Abandoned Farmhouse, Bruny Island

1 September 2017, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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After the cruise in the morning and after lunch, we visited the fascinating Inala Jurassic Garden which ties geological history to surviving plants from ancient periods.  I didn’t take any photographs of the garden but this is a Bennett’s wallaby being cared for there.

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On the way back was this abandoned farmhouse.

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We talked to a bloke living in a house across the road and he told us it was due to be demolished in a week or two and invited us to feel free to walk in and check it out.

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House from the rear.

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Garage from the rear/

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A fascinating glimpse of a home from a different time, perhaps a way of life now gone.

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The front door.

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A bedroom.

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Wallpaper peeled off to reveal newspaper backing.  This one above the fireplace showed a tyre advertisement from 1961.

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Fragments include an ad for Carnation Milk and a fragment of a page featuring Complete Home Section by Leila C Howard, Food and Cookery Expert..

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Here, underneath the wallpaper is a review of “Around the World in 80 Days”, a 1955 film starring Cantinflas and David Niven.

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Kitchen window.

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Another view from the back.

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… and from the front.

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Back where we were staying at the Bruny Hotel, the sun was going down over Satellite Island and the mainland.

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At the same time, here are a few houses in a bay just to the south.

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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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Cradle Lake and Russell Falls

28 to 30 August 2017, Cradle Mountain NP and Mount Field National Park, Tasmania

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After finishing the Overland Track  I picked up my partner Jools who had flown in to Launceston Airport.  We stayed near Launceston overnight and then drove to Cradle Mountain National Park.  Late that afternoon we drove to nearby Cradle Lake.

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A Bennett’s Wallaby in the carpark is unconcerned by the passing human youngster.

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Out in the lake, a rainbow is touching an island.

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This is the much-photographed boatshed at Cradle Lake, built from King Billy pine by the same person as the one in Crater Lake we saw in an earlier post.

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The next day, we drove via Queenstown to Mount Field National Park.  We were staying just outside the park gate and this is a nearby house.

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We went for a brief walk in the late afternoon.  Is this animal, vegetable or mineral?  Actually, none of those.  It’s fungi, previously included under plants and now in a classification of its own.

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Next morning we headed off to Russell Falls.  On the way we encountered this pademelon poking around in the leaf litter near the path.

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I was handicapped here by not being able to use my ultrawide zoom, which had got too damp on the Overland Track.

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At least I was able to use my tripod to give an impression of the water flow.

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This one I stitched two exposures for a wide enough angle and had a lot of difficulty with spray and flare.

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Climbing further up, a view of the falls from half-way up.

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I was reminded here how lucky we were on the Overland Track not to have “good weather” when we were in the rainforest.  The extremes of light and shadow meant I struggled to control the exposure, even combining images with HDR.

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Overland Track Day 1: Waldheim to Barn Bluff

20 August 2017, Overland Track, Tasmania

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After Liffey Falls in the last post, I travelled on to meet the rendezvous for the Overland Track walk.  The Overland Track is a 63 kilometre walk through Tasmania’s highland wilderness.  I had done the walk thirty years ago with large format photographic equipment and a pack of 24 kilograms (53 pounds).  I used the public huts then (and you can also camp), but this time I was undertaking a catered trip using private huts offered by the Tasmanian Walking Company.  This meant I didn’t need to carry food because meals are provided and all huts also offer hot showers and drying rooms.

I had opted for the winter tour because I wanted to capture Tasmania’s unique landscape in the snow.  This is much more demanding than the usual summer traverse because trekking through the snow can be harder and slower, and the days are shorter.  As we set off there were ten people in our group plus three guides, although one of our number turned back after an hour because she was feeling unwell.

My clothing weighed 4.5 kg (10lb) including walking poles, and the guidelines for the walk say your pack should weigh 12 to 16 kilograms (26 to 35 pounds).  But with 6.4 kg of camera equipment (14lb), I was carrying 22 kilograms (48 pounds).  This was more than I realised at the time and more than I bargained for.  Based on my previous experiences thirty years earlier, I had assumed I would have lots of time to stop, pull out my tripod and take photos.  However, that was in summer when days are much longer and walking conditions usually much easier (though it can snow here at any time of year).  As it was I generally had to press on with little time to stop for photographs and I was seldom able to use the tripod.  Because my pack was so heavy I was reluctant to take it off too often.  Just as well I had two cameras and four lenses in cases hanging off my shoulder straps and pack belt so I was able to take photographs without removing the pack.  Almost all these images in this and subsequent Overland Track posts are quickly taken on the fly.

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Here are some of the group taking off on the walk.  I am still in the carpark and taking this image from there.  We are heading off to the plateau on the snowline at the left.

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Crater Falls.

After climbing for three quarters of an hour we got to this small waterfall beside the track, with lots of water flowing through.  You can see it’s a longish exposure but I didn’t pull out my tripod, just braced against a railing.

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Boatshed, Crater Lake.

After climbing for an hour and twenty minutes, we stopped for a little while at Crater Lake.  The boatshed was built by the first ranger at Cradle Mountain, Lionell Connell, to ferry visitors around the lake.  There is a similar and better known one at Dove Lake, accessible by road.  Both were built of King Billy Pine, an ancient and slow growing conifer not available as a building material these days.  That’s ice you can see on the surface of the lake, though hardly solid enough to walk on.

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Crater Lake.

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Crater Lake and Boatshed.

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Crater Lake.

This one is looking back at Crater Lake as we continue climbing towards Marion’s Lookout.  Still a steep climb to go.

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Bennett’s Wallaby.

This is further on from the previous image, with Crater Lake out of sight down below the ridge.

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Towards the top, the weather closed in and there was heavy snow.  It had stopped snowing when we got to the top and we stopped for lunch.  According to the time stamps on the images it must have taken us about three hours.  We were close to Marion’s lookout but there was no point going there because there would have been nothing to see.  On a clearer day there would have been a magnificent vista of Dove Lake and the wild country beyond.

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Trees on Cradle Plateau.

The weather was clearing and the lack of a view from Marion’s Lookout was more than compensated by magnificent vistas around the Cradle Plateau.

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Looking west to Cradle Plateau.

A wonderful vista of distant eucalypts in snow.  Click on the image to see it in a larger size.  I would have liked to stop for an hour or so in this area and explore the possibilities but time was pressing and we had to move on.

In a way this is my Fred Williams image though I wasn’t aware of that Australian painter at that time.  When we got to Geelong, the art gallery had a wonderful exhibition of his semi-abstract landscapes looking down from the You Yang mountains to the arid plains below.  This image reminds me of that though it’s really only the central part with the distant trees in the snow.

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Looking east towards the Central Plateau with an angry sky.

Although the weather could be menacing at this point, it was clearing for the rest of the day.

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Barn Bluff.

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You might think this shows towering eucalypts beside a tarn but it’s tiny, more like a miniature landscape.

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Cradle Mountain.

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A distant view of Barn Bluff.  That’s where we’re headed.

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Cradle Mountain.

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Quick question:  on which side of a pole does moss grow?

This marker pole provides a metaphor for the weather.  Wind-driven snow is caked on one side of the pole while moss clings resolutely to the other.

Answer: It’s the south side here.  If you live in the northern hemisphere you probably got that wrong.

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Cradle Mountain.  We’re getting further away now.

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Snow piling up in a sheltered part of the trail in Waterfall Valley.

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Eucalypts in snow, still Waterfall Valley.

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Barn Bluff in the distance, framed by eucalypts.

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Mount Emmett in the late afternoon light.

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Mouth Emmett from Cradle Cirque.  Firth River valley in the distance.

At this stage there was only a kilometre or two to go but it was very rugged.  The problem for much of the day, and especially the last section, was the boardwalks.  Often they were two planks wide, say eighteen inches.  This would be fine in summer but they were covered in about two feet of snow (as with everything else).  It was impossible to stay on them all the time and if you missed them, you fell a couple of feet down into the snow.  I fell over dozens of times and probably so did everyone else.  It had taken nine hours before I got to the hut, starting with the brutal three hour climb to Marion’s Lookout and I was totally exhausted.  Totally worth it, though.  The scenery on the way exceeded my expectations.

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South Georgia Monochromes 3 of 3

15th to 17th November 2015, South Georgia.

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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 2 of 3

13th to 14th November 2015, South Georgia.

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Penguins and elephant seals in the early morning at St Andrews Bay.

St Andrews Bay (Take 1).

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King penguin conga line.

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Elephant seal.  Nice place to sleep.

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Young elephant seals.

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St Andrews Bay.

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King penguins.

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Black and White, Elephant seals, Giant Petrel, Icebergs, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Black and White, Elephant seals, Giant Petrel, Icebergs, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

At sea on the way to Moltke Harbour.

Moltke Harbour.

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Black and White, Elephant seals, Giant Petrel, Icebergs, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Fur seals, Moltke Harbour.

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Black and White, Elephant seals, Giant Petrel, Icebergs, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Giant Petrel.

Gold Harbour.

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Black and White, Elephant seals, Giant Petrel, Icebergs, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Macaroni Penguin.

Macaroni penguin at Cooper Bay.

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Black and White, Elephant seals, Giant Petrel, Icebergs, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Off the coast of South Georgia.

The Acropolis Iceberg.

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Black and White, Elephant seals, Giant Petrel, Icebergs, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

The Acropolis Iceberg.

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Black and White, Elephant seals, Giant Petrel, Icebergs, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

The Chinstrap Iceberg.

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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.

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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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife
Snow Petrels in the crossing from the Falklands to South Georgia.

Falklands to South Georgia.

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Black-browed albatross.

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Emperor penguins at Right Whale Bay.

Right Whale Bay.

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Fur seal, Salisbury Plain.

Salisbury Plain (Take 1).

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Wandering albatross chick, Prion Island.

Prion Island.

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Distant views from Prion Island.

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Grytviken

Grytviken Part 1.

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Grytviken Part 2.

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Roy Mangersnes and a female elephant seal, Godthol.

Godthol.

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Antarctic Tern.

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Albatross, Antarctic Tern, Black and White, Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

South Georgia Cormorant.

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