28th March: Antarctica (Admiralty Bay, King George Island)

In the afternoon we took off in the zodiacs to explore Admiralty Bay.

A view of the shore shortly after leaving, just round the point from Arctowski Station.

This is later in the afternoon, about four or five kilometres away on the other side of Admiralty Bay.

You can see the huge crack in the ice in the upper right image as bits and pieces fall away into the sea. We waited and eventually saw the whole structure shear off and fall.

That's not just snow in the distance, it's a glacier covered with snow. If you click on the image you should be able to see the ice. Not a safe place to walk if you could even get there.

A massive wall of ice at the water's edge.

Faces in the zodiac. Left to right: Ben (historian), Jim (birdwatcher) and Amanda (expedition leader).

Icicles and overhanging ice.

A jumbled tangle of snow and ice.

Jagged ice against the snow and rocks.

A wild vista of rocks, sea and glaciers.

Click on the image above to zoom round in a much larger view.

Appearing like a face out of the ice. Perhaps a rock sculpture made long ago by humanoid dinosaurs when Antarctica was warm.

Is it an ice mask from tropical Africa?

This is a massive cliff underneath a glacier. From time to time, huge blocks of ice will fall off the top.

Late in the day, we ventured into a small bay with a shoal of broken ice.

When we came to return to the ship across Admiralty Bay, the weather had come up and we experienced a rough and bumpy ride. Then, back at the ship, a rather exiting transfer from the zodiac to the ship in the heaving sea.