January 1st, 2011


Fairy Penguin - Day 13 - 30 Days of Me

(I'm a couple of days behind, because of traveling home from southern California, but I'll be caught up again soon)

Day 13 - A Photo I Took

As many of you know, I take a lot of photos. To put it mildly. I have tens of thousands of photos in Aperture, and I haven't even managed to import all of them yet. And that doesn't include photos I took before I got my first digital camera in 2002. So, choosing just one was a challenge. In the end, I decided to go with this photo just because I am still so happy that it turned out as well as it did.

This was taken on Kangaroo Island, in Australia, in 2005. I was walking on the beach in the morning, by myself, when I heard something growling at me from the rocks which separated the beach from the hillside above. When I finally pinpointed the sound, I aimed my camera and got lucky with this shot of a Little Penguin - probably a female protecting her burrow and not at all happy about me wandering by so close. Also known as Fairy Penguins, this is the smallest penguin species, and they are incredibly cute. This is one of my all-time favorite bird sightings, one I would never forget with or without the photograph.