Black and white

I’ve heard it said that the Falklands possess the second whitest sand in the world (I don’t know where beat it). The truly stunning beaches here are hard to believe given the temperature, but they also present a problem for any members of an illegal occupation force. Being so close to Stanley with gently sloping gradient, Yorke Bay presented the Argentines with an unfortunate decision and the result is that today you are unable to access the beach.

What happens, again?

What happens, again?

Nice place, shame about the...

Nice place, shame about the…

Fortunately, penguins are too light to set off the mines and thrive here so today gave us a limited but charming first encounter with the penguins, several Gentoos coming from the ocean to waddle up the beach.

First glimpses

First glimpses

There is much written about the landmines here but in summary: they are well fenced off, cause no casualties and protect much wildlife. A blessing and a curse from 1982, but they serve as another surreal aspect to this place; it’s not every day you walk along a beauty spot and think “two feet to my left is a known minefield”.

4 thoughts on “Black and white

    • Thanks for subscribing Sarah! Yeah, they’ve made it illegal to enter the minefields to stop people going for the photo op and being idiots about it. They’re Israeli and Italian mostly I think, plastic so not corroded at all and still very much live. On the plus side, the wildlife is too light to set them off so they are the ultimate protection for the colonies. It’s quite funny to see that they’re helping nature in that way.


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