Paradise BayOn a fine midsummer day at the edge of Antarctica, a glaciated mountain casts its reflection in the calm but icy waters of Paradise Bay.

This lovely harbor is on the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, which reaches north toward South America. The inlet hosts two Antarctic research stations: Argentina’s Almirante Brown Antarctic Base (near where this photo was taken) and Chile’s Gonzalez Videla Antarctic Base. Both are now occupied only during the Antarctic summer. Some of the frozen continent’s earliest scientific research took place in Paradise Bay in the early 1920s.