Antarctica’s Gerlache Strait

The sailboat in the distance is dwarfed by cloud-shrouded peaks and glaciers lining Gerlache Strait, off Antarctica’s Antarctic PeninsulaPhotographer: Ray Boren

This long finger of continental land and related islands stretches north of the Antarctic Circle toward South America.

It’s morning. The sun is still relatively low, and shadows are long and tinged blue (as are all shadows, thanks to scattered sunlight) in the early light. This stirring view is from a cruise ship traversing Gerlache Strait. Icebergs forming the foreground, and dotted with penguins, separate the two seagoing vessels. Photo taken on January 14, 2011.

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