Antarctica 2011 - One Last Penguin

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The plan for the final day of the trip was to visit a Brazilian reseach base on King George Island, but the landing zone was blocked by ice. Elswhere on the island was a Polish base, and thanks to some sweet talking by a Polish member of the expedition team, they allowed us to land there.

Initially we were only allowed to walk in a restricted area, but the sight of living creatures other than penguins and seals must have melted their hearts and in the end they invited us in for afternoon tea! Offering a huge table of food - including fresh fruit - taken from their own rations to a boatload of strangers was an amazingly generous thing to do. It's not like they can go to the supermarket to get some more - Godspeed you awesome Polish scientists! (And as someone who loves John Carpenter's The Thing, being inside an Antarctic scientific base was just about the best thing ever!!!!!)

Outside, we got to see an amazing scene with some elephant seals involving a mother, a pup and an aggressive male (sorry, no photos due to heavy snow), a tonne more whale bones and an obese penguin.

Next: Epilogue

-TommyTsutsui- [nextBlessing], and 25 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. sblair2012 29 months ago | reply

    Wow! I'm excited for sounds like you had a very blessed trip! :) Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  2. BB Ramone 29 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the comments :-)

  3. Helen Ogbourn 29 months ago | reply

    Wow cool shot! I am very jealous of your trip!

  4. Jim Richmond 29 months ago | reply

    Remind me never to complain about the cold in Scotland again. Great shot. Dream trip?

  5. BB Ramone 29 months ago | reply

    Thanks. Dream trip - absolutely :-)

    The day of this photo was pretty cold, but it wasn't bad most of the time, considering where we were ...

  6. TALOS300 29 months ago | reply

    Una gran foto con un contraste muy cuidado, excelente toma.

  7. elhawk 29 months ago | reply

    This shot is pretty amazing I must say. And what an adventure!
    Which reminds me I must remember to tune in to David Attenborough's 'Frozen Planet' :-)

  8. simon maas 29 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot. I' m interested in the epilogue.

  9. zwierzory 29 months ago | reply

    So beautiful! And it's cool our fellow countrymen helped you. ;)

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  11. San Francisco Gal 29 months ago | reply

    Wonderful photo with a great story!
    Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

  12. Terra_Tripper 29 months ago | reply

    Really good different capture. And great that you are informing with all the text.

  13. Antonello! 29 months ago | reply

    Wonderful..............great details ofthe penguin!!!!!

  14. Aslam Kareem 29 months ago | reply

    Beautiful capture! So cute

  15. Scott Withers Photography 29 months ago | reply

    Your trip must of been amazing, I'm so jealous of you. I've really enjoyed looking through the photo's, it was almost like I was there too. Thanks!

  16. BB Ramone 29 months ago | reply

    Wow, many thanks :-)

  17. moosebite 29 months ago | reply

    wonerful image!

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