Ice, Ice, Baby

It’s cold in Antarctica. How cold? The temperature at the bottom of the world can drop to -100 degrees during the long, dark winter when the sun says goodbye for six months, leaving behind only a few hearty souls — and a bunch of penguins — to hold down the ice.

But the place is also starkly beautiful, as seen in Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey at the Wildlife Experience, an exhibit featuring fifty photos by Joan Myers, with subjects ranging from wildlife to landscapes to abandoned huts used by early explorers. “The pictures are amazing,” says Wildlife Experience spokeswoman Tori Labs. “It’s such an interesting continent and so different from what we are used to.”

To complement the exhibit, the Wildlife Experience is offering an educational series — paid for by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution — that includes speakers and presentations. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, Bob Farrell of Raytheon Polar Services Company, the Centennial-based government contractor that operates the U.S. research stations in Antarctica, will discuss the work being done there. Future events include a Denver Zoo presentation on penguins and a visit from Myers.

Admission ranges from $6 to $10; the Wildlife Experience is at 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker. For more information, call 720-488-3300 or visit www.thewildlifeexperience.org.
March 16-May 16, 2010

 
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