Browsing All posts tagged under »Antarctica«

Joan Larsen’s Most Breathtaking Moments in Travel: Killer Whales Come Up for Air

August 30, 2017

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By Joan Larsen It’s a rare moment to capture: whales taking a breather as they swim under polar ice. ANTARCTICA – In the Ross Sea portion of Antarctica, the American McMurdo base has been clothed in darkness for six months. Those “wintering over” spend that time frozen in by the ice until the spring months of […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Ghostly Remains – Drama On The Ice

January 18, 2017

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By Joan Larsen   Each time I return to Antarctica, it is, of course, an ever changing panorama of breathtaking beauty – always, always with unexpected encounters with animals and nature that seem to touch my heart. Only there have I come to expect the unexpected. A largely unreported story of the sinking of a […]

Joan Larsen’s Special Places: A Floating World – Breathtaking Images of Antarctica’s Summer

November 9, 2016

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By Joan Larsen I believe I speak for all of us on this planet when I say that – for far too long – we have been stirred daily with a world in turmoil.  .  . a situation not likely to end anytime soon.  We are not the carefree people we once were.  .  . […]

Joan Larsen’s Secret Wonders: The Joy of Having Older Friends

July 27, 2016

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By Joan Larsen     Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art. –          Eleanor Roosevelt   I am often known for my good taste in people.  And so, for years, the friends I hold the most dear are the beautiful older people that are presently living the […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Icebound in Antarctica

May 11, 2016

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By Joan Larsen In the Ross Sea portion of Antarctica, the large American McMurdo base has been clothed in darkness for six months.  Those “wintering over” spent the time frozen in by the ice until the spring months.  Most of my many journeys to the frozen continent were on the Russian icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov, the […]

Joan Larsen’s Incredible Adventure: Caught in a Country’s Revolution

March 30, 2016

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By Joan Larsen   Looking back – not that far back really – I must have felt as we all do as we look at life ahead:  someday, someday, I was going to capture my dream.   A life of travel back then was not in the cards. . . but once my little family was […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Secret Places in Our World… An Island Called Bird

March 9, 2016

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By Joan Larsen A faraway island at the very bottom of the world –far off Antarctica – was destined to have a singular impact on my heart and mind forever.  On any map, it would remain a dot.  A small dot.  Eight of us bobbed in the sea in a small Zodiac raft as the sandy […]

Joan Larsen’s Quest for the World’s Most Remote Islands: Close Calls on Sub-Antarctic Enderby

February 10, 2016

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By Joan Larsen   Lying between New Zealand and Antarctica, a series of rugged and remote islands sit like silent sentinels in the harshest seas on Earth, those of the Great Southern Ocean.  Centuries ago, people gave up trying to live on them, surrendering them to their animal counterparts who learned to survive on them.  […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Heartstopping! The World’s Most Extreme Runways

January 6, 2016

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by Joan Larsen For absolutely all of us who have flown to our destinations before the “post-2000” era, there was little written about dangerous runways. Do you remember articles listing them? I don’t think so. If we had any worry in the long distant past, it might center on a plane crash in an unlikely […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Out of the Blue – My Life Among Whales

October 21, 2015

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By Joan Larsen   I was at the Ends of the Earth – this time so far South on the curve of the world, standing on ice so thick and slick, that it seemed a momentary slip would send me careening away. Beauty not seen anywhere else on Earth was around us, stunning us as […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: A Floating World – Breathtaking Images of Antarctica’s Summer

March 18, 2015

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By Joan Larsen The waves of the world’s Southern Ocean had turned into a rare mirror-like calm as our ship glided into Antarctic waters. The passengers, strangers still, were out on the decks or bridge, watching the first icebergs stand tall on the horizon – looking like city skyscrapers that had mysteriously lost their way. […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Spending Christmas in Antarctica

December 24, 2014

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By Joan Larsen At this season, as another Christmas draws near, we find there are moments when we look back — back at a lifetime of memories of Christmas past . . . many times wishing they could be the simpler times we once had   I speak for all of us, longing – I […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Abandon Ship! The Sinking of My Ship in Antarctica

June 11, 2014

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by Joan Larsen As we approach midlife, I think most of us have to acknowledge that life itself has given us endless surprises, large and small . . .  surprises we had never dreamed of.  Vacations of any sort usually seem equated with pleasant “escapes”.  And for most, some of their happiest moments have been […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Ghostly Remains – Drama On The Ice

April 23, 2014

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By Joan Larsen   Each time I return to Antarctica, it is, of course, an ever changing panorama of breathtaking beauty – always, always with unexpected encounters with animals and nature that seem to touch my heart. Only there have I come to expect the unexpected. A largely unreported story of the sinking of a […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Whiteout at the End of the World

March 26, 2014

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By Joan Larsen On Christmas Day in my childhood years – when “big” presents were still the first ones opened, the largest had been sent by “my maiden aunt”.  My first thought on this present should have been “educational” as school teachers were wont to see that their nieces were the smartest people on earth.   […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Secret Places in Our World… An Island Called Bird

March 5, 2014

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By Joan Larsen We were eight warmly-clad Robinson Crusoes, bobbing in a raft a distance off-shore from a modern-day desert island, eager to be the first to leave our prints on the pristine sand beach that lay before us.  We had no idea that  the natives had spotted us and they were restless.  From that […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Unbelievable Spycam Videos – Catching the Private Lives of Penguins

January 29, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Hidden cameras – cameras disguised as snowballs, bird eggs, snowpiles, mechanical life size penguins – can be found “hanging out” in an up-close-and-very-personal way in Antarctica’s penguin colonies – their little camera eyes filming the cute, funny, and especially poignant behavior  of the little guys.  The resulting special programs and small videos […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Abandon Ship! The Sinking of My Ship in Antarctica

January 1, 2014

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by Joan Larsen As we approach midlife, I think most of us have to acknowledge that life itself has given us endless surprises, large and small . . .  surprises we had never dreamed of.  Vacations of any sort usually seem equated with pleasant “escapes”.  And for most, some of their happiest moments have been […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Spending Christmas in Antarctica

December 18, 2013

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By Joan Larsen At this season, as another Christmas draws near, we find there are moments when we look back — back at a lifetime of memories of Christmas past . . . many times wishing they could be the simpler times we once had   I speak for all of us, longing – I […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Killer Whales Come Up for Air

December 4, 2013

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By Joan Larsen It’s a rare moment to capture: whales taking a breather as they swim under polar ice. ANTARCTICA – In the Ross Sea portion of Antarctica, the American McMurdo base has been clothed in darkness for six months. Those “wintering over” spend that time frozen in by the ice until the spring months of […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Eye Candy – Penguins!

November 6, 2013

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by Joan Larsen All photos by Debra Larsen SOUTH GEORGIA, Antarctica – Is it any wonder that the rest of the world pales once you have seen South Georgia, the large island in the south polar seas close to Antarctica?  It is considered the most beautiful place in our world.  Coming ashore by Zodiac raft, we are welcomed […]

Joan Larsen’s Tales of Very High Adventure: Start the Revolution Without Me

October 30, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   As we have all come to know, it is a single phone call that is often responsible for changing the direction of our lives – for good or for bad. Rarely do I recall dancing around the room after a call… in fact, never.  But this time – when the phone […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Leaps of Faith – the Search for the World’s Southernmost Dentist

September 25, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   If you were to ask me what I would consider the most traumatic experience I have had in a lifetime of travel, the number of flashbacks might fill a small book:  my Argentinean navy ship sinking in the ice-filled waters of Antarctica, the several far-too-close calls with grizzly bears in Alaska, […]

Joan Larsen’s Secret Wonders: The Joy of Having Older Friends

July 31, 2013

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By Joan Larsen     Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art. –          Eleanor Roosevelt   I am often known for my good taste in people.  And so, for years, the friends I hold the most dear are the beautiful older people that are presently living the […]

Joan Larsen’s Quest for the World’s Most Remote Islands: Close Calls on Sub-Antarctic Enderby

May 15, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   Lying between New Zealand and Antarctica, a series of rugged and remote islands sit like silent sentinels in the harshest seas on Earth, those of the Great Southern Ocean.  Centuries ago, people gave up trying to live on them, surrendering them to their animal counterparts who learned to survive on them.  […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Spending Christmas in Antarctica

December 19, 2012

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By Joan Larsen These are my happiest times, my dream of dreams – the greatest gift that I could be given.  The Antarctic summer days are warm and mostly sunny.  .  . and a Christmas spent here remains forever in the heart. The known world has vanished and floats somewhere beyond the horizon.  Icelets thicken […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Icebound in Antarctica

October 31, 2012

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By Joan Larsen In the Ross Sea portion of Antarctica, the large American McMurdo base has been clothed in darkness for six months.  Those “wintering over” spent the time frozen in by the ice until the spring months.  Most of my many journeys to the frozen continent were on the Russian icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov, the […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Wild Exploration at the Bottom of the World

September 5, 2012

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By Joan Larsen Huffington Post 08/07/2012 headline: Antarctica Was Once Home To Rainforest, Say Scientists   OH REALLY… aren’t you a bit late with that news?? At this house, we rolled our eyes… a lot.  For where have those scientists been for the last twenty-five years or more???  We had already photographed and had documentary […]

Joan Larsen’s Iceberg Pics at Fathom

April 18, 2012

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Joan has done it again!  See her collection of iceberg pics from her recent travels to Antarctica.