At Sea

Sep 16, 2018 - Sea Cloud


Today started with us in the Ionian Sea, readying ourselves for an early morning sail. After breakfast, we heard a play-by-play description of how the crew climbs the riggings to set the sails. As the wind nudged us along, we were introduced to the onboard staff as well as the local Greek cultural specialist before we heard our photo instructor give a presentation on photography composition. We took time to relax and get acquainted with the ship before a delicious lunch was served on the Lido Deck. Then the captain informed us that the winds were just right for a surprise photo safari. The crew loaded willing participants into Zodiacs to get a 360-degree view of Sea Cloud under full sail.

Once back on board, our historian gave a talk on the history, art, and architecture of Ancient Greece. With a full day almost behind us, the crew took in the sails and we were treated to a welcome cocktail party. We wrapped up our first day with a delicious dinner as we looked forward to our first landing, in Katakolon, the next day.

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About the Author

Leah Eaton

Assistant Expedition Leader

Leah grew up in a small coastal town in the Pacific Northwest with Olympic National Park in her backyard, and it was here where her love of all things wild began. Ever since she ran around shipyards at an early age and watched her dad work in the marine trade, she has loved being near water.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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