Our route through Washington Strait and then along the southern coast of Coronation Island to Shingle Cove.
Welcome to the South Orkney Islands. We're up early to check out the giant bergs as the ship cruises down Washington Strait. There's a light fog in the area that is slowly being burned off by the sun.
Giant icebergs in the South Orkneys.
A weatherworn tabular berg in the mist.
Giant icebergs on a misty morning in the South Orkneys.
An iceberg in the South Orkneys.
The sun is breaking through the clouds. The icebergs look whiter in this light.
Icebergs in the South Orkneys.
Getting ready to capture the beauty all around us.
We're not too far from these giant ice sculptures.
A white berg with a smaller blue berg in the distance.
Looks like there are penguins on that berg.
Sure enough; they're mere dots on the ice, but the pink guano stain is a dead give away.
I just love these blue bergs. The bluer the berg - the older the ice. The clearer the ice - the more compressed it is.
The flock of birds flying around are cape (pintado) petrels.
A closer look at the iceberg.
Mui in the South Orkneys.
More penguins rafting by on an iceberg.
Yes; I'm here too.
Icebergs in the South Orkneys. The one in the forefront is stained with guano, but there is no sign of penguins.
Looks like the penguins are gone; but the guano stain remains.
Everywhere we look there are icebergs of all shapes and sizes.
This iceberg reminds me of a dog lying down.
Let's take a closer look at this threesome.
There are a few penguins on this berg.
Penguins rafting by; they look like chinstraps to me.
Chinstrap penguins rafting by on an iceberg.
The threesome from a different angle.
We say farewell to these icebergs, but Robert assures us there will be more to come.
As we approach Coronation Island for our landing, the clouds are starting to dissipate. Yet, some of the remaining low lying clouds are creating interesting effects.
Approaching Coronation Island.
Just can't get enough of icebergs. Each is unique and beautiful in its own way. Strong and hard, yet ephemeral ... they will eventually disappear.
Icebergs around Coronation Island in the South Orkneys.
An iceberg near Coronation Island in the South Orkneys.
View of the icebergs from the stern of the ship.