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Antarctic Trip, Part-11

 

Broken ice!!!!

Sailing towards the Antarctic sound…was the most extreme noise I ever heard into the special silence you can feel in this sea…

Looks like a terrible thunder in heaven but “on earth”.

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Crack—–Crack—-Crack—–Crack CrackCrack…..BooooooooommmmmmmmmmCrack!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is going on after that???….The creation of Big Bang…I don’t know but sounds  fucking sacred imperialistic god’s father sound…..

 

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Here we go!!! arriving to the Argentinian Base Esperanza, Trinity Peninsula. It is one of the only two civilian settlements on Antarctica.

The other being Chilean Villa Las Estrellas.

Here is the Captain of the boat Ms Bremen, Daniel Flenger and Susanne Farné from Switzerland. The best Capitan ever met before…very kind, and full of responsable into the free and good of humor ….the best!!! And he is German :-).

 

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La capilla de Esperanza estación!!  Normally all the bases are militar people even the scientific or the religious pirst are all of them from Military….sounds strange but Antarctic is like this…almost militar style.

 

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This base is built in 1952, the base houses 55 habitats in winter, including 10 families and 2 school teachers.

The base has some measure of fame because it is the birthplace of Emilio Marcos  Palma, the first person to be born in Antarctica.

Can you imagine…? hello Where are you form?, I’m from Antarctica!!! <3.

In this picture you see  facing the pic Benno Lüthi the president of Antarctic Research Trust  he is based in Switzerland.

And the really nice as well Dr. Hulrich Dornsiepen  a german geologist. He was living several years in the catalan Pirineus and I could talk a little about that. :-).

 

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While we had to be two days on board … sailing to Falkland Islands, Islas Malvinas…depend of the side you are with the british or with the Argentinians. And about that I’m not with anyone, too much pressure in both sides.

Wile in the Spanish news Melilla is having problems again with the immigrants who want to get in the border of Europe and Futbol Club Barcelona has some Neymar taxes to pay to the central govern ( is not the UNICEF staff that I had in my mind, from Barça…) and the independent problems still without solution. With the serious problems of Ukraine  and the “N.Korea test-fires missiles” in threaten mood or provocation and the non understandable scandal of Collins in USA “finding a welcome home” because he is gay???? I don’t understand this news sorry…

Between all that  messy crap  I’m finding something that breaks my heart deep deep into the bottom of my heart…

“PACO DE LUCÍA”  had died  on his 66 years old while he was playing in Mexico…<3.

Somebody who understood the music and he could live with passion about that. Like a gift to give to the others.

I feel for him…he changed the traditional flamenco he made “history”…and I like that from people.

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While all that was happening…we were having a look  into the ship’s engineer  with all type of explanation how it works works and what we need for survival during 2 weeks at list…

This boat is very aware of recycling the plastics the crystal and the water we use for clean and for the rest…they don’t through away anything to the sea…Ms. Bremen.

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We were having a tour with the King of the engineers down stairs. So much noise by the way…but very interesting.

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A lot of responsibility to be in, congratulations for being the King…

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Photos by me.

 

 

 

 

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Antarctic Trip Part-3

Next day was Sunday it was  at sea day, on rout to Elephant Island.

We had the Bio Security Check, the German team were obligated to inspect all the material we were going ashore with, it should be free of organic material. They were very conciense about respecting the natural ambient, i really like that way.

Here we were with some of the scientists; Dr. Klemens Pütz, Prof. Dr. Wilfried Korth, Dr. Ulrich Dornsiepen and Prof.Dr.Oliver Krüger.

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Also we were having some tips and secrets 😉 for better photography with Dietmar Baum Photographer,  time to have a meeting with the Hasselblad cameras!! yay!!!!

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Also we had a lecture about Sir Ernest Shackleton by the anthropologist Dr. Gurdun Bucher.

 

Ernest Henry Shackleton was born on 15 February 1874 in County Kildare, Ireland. His father was a doctor. The family moved to London where Shackleton was educated.

In 1901, Shackleton was chosen to go on the Antarctic expedition led by British naval officer Robert Falcon Scott on the ship ‘Discovery’. With Scott and one other, Shackleton trekked towards the South Pole in extremely difficult conditions, getting closer to the Pole than anyone had come before. Shackleton became seriously ill and had to return home but had gained valuable experience.

Back in Britain, Shackleton spent some time as a journalist and was then elected secretary of the Scottish Royal Geographical Society. In 1906, he unsuccessfully stood for parliament in Dundee. In 1908, he returned to the Antarctic as the leader of his own expedition, on the ship ‘Nimrod’. During the expedition, his team climbed Mount Erebus, made many important scientific discoveries and set a record by coming even closer to the South Pole than before. He was knighted on his return to Britain.

In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole, followed by Scott who died on the return journey. In 1914, Shackleton made his third trip to the Antarctic with the ship ‘Endurance’, planning to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. Early in 1915, ‘Endurance’ became trapped in the ice, and ten months later sank. Shackleton’s crew had already abandoned the ship to live on the floating ice. In April 1916, they set off in three small boats, eventually reaching Elephant Island. Taking five crew members, Shackleton went to find help. In a small boat, the six men spent 16 days crossing 1,300 km of ocean to reach South Georgia and then trekked across the island to a whaling station. The remaining men from the ‘Endurance’ were rescued in August 1916. Not one member of the expedition died. ‘South’, Shackleton’s account of the ‘Endurance’ expedition, was published in 1919.

Shackleton’s fourth expedition aimed to circumnavigate the Antarctic continent but on 5 January 1922, Shackleton died of a heart attack off South Georgia. He was buried on the island.

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As second-in-command of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, Wild was left in charge of 21 men on desolate Elephant Island as Shackleton and a crew of 5 made their epic rescue mission to South Georgia aboard a lifeboat. From 24 April to 30 August 1916 Wild and his crew waited on Elephant Island, surviving on a diet of seal, penguin and seaweed. They were finally rescued by Shackleton aboard the Chilean ship Yelcho. Point Wild on Elephant Island is named after Frank Wild, with a monument dedicated to the Chilean captain Luis Pardo who rescued him and his men.

 

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Scott, the Photographer form the expedition…

 

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Pics from Gallery Shackleton’s expedition.

 

They were using the penguins  for eat and  the oil for make fire  and cook, and also to play Rugby in some how …sorry but when you are in that situation in all year winter, I don’t know what you would going to do staying with only penguins and Seals….and snosw and ice…..:-(.

I posted those pics because I love the wool jerseys they were wearing on the expedition….as a fashioned eye…amazing!!! but unfortunately true.

Arriving to Elephant Island; It can be attributed to both head-like appearance and the sighting of elephant seals by Capitan George Powell in 1821.The Endurance Glacier is the main discharge glacier on the island.

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About 6:00-7:00, The Zodiacs are waiting for us!!!

Point Wild, named after the expedition’s second in command.

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Here is where the part of 22 men settled in to a winter under the two remaining lifeboats. While Shackleton and five others sailed of into James Caird, seeking help on South Georgia.  It is not an easy and hospitable site as you see.

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This is the bronze  bust standing on the little and uncomfortable beach of Point Wild. Is not of Shackleton, but of the Capitan Luis Prado of the Chilean vessel Yelcho, on which Shackleton was  finally successful in rescuing his stranded crew.

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In that expedition everybody survived after an inner winter in Antarctic.

 

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Here you have a Chinstrap Penguin also known as a Ringed or Bearded penguin.

 

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Leaving this site of the island by Ms Bremen  one of the safest boats to cross the antarctic with.

 

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Cape Lookout also known as a Cabo Fossetti or Cabo Vigia, is a steep cape, 240, high, marking the southern extremity of Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. The name Cape Lookout is because of 1822 by Capitan Geroge Powell from a Britith sealer. The planed landing site is very small and the animals live very closely together.

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Seals from the Antarctic.

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Photos by Dona GB.

It will continue….