tasteintravel

by Katherine Yaksich

Happy #worldoceansday! 

 This is another image from my first Drake Passage crossing on the way to Antarctica. The Drake Passage is the stormiest sea in the world and people often ask me how the crossing is. For someone that gets sea sick easily, I didn’t think it was that bad and managed to survive 6 crossings.  

 Out of all of my Antarctic photographs, these are some of my favorite images. Perhaps it is because I have a deep connection to the ocean and have spent most of my life in and around the ocean.  

 I find a tremendous amount of beauty in our oceans, even in the midst of its chaos, and I’m truly grateful for everything it has to offer. Let’s do whatever we can to protect it! 

 #antarcticaordie 

 (at Antarctica)

Happy #worldoceansday!

This is another image from my first Drake Passage crossing on the way to Antarctica. The Drake Passage is the stormiest sea in the world and people often ask me how the crossing is. For someone that gets sea sick easily, I didn’t think it was that bad and managed to survive 6 crossings.

Out of all of my Antarctic photographs, these are some of my favorite images. Perhaps it is because I have a deep connection to the ocean and have spent most of my life in and around the ocean.

I find a tremendous amount of beauty in our oceans, even in the midst of its chaos, and I’m truly grateful for everything it has to offer. Let’s do whatever we can to protect it!

#antarcticaordie

(at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

| THE MOMENT LIGHT BEGINS | 

 I started a new exciting project with @andrewmklein that entailed multiple 5 am call times to catch that magic morning light. 

 When you’re not a morning person but you’re willing to wake up at 4 am several days in a row for a project, something must be right.  

 We look forward to sharing more as we get geared up to tell unexpected stories in Africa this summer! 

 #morningslikethese 

 (at New York City)

| THE MOMENT LIGHT BEGINS |

I started a new exciting project with @andrewmklein that entailed multiple 5 am call times to catch that magic morning light.

When you’re not a morning person but you’re willing to wake up at 4 am several days in a row for a project, something must be right.

We look forward to sharing more as we get geared up to tell unexpected stories in Africa this summer!

#morningslikethese

(at New York City)

by Katherine Yaksich

| HOW WAS ANTARCTICA? | 

 When people ask me, “How was Antarctica?” I usually struggle to find words to describe my experience. I do know that my experience in Antarctica transformed and forever changed me. Never in my entire life have I ever been in such close proximity to so much wildlife and such raw, untouched beauty. Penguins walked up to me and bit my fingers and my camera. Fur seals charged at me to the point where I would have to throw blows to fend them off (they were actually much more aggressive than the bulls I ran with in Pamplona, Spain). There was magic everywhere and so many choices when it came down to deciding what to photograph. Antarctica humbled me, taught me so much, gave me a better appreciation for our planet, and is truly unlike any other place on earth. 

 I’ve always dreamed of going to Antarctica ever since I was in 4th grade, and Antarctica made me feel like a kid in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, enthralled and captivated by pretty much everything I saw, felt, and experienced. Our expedition leader told me that I found my wings. 

 Thank you for following along and for allowing me to share some of my images and stories. I’m forever grateful to be able to share these stories and I hope I have inspired you in one way or another.  
I will leave you with a quote about Antarctica that resonated with me:  

 “Take the rockies, the alps, and Mount Washington, cover them with thick, crusted snow that, like frosting spread by a giant’s hand, has spilled down over the land, to end in a jagged, uneven boarder where it meets the sea. 

 Imagine yourself on a spaceship in another world - a world that for 10 million years has been locked away behind ramparts of ice and where escape is blocked in all directions by a cruel, cold ocean. 

 Take all the adjectives in Mr. Roget’s thesaurus and you still haven’t got it, not even Mr. Roget’s best can convey one’s first impression of that vast, mysterious immensity of ice. It’s a lesson in humility, an unforgettable reminder of man’s immortality, and it is like no other place on earth.”  

 - Jenny Darlington 

 #antarcticaordie 

  (at Antarctica)

| HOW WAS ANTARCTICA? |

When people ask me, “How was Antarctica?” I usually struggle to find words to describe my experience. I do know that my experience in Antarctica transformed and forever changed me. Never in my entire life have I ever been in such close proximity to so much wildlife and such raw, untouched beauty. Penguins walked up to me and bit my fingers and my camera. Fur seals charged at me to the point where I would have to throw blows to fend them off (they were actually much more aggressive than the bulls I ran with in Pamplona, Spain). There was magic everywhere and so many choices when it came down to deciding what to photograph. Antarctica humbled me, taught me so much, gave me a better appreciation for our planet, and is truly unlike any other place on earth.

I’ve always dreamed of going to Antarctica ever since I was in 4th grade, and Antarctica made me feel like a kid in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, enthralled and captivated by pretty much everything I saw, felt, and experienced. Our expedition leader told me that I found my wings.

Thank you for following along and for allowing me to share some of my images and stories. I’m forever grateful to be able to share these stories and I hope I have inspired you in one way or another.
I will leave you with a quote about Antarctica that resonated with me:

“Take the rockies, the alps, and Mount Washington, cover them with thick, crusted snow that, like frosting spread by a giant’s hand, has spilled down over the land, to end in a jagged, uneven boarder where it meets the sea.

Imagine yourself on a spaceship in another world - a world that for 10 million years has been locked away behind ramparts of ice and where escape is blocked in all directions by a cruel, cold ocean.

Take all the adjectives in Mr. Roget’s thesaurus and you still haven’t got it, not even Mr. Roget’s best can convey one’s first impression of that vast, mysterious immensity of ice. It’s a lesson in humility, an unforgettable reminder of man’s immortality, and it is like no other place on earth.”

- Jenny Darlington

#antarcticaordie

(at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

“Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins?” - Rumi 

 #antarcticaordie #earthday 

 (at Antarctica)

“Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins?” - Rumi

#antarcticaordie #earthday

(at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

Happy Earth Day! 

 Scenes of the Gentoo penguin colony at Port Lockroy, the southernmost post office in the world located in Antarctica.  

 This year the Penguin Post Office received a record number of applicants for 4 jobs requiring a 5 month stint without running water or electricity.  

 There is so much beauty all around us and Antarctica has definitely given me a greater appreciation for our planet.  

 #antarcticaordie 

 (at Antarctica)

Happy Earth Day!

Scenes of the Gentoo penguin colony at Port Lockroy, the southernmost post office in the world located in Antarctica.

This year the Penguin Post Office received a record number of applicants for 4 jobs requiring a 5 month stint without running water or electricity.

There is so much beauty all around us and Antarctica has definitely given me a greater appreciation for our planet.

#antarcticaordie

(at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

Despite this image that shows a large number of chinstrap penguins on Deception Island, Antarctica, 1/3 of this breeding colony has been lost in the past 20 years most likely due to a warming planet.  

 #antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)

Despite this image that shows a large number of chinstrap penguins on Deception Island, Antarctica, 1/3 of this breeding colony has been lost in the past 20 years most likely due to a warming planet.

#antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

Porpoising penguins are one of the most difficult things to photograph. Not only are they incredibly fast, but they’re also nearly impossible to track. 🐧🐧🐧 
#antarcticaordie 

 (at Antarctica)

Porpoising penguins are one of the most difficult things to photograph. Not only are they incredibly fast, but they’re also nearly impossible to track. 🐧🐧🐧
#antarcticaordie

(at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

| I SEE COLORS | 

 I see colors when I hear your voice, 
Grab your wings, they’re putting gravity on trial 

 I see colors, I don’t hear the noise 
Because we’re only flying for a while  

 - Andrew McMahon  

 #antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)

| I SEE COLORS |

I see colors when I hear your voice,
Grab your wings, they’re putting gravity on trial

I see colors, I don’t hear the noise
Because we’re only flying for a while

- Andrew McMahon

#antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

| FEEDING TIME | 

 A Gentoo penguin feeds it’s chick a large piece of krill to prepare it for winter, which is fast approaching.  
It’s common to see parent Gentoo penguins leading their chicks on a feeding chase, forcing the chicks to exercise and learn how to become independent.  

 #antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)

| FEEDING TIME |

A Gentoo penguin feeds it’s chick a large piece of krill to prepare it for winter, which is fast approaching.
It’s common to see parent Gentoo penguins leading their chicks on a feeding chase, forcing the chicks to exercise and learn how to become independent.

#antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

Exactly 5 years ago today, I reset my life and hopped on a plane bound for South Africa and Mozambique not really knowing what the future would hold.  

 I’m excited to return to South Africa and Tanzania this upcoming summer with @andrewmklein to hopefully see some big cats play ball, summit Kilimanjaro, and tell some unexpected stories.  

 South Africa was my first experience in the African wild and it holds a special place in my heart. Pictured here is a lion we encountered on a night drive a few meters from our open air vehicle at Kruger National Park.  

 These past 5 years have flown by and I look back with a grateful heart as I prepare to come full circle.  

 All My Best, 
Reuben 

 #bigcatsplayball 

 (at South Africa)

Exactly 5 years ago today, I reset my life and hopped on a plane bound for South Africa and Mozambique not really knowing what the future would hold.

I’m excited to return to South Africa and Tanzania this upcoming summer with @andrewmklein to hopefully see some big cats play ball, summit Kilimanjaro, and tell some unexpected stories.

South Africa was my first experience in the African wild and it holds a special place in my heart. Pictured here is a lion we encountered on a night drive a few meters from our open air vehicle at Kruger National Park.

These past 5 years have flown by and I look back with a grateful heart as I prepare to come full circle.

All My Best,
Reuben

#bigcatsplayball

(at South Africa)

by Katherine Yaksich

| LAND OF FIRE | 

 One of my favorite images I captured in the Beagle Channel on the way to Antarctica. This is in Tierra del Fuego, which means “Land of Fire”, and is quite a fitting title for this image.  

 #antarcticaordie (at Tierra del Fuego, Argentina)

| LAND OF FIRE |

One of my favorite images I captured in the Beagle Channel on the way to Antarctica. This is in Tierra del Fuego, which means “Land of Fire”, and is quite a fitting title for this image.

#antarcticaordie (at Tierra del Fuego, Argentina)

by Katherine Yaksich

| PENGUIN BREAKFAST | 

 Leopard seals violently whip penguins back and forth to skin them. It was extraordinary to witness this first hand in Antarctica. 

 Check out Paul Nicklen’s leopard seal photo series to see some incredible images of these wild beasts.  

 #antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)

| PENGUIN BREAKFAST |

Leopard seals violently whip penguins back and forth to skin them. It was extraordinary to witness this first hand in Antarctica.

Check out Paul Nicklen’s leopard seal photo series to see some incredible images of these wild beasts.

#antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

In your light I learn how to love.  
In your beauty, how to make poems.  

 You dance inside my chest, 
Where no one sees you, 

 But sometimes I do, 
And that sight becomes this art.  

 - Rumi 

 #antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)

In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest,
Where no one sees you,

But sometimes I do,
And that sight becomes this art.

- Rumi

#antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

This morning at the port in Ushuaia after some adventures in Antarctica. That morning light gets me every damn time #antarcticaordie #nofilter  

 (at Ushuaia, Argentina)

This morning at the port in Ushuaia after some adventures in Antarctica. That morning light gets me every damn time #antarcticaordie #nofilter

(at Ushuaia, Argentina)

by Katherine Yaksich

After 2 expeditions to Antarctica I still haven’t fully been able to process this experience. I do know that I have a newfound appreciation for the polar regions and a desire to keep exploring and learning about our planet. Before I depart for my 3rd and final expedition and close out the Antarctic season, I will leave you with this image (one of my favorites) from the Antarctic mainland of Neko Harbour. The view from this lookout is absolutely spectacular and breathtaking.  

 All My Best,  
Reuben  

 #antarcticaordie  (at Antarctica)

After 2 expeditions to Antarctica I still haven’t fully been able to process this experience. I do know that I have a newfound appreciation for the polar regions and a desire to keep exploring and learning about our planet. Before I depart for my 3rd and final expedition and close out the Antarctic season, I will leave you with this image (one of my favorites) from the Antarctic mainland of Neko Harbour. The view from this lookout is absolutely spectacular and breathtaking.

All My Best,
Reuben

#antarcticaordie (at Antarctica)