Picture of the day - February 16, 2009
A pair of Iceland's Arctic Puffins
|Photo courtesy of Markus Horsch.
(Click on the photo for a larger view)
The penguins of the southern hemisphere come to mind most often when
people think of birds that live in cold climates, and yes, they are
indeed very beautiful creatures. But in my opinion their
counterparts in the northern hemisphere are even more beautiful.
Photographer Markus Horsch took this wonderful photograph of a pair
of arctic puffins on Iceland's Latrabjarg cliffs, and as you
can see these magnificent birds have quite colorful beaks and feet
in addition to a black and white "tuxedo" that is very similar to
those of penguins. Puffins are numerous on Iceland, and the island's
human inhabitants love them dearly and go to great lengths to
protect them from harm whenever possible.
The following is Mr. Horsch's story behind this image:
"When this picture was taken my wife was trembling and howling
The camera and settings used to capture this lovely
behind me like a regular Swiss mountain storm for fear I was on
literal edge of falling down from this majestic cliff. I could
calmly proceed with taking the picture because the regular
sea storm that was blowing at the time was many times
that. The discrepancy of what met the eye and
ear respectively could
not have been greater." --Markus Horsch
Camera: Nikon D70s
Focal length: 105mm
Shutter speed: 1/500 second
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
They look like they posed for him in a very beautiful spot. Great
Name: Henrika Fasjovk
Town: Malmo, Sweden
Very, very pretty birds. The flowers are pretty also.
Name: Ed Hendrick
Town: Charlotte, NC
I was stationed in Iceland when I was in the Air Force, and I can
tell you that puffins are everywhere on that island. They are rather
messy birds if you know what I mean, but they sure are pretty!
Town: Kirkland, WA
A terrific photo, the flowers add a touch not often seen with
puffins. I'd love to get a chance to photograph these birds... they
look like sad little clowns in black suits!
Name: Robert Schwarztrauber
Town: Buffalo, NY
What a beautiful photo captured by Markus Horsch. Great clarity,
color and contrast in that shot. How very fortunate he was to be
able to get that photograph of the puffins. And how fortunate are we
that he shared it.
Town: Budapest, Hungary
One is shaken by emotions and delight seeing the unsurpassed beauty
of nature, taken in the right moment and with great artistry. Thank
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