Antarctica's Adorable Emperor Penguins

Photographer David C. Schultz of West Light Images arranges photography tours of the Antarctic, helping photo enthusiasts capture pictures they'll never forget. Six years ago he made his first trip south after seeing expedition photographer Frank Hurley's incredible Antarctica images, which he took under some very harsh conditions. Hurley is known as an icon of Antarctic exploration, with some even saying that he "brought the magic and power of Antarctica to ordinary people."

Schultz's most charming photos are the ones he's taken of the playful Emperor penguins. Only found in Antarctica, these penguins are captured in a variety of different ways including leaping out of water, sliding across ice or even cuddling with their young ones.

David C. Schultz's website

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Comment by Shari Vines on February 9, 2013 at 7:33am

David, these are a source of inspiration for me as a bronze sculptor. I am working hard to capture the true spirit of these amazing souls. One day I hope to actually see one in person. Until then, thanks for bringing them to life for me through your work. I could study your photos for hours. I have tried a few Emperor chicks based on photos I could find on the internet. If you ever care to let me know if you can sense their spirits or what realism they have, I have some on my website. I love to learn. Thanks again for sharing your gift.

Comment by katie hosmer on January 3, 2013 at 8:55am

Oh my goodness! I am completely obsessed with penguins and these photos capture both the fuzzy cuteness as well as the magnificence of these awesome little guys and gals! I am in love with these photographs, particularly a few located in the middle of this post, LOVE!

Comment by Kombizz Kashani on January 3, 2013 at 4:44am

FANTASTIC captures of these beautiful creatures


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