Monday, February 23, 2009

Gratitude Monday - More Penguins

Gentoo Penguins on the Falkland Islands.

It's been a few weeks now since my 4x4 adventure to see the penguins on the Falkland Islands.
It was a great day. Two groups of Gentoos in the morning followed by a visit to the Rockhoppers in the afternoon.
Along the way we got to see the sights of the Falkland Island. Wide-open spaces with room to breathe and think and be quiet amongst my thoughts.
I am grateful for the chance to visit there and see the Penguins and to experience the quiet. The wide, empty quiet away from the hurried pace of life here. Whether one participates in it or not it is still around us. There is no real escape from it at home.
It's easy to forget about the life we know here when you get to see sights such as these.
I am grateful for the chance to be there and take this photo of the Gentoos.
I will always carry the memory with me. Even as experiences fade from active memory they are still available and can be called up in those times when the pace is too fast, the assaults on the senses become too much, and when the demands on time are overwhelming. I can become still and remember.


Mark said...

Always nice! Thanks for sharing! :)

the Bag Lady said...

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Love the penguins! And I can totally understand about enjoying the solitude... I can achieve that feeling here at home, early on a summer's morning!

Missicat said...

Very nice! Are those little baby gentoos?

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you, Mark.

dfBag Lady, I hear ya. The silence of an early morning in spring or summer is music to the soul.

Missicat, thanks. Yes, those are gentoo babies.

Reb said...

Did the baby fall over or was he sleeping? Love the photo and I am grateful that you choose to share your wonderful adventure with us. I can sense the peace you experienced and enjoy in here from my computer.

Leah J. Utas said...

Baby Gentoo was overcome by a nap.
I'm glad you're sensing what I experienced.

Redbush said...

Ahhh! They are just too cute! How lucky you are to be able to have that picture embedded into your memory!
Lovely picture!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Redbush. I am quite blessed to be able to travel.

Thomma Lyn said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip whose memories will last a lifetime. What a blessing! And I love the picture of the penguins. :)

R said...

I wanna see penguins! Thanks for sharing, they are so beautiful!

Hope you have a great day!!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thomma Lyn, it was wonderful.
Penguins are very photogenic.

Hello R, seeing the little guys in their own world is the best.

Tom Rooney said...

With all the quiet of those islands, I will never understand the war years ago.

Thanks for some great photos Leah.

Leah J. Utas said...

It's all about posturing. Well, that's what I think anyway.

Glad you like the pics, Tom. Thanks.

Barbara Martin said...

Great penguin photos. They are one of the neatest birds.