Greenland Monochromes 2

Greenland. Days 48 to 50. 15th to 17th August 2013.

Arctic Hare, Black and White, Glacier, Greenland, Humpback whale, Landscape, Monochrome, Musk Ox, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Bear Islands.

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Bear Islands.

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Bear Islands.

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Bear Islands.

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Syd Cap.

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Syd Cap.

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Eskimobugt.

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Eskimobugt.

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Eskimobugt.

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Eskimobugt.

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Eskimobugt.

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Eskimobugt.

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Eskimobugt.

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Eskimobugt.

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Nordvestfjorden.

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Nordvestfjorden.

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Nordvestfjorden.

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Nordvestfjorden.

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Nordvestfjorden.

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Nordvestfjorden.

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Nordvestfjorden.

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Denmark Strait.

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Denmark Strait.

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So this was the last post for Spitsbergen and Greenland.  In the weekend I’m off down the south coast of New South Wales to cover the Narooma Festival.  Then directly after that I’m off on another photographic trip that lasts two months.  More on that tomorrow.

Nordvestfjorden

Nordvestfjorden, Scoresby Sund, Greenland. Day 49. 16th August 2013.

Greenland, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Nordvestfjord, Photography, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Travel, Wilderness

In our last afternoon in Greenland we glided round Nordvestfjorden in zodiacs, admiring the icebergs.

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The kayaking group from our ship.

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And finally back to the ship, from whence we sailed for Iceland.

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In Denmark Strait we encountered a huge pod of maybe one hundred humpback whales.  Denmark Straight is between Greenland and Iceland but it is Greenland you can see in the background.

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So, as we leave Greenland at the end of our Arctic wilderness expedition, a humpback whales bids us farewell….

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(Three monochrome posts still to come)

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(Trivia note:  The blog has just passed 100,000 views.  View number 100,000 came from the US of either Eskimobugt or Bear Islands & Syd Kap).

24th March: Antarctica (Argentine Islands – Afternoon – Licensed to Krill)

After lunch we headed off again in the zodiacs.

Fur seal preening

Crabeater seal

GPS Location. (green arrow)

Humpback whale tail and fairy tern

This was to be the day of the Humpback Whale as we continuously tracked humpback whales from our zodiacs. There were evidently large congregations of krill. We would follow the Antarctic Terns circling overhead, then a big patch of bubbles might rise to the surface and shortly after the humpbacks themselves would appear, sometimes quite close to the zodiacs.

GPS Location. (Green arrow)  At least as I write this, the google map is a bit misleading in that the  satellite images were taken in winter and there’s a big iceberg here – so ignore that.  All following images of the whales were taken close by, roughly two kilometres north of Vernadsky Station.

This is the underside of the whale's head and at the right, the lower jaw (the whale is on its side)

Whale tails.  The patterns on the underside of the tail are unique to individuals.

Two whales going down

There are three whales here. One has just come up with a great gulp of krill.

Antarctic tern and humpback whale. This is the head and the blowhole, perhaps looking something like a riveted armour-plated submarine from the American civil war.

As you can see from the light, it is now quite late in the afternoon

Eventually, it was getting late, we turned back and made for the ship.  Had we stayed for just another five minutes, I would have been able to show you a breaching, a whale soaring into the air, full body-length.  Altogether, a most amazing day. Some of the expedition staff who had been on many voyages to Antarctica said they had seen nothing like it.

A small iceberg eroded into a dramatic shape

24th March: Antarctica (Argentine Islands – Morning)

Having arrived in Vernadsky Station, we had several days to explore the surrounding area while the ship unloaded the supplies for the station for the winter. Here are some of the views from the zodiac:

Seal, variety not recorded

Gentoo Penguins

Blue Eyed Cormorant - but it's a juvenie so the eyes aren't yet blue

Maybe a cannonball fired in an intergalactic war ...

Ice, rocks and snow. The shape of the snow on the rock reminds me of cromagnon cave painting of wild cattle from Southern France some 20,000 or so years old.

A couple of humpback whales, massive enough in themselves though dwarfed by the scale of the landscape

Going down ...

Just a bit of tail

We’d been out for maybe an hour and a half and now came in for lunch. The images from the afternoon will follow in the next post.