Antarctica

Antarctica

January 16, 2018

Monique O’Neil is a New Zealand-based photographer who specializes in landscape and fashion photography. Enjoy her words and photos from a recent opportunity to visit the frigid continent of Antarctica…

My father and I began this journey by flying into Argentina and headed down to Ushuaia, which is the most southern city on earth. From there we boarded an expedition ship called the Ocean Diamond and made our way across the Drake Passage — the shortest distance by sea, but one of the world’s roughest patches of open water. Antarctica is a very remote, harsh and beautiful place with a landscape and environment that’s constantly changing. It truly is a world of its own.

A beautiful sunset hitting the surrounding mountains during our journey across the Drake Passage
A beautiful sunset hitting the surrounding mountains during our journey across the Drake Passage
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    Taking a moment in this surreal place

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    Getting the Zodiac ready during a stunning day

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    Chinstrap penguins nesting

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    Staying warm with the Cardiff Beanie

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    A sense of how large icebergs are beneath the surface

Thousands of Adélie penguins can be found exploring Antarctica's sea ice
Thousands of Adélie penguins can be found exploring Antarctica's sea ice

“Antarctica is a very remote, harsh and beautiful place”

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    Brown Station, which is one of many Argentine research bases

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    The Antarctic blue I heard so much about

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    A Weddell seal relaxing on shore

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    You can watch the glaciers for hours

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    Natural ice sculptures

Toting camera supplies in my Little America backpack on a warm day, meaning I only needed one thermal
Toting camera supplies in my Little America backpack on a warm day, meaning I only needed one thermal
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