Part Of Me. Inspirational Travel Film

“Why Do I Travel? How can I not? It is a part of me”

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It is a Part Of Me

To me, travel is a way of life, it is a part of me, it is in everything I do, see and feel. Travelling is not about ticking items off a bucket list, or racking up stamps in your passport, it is about learning, understanding and maybe just maybe growing as a human being.

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Do what excites you

I have been inspired by the people I have met all over the world. Every person you meet has their own story, their own journey and their own lessons to teach, lessons you can not find in any classroom.

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Walk into the Unknown

I want to inspire you, motivate you to follow your dreams, create your own path, to

“define your own success”,

I want you to be true to your being and

“Live, I mean really live,
See, with your own eyes,
Love, with your own heart.”

Our world is an incredibly beautiful and fragile place that needs our love and compassion.

“To Travel, is to begin the puzzle”

All quotes are my own from,

“My Story,
My Journey,
My Lessons.

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One Life, One Search,

Peace Out,

Shane.

Pokemon Go’s BAD: Antarctic 48hr Film Festival

Every year the Antarctic wintering stations compete in a very unique film festival, The Winter International 48hr Film Festival Antarctica.

On the Friday we receive the 5 secret elements, then we have 48hrs until Sunday to come up with an idea, write, film, edit and upload a film no longer than 5 minutes.

This years 5 Elements were:

A Sound: Elephant Trumpet,
An Object: A stethoscope,
A Line of Dialogue: May the force be with you,
A Character: A Mythical Creature,
An Action: Someone walking as if they are on a catwalk fashion show.

This year Mawson created a rare Pokemon named “Dunkachu”, a blue, drag, Rasta Fairfy named “Anne” our very own Flash Gordon who is an Elephant and life saving Jedi Knight. Yep you read that correctly…

This is our station Mawson’s 48hr film for 2016. So so so so much fun was had.

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The Emperors of Auster: Antarctica

Story and Photographs by Shane Ness

Perhaps the toughest creature on the planet and the only animal to breed during the Antarctic Winter, The Emperor Penguin is truly living on the edge.

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Emperor penguins keeping warm

I am off to visit Auster Rookery, which was discovered in August 1957 and named after an ANARE, Auster aircraft. Auster Rookery lies around 50km from the Australian, Mawson Station and it will take us over 2 hours, through a maze of giant ice bergs in our Hagglunds, over snow vehicle. On the way we see some weddel seals and a beautiful sunrise.

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Hagglunds and Antarctic Sunrise

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Weddel Seals and Hagglunds

We camp the night at Macey Island, in the Macey Hut “Rodgers Lodge” no idea who Rodger is? After setting up the hut and a coffee to warm up, we jump back in the Hagg and continue our journey a further 10 km to the rookery.

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Macey Hut and a Hagglunds

In the distance I see the colony, the distinctive black line amongst the white sea ice and blue ice bergs. Emperor Penguins huddle together to stay warm throughout the toughest of antarctic winters. They battle the “Katabatic Winds” which blow off the plateau and blizzards that reach 200km/h.

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The thin black line

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I wonder what is going on over there?

It was one of those, I had to pinch myself moments, sitting there on the sea ice, in amongst giant ice bergs, with this penguin just chilling watching us. I think he was as interested in us, as we were of him.

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So whats going on?

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Everyday i’m shuffling

In the huddle we could here the very faint chirp of emperor penguin chicks, we never saw one, they would be very protected from the cold by their fathers. This would mean that soon the females would return, and almost as soon as we thought that, in the distance we spotted two penguins making the journey back through the bergs. As they approached the huddle, all the penguins started squawking, you could feel the excitement in the males, then the females quickly disappeared into the huddle and vanished.

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The Return of the Mothers

The harshness of the Antarctic winter and the incredible toughness of these birds amazes me. They survive in this extreme environment with no food for up to 120 days. During this time the males will lose about 40%, of their body weight, around 12kgs.

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So what are you guys up to?

On the walk back to the Hagg I spot an egg, sitting there on the ice, frozen. I stark reminder of how tough it really is out here in the middle of the winter.

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Frozen Egg

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The sun sets and the moon rises

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