Began the day at Cuverville Island where we saw a huge colony of
nesting Gentoo Penguins. Opposite the island are the shores of the
Antarctic Peninsula with rugged snow-covered peaks and glaciated valleys. The sky was overcast most of the day, and it was as if everything was in black and white. We have been fortunate to see many whales on the trip, the Right Whale, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, but today we had one of the highlights of the trip, a pod of 12-15 Killer Whales. As an expedition team member pointed out, we didn't see any penguins in the water at that time (photo is of an Adele Penguin). We were unable to cruise the Le Maire Chanel today because there were too many icebergs. The Captain plans to take an alternate route to Palmer Archipelago and Palmer Station, our destination for tomorrow.
Growing up on a Missouri farm, I learned to love the outdoors and its creatures. I earned a BS and MS in biology from Emporia State University, and taught biology for fourteen years. Working as a park ranger naturalist for many summers, the beauty of Yellowstone inspired me to return to painting. I have studied with several outstanding watercolor painters, exhibited work in national shows, and received many awards.
The versatility of watercolor continues to intrigue me. Carrying a small watercolor box and sketchbook when hiking or backpacking allows me to enjoy plein air painting. I also work in the studio because summers are short in the high country near Laramie, Wyoming.