The Fantastic Beauty of Heard Island

The Beauty of Heard Island.  Image credit: Bill Mitchell (CC-BY)
The Beauty of Heard Island. Image credit: Bill Mitchell (CC-BY)

Heard Island is a place of fantastic beauty. Yes, the weather can be bleak and windy, but that too gives Heard Island some of its unique character. One morning I stepped out of the tent around sunrise, and was greeted by the scene above. I stood in awe for a moment at the landscape, which looked as though it were straight out of a painting. Things change quickly on Heard Island, so after only the moment’s pause, I ran back into the tent for my camera, and managed to take a few pictures that came out looking exactly like what I saw.

Glacial ice on the beach at Corinthian Bay, Heard Island.  Image credit: Bill Mitchell (CC-BY).
Glacial ice on the beach at Corinthian Bay, Heard Island. Image credit: Bill Mitchell (CC-BY).

Scenery on Heard Island was usually dramatic, with gloomy greys punctuated with bursts of color—often the orange patches of king penguins. The wide, featureless nullarbor added to the fantastic feeling of the island by removing any sense of scale one might have.

King penguins standing on the beach watching the surf, Corinthian Bay, Heard Island.  Image credit: Bill Mitchell (CC-BY).
King penguins standing on the beach watching the surf, Corinthian Bay, Heard Island. Image credit: Bill Mitchell (CC-BY).

For more pictures from Heard Island and the voyage on the Braveheart, please see the Flickr album.

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