Today i was starting a bit later than usual as I was in the last group to go out, a quick note about groups. In Antarctica there is a limit to how many people are allowed on a landing at one one time, is you are on a smaller ship you can go as one group. However on my ship there was 300 people and therefore we were split into landing groups with each group getting around 2.5-3hrs on shore, you were assigned a group on the first day and then your landing order was rotated each day. Today I was in the last group to go out today which meant I had more downtime than usual, this did have some advantages as there were penguins swimming near to the ship so I spent some (all) time trying to get a good videos of penguins swimming.
The landing today was similar to yesterday with lots of snow, Gentoo penguins and a hike up to a viewpoint. The weather was perfect again today with clear sunshine all around, ideal for exploring and picture taking. The Gentoo colony’s again allowed me to get close to the penguins, they move around the island in what are called penguin highways which are cut out sections of snow where penguins move up and down the hills. The guides are always saying to keep a reasonable distance from the penguins but they often don’t follow the rules, as I was walking along the path today one of the penguins came towards me and then stopped a few inches from my shoe. It spent a few minutes trying to work out what I was before waddling away.
Back on the ship I headed straight for lunch as I had only eaten a couple of waffles for breakfast. Then just after lunch I was enjoying catching up with another passenger when suddenly the ship came into an area where hundreds of pieces of ice floated on the still water and multiple tall glaciers were piercing out of the water. This meant a dash outside to get some more photos and to take in the scenery.
Later on in the afternoon I had a photography class that I had signed up for where the ships photographer gave me a few tips on how to capture the scenery the best. It went pretty well and it was a small class so perfect for getting one to one tips from the ships photographer, he helped with the best default settings to used and how to capture the landscape better. After the class I was looking forward to putting the tips and new camera settings to the test on the afternoon landing when an announcement came over the tanoid that all landings were cancelled due to thick ice which was threatening to block us in.