Antarctica- A Reflective Perspective

I recently (January 25th thru February 8th, 2019) had the opportunity to fulfill a bucket list expedition to Antarctica. Not sure what I was to expect or any specific goals to accomplish, set the framework for being open to learn from the multiple guides, staff and interpreters. This allowed me to search for meaning that is important to stay in balance professionally and personally, and yes, even revisiting some long held fundamental beliefs.

I am sure as the weeks, months and even years move forward, I will continue to remember this expedition. The Yacht- L.’Austral- a French ship with a capacity of approximately 180 passengers and a crew of 90 plus is operated by Ponant. The entire focus is to “experience” Antarctica and its natural beauty. The rules were simple- we come- we visit- we experience, but do no harm to land, ice, water or wildlife. “Preserve it for those who come after you”.

What Antarctica will mean to me is a benchmark comparison of how complicated we have made our day to day lives. The cycle of life and everyday happens simply by nature. Antarctica has no imposed human rules, must do, and can nots. Yes there are the cruel realities of natural life and death in nature,  but what is amazing is between the two absolutes.

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1)The cycle of the food chain.

2)Penguins having offspring and nurturing

3)The whales

4)The seals

5)Multiple other birds

The interaction of weather and the adaptability of all to survive is without our intervention. The laws of nature are not forgiving here in Antarctica. Yet in its own right it flourishes. Penguins are no longer considered endangered species.

I will forever stay open to the concept that maybe we, no matter our politics or personal opinions, probably are not always in balance with nature and the environment, and do not have the best solutions. Antarctica remains one of those places our best efforts have, NOT altered the natural beauty and balance. Check out the beauty of it all below in the videos of my travels! 

 

 

Day 1 - Departing for Antarctica & the Drake Passage

Day 2 - Deception Point & Baily Head

Day 3 - Brown Bluff

Day 4 - Port Lockroy

Day 5- Hidden Bay & Damoy Point 

Day 6 - Danco Island & Neko Harbor

 Day 7 - Heading home on the Drake Passage 

 

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