South Georgia

South Georgia , South Atlantic, a very remote British sub-Antarctic island, 170km long and 40km wide.

Discovered in 1675 by London-born merchant Antoine de la Roche while sailing from Lima to England. Captain James Cook made the first landing on January 17, 1775. It was the most important center for the Southern Atlantic whaling industry from 1904 until 1966. The settlement of Grytviken was founded by the Norwegian Captain Carl Anton Larsen. In its heyday around 300 men worked in the station during the summer months (Oct.-Mar.) .

It is also the site from where the heroic Irish polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton left on his fateful Endurance expedition, and where he returned in the 6,5m lifeboat James Caird to fetch help for the rescue of his 22 expedition crew members stranded on Elephant Island, 800 miles away.

In 1921, Shackleton returned to the Antarctic with the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition, intending to carry out a programme of scientific and survey activities. Before the expedition could begin this work, Shackleton died of a heart attack in 1922 while his ship, Quest, was moored in South Georgia. At his wife’s request he was buried there  in the lonely cemetery, alongside some Norwegian whalers (who died in a 1912 typhus epidemic) and an Argentine soldier -victim of the Falklands War. (Partially quoted from Wikipedia).

The photos below date back to January 2007. All taken with a NIKON D200 mostly with a AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm

PS.: The University of Dundee has developed an apps “The Island of South Georgia” with more information and some stunning 360° panorama shots.

TUNISIA: memories of travels in 1970-72

“Le lendemain, je n’aimais plus que le désert” André Gide

Along the Danube: from Linz to the delta (re-edited)

Memories of Antarctica

These photos were taken in the Gerlache Strait, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Canal and in the Drake passage. The last photos were taken at Cape Horn.

Falkland Islands

The Falklands archipelago consist of two main islands and 338 smaller ones, covering a total of 12,173 km2 -almost half the size of Belgium.

Founded in 1844, Stanley is probably the world’s smallest and most remote capital. It is a handsome, welcoming village of about 2000 people. Very British atmosphere, although the architecture is that of a frontier town, except for a few Victorian step gable houses.

Despite its occupation by thousands of Argentine troops from April 2 to June 14, 1982, Stanley escaped almost unscathed. It remains the center for the archipelago’s wool industry, and more recently became a port for deep-water fishing industry.

Argentina still claims sovereignty over the islands and on Argentine maps the islands are marked “Islas Malvinas” and the capital is called “Puerto Argentino”.

Photos taken with NIKON D200, 24-120mm lens on 8 January 2007.

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