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by - December 21, 2009 See all photo galleries
Penguin in whale bones

This photo was taken by Judith Fenson from San Diego, California.

"This trip was to the Antarctic Peninsula. We made a zodiac landing at Port Lockroy and were rewarded with the sight of this Emperor penguin. They are not normally in this area and it was off course by maybe several hundred miles. The scientists onboard our ship thought perhaps it had come ashore to molt. There is a huge intact whale skeleton on the beach. I also have a video of it strolling alongside the skeleton. It was very exciting!

My husband, Larry, and I seek out adventure travel and interesting cultures such as the Dogon people of Mali; stone age tribes in the Baliem Valley of West Papua, Indonesia; Himba people in Namibia; peoples in Papua New Guinea; and an upcoming trip to the Omo Valley tribes in Ethiopia. We are recently back from a trip to Tibet where we went to Everest base camp. We have trekked in the Annapurnas in Nepal. We love the Peruvian Amazon and return there frequently. We are for the most part independent travelers—we find a company in the country we are interested in and then work with them to make a custom itinerary usually with guide and driver. We have a few friends who like our style of travel and accompany us sometimes."

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