Forest of Galtres Camera Club
Monday 6th February 2017
In the Steps of Shackleton
Pam Pope is one of the few who can say they have stood on each of the five continents. In 2014, Pam stepped briefly onto her fifth continent, a significant moment in a trip full of wonderful landscapes, wildlife and history during an amazing trip from South America to the Falklands, South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Involved were two weeks on a ship carrying fewer than one hundred passengers. Access to many shorelines were gained only by transfer in Zodiac inflatable boats and only when the unpredictable weather and seas allowed. Access to land often seemed to require some degree of nerve. The history involved the whaling industry. There was significant evidence of abandoned whaling stations and interwoven was some background detail to all that Shackleton endured.
Pam had opportunities to observe and photograph the behaviour of several different species; some penguin colonies she saw were ten thousand strong. There were Antarctic terns, elephant seals, blue eyed shags, sooty albatross, crabeater seals, cape petrels, chinstrap penguins, king penguins and more. Aggression from seals could be alarming. Visitors were supposed to stay ten feet away from the penguins but apparently, the penguins don’t know that!
Included are just a very small sample of the many wonderful photographs Pam shared. Some of these were captured under the most unpleasant weather conditions for photography. She also gave an informative narrative that demonstrated her enthusiasm for all that she was fortunate to experience.
Next week, Guy Davies ARPS EFIAP EPSA will judge the Pat Riggs Open Digital Competition.