A Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic Trip

Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic formed a partnership in 2004, serendipitous since both organizations share a passion for adventure, discovery, and conservation - taking guests to far away places reached by ship. Their Explorer took us to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands.

On board are naturalists and photographers, so that the guests could learn the names and behaviors of fauna and flora, experiment with the technology and art of whatever cameras they brought, and exult when something extraordinary happened. Staff emphasized "looking", with eyes alone or binoculars or imaging through a camera - from "point and shoot" to SLRs with foot-long lenses. Nobody was left out.

A videographer made an 80-minute video of our trip, which is a great repository of the sights and sounds of our trip, shot by a man who seemed to turn up everywhere with his video-camera. The photographic staff put together a 22-minute movie of the best five photos from every guest who wanted to participate. Some of the images are spectacular. Regardless, every image evokes a memory, a chuckle, a "wish I had taken that one".