Please click on any image for a better view. Boating on the Beagle Channel, South America Walking in Wales, Black Mountains Playing with Penguins, Punta Arenas, Chile Gazing at Glaciers, Switzerland Dining on the Danube, Budapest         Ailsa’s travel theme: Adventure Continue reading Adventure

Visual Quotations 51: Threshold

“Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential.  Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance.  Always, I am on the threshold.” – W. Eugene Smith Weekly photo challenge is: Threshold Continue reading Visual Quotations 51: Threshold

It’s all there in Black and White

When reviewing my photos I’ve taken to converting them to black and white, often with pleasing results.  Even with landscapes where one is often captivated by the colours spread before our lens, conversion to black and white simplifies the composition  and sometimes reveals dynamics within the shot that went unnoticed in the riot of colour.  Instead of being bedazzled by the colours, the eye sees the values within the shot.  It’s the habit of many painters to view their paintings in black and white to determine balance within the painting, by judging the values. With abrupt or frequent value changes a b/w Continue reading “It’s all there in Black and White”

Photo Hunt: End of the Earth

Karen at The When I Feel Like It Blog has announced a new photo hunt.

“Show me the place that is “the end of the earth” for you …”

This photo was taken by a friend and travel buddy who passed away not long after our return from this trip.  Ushuaia, Argentina on the Beagle Channel, is the southernmost city in the world.

I have to admit that the next one Continue reading “Photo Hunt: End of the Earth”

Travel Theme: Parks

“At the ends of the earth, where the Americas become condensed into a volcanic wedge of moist Antarctic rainforest and cold, beautiful lakes, caught between toothy ridges of sheer granite and rivers of glittering ice, is Tierra del Fuego National Park. This is the very edge of human habitation.” –

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Parks.

Established in 1960, the Tierra del Fuego National Park encompasses about 240 square miles and is the southernmost national park in the world, stretching north from the Beagle Channel along the Chilean border. (map)

Our catamaran sailed into Bahia Lapataia with the mountains rising majestically from the channel.
Here sits the most Continue reading “Travel Theme: Parks”

Quotes from the Masters: Fellini

“If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet … maybe we could understand something.”

Robin over at Bringing Europe Home hosts Quotes from the Masters and this week’s quote is by Frederico Fellini.  This particular morning I was in a catamaran on the Continue reading “Quotes from the Masters: Fellini”

Below 40, there is no law

We have heard that Captains of cruise ships must take nine years of training and then earn huge salaries as they sail to all the world’s faraway places … why?  Because there is a Cape Horn.

Cape Horn sits at the south tip of the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego and Tierra del Fuego sits of the south tip of South America.  There isn’t a whole lot between Cape Horn and Antarctica. The Drake Passage around Cape Horn forms part of the Southern Ocean.

The Southern Ocean from about latitude 400 south to the Antarctic Circle has the strongest average winds found anywhere on earth because there is less land mass to slow them down; they just blow around the world almost uninterrupted by land.  The latitudes between 400 south and 500 south have been dubbed the  Continue reading “Below 40, there is no law”