May 29, 2014

tail end of the season

As the season comes to a close, we now find the forest covered with a carpet of fallen leaves, the recent brights suddenly faded and replaced with earthen tones.  Mild winter days thus far, with intermittent snow, rain, and a mix of warm sunny days thrown in.

Chimango Caracara / Tiuque
Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)

caiquén

Upland (Magellan) Goose / Caiquén
Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams - CHILE (May 2014)
Upland (Magellan) Goose / Caiquén
Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams - CHILE (May 2014)

club naval de yates micalvi

View of Dientes de Navarino & expedition boats tied up at the Club Naval de Yates Micalvi
The grounded Micalvi is the vessel on the far left and serves as the "clubhouse".
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Salty sailor, belly up to the bar.  Club Naval de Yates Micalvi
Seno Lauto Harbour, Puerto Williams - CHILE (March 2014)
The southernmost yacht club in the world is the Club Naval de Yates Micalvi.  The Micalvi is a Chilean Navy ship that is grounded in Seno Lauto Harbour, just off the Beagle Channel in Puerto Williams.  The ship serves as a pontoon for a flotilla of boats, with bar/restaurant/lounge/showers.  The seno is very well protected and now serves as a strategic stopping point for expeditions to Cape Horn, Antarctica, and the Falkland Islands.

May 22, 2014

whisky bottle forest

James always makes up fun nick-names for the places we go with the kids.  Raivo & Tormentina found an old liquor bottle at the base of a tree during one of our walks in the woods, so whenever we go walking here, we call it the "magical whisky bottle forest."

Last flowers of the season.
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Tree Hugger
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
"Dad, on your shoulders!"
I remember when Tormentina was three, her favorite place to be was on top of our shoulders.
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Old Tree House
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)

May 13, 2014

southern ocean wave forms

Beautiful continuous wave forms way down deep.  This was the mega powerful sea state that we saw two days before getting dismasted on our passage attempt from Auckland to Lorient (non-stop, via Cape Horn). Magnificent, mesmerizing big blue walls that simultaneously demanded our complete and utter respect.

Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)
Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)
Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)
Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)
Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)
Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)
Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)
Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)

peak autumn colors puerto williams

Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Fresh Bread from La Casa de Vivianna
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
 Pearl on Via Dos
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)

May 11, 2014

carving lines in the southern ocean

Anasazi Girl wave surfing at 56S.  This is the magical place of dreams, one of the wildest spots on this planet.  It is here that James is most comfortable, completely in his element and truly at home.

When the sailing is good, it's real damn good.

Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)
Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)
Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)
Southern Ocean Passage - Auckland to Puerto Williams (March 2014)

jack frost mornings

Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (May 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)

Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)

May 10, 2014

dynamic landscape

Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)
View of  Beagle Channel & Argentina
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)

May 5, 2014

garza bruja

Black-crowned Night Heron / Garza Bruja
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)
Pearl Kiri
Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino - CHILE (April 2014)