Antartica Gallery

Antarctic Leopard Seal. This photo and the following short story from my underwater Leopard seal encounter was published in National Geographic Magazine, May 2005…

“Jaw-Dropping Encounter
Diving with Polar Predators–Leopard Seals

Named for their aggressive tendencies as well as for their spotted coats, leopard seals are among Antarctica’s top predators, hunting virtually anything: penguins, fish, and other seal species.

In 2004, two of the thousand-pound seals approached California physicist David Barr while he was diving off the Antarctica Peninsula.

Realizing the danger but determined to photograph the animals, he focused on a curious female. Suddenly “she lunged toward my body with those open jaws, and I felt a bite.” It was just a warning. “She was guarding ‘her’ iceberg,” Barr says. Though he wasn’t hurt, he was chagrined. Leopard seals sieve krill through their smaller teeth, but their canines are meant to pierce flesh. The force of a serious bite could have “easily crushed my skull,” Barr admits.

He was lucky. In 2003, about 200 miles from Barr’s dive site, Kirsty Brown, a marine biologist with the British Antarctic Survey, was killed by a leopard seal while snorkeling.”

Ross Ice Shelf photo published in National Geographic Magazine, December 2009.
The Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica is a gigantic floating glacier the size of Texas or France. Visitors explore a deep blue crevasse near the edge of the shelf, which delineates a large flake of ice ready to fall into the Ross Sea. The shelf rises more than 100 feet above the sea, but extends to depths 1000 feet below the sea surface.

The Ross Ice Shelf photo was selected for the 2012 Ross Dependency Definitive Series of collectible postage stamps by the New Zealand Post.

Leopard Seal performing an aggressive “Fly-By” while patrolling its iceberg in Antarctica
(that’s ice at the bottom foreground).

Leopard Seal, serpentine lunge with jaws agape (underwater)

Leopard Seal staring-down the underwater photographer in Antarctica. Behind this seemingly friendly portrait lurks a menacing predator.

Elephant Seal and Fur Seal dispute over beachfront property

Elephant Seal, South Georgia Island

Weddell Seal

Centuries-old dessicated seal carcass sublimating in the frigid desert of Taylor Dry Valley

Elephant seal in tussock grass near King penguin rookery, South Georgia Island

King penguin portrait, South Georgia Island

Whale skeleton with Gentoo penguins nesting near and inside

Gentoo penguin regurgitating krill to its fledgling chick

Adelie penguins on storm-stacked sea ice

Adelie penguin inspecting its eggs

100,000 Adelie penguins nesting at their Cape Adare rookery

Chinstrap penguin ensemble

Chinstrap penguin fledgling portrait

Sea Stars embrace while sharing a meal in frigid Antarctic waters (underwater)

Limpet with tiny crustaceans (underwater)

Glacier face illuminated by golden sunset

Lenticular clouds at sunset

Lenticular clouds at sunset (detail)

Blue Iceberg

Blue iceberg with eroded grooves

Blue iceberg with fragile arch

Iceberg with blue stripe (meltwater has refrozen into a solid block of clear ice).

Notice also the Lion’s Head appearance at the top of the iceberg.

Glacier threatens historic hut of American Base Station on Stonington Island

Antarctic researchers transport their equipment in the vast expanse of Antarctica

Green Copper compounds efflorescing from bedrock

Glaciated mountains reflected in Marguerite Bay

Sir Robert Falcon Scott’s historic 1910-13 Terra Nova hut, Cape Evans, Ross Island

(active volcano Mt. Erebus in the background)

Chemistry bench inside Scott’s historic Terra Nova hut

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton’s historic 1907-1910 Nimrod hut, Cape Royds, Ross Island

Stromness Whaling Station under gale-force katabatic winds, South Georgia Island
(also visible in the background is the final leg of the Shackelton Walk)

Humpback whale breaching, upside-down and just before the splash

Black-browed Albatross (these giant birds soar enough mileage during their lifetime to circle the globe 140 times, according to National Geographic)

Bouvet Island at dawn (the most remotely located island territory on the planet)

Underwater Gallery

Clownfish (Nemo found)

Pregnant Pygmy Seahorse, camouflaged on sea fan

Yellow Clingfish camouflaged on yellow Crinoid

Harlequin Shrimp with captured Starfish in the mouth of a Sponge

Peacock Mantis Shrimp under coral

Peacock Mantis Shrimp portrait

Peacock Mantis Shrimp excavating an empty shell from its burrow

Imperial Shrimp hitching a ride on a Sea Cucumber

Imperial Shrimp going for a wild ride on a writhing Sea Cucumber

Imperial Shrimp on mating nudibranchs

Spine-cheek Anemone Fish (juvenile)

Spine-cheek Anemone Fish

Batfish (juvenile)


Schooling Jacks

Sea Lion playing with Starfish

Sea Lion playing in cave

Stegosaurus sea slug (Cyerce nigricans)

Christmas Tree worm

The Blenny Pulpit (blue-lined Sabretooth blenny)


Golden Rays flying in formation

Galapagos Shark (Hammerhead Shark in background)

Miscellaneous Gallery

Total Solar Eclipse: The intense drama of totality captured from the European Southern Observatory in the high Atacama Desert in La Silla, Chile (2019).

The high-altitude mountain-top vantage afforded a rare clear view of two associated phenomena:
1) The shadow of the moon’s limb approaching at multi-Mach speed from over the Pacific ocean in the distant background; and,
2) The 360-degree sunset appearance all around the horizon, as reflected by the silver telescope dome in the foreground.

Total Solar Eclipse (captured from a rocking boat, South Atlantic Ocean, 2006)

This is the actual geographical North Pole (no landmarks there–just frozen ocean)

Sisters Peak, Ascension Island (volcanism)

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey, featuring a massive high dome

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque), Instanbul, Turkey

Elegant statue of Egyptian Pharoe Thutmose III from ancient Egypt ~1450 BC, carved from dark hard basalt

The 2012 transit of Venus, when the planet Venus appeared as a dark spot passing in front of the Sun. The other smaller spots are sunspots on the surface of the Sun.