February 6, 2016

black-crowned night heron / nicotyrx nicotryrx / huairavo

Black-crowned night heron / Nicotyrx nicotryrx / Huairavo sitting in the mud at low tide.
  Seno Lauta Harbour, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

golden eggs

Spotted by Tormentina on a blade of grass: Eleven tiny magic golden eggs. My kids with their sharp eyes are always showing me things that I don't always see.

Golden eggs on a blade of grass.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

buzzy burr / acaena magellanica / cadillo

Buzzy burr / Acaena magellanica / Cadillo.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Acaena magellanica.  Botanical Illustration - Joseph Dalton Hooker
Pearl enjoys the softer side of a buzzy burr.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Burrs love fleece.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

February 5, 2016

simple beauty of the summer lupine

Simple beauties.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

anchor

Anchored on the hillside above the Beagle Channel with power to spare.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

February 4, 2016

algae art at low tide

Fishbone & dried algae.
Beagle Channel, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
The beautiful natural form of dried algae.
Beagle Channel, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Algae at low tide.
Beagle Channel, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

Natural art on the shoreline.
Beagle Channel, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Beagle Channel, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

summer river

Cut-off jeans and rubber boots.
Rio Ukika, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Love held between the helping hand.
Rio Ukika, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Wet feet, dry dress.
Rio Ukika, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

February 3, 2016

rio ukika

Raivo makes a collection of leaves to construct a river boat.
Rio Ukika, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Devil's strawberry / Gunnera magellanica / Fruitilla del diablo
Rio Ukika, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Currant / Ribes / Zarzaparilla
Rio Ukika, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 201
Devil's strawberry / Gunnera magellanica / Fruitilla del diablo
Rio Ukika, Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 201

February 2, 2016

bandurria / buff-necked ibis / theristicus melanosis

Bandurria / Buff-necked ibis / Theristicus melanosis.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Bandurria / Buff-necked ibis / Theristicus melanosis.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Bandurria / Buff-necked ibis / Theristicus melanosis.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Bandurria / Buff-necked ibis / Theristicus melanosis.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

saying goodbye to our working man

Since officially initiating our Chilean LLC (Anasazi Ltda.) this past November, James has been able to work legally in-country. When work and family are involved, our goal is always to try to take on projects that allow us to be together, but being shipwrecked on Navarino since March 2014 has put an added pressure to keep ourselves afloat & to regain freedom on the water. 

Goodbyes are never easy for us, but each job brings us closer to raising the mast, which we hope will happen this year.

The kids give James a good-bye send off just before he departs on a short trip to
Ushuaia, Argentina to help prepare an Antaractic expedition for the season.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)

January 31, 2016

cruising world (usa) / february 2016

Cruising World (USA) / February 2016 print issue
"Southern Ocean, Family Style" - Story & Photos by Somira Sao

A story I wrote in 2013 (just after Pearl's birth) appears in the current issue of Cruising World (USA).

The 8-page spread documents a 30-day non-stop family passage we made aboard Anasazi Girl in the Southern Ocean in April 2012 from the Cape of Good Hope (Simons Town), South Africa to Fremantle, Western Australia . At that time, Tormentina and Raivo were ages 3 and 1.

The story and the type of sailing you experience at this latitude is without a doubt some of the most difficult and challenging you can take on. It takes a certain level of sailing experience, risk management skill, the right kind of boat, crew & conditions, as well as a very high mental & physical threshold for discomfort.

Tough is tough, but when the sailing here is good, it's really damn good. It's that feeling you ride long after the voyage is over.

Thanks to editors Mark Pillsbury & Jennifer Brett for supporting our sailing program and a big thanks to Dave Weaver for his work on the story layout.

"Southern Ocean, Family Style" - Story & Photos by Somira Sao
Cruising World (USA) - February 2016 issue
"Southern Ocean, Family Style" - Story & Photos by Somira Sao
Cruising World (USA) - February 2016 issue
"Southern Ocean, Family Style" - Story & Photos by Somira Sao
Cruising World (USA) - February 2016 issue
"Southern Ocean, Family Style" - Story & Photos by Somira Sao
Cruising World (USA) - February 2016 issue

magic spells, light & dark

Pearl casts a magic spell with her Darwin's Scepter to bring the tall ship Bark Europa into port.
 Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)
Dramatic dark skies of Navarino.
 Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)
Pearl on the shore with the tall-masted ship Bark Europa anchored on the Beagle Channel horizon.
 Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)

January 30, 2016

beagle sunset

Evening light on the waters of the Beagle Channel & Argentina's Martial Range.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)

fin de año - premios / liceo donald mcintyre griffiths

First grade, done, finished, & dusted.  

Over the last year, Tormentina attended first grade at Donald McIntyre Griffiths K-12 school in Puerto Williams. Amazing & brave, this little girl was the only foreign student in the entire school. 

Just after we were shipwrecked, she attended kindergarten on the island for a month, but wasn't into it, so we pulled her out of school. When first grade started, she said she was interested in giving it another try. No pressure from us. We told her if she didn't like going, then she could quit any time. Our only hope was that she would pick up some Spanish, a gift she could keep for the rest of her life. 

She had a fantastic teacher (Jeanette Quiroz Mardones) and teacher's assistant (Soledad Mancilla Olivares). Tia Jeanette & Tia Soledad changed her life. Tormentina was self-motivated, excited to go to school and worked hard to learn.  She loved her friends, teachers, and every subject.

By the end of the year, she not only learned how to speak a second language, but also how to read & write, was correcting our Spanish, and was one of four students to receive an award (or "premio") for outstanding academic performance in her class.

Now that summer is here, she is teaching herself how to read & write in English.  It is incredible to be a parent and watch the mind of a child develop. Also emotional for me personally, to be reminded of my own childhoold growing up in the United States as a Cambodian refugee, learning English in school, and living with parents who were learning English as a second language.

"Tia Jeanette" & her top 1st grade students at the end of year academic awards ceremony.
Tormentina with her eyes on me.  Sala de Multi-Uso, Liceo Donald McIntyre Griffiths, Puerto Williams
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (22 de diciembre de 2015)

January 28, 2016

magellan's beech / nothofagus betuloides / coihue de magallanes

Magellan's beech / Nothofagus betuloides / Coihue de magallanes
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

The beautiful forms of the Coihue (evergreen beech) are a favorite of ours.  They always make the Navarino landscape spectacular and dramatic. Amazing and hearty, these trees remain evergreen and resilient even in the harshest of temperatures, brightening not only the forests of summertime but also the extreme wintery version too.

Magellan's beech / Nothofagus betuloides / Coihue de magallanes
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (julio de 2015)
Magellan's beech / Nothofagus betuloides / Coihue de magallanes
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Magellan's beech / Nothofagus betuloides / Coihue de magallanes
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Magellan's beech / Nothofagus betuloides / Coihue de magallanes
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)
Nothofagus betuloides - Sydney Parkinson
The Endeavour Botanical Illustrations, Natural History Museum, London
This illustration was made from speciemens collected in Tierra del Fuego
by Sir Joseph Banks during Captain Cook's first voyage of the Endeavour in 1769
Magellan's beech / Nothofagus betuloides / Coihue de magallanes
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (enero de 2016)

January 25, 2016

lavendar beauties

Summer princess.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)
Lupine
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)

chilean turkey vulture / cathartes aura / gallinazo

Chilean turkey vulture / Cathartes aura / Gallinazo
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)
Chilean turkey vulture / Cathartes aura / Gallinazo
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)
Chilean turkey vulture / Cathartes aura / Gallinazo
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)
Chilean turkey vulture / Cathartes aura / Gallinazo
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (diciembre de 2015)

pearl's 3rd birthday

Anasazi Girl's interior all done up for Pearls' 3rd birthday bash.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (20 de diciembre 2015)
Monkeys on the bar.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (20 de diciembre 2015)
Love between me & that little girl.
Isla Navarino - CHILE / XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena (20 de diciembre 2015)