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June 16, 2009

Photo of the Day: Antarctica Penguins


Nearly two months in and Dream Trip 2009 is going strong, with more than 10,000 entries so far. For inspiration for your own entry, and a chance to win a $25,000 vacation to wherever you choose, read our take on a recent eye-catching submission:

Summer's almost here on the Northern Hemisphere, which means it's dead winter in Antarctica (definitely the low season for visiting the Frozen Continent). And while it's incongruous to look at a picture of penguins diving off ice into chilly waters and think about seasonal high temperatures, the warm months are when it's best to visit the bottom of the planet--and when travelers such as Dream Trip entrant sadowjmsj make the journey.

"It was our second day at the Antarctic Peninsula and our first landing on the continental mainland," writes sadowjmsj in the Dream Trip entry "Last one in is a rotten egg!"

"The main attraction was a breeding colony of Adelie penguins, numbering upwards of 100,000 breeding pairs with chicks," sadowjmsj continues. "It was a gloriously sunny day and the colors of sea, ice, and sky were unlike any I had seen before. A leopard seal had been sighted patrolling just offshore and the penguins knew it. They were hungry, but wary, and made many feints at entering the water, creating a mad dash by crowds of their neighbors, only to stop at the last minute, leading to chaos at the water line. like schoolchildren daring each other on the playground."

Share your travel photos and memories in our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You could be just a few clicks away from a $25,000 trip to anywhere you choose.


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