During the austral summer of 2014-2015 I was fortunate enough to spend 2 months at Cape Bird on Ross Island (red circle).


This indescribably beautiful place is home to over 80,000 Adelie penguins.  The sensory experience is three fold – the smell of guano and fish, the sounds of penguins squabbling and socializing, and the sight of the magnificent backdrop of icebergs, orcas, and snow-capped mountains.

I was immediately enamored with Antarctica.  For such an inhospitable region of the earth, the community at Scott Base (New Zealand’s base) felt homely and welcoming.  During the summer, the population at Scott base sits around 70, with only 20 lucky individuals wintering-over.  The Ross Sea is one of the most productive oceans in the world – which is why it is home to abundant sealife, from krill to penguins to whales.

I could go on, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves (click on thumbnails to enlarge).