Vistas To Behold- My Antarctica Odyssey

Blue sky. Blue waters. Snowy white backdrop. My eyes were feasting on the splendour of continent Antarctica.

A rugged rock with lone penguin resting on top, emerged like a beauty spot on the sublime face of Antarctica. I was overwhelmed with the feel. I was gaping in sheer astonishment, at the unique creation of nature, muttering ‘Vistas To Behold.’moon17moon13

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Outstanding views with craggy outcrops, in different hues and shapes, looked fascinating. More so with hordes of Chinstrap penguins breeding around rocky formations. Rocky slabs covered in colorful lichen and moss added new dimension in pretty surroundings.

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moon23Pretty name and prettier the scenery. This was my visit to Half Moon Island in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Half Moon, I wondered! I looked around to see what resembled like moon there. Was the name attributed to cobbled beaches on the island? Or was it snowy panorama, giving an illusion of moon, thus, inspired the name of island? Yes it could be, I tried to convince me and moved forward to grasp fully the surroundings around.

Cobbled Beach

Island panorama

I did not find right answer for the description of the name Half Moon but I noticed that Half Moon Island was the only island, during my visits on shores of Antarctica, where I found moss growth amongst rocky outcrops. And Chinstrap penguins were very pleased nesting on these rocks.

Another unique thing that struck me at Half Moon Island was the presence of almost all Antarctic bird species on this island. And they mingled well with each other except scheming birds skuas who were spotted gulping down penguins’ eggs. Penguins had hard time safeguarding their eggs and little chicks from skuas. I felt so bad witnessing this. Was that the show of strength? Or was that the lack of empathy for penguins that skuas demonstrated? I was getting philosophical.

Antarctic bird Skua

Damaged egg of penguin

Other than birds even most of Antarctic seal species were sighted on Half Moon Island. I saw many seals lazing around on raised beaches.

As I ventured further I saw Argentine base Camara looking beautiful in the picturesque settings of Half Moon Island. This is summer station of Argentina to carry out various scientific activities in Antarctica.

Argentine scientific base

I spent lot of time on Half Moon Island clicking my shots from different angles. Also captured my ship which merged well in bluish backdrop of the glaciated mountains of nearby Livingston Island.

My ship in distance

This was my landscape portrayal of Half Moon Island in Antarctica. Relish great views.

MY ANTARCTICA ODYSSEY continues ….

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