Where was I?? Oh, Yeah. Antarctica


The first day in Antarctica is both clearly in my mind and a befuddled mixture of where was I and what is that? I had few pictures of the morning because, as you now know, I forgot to charge the batteries in my camera! But here are some of Bruce’s to let you know that, 1) I really was there and 2) there are amazing things in the Southern Ocean.

I learned, on that first morning, how to clump around in waterproof boots, and not overheat in 3 to 4 layers of clothing!

And my education was only beginning. I saw amazing blues in the water and the ice. My camera could not capture the iridescence that has no match or the blinding black of the depths.

I managed to catch an improbable piece of gold in the evening mountains.

I began to experience Antarctica in colors, not places. Let’s face it, after day 2 I had no idea where I was. I had the written itinerary to remind me but that changed each day. At first, I was diligent about writing down where the expedition team told me that I was. But then the colors, the wildlife, the experience of sitting on a rock communing with a penguin that insisted on sunning himself (herself) right in front of me, hearing a glacier calf, watching an iceberg roll, became the important things. I didn’t care where in Antarctica I was located. I cared about the things I was seeing, and the feelings of complete freedom of existence.

S/he waddled up, flopped down, let out a squeak and just relaxed in the sun. I stayed on my rock and admired her (him).

It began to dawn on me that I might be in that place, at that time, for a reason. It didn’t take more than a couple of more days to figure it all it.

Just remember, I am a weaver.

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8 comments

  1. Thank you! It is nice to be back writing. This has been a long haul!

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  2. Gael, I was waiting until your weaving post to tell you how much I love the scarf but I can’t resist. I wear it everywhere now. It is so warm.

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  3. I am so glad you are enjoying the scarf. They are fun to make but it is more fun to have shared them!

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  4. Gorgeous photos. Can’t wait to read more. ♥.

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  5. Your photos are are awesomely inspiring Gael, .. and and I love your line .. “Just remember, I am a weaver.” … and I think to myself, would I say “Just remember, I am a plumber” .. perpective is wondrous awakening emotion ..

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  6. Ivor, perspective changes and we change with it. We never loose our past but carry it inside with love.

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  7. How lucky that you reached Antartica. Thank you for sharing your experience. I enjoyed reading your words as you weave it with your photos.

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