|Photographer John Rinker, left, joins Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M.B. Fleming, Jr. in the Warren Library on Tuesday following the hanging of Rinker's original photograph, "A Wink from God."|
Nature photographer John Rinker is always looking for a rare shot, and he found one during a trip to Antarctica with his wife in January.
While on a boat near Elephant Island, Rinker watched penguins climbing on an iceberg. The clouds were solid gray, Rinker recalled, but suddenly the sun broke through the clouds and briefly bathed the iceberg and the surrounding waters in sunlight.
Rinker said he only had time to shoot three photographs. “I didn’t really know what I had,” he said.
One of the three images, named “A Wink from God,” was hung on Tuesday in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Warren Library. Rinker, who was present for the photo hanging, said his friend, John Smithies, came up with the name after seeing the photograph for the first time.
The photograph came to PBA at the request of Tom Fazio, the Rinkers’ neighbor in North Carolina. Fazio, who also has a home in Jupiter, also made a $10,000 donation to PBA.
The framed photo is housed on the first floor of the library.
NOTE: John and Sheila Rinker serve as trustees of the charitable Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Foundation, which provided a $4 million gift to PBA in December 2010 for the construction of PBA’s Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus.