Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Traversing Antarctica





























Emperor Penguins and chicks, Weddell Seal, Cape Petrel - there was so much more to see than I had imagined. Our local art gallery is hosting the amazing, interactive exhibition 'Traversing Antarctica'. 

Yesterday our homeschool group visited the exhibition and were treated to a fascinating talk and question and answer time with Graham Cook, a local who has spent around six years in total in Antarctica as a station leader.

Antarctica is over twice as large as Australia and around one and a half times the size of the USA. Australia has three permanently manned stations/bases there where much scientific research is carried out. It is home to 100,000s of Emperor Penguins, the largest penguin in the world, standing around 120cm/4 feet tall. Husky dogs have been banned from Antarctic since 1991 along with all introduced species (other than people). We learnt many, many interesting facts about this vast frozen continent but this was literally just the tip of the iceberg!

Having looked at the internet and some library books, Miss E, Miss V and I returned for a leisurely look at the exhibition this afternoon - and had the entire art gallery to ourselves. Miss E tried her 'How to Train a Dragon' pose before insisting on having her turn behind the camera.

Somehow I think I gained even more from this exhibition than the children.


Sharing at Weekly Top Shot.

29 comments:

✿ chica said...

Fiquei encantada com as lindas fotos! beijos, tudo de bom,chica

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a fantastic art gallery. The Antarctica exhibit is awesome. I love the penguins..Wonderful collection of photos. Have a happy day and week ahead!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a wonderful exhibit! Your photos are great and I love the one that was snapped of you.

Enjoy the rest of your week ~ FlowerLady

geanina said...

very beautiful images!:)

Giga said...

This exhibition was certainly wonderful and I would also be happy to go there. I love penguins. Regards.

Sylvia K said...

An awesome exhibit!! I would love to see it!! Your photos are the next best thing to being there! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Dirk Rosin said...

det må være et flott og interessant sted !

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

That looks like a great exhibition. We have an Antartic Centre in Christchurch, NZ and you can have a ride on the same vehicles that they use in the Antartic. They have live penguins there too.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Isn't it great when an exhibition has more than you imagined. Your photos capture your day out beautifully. It's so cute how the penguins carry their chicks nestled on their feet.

Erin said...

Great pics, didn't see you with your camera, must of had your small one? Have some great books on Antartica (more livng history bios & penguins) if you want to delve more

Linda R said...

Lots of wonderful photos here. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun at the exhibit.. Thanks for sharing with us.

Hugs, Linda
My Happy Place

Judy Royal Glenn said...
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Judy Royal Glenn said...

Wow! I was jealous because I thought you actually went to Antarctica. Great photos:) I hope to be able to photograph penguins one day.

Joy said...

What a fun and knowlegeable trip!

diane b said...

A great way to learn about the Antartica. I had no idea that it was so big.

Derek said...

This is such a wonderful collection of photos and information. Thanks for sharing it all. The exhibition looks great.

Have a nice day.

amanda | wildly simple said...

LOVE the How to Train Your Dragon pose!
I too, seem to get as much (sometimes more) out of expos and exhibits meant for our kids. :)
It's wonderful to always be captivated by learning.
Looks like a great opportunity!

Cathy said...

As an adult, I always seem to get more out of field trips...school lessons too for that matter. I love learning even more the older I become...too bad it takes me longer to learn!
Who snapped that picture of you?

roamingpursuits said...

Awesome photo of the penguins.

Kate said...

Wow the exhibits are so lifelike, I thought the first photo was actually taken in the wild!

Juliana said...

Wow! really nice gallery! full of discoveries for children

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

Amy Franks said...

oh wow how awesome! that looks like my kind of place to visit.

Indrani said...

Stunning images! Very well taken.

Ginx Craft said...

Love the penguin images.

Madge Bloom said...

Interesting exhibit... I often found that I learned a lot while taking my kids on field trips to the science center in Seattle (probably more than they did!) Thank you, Karen, for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #168!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Marvelous shots...I just visited the penguin exhibit at SeaWorld in Orlando and it was one of my favorites♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/palmed-orb/

Preeti said...

The exhibits look so real! This looks like a fantastic exhibition. Thanks for sharing!

Marie said...

A truly wonderful experience for the children! Great displays and exhibits! I loved the baby penguins! Oh my! :-)

Emily C. said...

Love those penguin photos!

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