After we landed on the beachhead at Salisbury Plain, we were immediately engulfed by swarms of King Penguins like this. There were so many right near the water’s edge, that the zodiac drivers had to be careful not to hit them, as they tried to come ashore and land. While smaller in the numbers compared to St. Andrews Bay, with about 50,000 more, I liked Salisbury just a tad bit more, due to how accessible and close you could get to the main colony. You walked probably an eighth of a mile and there you were, standing in front of a 250,000 King Penguin colony, complete with the full grown adults and their puffy brown kids.
Salisbury Plain, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
GPS Coordinates: 54°3'37.331" S 37°19'25.98" W
Imagine trying to photograph a fast moving bird in the sky about a hundred feet or more from you. Now imagine doing that, but while on a boat, in the middle of the South Atlantic, in choppy waves, trying to balance yourself so you not only don’t fall overboard, but also steady yourself and hands enough, while fully zoomed in about 400mm, to get a tack sharp, in-focus shot. Not to mention all that, add in cold blowing wind and spray of the ocean, freezing your fingertips, face and body. This absolutely beautiful Cape Petrel lined up just perfectly. I couldn’t believe it when I got back and looked through the loads and loads of photo bursts and found this gem. Just stunning!
South Atlantic, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
GPS Coordinates: 53°15'7.506" S 45°45'47.028" W
The Monkey Park in Arashiyama is an absolute must. Not only is there a beautiful hike into the forest up Mt. Arashiyama, to reach the park, but to experience macaque monkeys roaming freely around you is so much fun. These monkeys are highly intelligent and adorable. There had to have been around a hundred or more, from older adults to younger babies. I caught this tender moment between a mom and her baby.
Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama, 61 Arashiyama Nakaoshitachō, Nishikyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-0004, Japan