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Eye Candy: Penguins!

by Joan Larsen

Eye Candy: Penguins!

All photos by Debra Larsen

SOUTH GEORGIA, Antarctica – Is it any wonder that the rest of the world pales once you have seen South Georgia, the island in the south polar seas close to Antarctica? Coming ashore by Zodiac raft, you are welcomed on the beach at St. Andrews Bay by the first of a very large group of four-feet tall King penguins stretching out to the far horizon, outfitted in tuxes, proudly standing straight as an arrow.

King Penguins

King Penguins

Showing no fear, it is they who come up to look the visitors over, appraising them and then bowing. All dressed for a party, looking identical to us, they can of course identify their own chick out of many thousands. At times, they will nudge their brown fluffball of a youngster forward to be "introduced." The visitor melts at this point, and often the delight is mixed with a sprinkling of tears at the thought of this rare privilege. To those who love nature, South Georgia stands alone.

King Penguins

King Penguins

King Penguins

Joan, a writer from Illinois, has spent a lifetime searching for the most remote places on earth, but is so drawn to the polar regions that she considers Antarctica to be her second home. She travels for high adventure.

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