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I’ve been playing around with video again and you can see a small production on YouTube detailing my last voyage to Antarctica and South Georgia with Aurora Expeditions. It was also my last voyage on the ageing Polar Pioneer, the diminutive ship being replaced by the larger, more luxurious Greg Mortimer next season. Gotta say I’m looking forward to it!

This is the link: https://youtu.be/ZszMPZIpK4k

This was my fourth voyage to Antarctica and it continues to surprise and impress. I don’t think it will matter how many times I visit, the weather and local conditions are always so different, that familiar places never look quite the same.

For instance, I visited St Andrews on my very first voyage, but the weather or itinerary had disappointingly precluded us from landing on later voyages - until this time. And this time, I was disappointed not to be landing at Salisbury Plains (too much swell on the beach and probably too many seals as well), but the alternative the following day was to visit St Andrews.

And St Andrews was completely different to the first visit. Instead of a bleak overcast day, it was bright and sunny. Behind the beach we walked over luxurious green grass instead of bare earth and mud, and you could be forgiven for wondering if this really was South Georgia! And then there was the number of King Penguins. Being a little later in the season (December instead of November), there were probably double the number of penguins – I think the number was around 250,000!

What I love about lots and lots of penguins is the opportunity to take a pattern shot. It’s the same photo, but everyone is different! And when you can combine the adults in black and white with the adolescents in orange brown, there is no shortage of patterns to play with. You'll see video versions of some of my stills in my little YouTube production.

So, enough with the writing! Where’s the video? Check it out here!

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