Early this morning I returned to port in Longyearbyen and wrapped up my 2019 Winter ship expedition in the Svalbard archipelago. I will have a full trip report soon, but in brief we experienced what can only be described as challenging weather conditions during our expedition with consistently strong winds that saw us sheltering in many of the fjords to avoid the large sea swells. Despite the weather, we were very fortunate to encounter one of the most active and photogenic Polar Bears I have yet had the pleasure to photograph (more on this later) as well as some truly fabulous Walrus on ice encounters. I am now headed back to Australia for a few weeks at home (and some time to process and print some photographs!) before I head south to Tasmania for two back-to-back landscape workshops.