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Polar Thursday
Sharing Google+'s finest Arctic and Antarctic images
Sharing Google+'s finest Arctic and Antarctic images


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Want this view right now! :( +Maciej Markiewicz

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Splendid shot from +Alex Lapidus for #polarthursday ... I love looking back through the archives too, you'd be surprised how you react now to pictures you previously discarded or didn't notice.
A Chilly Bed

I actually found something from my Antarctica archives that I've never posted before -- this is a Crabeater Seal (Lobodon carcinophaga or carcinophagus), and a very elegant looking one indeed!  Shot on film in 2002 and scanned at around that time, so please excuse the image quality.

My Antarctica album is at ; prints available at .

For #polarthursday  with +Marie Knock and +Alistair Knock (+Polar Thursday); #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Whole Wildlife Week ) ;  #hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson ; #Animalia (+Animalia) créé par +Adelphe BACHELET ; and #coastalthursday  with +David Polzine and +Jon Kahn (+Coastal Thursday) which I inexplicably missed on yesterday's post.

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Beautifully intimate shot by +David Mathre here of a minke whale passing under their boat in Neko.
Originally shared by ****
Minke Whale Swimming Under Our Polar Cirkle Boat in Neko Bay, Antarctica. Hurtigruten Christmas Antarctic Voyage. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Catpure One Pro 8, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CC 2104.

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Beautiful icy scene from +Alex Lapidus , brrrr!

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Very jealous that +Lauri Novak has snow! 'tis the season though so fingers crossed. Thanks for sharing with #PolarThursday

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Beautiful colourful scene from +Maciej Markiewicz for #PolarThursday  !
Arctic Colors III

Today an image made during a hike in the Senja island in the Polar Circle in the north of Norway. Amazing transient light during the whole day with some great clouds and colors. Wishing you a great and colorful weekend
+Sony A7R, Sony 16-35/4, #Heliopan CPL and +LEE Filters 0.6 ND Gradual. #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Tony Phillips +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood, +ColorsOnFriday  curated by  +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday, +Four Seasons Friday  curated by  +Stephonie A Schmitz #FourSeasonsFriday, +HQSP Landscape #hqsplandscape , +BTP Landscape Pro #btplandscapepro , +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS +Visit Norway , +European Photo #europeanphotography +Photo Mania Scandinavia 

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This shot from +Alex Lapidus does a lot for me.  It is just elements, the weather being whatever it wants, the ice swaying and faltering, the penguins ambivalent, and the people looking somehow in different directions, seeing something we don't see*.

Great photography is about feeling like you're there, and in awe.

(* I suspect a call to say 'cheese' but never mind!)

This is one of my favorite photos, shot on film in 2002 (and scanned shortly thereafter -- sorry about the low image quality).  I've shared it here before, but I think not since 2011, so I wanted to offer it as a welcome to new followers and to the folks following my Antarctica collection; I do have additional images from that trip that I'll post for you.

Our Antarctica trip included 23 days on a boat, basically isolated from the rest of human civilization after stops in the Falklands and a small research station in South Georgia. For me this photo represents the isolation, the grandeur of the landscape, the casual familiarity by this point with all the little penguins hiking around -- in general our presence amidst the magnificent and the unknowable.

My Antarctica album is at ; prints available at .

For #polarthursday  with +Marie Knock and +Alistair Knock (+Polar Thursday); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow .

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Beautiful shot from +Björn Kleemann that really takes me back to Greenland...
Natural arches - perishable.
Seen off the coast of Greenland, this one is on the same route as the iceberg that had that famous encounter with that old cruise ship from the movies.

#polarthursday  +Polar Thursday +Marie Knock +Alistair Knock 
#hqspnaturalother  +HQSP Natural Other +Sean McLean +Valesa Diamontes +Daniel Taylor +Jean-Noel Nicolas 
#coastalthursday  +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn 

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A reminder about +Grobler du Preez 's great theme page to help you mentioned your favourite themes quickly and accurately - including #PolarThursday  of course!
*Here's an easy way to participate in your favorite daily or weekly photo theme without having to type anything!*

Go to and tick the themes you want to participate in, click "Copy Selection" and copy and past the text in the box to your post. The theme and curator names will display correctly when posted! All the Thursday themes below were added by just ticking the theme and pasting into this post. I will gladly add more themes when requested.

#360thursday +***** curated by +Patrick Cheatham
#BearThursday +BearThursday curated by +Paul Burwell
#BeardThursday +#BeardThursday curated by +Joshua David Curtis
#beethursday +Bee Thursday curated by +Dorothy Pugh
#blastfromthepast +Blast From The Past curated by +Cheryl Cooper , +Mark Rodriguez and +Isabelle Fortin
#cactusthursday +Cactus Thursday curated by +Evelin J. and +*****
#coastalthursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine and +Jon Kahn
#DesignThursday +Design Thursday curated by +Venkatram Harish Belvadi
InMotionThursdays +InMotion Thursday curated by +Scott Thomas
#leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Ray Bilcliff  , +Anne Durand  , +Stephen Thackeray
 #lighthousethursday +LighthouseThursday curated by +Heiko Köster
#longexposurethursday +LongExposure Thursday curated by +Francesco Gola , +Luca Gerardi
#lowkeythursday +Low Key Photography curated by +Bartek Siebab
#natureartthursday +NatureArtThursday curated by +Trisha Standard , +Dane Clingan
#NotALighthouseThursdayThisWeek +NotALighthouseThursdayThisWeek curated by +Heiko Köster
#PolarThursday +Polar Thursday curated by +Alistair Knock and +Marie Knock
#StairsThursday +Stairs Thursday curated by +Véronica Riboulot
#threatenedthursday +Threatened Thursday curated by +Diego Cattaneo , +Sumit Sen , +Sandy Schepis , +Anette Mossbacher
#ThunderstormThursday +Thunderstorm Thursday curated by 113847951893881070422
#StreetPics +StreetPics curated by +Pablo Luis Gonzalez , +Monika Pia , +urszula masilela , +Dragos Ioneanu
#velothursday +VeloThursday curated by +James Thomas , +Michael Loison

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Beautiful portrait of a musk ox from +Declan Troy for what looks like a reasonably warm #PolarThursday
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