now *that's* cold

King penguins at Birdland, Bourton-on-the-Water, The Cotswalds, England. Photographed November 20, 2008.

You know it's cold when the penguin exhibit at the local bird sanctuary isn't in a refrigerated quonset hut like it would be in the rest of the world, but merely in an outdoor, open-air, fenced-in area that allows you to get so close to the penguins you could reach out and touch them, if only you weren't afraid they might mistake your frozen finger for a herring.

Update:  While on holiday, I wrote an article on how I pick the photos I choose to take on vacation over at Gadling -- feel free to check it out.

SongThe Joker/Everything I Own mashup as performed by Jason Mraz and Chrissie Hynde