Photo by @DaisyGilardini // I captured this image of a gentoo penguin colony in a snowstorm on Pleneau Island in the Antarctic Peninsula in November, 2015. I was feverish that morning with flu, and so didn't go out on the ship's first landing of the day. I chose instead to stay in bed and ride out the bug. I couldn't get any rest, though. I tossed and turned, knowing I was missing out on a great storm. Finally, I decided to go out in the afternoon, no matter what. Once on dry land, I hardly made it up the hill, I was huffing and coughing so much. Reaching the top of the hill, I started working a couple of penguins, who were courting. The wind picked up and a strong gust almost knocked me over. At this point, I realized it wasn't really that wise to be out there, considering my cold. I thought it would be wiser to return to the warmth of my bunk in the ship. I started packing up my gear and, when I turned around to descend the hill, this is what appeared before me. In a blink of an eye, I forgot about the fever, forgot about the cold, forgot about the discomfort. It was one of my most memorable shots of the entire expedition, and I was the last one to leave the site to go back to the ship. Perseverance always pays off.
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