Day 1,021: Penduline Tits 1.

In the ship’s library on the cruise just completed, Laetitia ran across the penduline tits in an ornithology book and decided it would make a good limerick. The penduline tits are a subgroup of the titmouse family who are distinguished by their hanging nests. It inspired some limericks. This is the first.

So say ornithological writs
The subfam’ly of penduline tits
Whose identity rests
On their pendulous nests
Into the titmouse fam’ly well fits.

Day 1,020: Ushuaia.

Laetitia led a tour that began with several days in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia and then moved on to the Chilean Fjords. The tour ended in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. There all the cruise passengers boarded flights for home.

It’s the end of the world, so they say
And soon we’re all going away
So, as we say goodbye, a
Last look at Ushuaia
And a hope that we’ll come back some day.

Day 1,019: Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords.

Laetitia led a tour that began with several days in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia and then moved on to the Chilean Fjords. Near a calving glacier in Garibaldi Fjord, the Zodiacs had to cruise to their destinations through brash ice. On their return they were met by the Ship’s steward, who is Swedish, and one of the galley staff, clad in faux Viking helmets who served fortified hot drinks.

Once stern Vikings with helmet and sword
Swedes are also known for smorgasbord
Though one seldom can choose
Hot drinks laced with booze
Like we had down in Garibaldi Fjord.

Day 1,018: Andean Condor. Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords.

Laetitia led a tour that began with several days in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia and then moved on to the Chilean Fjords. Andean Condors can be seen both inland and over the fjords. They’re majestic birds that are really a pleasure to watch in flight.

A majestic bird in black and white
As it soars in magnificent flight
The Andean Condor
Spawns a sense of wonder
As iconic as Queen of the Night.