The Yalour Islands ( 65° 14′ S, 64° 10′ W )

We have reached our southern most point in the trip here in the Yalour islands.  This spot rivals everywhere we were as the most scenic and beautiful.  The weather may have played a role in that as you can see it was another perfect day in paradise!

A little history now.  the Yalour Islands are a group of islands and rocks about 1.5 miles long.  they were discovered and named by the French Antarctic expedition of 1903-05 under J.B. Charcot.  They were named for Jorge Yalour who commanded the Argentine corvette Uruguay, which came to the rescue of the Swedish Antarctic expedition in November 1903.  Certainly seems appropriate enough.

As you can see, the area is made up of a bunch of “island” rock piles, some of which are home to the Adelie penguins.  This was our first encounter with these little guys after loads of Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins.

The Adelie Penguin breeds further south than any other penguin and along with the Emperor is the only true Antarctic penguin.  It is distinguished by the blue-black head with the eye ringed in white.  The classic “little man in evening dress” is well adapted to the snow and ice.  They have typically dense colonies on ice free slopes usually not far from open water in the months of January and February when their chicks are in need of food.  As you can see in these photos the place was loaded with the little grey puff balls – chicks.

Feeding time!

This entry was posted in Antarctica, Landscape.


  1. steve hirsch February 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    another great post, was Ellen there, I haven’t seen 1 picture of her!

  2. admin February 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Sorry, but you have to wait till the end to see the people pictures. Those are her orders!

  3. Kris February 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    Amazing pictures! I can’t wait to hear about the trip.

  4. Vicki Jensen February 18, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Mark, Your images are absolutely spectacular, every one of them. You have am amazing eye for composition. And your narrative of our trip is wonderful. Thank You

  5. admin February 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    Thanks so much Vicki, We had such a wonderful time with you and Paul!

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