Saturday, December 24, 2011
A Gondwana Christmas
On Christmas eve I went out for a stroll around Arrival Heights and Hut Point. On the descent I noticed some unusual shadows out on the ice. From a distance it was hard to discriminate what was casting the shadow, but since there aren't too many native fauna species - I was able to guess that these were the first penguins of the season.
When I finally made it out onto solid ice, I slowly started shuffling towards the lonely pair. As soon as they spotted me, they took off at a clip and I figured my opportunity was lost. Amazingly, they started coming right towards me; their curiosity was my salvation.
We enjoyed each others company for as long as my frost bitten feet would allow. When I started heading back towards the shore they took off after me. I began to hope they would follow be back to the barracks; perhaps make it a 'two penguin night'.
T'was the best Christmas present Mama Gaia could have given me.