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Distractions in the Antarctic

February 16th, 2010 at 8:29 am (AST) by Jake Richter

The reason all my critter posts are a day or two late can easily be blamed on nature (and somewhat on flaky Internet service).

You see, I had all good intentions to go and get this all done Sunday evening, but darned if that glowing ball of light we call the sun didn’t have the temerity to set right at the same time as we happened to be passing glacial flows and icebergs (which, actually is all of the time – and right now it’s pretty bad too, as some of the ice floes have penguins and seals on them and keep distracting me even more).

Here are shots of some of the things that distracted me last night. This place sure is beautiful…

The dark skies provide amazing contrast for icebergs

The dark skies provide amazing contrast for icebergs

We pass a research station on the Antarctic Peninsula

We pass a research station on the Antarctic Peninsula

Fog in an adjacent valley creates an interesting visual effect

Fog in an adjacent valley creates an interesting visual effect

Spectacular sunsets exist in the Antarctic - late too, as this was taken at 21:37

Spectacular sunsets exist in the Antarctic - late too, as this was taken at 21:37

The angle of the setting sun produces amazing color variations on glacial surfaces

The angle of the setting sun produces amazing color variations on glacial surfaces

A lone bird scouts the water after the sun has set

A lone bird scouts the water after the sun has set