the front.

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A headland at the south of the island.

At that stage, a lot of people quickly abandoned the front and it got quite crowded at the back.

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Imperious wave goodbye.

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A rock and headland at the far south of the island.

I suspect this was our farthest point south.

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On the way back we were still on the left at the rear.

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Bridge Rock, probably.

Though we didn’t stop as much, we were now on the better side and I was able to photograph out the back.

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Snow on a mountain in the distance.

We’re probably looking west and it’s Mount Hartz in Mt Hartz National Park (where we would be going in a few days).

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We leave the small islands below Bruny Island behind.

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… And in the last few images I explore eucalypts on top of the side-lit cliffs.

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South Georgia Monochromes 3 of 3

15th to 17th November 2015, South Georgia.

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Links go to posts with the colour versions of the images (where there may also be more information) and if an image does not have a link, use the preceding one.

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Penguins parading past an elephant seal.

St Andrews Bay (Take 2).

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Early morning on the beach.

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Penguin highway with elephant seals in the water.

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St Andrews Bay.

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Not drowning, waving.

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Gull over nursery.

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Shaker tapestry.

Ocean Harbour Dreaming.

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Remains of the Shaker colony and giant spinning wheel.

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The Bayard.

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Fur seal, king penguins and yacht.

Salisbury Plain (Take 2).

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Fur seal.

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King penguins.

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Rosita Harbour.

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King penguins hitting the beach out of the surf.

Salisbury Plain (Take 3).

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King penguin.

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Fur seal.

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King penguin acrobatics.

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King Penguin.

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A crossing.

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Elephant seal pup.

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Nothing like a nice cushion….

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South Georgia Monochromes 1 of 3

10th to 12th November 2015, South Georgia.

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I am now back from Tasmania and will be posting on that soon.  Atacama and the trip to Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, the Caribbean and Southern California will have to wait.  (Fortunately, there were no hurricanes or earthquakes when we were in the Caribbean).  First I will finish off South Georgia with three monochrome posts.

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Snow Petrels in the crossing from the Falklands to South Georgia.

Falklands to South Georgia.

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Black-browed albatross.

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Emperor penguins at Right Whale Bay.

Right Whale Bay.

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Fur seal, Salisbury Plain.

Salisbury Plain (Take 1).

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Wandering albatross chick, Prion Island.

Prion Island.

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Distant views from Prion Island.

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Grytviken

Grytviken Part 1.

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Grytviken Part 2.

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Roy Mangersnes and a female elephant seal, Godthol.

Godthol.

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Antarctic Tern.

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South Georgia Cormorant.

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Salisbury Plain (Take 3)

17th November 2015. Salisbury Plain, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . . . . (2 and 14 (there should be a 15). Salisbury Plain)).

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Here we are, back on the beach at Salisbury Plain, in our last landing on South Georgia.  An ever-obliging group of king penguins wanders by.

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Penguin portrait.

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Fur seal.

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Elephant seals.

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Small squad in military formation.

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King penguin “porpoising”.

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A couple of king penguins just thrown up on shore by a wave, though the wave has receded.

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Eye to eye.

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Yellow beak.

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Magenta beak.

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Fresh out of the water.

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Looking at the world in a different way.

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Two’s company.

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Fur seal.

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A penguin contortionist.

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Gotta get that itch…

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Making the crossing…

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Elephant seal pup.

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At last, a pillow!

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Snowy sheathbills trying to break into my dry bag under the misapprehension that there might be something to eat in there.

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So, there it is, the end of the journey to South Georgia.  I’ll do some South Georgia monochromes in a while and after that will come Atacama and the the Caribbean. But first, I’m off to Tasmania next week for over a month.  More details of that in the next post….

Rosita Harbour

17th November 2015. Rosita Harbour, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . . . (15. Rosita Harbour)).

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The weather looks fine enough here but it must have been a grey dawn again because we didn’t venture out until after breakfast.  There was a cordon of male fur seals on the edge of the beach, protecting their individual territories so some of the expedition leaders defended a corridor with zodiac paddles to allow us to disembark past the seals.

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After that, the seals were much more thinly spread.

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Looking back at the beach, there are quite a few seals and a few humans amongst them.

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Rather than hang around on the beach and photograph seals, I decided to go for a walk…

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… up  into the snowy distance.  There are a few people ahead of me at the left though you may need to click for a larger image to see them.

 

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But I also had another objective.  I was fascinated by the prospect of photographing the forests of South Georgia.  You might think that it’s effectively part of Antarctica, there would just be rocks and snow but there is vegetation as well.  And in some places the forests may reach a centimetre high or more.  No actual trees, mind you.

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I found the textures on this rock and the living and dead lichen on it particularly fascinating.

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Perhaps you need to click on an image and see it larger to appreciate, but there is a lot of variety in texture and colours in these images.

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All of them are focus bracketed.  Macro shots have an extremely shallow depth of field so I have combined many exposures taken at different points of focus to give a better sense of how we would see it.

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The grasses out of focus in the background give it away but it this a mighty mountain range or some rocks sitting in moss?

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I was climbing to a ridge and I later saw from some other people’s images that there was a spectacular view there over other bays.  But I didn’t get there.  I had spent too much time on the macro shots, it can be very slow walking through heavy snow, and I had to get back to the beach by a specified time, so I got to the point where I just had to turn back.  This was probably taken at that point.

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I wasn’t quite as far out of time as I had feared.  I felt relieved when I saw there were still people just ahead of me. If you click on this image, you can see that the two people in the middle left are well before the beach and that on the beach there are numerous seals and at least one person and a zodiac to the right.

 

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These were taken later, from the ship.

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We were heading back again to Salisbury Plain, for an afternoon landing, the last of the trip.

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Salisbury Plain (Take 2)

16th November 2015. Salisbury Plain, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . . (14. Salisbury Plain)).

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We had had an unusual run of perfect weather but this was compromised somewhat this day.  It was raining and grey in the early morning so we slept in and ventured ashore after breakfast.  Here is a glimpse of the multitudes on shore.

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Incredibly, there was a yacht here too.  They must have been very experienced (hopefully not foolhardy) to venture to a zone where the weather can be so wild.

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King penguins and a fur seal.

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Male fur seal.  Don’t venture too close.  Though actually, if you keep very low they’re less likely to take offence.

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King penguin portrait session.

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Perhaps the penguins are from the yacht and have just landed.

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Most of the king penguins are firmly on land while one gazes out in the distance to the ocean.  Looking for signs of fish?  Orcas?  Leopard seals? Nuclear submarines?

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The Polar Pioneer in the distance now, rather than the yacht.

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You can fly, you say?

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I’m really not convinced.

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A view of the shoreline with fur seals and king penguins and somewhat dubious weather.

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A line of king penguins is a little cautious, preparing to walk through the fur seals.

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Penguins surfing in and walking past a fur seal on the beach.

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(Anthropomorphic warning):  All dressed up and nowhere to go?

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Almost got this right but unfortunately, the front penguins are in focus but not the central one at the back.

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This is almost certainly after a territorial conflict with another male fur seal (this one appears to have won).

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And finally, a trio to bid us farewell for the day.

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After an hour or so, we were reminded where we were.  Katabatic winds sprung up and reached 60 knots off shore.  The zodiacs had taken several groups back but were unable to return for those still on shore.  I had omitted to bring an extra layer of clothing with me and was feeling a touch cold so I lay down in the partial shelter of a ridge of stones created by the tide along an edge of the beach.  Ole Jørgen Liodden was revelling in the deteriorating conditions and photographing returning penguins while in the water himself.  As well as lacking a layer of clothing, I did not have his waders.  Fortunately, after about half an hour, a zodiac was able to head off from the ship in a tangential direction and work its way around the shore to us.

We reconnoitred for a landing at Prince Olav Harbour in the afternoon but weather conditions prevented it.  This was our second to last day on South Georgia.

Moltke Harbour

13th November 2015. Moltke Harbour, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . (7. Moltke Harbour)).

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Here we are heading from St Andrews Bay towards Moltke Harbour.  This is taken from the Bridge and the window is covered in water (as you can see if you look closely or click for a larger image).  This means that in the open ocean, waves have been breaking over the bow onto that window.  We are now in a sheltered sea, though.

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

This image and the following seven show the majestic power of the wild South Georgia landscape, the high jagged mountains covered with snow rising up out of the sea, the banks of fog and cloud, and the mist rising from the sea.

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Now we have landed.  We are onshore at Moltke Harbour.

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

I went for a long walk up the valley towards the hills.

 

Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

There were a group of king penguins beside the river on the way back.

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Nearby there were three fur seals, perhaps two females and a pup, amusing themselves in the shallows of the river.

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

I am on my way back with a view of the beach. There are many people and zodiacs at the left hand end of the beach, though also a few people at the mouth of the river.  one zodiac is heading back towards the ship.  It looks like I have enough time to get back.  Click the image if you want to see more detail.

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