Robert Smith mentions that Antarctica receives 37,000 visitors per year, so if you are like me it is very unlikely that you will get a chance to visit. Instead we must live through the adventures of others - such as Robert Smith who spent December 2008/January 2009 aboard the National Geographic Endeavour touring Antarctica. The result "Antarctica - Land of Ice" is a stunning portrayal of the frozen continent. Smith is able to capture the candid moments that make you feel that you taking part in the expedition. A few examples
- As expected you see many shots of penguins - however, you also get a variety of unexpected shots, such as a close-up of penguin feet as they stand on a guano covered rock (don't worry that is the only shot that captures guano!). - Glacier fed waterfalls showering down the cliffs into the sea - The nonchalance of penguins as they hardly notice the photographer - Page 92 is a perfect example - a solitary seal pictured sleeping on an ice float as the Endeavour passes nearby.
While it is difficult to explain, "Antarctica - Land of Ice" is truly stunning. Maybe it is because blue is my favorite color (so it usually has a positive effect on me), but the image of the ice floating in crystal blue water was able to capture my imagination. I felt like I was standing next to Robert Smith as he snapped the shots. While this is not a romanticized account like March of the Penguins (Full Screen Edition) but it seems like a much more genuine account the continent and the land of ice.
Final Verdict - There are not many pictures (if any) of the interior, but "Antarctica - Land of Ice" has a very authentic feel and provides many breathtaking shots of a land that most of us will never have an opportunity to visit.
--------Please note I received a review copy from the author/publisher -------------------