I have seen many natural wonders world wide. But continent Antarctica amazed me. Every island in white continent is a natural wonder. Every island has a story to tell. Every island is a beauty, par excellence.
Nourishing my senses with its sumptuous views, this was my visit to panoramic Gaudier Island. Magnificent mountains and chiselled icebergs all around. Penguins showing their rightful dominance. Every sight of the island was exultant for me.
Gaudier Island is home to Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins. Other than on rocks I spotted few penguins nesting at a cemented structure. Snuggled up to each other. I captured that bond of belongingness in my camera. Surprisingly penguins on Gaudier Island liked proximity with humans. Unlike other islands where they were not very comfortable with human presence. Here penguins wanted to be friends with human.
I share my joyous experience. I walked along glaciated shore of Gaudier Island. Suddenly I noticed one adorable penguin strutting alongside me. I slowed. He inched closer to me. I stopped. He stopped. I smiled and he shyly left. My group members, at a little distance behind me, had been watching my moments with penguin. They were so delighted having witnessed such rare occurrence when penguin wanted to mingle with human.
Varied hikes were planned on Gaudier Island. I always enjoy hiking in leisurely manner, at my pace, observing surroundings, feeling and appreciating each creation of nature. While relishing island vistas, I spotted cute Chinstrap penguins and snowy Sheathbill together sharing the space, lovingly, in a corner.
At Gaudier Island, I noticed huge glaciated layers in strange formations. Perhaps that was due to the melting process caused by summer heat. Though surprisingly I felt no heat. I was still feeling the sting of icy wind in Antarctica summer.
There are many historical facts attached to Gaudier Island those I will carry in next post….
MY ANTARCTICA ODYSSEY continues ….