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Rear View Sunset
Going Home
Shining Down on Infinity
Devils Tower and Ole Glory
Hold On
Night in New Orleans
An early day in the field.
A Massive Tabular Iceberg at the tip of South Georgia
Polaris and star trails over the Bristlecone Pines
A King Penguin feels the surf rush in along the beach at Gold Harbour on the island of South Georgia.
A Young San Girl Petting a Cheetah
Burning Wood
Livin' On The Edge
Sunset  from our new home in PGA Village Verano 7/2015
I Heart You
Bee Mine
Fearless Flight.
Ocean bubbles during sunrise
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Sunrise over Myrtle Beach
Stormy Reflecting Pool
13th Annual Photo Contest
A King Penguin Feels the Surf Rush

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A king penguin standing in the surf along the beach at Gold Harbour on South Georgia. A view of the dramatic mountains and landscape is in the background. This colony is home to about 500,000 king penguins and has many elephant and fur seals lounging about on the beaches. The distant mountains have glaciers, and the landscape there is very scenic.

By visiting South Georgia we raised money for their rat eradication program. The rats, which were introduced to the island during the whaling era, have had a profound impact on the birds, which are ground nesting. South Georgia is trying to eliminate them before the glaciers, which isolate the rats in contained areas, melt and the rats can spread to other parts of the island.

Anyone who visits South Georgia Island must adhere to strict bio-security measures so that no non-native plant species are introduced to the island. This is one of the most pristine environments left in the world, so a lot of effort is made to keep it that way. This is the essence of sustainable travel where visitors have a neutral or even a positive impact on the places they visit. The benefit of our visit was to help restore the ecosystem to what it was like before commercial whaling introduced destructive animals to this isolated land, which reduced many native birds to threatened levels. Currently the South Georgia pipit is near threatened. The royal southern albatross, wandering albatross, macaroni penguin and white-chinned petrel are vulnerable. The royal northern albatross and grey-headed albatross are endangered. Seeing the incredible king penguin colonies and the huge numbers of seals makes you realize the potential of a truly unspoiled place and the importance of restoring it.

Alteration Note: A small boat was removed from the horizon.

This photo is a finalist in the Sustainable Travel category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 12.2014
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Filed Under: Sustainable Travel
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Date Uploaded: Aug. 2, 2015, 6:12 p.m.
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Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 100mm
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PHOTO LOCATION South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands