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Day Ten: Bancroft Bay

Posted on Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Dave!The gods of Antarctica giveth... and the gods of Antarctica taketh away.

Yesterday's excursion to Neko Harbor was everything I could have hoped for when it comes to photographing Antarctica... a non-stop parade of beautiful blue-blue skies, water so calm it was like a mirror, and a gorgeous location to shoot at.

Today? Not so much.

Our first excursion to Orne Harbour this morning was canceled because of nonstop sleet and zero visibility. Our second excursion to Bancroft Bay went ahead as scheduled, but even my best photos couldn't hold a candle to my worst photos yesterday. Especially with the snow coming down. I tried to photograph some birds as we left the ship, but it was tough to focus through all the white stuff in the air...

Bancroft Bay Birds

Bancroft Bay Birds

Bancroft Bay Birds

Bancroft Bay Birds

There was a bit of excitement because some whales were spotted while we were out. The krill they were eating must have been near the surface, because they didn't do much except show their tails...

Bancroft Bay Whale

After taking a lot of photos of water where wales used to be, we continued further into the harbor to look at glaciers and icebergs...

Bancroft Bay Ice

Bancroft Bay Ice

Bancroft Bay Ice

Bancroft Bay Ice

Bancroft Bay Ice

Bancroft Bay Ice

Bancroft Bay Ice

Bancroft Bay Ice

Bancroft Bay Ice

If there's one thing that Antarctica has, it's an abundance of icebergs.

And then... time to head back to the ship...

Bancroft Bay Whale

Bancroft Bay

Bancroft Bay

And... today's progress...

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Tomorrow is our last day of exploring Antarctica before heading back across The Drake. Hoping for a great finale to the trip!

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Comments

  1. Lora says:

    That whale photo made me catch my breath. All the photos do, really. What an amazing adventure.

  2. fabienne dufrasne says:

    wonderful pictures hello from belgium Happy New Year.

  3. Luke Bancroft says:

    Wow! Love these photos? Are they of Bancroft Bay? If so do you have any more to show? Would love to see more.

    • Dave2 says:

      These are indeed Bancroft Bay. I have tons of photos… but these are my favorites. The others are pretty much more of the same and I’ve archived them somewhere.

      • Luke Bancroft says:

        Hi Dave, that’s great!
        I have been trying to source imagery (well at least to look at not to share).
        This bay is named after my grandfather who was part of an surveying expedition in the 1950s. Nice to become more acquainted with it!

        • Dave2 says:

          Well how cool is that? Easily one of my favorite trips. One day I want to create a site for my travel photography… Antarctica and Bancroft Bay will absolutely be there!

          • Luke Bancroft says:

            Yes it really is and he didn’t really talk about it much when I was growing up. I have only really found out more about it as I’ve got older. There was a book written about the expedition called Wings Over Ice which has some amazing photos. They sailed to Deception Island in a Swedish tanker. They mapped out all of the Grahamland peninsula and Falkland Island dependency islands. They had a helicopter and a Canso (boat plane) to get the imagery. Not bad for the 1950s!

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