The Drake Passage

Dec 30, 2017 - National Geographic Orion


We were fortunate enough to have very calm seas (by Drake Passage standards), as the National Geographic Orion moved south towards Antarctica. The wind kicked up to nearly thirty knots for the first few hours of the morning but completely settled by the afternoon. Wandering albatross occasionally visited, while giant petrels tailed us the entire day. Onboard there was no shortage of activity. There was a presentation on geology, an introduction to digital photography, the IAATO Antarctic briefing, staff introductions and, of course, the captain’s “Welcome Aboard” cocktail party. We are one day closer to reaching our long sought after destination, ANTARCTICA!

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Ryder Redfield

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Growing up at the base of the Cascade Mountains in the tiny Oregon town of Sisters meant that Ryder was surrounded by wilderness. A childhood of hiking, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, camping, and upland bird hunting resulted in the outdoors feeling far more comfortable than hectic city streets. His passion for the outdoors has perpetually grown and, upon graduating from the University of Oregon, he embraced his wanderlust with even greater vigor. His adventures eventually led him to working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic as a photo instructor.

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