This photo was taken on Booth Island (Google Map), looking into Pleneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula. This is where polar explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot overwintered in 1904 during his French Antarctic Expedition. He was known for sitting on the ice drinking wine and eating cheese - awesome dude. Left here are the remains of a cairn and an observatory, where a break in the “window” perfectly frames Mount Francais, named for Charcot’s ship. There is also an “F” scratched into the sheer rock which leads up to the cairn.
There’s a story about this photo. When I took it, I could not tell what the orange object was to the right of the fur seal. I squinted, tried to zoom in on it and decided it must be a glove. Only when I got back to the ship to edit did I realize it was the remains of a penguin, sitting perfectly on the rock, possibly eaten by this very fur seal.
The other part of the story is about this day in particular, which stands out as the craziest of my season. It was the 2nd to last trip and the weather had been simply horrid. 4 days of cancelled landings, blizzards, hurricane-force winds. We saw a brief break in the weather and decided to make a go for it at Booth Island, with the agreement among the staff, crew and bridge that if the winds picked up over 45 knots we would hear blows of the ship’s horn and leave shore immediately. I hopped in a Zodiac to be a driver for the operation (with a quick trip to shore to take a few photos), and winds quickly picked up. 45 knots, 50 knots, 55 knots. You can see in this photo that we had 2 anchors down, which is rarely done. It was the only way our bridge team could hold our position. Within 45 minutes, the ship blew its horn but it was so windy none of us could hear it. We knew what had to be done though. The shore team herded our guests back to the landing site and us drivers prepared to shuttle them back to the ship, with waves crashing up to our bows and the type of wind that slices right through you. Goggles on, balaclava up, not a single sliver of skin exposed.
I got my first set of 10 guests in my boat, reversed out from shore and began the journey back to the ship. We were soaked immediately, huge swells, I could barely keep my tiller straight, not to mention maintaining my balance. I saw legitimate fear in the eyes of a few of my guests. It was difficult but I was focused and calm, the only thing I needed to do was get these people back to the ship safely. The most difficult part of a Zodiac ride in poor weather is the gangway approach, where you pull your boat up to the side of the ship, next to a metal structure with stairs. As I approached 3 times, the wind and swells spun my boat around so I was facing in the completely wrong direction. Any way, we finally made it, safely, and I got a big cheer from my guests as they hurried up the gangway and into the warmth of the mud room.
Arnell, one of the able-bodied seaman who mans the gangway grabbed me by the shoulders to give me a warning for my return trip to shore, he said “Lauren, you must go slow into the wind.” I knew this, but I had also never driven in 55 knot winds, gusting up to 65. The drive back to shore, with an empty Zodiac, straight into the wind was fairly terrifying and I knew that I didn’t have the experience for it. I did make it back to shore and swapped out with my Expedition Leader so he could continue shuttling, which was the smartest decision I made this season.
Quite the adventure though. When all the staff were safely back on the ship there were plenty of hugs and high-fives to go around.
Booth Island with mountains shrouded by cloud in the distance.
After a stunning cruise through towering icebergs, we landed on Booth Island. A wide sweep of pristine snow curved up to the Gentoo colony on the hill. By this stage in the trip I had gotten over the sheer, overwhelming excitement of being surrounded by penguins and could focus more on creating interesting compositions. It was much…
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This lighthouse is the second oldest light in Maine. The conical tower on Burnt Island is built of granite likely quarried on the island and stands thirty feet tall. The four-foot thick walls at the tower’s base have given it such stability that it has never been rebuilt, and today it is the second-oldest original lighthouse structure in Maine, behind the Portland Head Light,…
Abila Recognized as Best In Show Booth at ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Abila, the leading provider of software and services to nonprofits, associations and governmental entities, won second place for their island booth presence at last month’s ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition. Abila was one of the only technology companies to be recognized among the 684 booths in the Association Solutions Marketplace.
Booths were judged by fifty first time attendees based on company identity, product presentation, design elements, exhibit personnel, and overall presence on the floor.
“The ASAE Annual Meeting is one of the most important conferences we attend all year, and we wanted a presence that would represent our commitment to helping association executives engage members, increase revenue and more efficiently and effectively manage their mission,” said Tad Druart, vice president of marketing for Abila. “It’s a great honor to be recognized for our brand presence at such a large conference, especially since this award came from the conference attendees. It took a great team to pull this off and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our local partners Imagecraft and Sparksight.”
Austin-based Abila, Imagecraft Exhibits, and Sparksight collaborated on the “Power Your Association” booth concept to develop a stand out experience in a crowded exhibit hall and leave a memorable impression on conference attendees looking for partners to help further their mission.
Abila solutions help associations manage and engage members, as well as analyze and score those relationships to pinpoint interactions that increase engagement, enhance value, and generate more revenue.
About Abila Abila is the leading provider of software and services to nonprofits, associations, and governmental entities that help them improve decision making, execute with greater precision, increase engagement, and generate more revenue. With Abila solutions, association and nonprofit professionals can use data and personal insight to make better financial and strategic decisions, enhance member and donor engagement and value, operate more efficiently and effectively, and increase revenue to better activate their mission. Abila combines decades of industry insight with technology know-how to serve more than 8,000 customers across North America. For more information, please visit www.abila.com.
About Imagecraft Imagecraft Exhibits is a full-service manager and custom designer/fabricator of trade show exhibits, marketing centers and custom interiors/environments. With a foundation in commercial art and craftsmanship, Imagecraft Exhibits works with clients to create unique elements that bring a company’s brand and products to life. Imagecraft Exhibits provides award-winning solutions for Fortune 500 companies, builders, developers, municipalities and landmarks. Founded in 1971, Imagecraft Exhibits maintains its headquarters in Austin, Texas with additional offices in Dallas and Tolar, Texas. To learn more about Imagecraft please visit www.imagecraftexhibits.com.
About Sparksight Sparksight is a leading event, design and video production company based in Austin, Texas. Sparksight serves a wide variety of organizations in the technology, health care, manufacturing, software, non-profit and professional services sectors. Exceptional customer service and creative thinking are two of the ways Sparksight serves its customers and differentiates itself from other creative agencies. To learn more about Sparksight, please visit www.sparksight.com.