As an introduction to my selected Antarctica wildlife photos, I thought I’d add a few shots of the Antarctic landscape. It was always going to be difficult to try and portray the beauty of that part of the world, but I hope it gives you some idea. Included here is a shot of the old Hull steam trawler, originally named ‘Viola’ and eventually ‘Dias’. Built in Beverley, Yorkshire, in 1906, she operated in the North Sea during World War 1, as a minesweeper and patrol vessel. She was subsequently sold to Norwegian trawlers and converted to a whaler and then a sealer, arriving in Grytviken, South Georgia in 1927. Here, she now lies on the beach, alongside Albatross, a 1921 Norwegian whale catcher.
I have also included a mirage known as Fata Morgana. I’m not going to attempt to explain this phenomenon, sufficient to say that the ice wall, apparently in the picture, is actually a superior mirage sometimes found in polar regions and conveniently there when I had my long lens handy.