There are so many things that make Antarctica unlike anywhere else in the world: its remoteness, its icebergs, impressive glaciers, rich wildlife, and its magnificent sunsets.
On our Antarctica expedition, we were blessed with bright sunlight and spectacular sunsets almost everyday. The sun would set upon the horizon around midnight each day and light up the pristine landscape in a shade of vermillion. On one particular night, we were cruising in the peaceful Paradise Bay off the Antarctica Peninsula, amidst tiny chunks of icebergs and floes, when we came across another one of the most beautiful sunsets I’d ever seen.
Antarctica looked as though it was on fire. The sky lit up in an iridescent shade of reddish orange, with the sun’s rays outlining the silhouette of the mountains. Because of the light reflection, the ice floes in the bay were shimmering in bright orange too, resembling small fireballs floating on water. Everything had transformed from sparkling white to flaming red – the floating ice, the mountains and even the snow-covered shoreline of the continental shelf. It was as though we were on another planet or another dimension.
“In my years of Antarctic expeditions, I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Osi, one of our expedition leader. Considering how many years she’s worked in the polar regions, this must be a rare occurrence. Staring at the spectacular scene before me, I couldn’t help but feel truly privileged and grateful to be here.
Here are some photos I shot that evening, hope they capture the magic.
The sun hanging low, above the horizon
The sun is now behind the mountains
Disappearing beyond the horizon, lighting up the landscape in vermillion rays
With my lens zoomed in, the ice mountain looks as though it’s on fire
The landscape quilted in red color
With the sun far behind the horizon, the red rays are slowly becoming a mixture of purple and orange
A sky full of purple, blue, and pink – night is here.