Fire in the Sky

PhotographerEd Cooley
Entry Description

I'll never forget the surreal sensation as we jumped out of zodiacs onto beaches covered with three or four feet of snow and literally hundreds of penguins. I decided to take a short hike to the top of a hill for a better vantage point to photograph the bay. Every few steps one of my feet would break through the ice covering the snow dropping me thigh deep into the snowpack. I looked over the crest of the hill and viewed this scene of Livingston Island with amazing clouds that looked like flames of fire reaching into the sky. The last remnants of the storm had passed south and I suspect the sunlight on cold snow was creating a strong updraft causing the formation. Needless to say my nervousness changed to excitement as I moved to best align the clouds with the mountains to capture my first landscape photograph of Antarctica.