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  • 22 Jan 2022

Photos of the Week, January 21, 2022

A good photograph can tell you what a location looks like; a great one might also tell you how it sounded, felt, or even smelled! This week our field staff sent us a multisensory feast, whether they were capturing musicians in Belize, a red sand beach during golden hour in the Galápagos Islands, or a colony of gentoo penguins in Antarctica. 


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Paulet Island, Antarctica

Journey to Antarctica: the White Continent, January 13, 2022

penguin on beach with ship in background
We launch our inflatable landing craft and head for a little island off the northeast tip of the Antarctic Peninsula this morning. Paulet Island has the classic volcano shape, and it hosts 100,000 noisy pairs of breeding Adélie penguins. —Jim Pfitzer, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean

Epic Antarctica: South Sandwich Islands, South Georgia & the Peninsula, January 14, 2022

moonrise and iceberg
Moonrise with an iceberg floating by. —Sue Forbes, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Bahia Almejas, Baja California

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales, January 14, 2022

gray whale
Bahia Almejas is known for large concentrations of mature whales that congregate in the warm waters here to breed during the winter months. So after an early morning breakfast we loaded up in pangas, which are small Mexican fishing boats, and motored south to explore the shallow waters. Although it’s still early in the season, we saw around 30 to 40 whales today, breaching, spy hopping, and rolling at the surface. —Katie Mills-Orcutt, Naturalist/Expedition Diver (photo by Kim Nesbitt)


Playa Blanca, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, January 14, 2022

At noon, we all gathered together to enjoy a delicious lunch at the beach and a folkloric dance show. —Maguil Céspedes, Naturalist

Ranguana Caye, Belize

Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers & Ruins of The Maya World, January 14, 2022

garifuna collective performing music
We were lucky to experience a facet of true Belizean culture by listening to the live music of the Garifuna Collective. The band joined us from the mainland to play for us on the beach. With amazing skill and great sound, the musicians created an atmosphere of joy and rhythm. —Alberto Montaudon, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, January 17, 2022

After lunch, we had the opportunity to take two paths. One path...took us to Pargo Trail along the coastline. The forest rewarded us with sightings of monkeys, a tamandua anteater, many endemic bird species and a beautiful set of overlapping mountain ranges. —Isa Salas, Naturalist (photo by Jennifer Davidson)

Rabida Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, January 17, 2022

sunset on red sand beachj

In the afternoon, we enjoyed an amazing time snorkeling off the red sandy beach of Rabida. The sea lions were very playful. After this, we took advantage of the light during the golden hour. We walked along the shore of this amazing place and witnessed a feeding frenzy as brown pelicans and boobies plunged for fish. —Karina López, Naturalist

Ushuaia, Argentina

Journey to Antarctica: the White Continent, January 17, 2022

ushuaia, argentina

In the evening, our ship arrived in Ushuaia and expertly moved into berth alongside the dock. —Serguei Ponomarenko, Naturalist

Fernandina Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, January 17, 2022

sea turtle
Sea turtles have a very pronounced carapace that provides them with protection against some threats found in the wild. These shells are bone structures that grow with the turtles’ spines and ribs. Unlike in cartoons, turtles cannot remove their shells and run away. —Bernie Jacome, Naturalist

Cape Horn, Chile

Journey to Antarctica: the White Continent, January 18, 2022

sky with crepuscular rays

As the afternoon progressed, we entered the Beagle Channel and headed west towards the port of Ushuaia, located on the southern end of Argentine Patagonia. The Beagle Channel provided us with protection from the Southern Ocean’s swells, but it also offered us a distant view of trees, plants and soaring seabirds. Some guests even commented that they could smell vegetation on the nearby shorelines. —Dave Katz, Video Chronicler

Isla Magdalena, Baja California Sur

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey, January 18, 2022

man throwing a sand dollar in the air, with lens flare

Undersea specialist Carlos shows off the main attraction at our destination. Carlos humored me by throwing a sand dollar in the air as I attempted to photograph it with a backdrop of bright morning sun. The photo didn’t turn out how I expected, but I’m very happy with this fun result! —Kim Nesbitt, Naturalist/Expedition Diver