Saturday, November 19, 2011

Endless penguins...

We just finished two days at Signy Research Station for relief work (carrying boxes of supplies and lots of wood).  All things considered, everything went smoothly because there was no sea ice to cross over, no snow to shovel and the weather cooperated and we had anticipated otherwise...

After two days of work, we had to take water jugs to a supply hut on the other side of the island.  It just so happens that near the hut is a colony of Adelie and Chinstrap penguins.  Thousands and thousands of penguins! Penguins are squished in every nook and cranny, as far as the eye can see!  Adelies and Chinstraps hanging out together, getting ready to lay their eggs. 

Although most of the time I was preoccupied with the penguins, there were still moments to appreciate the rusty red and bright orange lichens!

We are sampling the bethos again for the next 24 hours.  Then we start the journey back to the Falklands.  Supposedly rough weather is in our future... time to tie everything down and hold on tight!

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