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Did You Know That Polar Bears Aren't White?

Polar bear skin is black and the fur is not white at all. Each individual hair is a clear hollow tube called guard hair and looks white because of reflected light.

To Plunge or NOT to Plunge - The Classic Antarctic Dilemma

The first time I heard about the hot springs of Deception Island I imagined a visit to Calistoga, California with its spa like setting.

The Decisive Moment - Photography in the Polar Regions

When I think back to art history and photography class the phrase “the decisive moment” comes to mind.

Antarctica - Penguins and Krill in Danger

Ecosystem – a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.

Food web – a complex of interrelated food chains in an ecological community

 

Leopard Seals in Antarctica

On my first zodiac cruise in Antarctica we approached a large Leopard Seal resting on a small ice floe when out of the water popped a Gentoo penguin.

Antarctica - Drake Passage - Lake or Shake or ORCAS

You never know what you’ll get with the Drake Passage on your way to Antarctica. 

Hiking in the Arctic

One thing that really sets an Arctic voyage apart from Antarctica is the tundra and the h

"Arctic" means Bear

In Greek arktikos literally means of the Bear and that is what everyone goes to Spitsbergen to see.

Tierra del Fuego National Park and Ushuaia

Wandering Cort #3 - Tierra del Fuego National Park and Ushuaia

The Los Nires Hotel included a typical European breakfast buffet with eggs, bacon, fruit, pastries, and cereal.  Lynn and I met for breakfast at 7:30 because our bird guide was scheduled for 8AM. 

Getting to Argentina

Wandering Cort #2 - Getting to Argentina

Travel to Argentina was the typical airline experience in these days of cutbacks.  Steve picked me up at 5:30 AM to bring me to his house to meet his friend, who drove us to the Portland airport fo

Ocean Nova Cruise Ship

Wandering Cort #1 - Introduction

In Fall 2009, I traveled to Antarctica with Lynn Cross and Steve McBurnett.

World Oceans Day - Celebrate Antarctica and Arctic regions

World Oceans Day - Celebrate Antarctica and Arctic regions

Juen 8th - Celebrate World Oceans Day.  It's a great day to contemplate the amazing place called the ocean and remember that we need to protect it from the ongoing onslaught of pollution, overfishi

Antarctica Drake Passage Crossing

Sharon's Travel Log #1 - Antarctica Drake Passage Crossing

(This guest post is from Sharon - our Client Services guru - who is traveling on the Polar Star on a Antarctica Circle trip from Feb 4 - 15, 2010.)

Adelie Penguin

Sharon's Travel Log #2 - Hard to top the epic Wildlife of yesterday

(This guest post is from Sharon - our Client Services guru - who is traveling on the Polar Star on a Antarctica Circle trip from Feb 4 - 15, 2010.)

Antarctic Peninsula – Another GREAT day!

Sharon's Travel Log #3 - Antarctic Peninsula – Another GREAT day!

(This guest post is from Sharon - our Client Services guru - who is traveling on the Polar Star on a Antarctica Circle trip from Feb 4 - 15, 2010.)

THE Polar Plunge – Hot and Cold

Sharon's Travel Log #4 - THE Polar Plunge – Hot and Cold

(This guest post is from Sharon - our Client Services guru - who traveled on the Polar Star on a Antarctica Circle trip from Feb 4 - 15, 2010.)

Albatross

Sharon's Travel Log #5 - Conclusion – Knitting, Auctions and Albatross

(This guest post is from Sharon - our Client Services guru - who is traveling on the Polar Star on a Antarctica Circle trip from Feb 4 - 15, 2010.)

Antarctica the Beautiful

Antarctica the Beautiful - A poem by Ruth Wise

One of our clients, Ruth Wise, just returned from a great trip on the Polar Star.  She penned this wonderful poem to celebrate her journey and allowed us to share it with you.

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