Writer and dedicated wOw community member Joan Larsen brings us hope through the beauty, serenity and calmness of nature that still exists in our chaotic world
Is it any wonder that the rest of the world seems to pale once you have glimpsed this island in the south polar seas — close to Antarctica — known as South Georgia? Coming ashore by Zodiac raft, you are welcomed on the beach at St. Andrews Bay by the first of a very large welcoming group of 4-foot high King penguins stretching to the far horizon, outfitted in tuxes, and proudly standing straight as an arrow. Showing no fear, they come up to look the visitors over, appraising them, and then bowing. All dressed for a party and looking identical, they are nonetheless able to identify their own chick out of many thousands. At times, they will nudge their brown youngsters forward to be “introduced.” The visitor “melts” at this point, and often the delight is mixed with a sprinkling of tears at the thought of this rare privilege. To those with a love of nature, South Georgia stands alone.
Writer Joan Larsen has spent a lifetime exploring the most remote places on earth — but she has been drawn to the world’s polar regions again and again. She has done research in these lands of ice, and considers Antarctica to be her “other home.”