We’ve just come out of a two day weekend that featured absolutely beautiful weather. At the South Pole, two day weekends were nice, but I found myself getting bored around noon on Sunday when I got sick of watching movies, and it was too cold to go outside. Here, it doesn’t seem like that could ever be a problem. The outdoor recreation opportunities are just about endless! There are about a dozen or so islands that we can go hiking on, there’s a glacier to climb, and lots of wildlife to photograph! Apparently this is getting towards the worst part of the year for wildlife spotting, but after the barren wasteland of the interior of the continent, I’m still getting a thrill every time I see anything moving.
Our first free Sunday was marred by lousy weather, including 50 knot winds and rainy (yes, it rains here!) weather. Some of the folks who’d been here a while told us to get used to it, because it could be great weather all week long just to turn lousy for the one day we have off. Luckily we woke up to a perfectly clear sky, low winds, and a gorgeous sunrise. Immediately a group of us headed down for the boats and we were off to go explore some of the islands. Over the two day weekend, I walked around on about four islands, our local glacier, and even checked out the local shipwreck. I think that I’m starting to almost develop a tiny bit of skill for photography, because some of the shots that I got on this outing were amazing. I’m still using the camera that I bought for Africa, and once again the zoom lens on it is proving invaluable. I’m actually wishing that it had a few more mega pixels so that I could enlarge these photos even more when I get home. I might be looking at a new purchase sometime in the next few months….
Anyway, here’s a few shots of the local wildlife. I know I haven’t updated in a while, and I’m going to try to make sure that doesn’t happen again. I’ve still got a lot of updating to do from my last trip, so stay tuned to the recent posting section on the left. I’m also working on a redesign of the basic layout, so if things look funny for a while, that’s the reason.