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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Penguins!

I am a happy woman when my pockets are heavy with shells or rocks or sticks. Today, while I waited for a ferry to Magdalena Island, I filled my pocket with beach glass. White and green. Glass tumbled in the sea.

We boarded the ferry to head through the Strait of Magellan for the 2 hour trip to the island, finding a place on the floor of the deck outside to sit and watch the waterscape. For a short way, two dolphins swam alongside the boat.

There were thousands of penguins on the island. On the rocks by the beach. On the grass. In their burrows (who knew they burrowed like gophers?). With their fluffy gray youngsters. Swimming in the water. Always looking like with one wrong step, they will tumble over.

It’s not a good idea to touch them because they can bite, but they turn their heads back and forth, sort of like dogs do when they’re trying to listen. So, if you look one in the eye, and tilt your head left and right, the penguin will swivel and twist his neck in the opposite direction. When things are going well, you can both be tilting back and forth for a while, until one of you gets tired.

It got dark around 10:45 tonight. Tomorrow we go on a tour to a fort, but what I’m really looking forward to later in the day is a trip to the cemetery.

10 Comments:

Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

Oh, too cool! I love penguins!

And beach glass. Can't get enough of the stuff.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Hulai said...

That is soo totallyl cool! I love penguins and dolphins!!!

11:12 PM  
Blogger gr said...

Long summer days.....thanks for the taste.

5:14 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Wandering souls
more at home
in the far reaches of the globe gathering sea tumbled glass
and communing with penguins.
Speak to the dolphins
synchronous swimming.
Take me there in your journals
Let me feel the ocean loam
and hear the cry of gulls
as the sun sets in your direction.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous kat said...

Penguins bite? I had no clue they were aggresive like that!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Meno said...

Penguins! What could be better than penguins? So cute.

I always fill my pockets, and the Mister's pockets if he will let me, with pebbles and shells and bits of wood.

4:31 PM  
Blogger QT said...

That is so cool, Lucia - that is something I have only ever seen on the Discovery Channel and would love to see in person!

If you were a birder, you could have checked off a significant find on your life list.

Things cast on the beach have a way of finding their way into my pockets as well...

6:30 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh, it all sounds so amazing! How very lucky you are!

8:19 PM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

The penguins are cute and lucky you going to such amazing places, both for work and pleasure!

7:25 AM  
Blogger bobealia said...

I love penguins. I think many of us must because penguin movies are doing quite well these days.
I love rocks and shells and sticks in my pocket too.

4:13 PM  

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