Welcome to Ushuaia, the worlds southernmost city, fin del mundo, The End of the World.  This is where I start my latest adventure.  I decided to arrive here a couple days early so that I would have the chance to photograph penguins in South America.  These days were hot, t-shirt weather but things can change quickly down here.  In the morning I photograph the harbor and the majestic Andes mountains whose chain continues under the Southern Ocean to South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and curving back to meet the Antarctic Peninsula.  Argentina regards Ushuaia as the Capital City of Malvinas, it’s name for the Falkland Islands.  I find some rusty ship hulls along the harbor.  Rust will become a topic unto itself in my photography on this adventure.  The city has an abundance of quite interesting street art. 

I booked a tour to Penguin Island, Isla Yecapasela at Estancia Haberton.  The Estancia Haberton homestead now houses a museum of animal skeletons found along the beaches.  Penguin Island has Magellanic Penguins, a few Gentoo Penguins and A lone King Penguin but I focus on the Magellanic.  I feel my work is a bit rusty and am happy to get back in sync with my camera.  And I got a touch of sunburn on my face.

After a few days I finally board my ship, the Quark Expeditions m/v Ocean Diamond, and sail out of the Beagle Channel for an epic adventure in the Southern Ocean.


Ushuaia, Argentina

January 27, 2015

The value of our life is not solely measured by its length, but also by the depth of our hearts.

And breadth of our experiences.  And indeed the heights that we achieve.