1987, Antarctic Peninsula
Plate 66, 18x27
These perfect beings are able to swim fifteen hundred miles and land exactly on their target — all the guidance, all the instruments within themselves. They are able to give birth to their young in sub-zero temperatures and in winds that made me put a wool mask over my entire face. They are non-violent They do not attack other groups. They do not eat relatives.
All of the babies look exactly the same, and how the parents keep track of them I found a great mystery. On one rather dark day that was very windy, a baby became lost from its parents. As they realized the loss, they went out to find the little one, and within half an hour, they had retrieved it from a thousand babies, each looking the same. The local people suggest they do it by smell. Each baby smells different. What skills these penguins have: all natural, all non-violent, all to such perfection.