A Welcome Greeting on Snow Hill Island


Image: Adult Emperor penguin, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica, iPhone 7 Plus

I arrived back in the United States this morning after a very eventful 16 days! I will write more later but wanted to share a few details of the expedition. We made it to Antarctica and Snow Hill Island for three days of spectacular weather and photography after a very rough crossing of the Drake Passage. I have never seen anything so precious as an Emperor penguin chick, and in addition to photos, I have several videos to share in future posts. For now, please enjoy this iPhone image of my first encounter with an adult Emperor penguin. As we walked a kilometer across the sea ice, this adult penguin greeted our approach from a distance. I stopped and knelt down to observe and give it space.  It walked up to me within two feet!!  My camera was packed up in dry bags in my backpack, but I was able to pull out my iPhone for this quick unplanned shot. I was in heaven. 😍

Stay tuned for more images and stories…

Author: Dr. Amy Novotny

Amy Novotny is a physical therapist, marathon/ultra runner and nature photographer. She treats patients for a variety of conditions but specializes in chronic pain and calming an overactive nervous system using special diaphragmatic breathing. She has used this technique to help her qualify and run in four Boston marathons! She enjoys the outdoors and can often be found running and hiking on trails in throughout Arizona. She attempts to capture the beauty of nature with her photography both locally in Arizona and also throughout the United States. She is becoming more interested in wildlife photography and attempting to capture the emotion of animal interactions. In her spare time, Amy volunteers as a photo guide for the Arizona Highways PhotoScapes nonprofit and shares her joy of nature with others. Please feel free to contact her regarding her photography, physical therapy or running.

22 thoughts on “A Welcome Greeting on Snow Hill Island”

  1. What a beautiful penguin. Your story is s good reminder about having an iPhone ready for times like that. As the saying goes, the best camera is the one in your hand .

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  2. OHHHHHHHhhh beautiful penguin! Amy, I am visualizing you being there everyday, and wishing you and the penguins safety, good luck, and fair weather. I would be awake all night just looking at the stars and listening to the sounds. Thank you for showing us this beauty.

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