Punta Arenas

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Magdalena Island is a famous penguin colony that attacts 150,000 penguins -- and many other sea birds.  The Island is off the coast of Punta Arenas at the southern tip of South America and boasts some of the roughest ocean water (and highest constant winds) in the world.  We had a rare day of good weather, but the wind was blowing at a constant 50-60 miles per hour.  The penguins don't seem to mind... although they do dig deep burrows to bear the young.  The area also is a passage through the Straits of Magellan, with incredible mountains and glaciers. The first photo is of one of those mountains.
 


75,000 Penguin couples gather for annual mating.
 


Penguins as far as the eye can see
 

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Holande Glacier I

Holande Glacier II

Italia Glacier

Glacier cascades into the sea

Battling the wind

Street to the pier

One of many abandoned ships

Rub the toe of the indian for luck

Chilean flutist

Dreary cathedrawl

Rainbow over Punta Arenas

Knitting in the park

Our ferry boat to Magdelina island

Leaving the harbor behind

Thoughtful warning

Where's Waldo?

Bathtime!

Beach Party

Everybody out of the water!

Rock Concert

Smile for the camera!

Show off in every crowd

Going Fishing...

He thinks he's so gorgeous

I beg your pardon?

Cozy burrows

Just 900 more miles to go...

Junior can't come out to play yet!

Mom, when can I take off this coat?

Jackie named him: "Little Mikey"

Who's up for a swim?

I'm outta here!

There's Waldo!

And many of them

Gorgeous in flight

They're everywhere

The gulls neighborhood

All right... Let's move!

Can I come out now?

Not just another pretty face.

Let's party!

The park monument

Top of Magdalena Island

Don't you just love penguins!

I want this one... no, that one... no..

One day sale!  Really?

Wanna buy my umbrella?