Monday, September 10, 2007

Our Neighbours

On Sunday I saw another living being other than the 18 people on base. Actually I saw lots of them. And they were beautiful. And adorable. And breathtaking. And incredible.

It made me very happy:

I nearly cried when I saw my first chick!

Where the ice shelf we live on meets the sea ice that stretches out as far as the eye can see tower 30m high jagged ice cliffs (we didn't have to abseil it as there was a ramp further along).

Dinner time:

This made me very sad. I'd seen March of the penguins and I knew that not all of the chicks survive but the 5 or 6 dead babies littered around the edge of the huddle still brought a tear to my eye. Having experienced the conditions that our neighbours are exposed to, and without shelter, I'm amazed so many of them get through it!

The guard penguins around the edge of the colony keep a careful eye on us intruders.

Huddling together for warmth


Paul Capewell said...

Oh Tamsin those are amazing photos.. You are so lucky :)

You clearly enjoyed it too, thats wonderful. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

Pinky said...

The photo of the little frozen chick is heartbreaking, but also beautiful. It's a wonderful example of how fleeting and bittersweet this life is.

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