February 7, 2017 - Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus)
These penguins are found in and around Antarctica, breeding on the Antarctic Peninsula, sub-Antarctic islands, and the Balleny Islands south of New Zealand. The majority of their diet is made up of crustaceans, especially krill. They nest in very large colonies, which sometimes include over 100,000 pairs. Their shallow cup nests are constructed from small stones arranged into a round platform. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks, feeding both chicks equally, unlike other penguin species.
I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain. One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself, forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.