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Prince Albert and Red Mountain – South Africa

Well here we go again with more adventures in South Africa Flying to one of the closest airports to Prince Albert town, Oudtshoorn.

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Depend of the area in South Africa is not good if you are in the country side to drive when the sun goes down , you are exposed to all type of danger it can be animal or some human risks . So it was a bit late and close to sundown we needed to cross the mountains to get to Prince Albert. We drove in a rented car almost alone through all the way that was really impressive thinking about what could us happened that night. finally we arrived in a good condition.

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Nice and gentle town. Quite mixed. People super Chill nothing aggressive I was enjoying it…

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It was full of cosy places to stay and eat. We ate very ealthy food. Also you can find natural products handmade and local. They are very aware about the importance of health and natural staff for yourself and for the world we live in.

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After that we when were Red Mountain is. Amazing place and fabulous colors… in the way to this place we were whacking some giraffes or ostriches or Burritos :-)… ( not catalans by the way) and some another species like zebra …etc

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We could hear the baboons at night time…not good idea to leave food outside.

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If I thought I was in a Steven Spiellberg movie…that was the area just only we needed some dinosaurus  to be into his real movie. For sure he got inspire around…for sure…

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South African Burrito <3.

Photos Dona GB.

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Antarctic Trip, Part-13

In Falkland Islands we stopped in New Island -Isla de Goicoechea, it is 238 km form Stanley and is 13 km long. The highest point is 226 meters. Long used as a base for whaling, as a sheep farm.

New Island is considerate by some to be one of the most beautiful Island of Falkland archipelago, as well as having possibly the most diverse range of wildlife in the region. It is a nature reserve stablished by Ian Strange in 1972.

 

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Just arriving to the island we had the welcome of this type of birth…he wasn’t afraid of human beings..super strange…he was trying to fine something shiny and bling bling to take it away… It can be a blackish Cinclodes or Imperial Shags or Straited Caracaras …I’m not sure.

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It was a hot day after all the frizzing trip… some of the people toke off their coats…to walk around.

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Yeahhhh- finally we found the Southern Rockhopper Penguins!!! They remind me to fraggle rock cartons animal!!!  <3.

 

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Red eyes  and not much big, 2.5 kg. The breeding grounds are located a 100 meters  above to the level to the sea. The population of these artistic climbers who are able to manage these  heights without effort is estimated to be abut 1 million. They lay two eggs.

 

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And we found staying and sharing the breeding a lot of balck browed- Albatross

The entire breeding cycle, from egg-laying to becoming full-fledged, lasts 6-7 months.

 

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In the falkland Island and in the most sub- Antarctic islands we can find the smaller black- browed albatross. The feathers on the bird’s back are light gray to black in color, where as a dark stripe on the otherwise white- feathered  head distinguishes this species for classification.

 

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The island is a largely vegetated with grasses; there are no trees, thought shrubs have been introduced. There are no native land mammals since the extinct Falkland islands Wolf, or Warrah, was exterminated there. They have rabbits as well but I couldn’t see any..:-(.

 

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Int he picture we have Dr. Klemens Pütz a is a scientific penguinologist and director of Antarctic Research Trust. We discover he was the most macho procreator from the human begin spaces in the boat  explained in a lecture about the reproduction law or something like this by  Dr. Oliver Krüger. Very interesting lecture; they were saying that who had most longest  ring finger as a man they have a lot of testosterone and they are able to procreate better, but not explained with those words of course.

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I have to say it was a beautiful day…There are 2 people living in the island..british ones…and they told us 2 days ago there was a bad weather and it was that bad that the last Norwegian boat that came it had like about 15meters of weaves ( I don’t know if I could believe that is a lot…:-O) and they couldn’t land in some place.And the most we had maybe were 3-5 meters? as bad…

 

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Photos by me.

 

Antarctic Trip, Part-10

Antarctic Sound….Crushing….the ice???…not yet….

The Antarctic Sound ( I love everything that sound music, is my passion) is a body of water about 48 km long and 11 to 19 km wide, separating the Joinville Island group from the northeast end of Antarctic Peninsula, and leading to the Weddell Sea. The sound was  named by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition under  Otto Nordenskjöld for the expedition ship Antarctic which, in 1902 under the command of Carl Anton Larsen was the first vessel to navigate. And it is known for its tabular icebergs which are floating with the current up north….amazing figures never seen before in real!!!! <3.

This Iceberg is quite new….

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Ms. Bremen in trouble???….no…

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Arriving to Brown Bluff, Tabarin Island

 

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Brown Bulff, Tabarin Island, the 745 m high cliff

 

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More babies Gentoo penguins I really like them even if they smell super bad…:-/… They are so curios…

 

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Axel with his paddle board  in Antarctic!!!!!  is not an easy place for the conditions and the predators there is the most aggressive one, The leopard Seal!!!

He was with security with a Zodiac and Michael Poliza making photos of course…

 

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An Adelie mother penguin trying to feet her kid…:-).

 

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Getting to the cliff..

 

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On the way trip to this Island wile Axel was doing paddle board we found the Leopard Seal. I heard that one of those early years a scientific woman was snorkeling into those waters or around …and she wasn’t lucky to find a Leopard seal,  she had over 48 bits more or less…her body was destroyed…sorry for say that…this is the life…on earth..

Don’t trust them…

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The 745 m high cliff dominates a panoramic view.

 

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Photos by Dona

Be continue…

Antarctic Trip Part-8

After those amazing views we had party in the boat, in the pool. We were very lucky the weather was the real protagonist to permit us having a really nice cultural events outside and most of our landings.

Tina and other people, well all of us we just were enjoying the German party with  german beer and Bratwurts!!!! ahahhahahahha <3.

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Here is Barbara and Christian Rating one of the good Photographers that were on the boat.

 

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We were crossing the Paradise Bay to get to Neko Harbor, I still cannot believe what my eyes are seeing, I am not tired to see that beautiful gift I had every single day again and again.

 

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Neko Harbor is situated on the Eastern end of the  beautiful glacier trimmed Andvord  Bay. It was discovered by Gerlache during his Belgic Expedition. The place was named after the Neko, a Whalining ship, which often stayed in the Bay during 1911-12 and 1923-24.

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Michael Poliza again making photos to this magical Bay.

 

 

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Another super beautiful  baby Gentoo ❤ , when I see them  I forget they  smell 500 meters distance !! ahahhhahahaahha :-). Image

 

Port Lockroy, 7:00 a.m. Is a natural harbor first discovered by Charcot’s French Antarctic Expedition of 1903-05. It was the first Brithish station in Antarctica, referred to as a Base. The station was occupied continuously  until 1962 and intermittently  thereafter. After years of deterioration the huts have been refurbished with the support of the British Antarctic Heritage Trust and they open annually as a mini museum and gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and mail post cards from there as well.

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I love the old fashion magazines …<3. There were many of them. When we were there it were 4 women living and working in Port Lockroy from different nationalities, they spend 6 month a year there. Last season it was 4 men.  They are doing it like this…4 women- 4 men-4 women – 4 men. It could be a different way to make a retread  in hard conditions I have to say instead to be in a Buddhist retreat center warm and comfort enough that you can find in Spain for example.  But who knows could be a different experience in your life.

 

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That was the little and quite museum…with the Quaker oats included. I still eat those ones some times…

 

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Gentoo penguins around the huts.

 

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We passed trough Lemaire-Channel is a narrow passage between the Antarctic Continent and Booth Island was named in 1898 during the Belgic Expedition by Adrien de Gerlache, after the Belgian Governeur in Kongo-Charles Lemaire.

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The light was mystic and beautiful in Lemaire Channel short but intense…

 

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We arrived to Petermann-Island only 10 km from the southern entrance of Lemaire Channel lies Petermann Island. Is aprox. 2 km long and 700m wide. Eduard Dallmann first charted the island and named it after a prominent German geologist August Petermann (1822-1874). In the island you can find Gentoo Penguins, Adelies and blue eyed cormorants breeding.

 

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The weather changes super fast and light also looks they are different day but is the same day half an hour after.

 

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There were some Adelie penguins also amazing!!!

Besides the Emperor penguin, the Adelie is the only penguin species to also  breed on the Antarctic continent. It forms clones which can be very large, for instance on Ross Island or Paulet Island. They predominantly feature the colors black and withe. they have a distinctive white ring around the eye. I thought it was a kind of ice blue but they say is withe… The worldwide population amounts to aprox. 20 millions animals. Number of eggs 2 and both parents incubate and take care of the young and after 2-3 weeks, they assemble the chicks in large groups, creches in which they are less exposed to danger than they would be alone in their nests. Like this both parents can head out in searching food.

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Views form Petermann Island…

 

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Photos by Dona GB.