Archive for Category: "Adventure"

17Oct
2010

Shot of the Week

…And this is why penguins are considered birds. Another snap from Antarctica. (Can you tell I’m jonesing for it?) –Tara for TKGO

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3Oct
2010

Shot of the Week

Antarctica’s massive icebergs are literally floating eye candy, like this non-tabular gem caught at a rare sunset moment. (There are only four hours of darkness during the summer, so it’s hard to be awake at sunset!) Gran and I like to think of it as an igloo at the wrong pole. –Tara for TKGO

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1Oct
2010

Antarctica: The Summertime Penguin Guide

In the peninsular and continental regions the National Geographic Explorer took us, summertime brings adelies, gentoos, chinstraps and the rare emperor penguin. How to tell them apart? Here’s a nifty guide. (Hint: It’s not hard.)     The Adelie At half the size of an emperor penguin, an adelie is one of the smallest penguin species. They are entirely black and white, and prefer colder climates. The Gentoo The easiest way to tell a gentoo apart from other penguin species […]

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29Sep
2010

Antarctica: What’s Eating that Penguin?

Boy meets penguin. The Antarctic food chain is basic enough: Penguins rule on land. But they eat krill, and must venture into the sea to find it. Killer whales and seals feed on penguins, making the penguins’ necessary trips into the water dangerous. Obviously this cycle misses the fish, predatory birds and krill-eating humpback whales, among other things, but you get the idea. But who’s bothering the penguins? The Whales Humpbacks (above) and killer whales are common in the Drake […]

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28Sep
2010

Antarctica: The Research

That little red dot in the bottom right hand corner? That’s a hut. Antarctica dwarfs all human activity. Even a Frank Lloyd Wright, in place of that little red shack, doesn’t stand a chance against these towers of ice and snow. And this might be the reason why marine biologists, naturalists, geologists, penguin researchers and explorers love Antarctica more than Heidi Montag loves plastic surgery. Our expedition offered a little of everything. Dennis, a marine biologist, reported his findings in […]

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26Sep
2010

Shot of the Week

On especially clear days in Antarctica, when the sky and ocean are the same color, the icebergs and their reflections look like floating islands against a blue background. –Tara for TKGO

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23Sep
2010

Antarctica: The Ice

The thing that makes Antarctica so different from a trip to Alaska, or even the Arctic, is the feeling that what you’re looking at will never be seen by anyone in the same way after the moment passes. The ship’s angle changes, the light comes from a different direction, the iceberg moves. The ice changes hourly — and you are the only human being who will see it exactly as it stands before you. In that sense, Antarctica is the […]

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21Sep
2010

Antarctica: An Introduction

It’s common enough to find yourself drowning in adjectives when asked to describe any locale. It is rare, however, when not a single word exists capable of adequately embodying any part of a place, let alone an entire continent. Antarctica is that loss for words, whether you’ve been or not. No adjective does it justice, so for most people it is a few New York Times articles, global climate change bar graphs, calendars with photos of penguins and an 80-minute […]

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2Sep
2010

Becoming Mowgli

The wild is not just reserved for Rudyard Kipling characters. Anyone who has the vacation days can move up from Disney cartoons to the real thing! First step: Choose your adventure. South Africa’s bushveld was a natural choice for me because of my father’s background. (He was born there and did not move to the States until after graduate school.) However, you may want to explore other areas of Africa, like Botswana, Kenya or Zimbabwe. Keep an eye on the […]

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