The Pull is Too Strong… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Pull is Too Strong...


Breathe deeply, bite the bullet, and live life to its fullest; we all get only one ride on the merry-go-round… Join me on this great trip.

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The Southern Ocean…

I’ve been blessed. I’ve made three trips to the Southern Ocean, two extended trips that visited the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula, and one to the Falklands and South Georgia. Each was a truly amazing experience. With three trips under my belt, I have a pretty good idea about how to make great images at each of the iconic landings. And I would love the chance to share my knowledge with you.

And I know from personal experience that if you are a photographer who is going to invest in Southern Ocean voyage that you will want to put your money on Cheesemans’. No other tour company goes so far out of their way to ensure making every possible safe landing. And no other tour company will have you spending more time on land. Here, from the” Way to Go CES! (Cheeseman’s Ecology Safaris)” blog post here, is one of my favorite Cheesemans’ stories:

The landing at Bailey Head, Antarctica, was especially rewarding to me as I had been sitting in a zodiac 100 yards off shore on my 2007 trip when the zodiac in front of mine swamped and the captain of the ship called off the landing…. Early that day it looked as if my weather Karma might not be working. Ted’s “Good morning shipmates” was followed by the news that we would not be able to land at Bailey Head that morning as the swell was too big. The beach there is sloped tremendously and the sea strives to pull the zodiacs back into the ocean before folks have gotten off with their gear. Tom Murphy had said to me several days before, “We will get you on the beach at Bailey Head.” Ted concluded his morning greetings by saying, “We are sending out a scout team to see if landing is possible.”

After breakfast I was thrilled to hear Ted’s voice again on the PA, “We will be landing at 8am.” Afterwards folks noted that it was the calmest landing ever at this amazingly beautiful spot. My good weather Karma (courtesy of late-wife Elaine) had come through one last time. Along with St. Andrews Bay, it was one of my two favorite super-great once-in-a-lifetime days of the trip. And we even got to enjoy three additional hours at Hannah Point, Antarctica before calling it a wrap and heading for the feared Drake Passage. All thanks to Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris.

Why Sign Up Through BIRDS AS ART?

If you have been thinking and dreaming of finally visiting South Georgia and Antarctica, this is the trip for you. Quit dreaming and act now. Though I will not be an official leader on this trip, those who have traveled with me know that I cannot help but teach. I will make pre-trip gear recommendations. I will hold informal pre-landing briefings. In the same vein, everyone will receive a free copy of our Antarctica Site Guide once they are paid in full (August 15, 2014). I will be available on the ship to review your images,, answer questions, and conduct informal over-the shoulder Photoshop sessions. And best of all everyone who signs up under the auspices of BAA are invited to tag along with me on the landings where I will be glad to offer invaluable in-the-field advice. And the same goes for the ship-board birds in flight and marine mammal photography opportunities.

Do join us. To learn how to be part of the BAA group please e-mail me with the words Antarctica/Extended Expedition BAA Info Please cut and pasted into the Subject line.

The Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris Antarctica/The Extended Expedition Voyage

Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkland Islands: December 13, 2014 to January 10, 2015

From the CES website:

Join us on a voyage of discovery to an awe-inspiring world devoted to nature, wildlife, science, and peace. This expedition will have you completely captivated, from the stunning vistas of Tierra del Fuego to the busy penguin rookeries of the Falklands, from the dramatic landscapes of South Georgia to the ice-covered terrain of the Antarctic. Board the comfortable, safe and newly upgraded Ortelius for an expedition offering an unparalleled 17 landing days in the Southern Ocean. Our voyage includes three days in the Falklands with a huge diversity of species, six days at South Georgia Island, the all but undiscovered rugged land of towering mountains and thriving colonies of penguins, seals, and albatross, one day at the South Orkneys with nesting Snow Petrels, and seven days along the Antarctic Peninsula, the wonderland of ice and inconceivably vibrant polar wildlife. During days at sea, our naturalists on the ship’s bridge and stern share sightings of whales and seabirds, including many of the world’s species of albatross. Maximum time both on shore and Zodiac cruising will be available for photography, wildlife experiences, and exploring the landscapes of the great Southern Ocean. Our priority is assuring the most in-depth wildlife experience in the Antarctic, an experience made possible by our excellent itinerary and committed expedition staff.

I can personally attest to the accuracy of everything above. 🙂

Additional Links

Learn about the global ocean here.
Antarctic Inspiration from Paul Mckenzie here.
Way to Go CES! (Cheeseman’s Ecology Safaris) here.
Or simply type any of the following words or phrases in the little white search box on the top right of this page, hit Search, and follow the links: penguin; Antarctica; South Georgia; Falklands. Have fun.

The Pull is Too Strong…

The pull is too strong. I need to go back. And I am. Do join me for an unparalleled wildlife and scenic photography experience. Please e-mail for additional information.


I’d be glad to answer all of your Southern Ocean/Falklands/South Georgia/Antarctica questions. Please leave a comment if you’d like to learn more.

9 comments to The Pull is Too Strong…

  • Would like more detailed info. Cost,Day to day; is air included ? Visa ?
    Thanks Joe–Marco Island Fl

  • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Thanks Ted!

  • Geoff

    Hi Artie,

    Unfortunately, I was unable to make the Cheeseman dates work for me this coming year. This was before I knew you were going to be going on the journey. Fortunately, I was able to book my first trip to the Southern Ocean for November of this year. This has always been my dream trip and I’m excited to be finally going and more excited that my father agreed to accompany me!!

    I would love to hear your thoughts on long lens choice for this trip. I currently have the 300II, 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, 100-400L and 600II as my long lens options. Also have both Mark III TCs.

    I will not be bringing the 600II, I will be bringing the 70-200 for myself and the 100-400 for my dad to use. My decision now is whether to take the 300II or to acquire a 200-400 1.4TC before the trip and take that instead.

    Lets assume that cost is not the issue, if you had the choice (and I know you actually have this same gear set) what would you take? 300 f/2.8 IS II or the 200-400 w/ 1.4TC? Could you make an argument to take both of these lenses?

    My bodies that I will be shooting with will be a 1DX, 1D4 and 5D3.

    Thanks for your help.

    • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Geoff,

      Where do you live?

      I’ll be taking both… Leaving the 600 II at home. And not borrowing a 500 II. Give me a few days and I will go a blog post on the 300 II vs. the 200-400 with lots of additional info on the various big trips… artie

      • Geoff

        Hi Artie,

        I live in Canada, Whitehorse Yukon Territory. Thanks for the prompt reply. I had a feeling you might be taking both!! Will wait to see your upcoming post on the matter.


        P.S. I would love to use your links to purchase my gear but I get much cheaper prices in Canada with our CPS discount and generally better prices on Canon super telephoto lenses. For instance my 600II cost me $10,700 CDN.

      • Henrt

        You’ve got that info together on the wo lenses 300 2.8 II. Vs. 200-400L yet?

        • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          Henrt, Give me a break :). You need to subscribe to the blog and read it every day; the info that you want appeared here some time ago…. artie

  • Ted Willcox

    A very nice collage of images.