Okay, okay. I know it's supposed to be "space", but this is my last field camp trip before I leave Antarctica. I've spent the past few days at Cape Royds, about 15 miles north of McMurdo station. Cape Royds is home to the southernmost Adélie penguin colony; 2,000+ Adélies call this little chunk of land home.
Two people stay at a small camp for the summer season here: scientist David Ainley and education/outreach extraordinaire Jean Pennycook, and they've been gracious enough to show me around the colony, and share their knowledge of penguins. And I get to take notes (and draw)!
These little birds are so expressive; I'm learning so much about their behaviors and social dynamics just sitting and watching them for hours. They live in a colony, and it feels like a city of penguins. And I get to be their guest. Thanks, penguins (and David and Jean)!
Just like everything I've had the chance to experience during my time in Antarctica, it's truly a privilege to be here.