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. That image made into National Geographic, the February, 2017 issue, in the “Vision of Earth” section.
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