Made with MAGIX ANTARCTICA click preview to enlarge Blue tabular iceberg under grey sky Iceberg with mountain background Turning iceberg (image cropped) Gentoo penguin chick playing with seaweed Sleepy gentoo penguin Leopard seal on an ice floe Gentoo penguin generations Twin-peaked iceberg Porpoising gentoo penguin Iceberg layers Fighting skuas Walking chinstrap penguin Ice wall Gentoo penguin back from the sea Gentoo penguin pursuit Gentoo penguin parent and chick Gentoo penguin family Cierva Cove Antarctic fur seals on the rocks Gentoo penguin chick portrait Gentoo penguin feeding, close-up Gentoo penguin portrait Gentoo penguin feeding krill Gentoo penguin in the snow Blue brash ice in early morning light Ice in balance Antarctic Sound Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest place on earth. And one of the most pristine and breathtaking ones. In its harsh environment terrestrial life is scarce and is mostly found along the coasts of the Antarctic peninsula, which has the mildest climate of Antarctica. The nutrient-rich waters around the peninsula and the rest of the continent provide the food for most antarctic wildlife, which includes penguins and other seabirds, seals and whales. All pictures in this gallery were taken on the Antarctic peninsula and surrounding islands, which provide the snow-free, rocky ground that most penguins need for their rookeries, and a stunning scenery on top of it.