Storm at Saunders Island, the Falkland Islands.

I’ve been really busy the past couple of weeks with family visiting, work and doing a whole lot of captioning for my agent. As a result I haven’t had much time to write up anything. But while adding keywords to a bunch of images from the Falklands, I came across these images of a fierce wind and rain/sleet storm that came up out of nowhere while we were visiting Saunders Island. As the trip was just getting started, this was the first time most of us had experienced the insane changeability of the weather in the Southern Latitudes.

Out of nowhere, a giant cloud appeared and the wind strengthened considerably.

Falkland Islands. Saunders Island. Tourists walk towards a coming storm.

It began picking up the sand and whipping it against our waterproof pants.

Falkland Islands. Saunders Island. Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua)

You can see the haze here, which I think was equal parts water and sand.


Some penguins hustled up to the safety of the colony while others took one look at the wind and just went back into the ocean.


Needless to say, my camera’s sensor needed a good cleaning that night.


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