Friday, January 07, 2011
Home of the penguins

Last week's Travel Snapshots assignment was Antarctica, and given the remote location and punishing cold, CNN.com's travel editors weren't sure how many submissions they'd get. Turns out, lots! From icebergs to whiteouts, iReporters captured the mesmerizing frozen scenery of Earth's southernmost continent.

 

Some of our favorite shots were the penguins -- laying on their bellies, marching in the snow and just looking cute. Here are a couple that didn't make it into the Travel Snapshots gallery:

 

 

"I never realized there were so many penguins!" said Karen Beth Meinstein of Corpus Christi, Texas, who took a cruise with friends to Antarctica and the Chilean fjords in December. "They are extremely cute and entertaining. Given the opportunity, I'm sure I could watch them for hours without being bored."

 

 

Melissa LaMark of Rochester, New York, also took a cruise to Antarctica last month and said, "The animals always kept your interest, and many times left you laughing with the sounds they made, or just how cute they were. The penguins could entertain you for hours!"

 

 

Courtenay Oswin said this photo, taken by fellow passenger Dafna Ben Nun in October 2009, captures "one of the most amazing moments I've ever experienced." She was visiting an emperor penguin rookery on Snow Hill Island when this curious creature approached.

 

"They are so inquisitive. They want to know just as much about us as we did them," she said. "After some time they begin to approach you, and as you can see in the picture, they are happy just staring right back."

 

There's plenty more where that came from. You can see more penguins, along with Antarctica's other wildlife and scenery, at this week's Travel Snapshots gallery.

 

Have you ever been to the South Pole? Would you ever go somewhere that cold? Bundle up and tell us in the comments below.

1 Comment
January 14, 2011

Beautiful penguins... i love them...

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