21.01.2007 - 21.01.2007
Although it is now past the witching hour, I cannot in good conscience fall asleep until I have made some attempt to record the amazing site I just witnessed. We are currently heading due south; after leaving Ushuaia today, we began our journey to Antarctica via Cape Horn and the Drake Passage. Tonight on our starboard side, that would be the right side of the ship and due west in this case for all you non-nautical types, McNaught’s comet was visible and absolutely spectacular. Some friends and I headed up to deck 12 (top deck) around midnight, and the horizon was still an orange hue at this late hour. Wispy clouds parted to clear a path for the comet as it seemingly made its way to the ocean, and the sight was superbly beautiful and serene. This description certainly does not do the view justice, but I am pretty certain that no photo could capture the power either, and so I will have to be content with the picture in my mind. I’m sorry that I am not better able to share what I witnessed with you all; this world continually amazes me with its beauty, despite all the ugliness that exists as well. The awesomeness of the natural world that I have witnessed over the past two weeks certainly does a lot to counteract much of the unpleasantness that I know is present around as well. The wildlife, the landscape, some fabulous people, and just the majestic nature of the places I have seen have left me in awe. And definitely wanting more… I have much more to share, but this will have to suffice for the time being. Don’t forget to look up now and again.