Proprietor’s wildlife: Two photos from Antarctica

April 12, 2022 • 12:15 pm

Yesterday I finally downloaded my Antarctica photos onto my big desktop computer, and it was fun to relive the trip while doing that.  There were a lot of good pictures, which I attribute to the photogenic nature of the area rather than my own “skills”, but there are two pictures I do want to show. The first one is my favorite (for now at least).

Do click on the photos to enlarge them. My camera is modest: a point-and-shoot Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50. It’s tough, easy to use, has a Leitz lens that zooms to about 30X, and, most important, fits in my pocket. And the resolution is good.

This is my favorite, and I took this one deliberately, trying to show the isolation of the penguins in their vast and icy environment. I wanted it to look as if the surroundings awed the birds, and I think it turned out well. It’s on my website somewhere, but I can’t be arsed to find out where I took it.

As for “scenery” photos, well, I love this one, though I didn’t go through them all. It’s a mountain reflected in the magnificent Lemaire Channel, which has extraordinarily calm waters for the area, producing lovely reflections everywhere.

I may post small groups of photos, or single ones, as the mood strikes me.

15 thoughts on “Proprietor’s wildlife: Two photos from Antarctica

  1. There is something about reflections that attracts the attention of the observer.

    If you want a surreal effect try rotating the bottom image by 180 degrees.

  2. Gorgeous. When I blew up the “awed penguins” photo, I think I spotted a zodiac in front of an iceberg on the left.

  3. Those are gorgeous pictures, both are stunning. You’ve certainly captured something with the penguins.

    I imagine the one on the right saying: “You know guys, it’s easy to forget just how lucky we are to live here, it really is quite beautiful isn’t it? …sniff….”

    Then his mate: “You crack me up Peter. Every year this happens! You come back full of bravado, telling stories, showing off all the weight you gained. Then after a few days on the incubation rota, you start getting all sentimental. Come ‘ere, you big softie – let’s go catch some sprats, eh?”

    1. The penguin on the right also appears to be saying, “Dudes! When I turn my head to the right, it only goes about 175 degrees. When I turn it to the left, what do you think? About 185?”

  4. I’m tellin’ ya, there’s a photo un the posts, a mountain and glacier, gray tone, the _memory_ of which I _used_ the other day driving to get an instant power up.

    Really magnificent set.

  5. The three penguins, a lovely grouping. It seems they are trying to decide which way to go. Thanks and looking forward to more. And, thanks for the trip.

  6. PCC(e), regarding the lovely image of the penguins:

    It’s from your post entitled “Antarctica, day 21b: Leaving and heading north” on March 25th, where you described it as “A trio of gentoos facing Cuverville Harbor”.

    I found this the lazy way – Google Image Search.

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