While we were camping in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, every day we would walk down and visit a glacier. There are no bad photos of this monstrosity. I can’t even believe that something like this exists! It was quiet, peaceful, and therapeutic to walk around its perimeter to grab some photos.
I don’t have a lot of photos of myself out in the field because, well, I don’t really want it to be about me. Does that make sense? Other people do that, and that’s fine… I just would rather remove myself from the visual equation. But, on this occasion, my friend Stu got a photo of me walking in front of the Taylor Glacier (I think that was the name?) in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.
Wow these guys in Dubai are nuts… they’ll do anything. Check out this new jetpack thing. I was really surprised about halfway through the video!
Daily Photo – Flying to Antarctica
Somehow I talked my way into the cockpit of the LC-130 on the 10-hour flight to Antarctica. There was a lot to see up there! Thankfully, I brought my fish-eye lens, which is a lens I hardly ever use. I mean, like, hardly ever! I almost didn’t pack the thing… but there was no weight restriction, so I thought, why not? My why nots do not always pay off but this one did.
I love this David Whyte guy! I actually got to see him perform a few months ago in Glenorchy. I didn’t expect a poetry reading to be so incredible!
Daily Photo – Photowalk in Antarctica
Well, I didn’t pull much of a crowd in Antarctica, but I did get 100% of the 10 people that were out at our remote science base. I don’t think they came because they were into photography; I think they came because they were incredibly bored. We walked around the Dry Valleys for a few hours then returned to the little science hut and pulled out a bunch of booze and then the party really started.
After being stuck out in the Dry Valleys for much longer than expected, our friend Hef finally came in with a pickup. There’s actually a ton of equipment that has to be picked up too in addition to all our poop and pee. They take poop and pee very seriously out there… not one drop left behind.
When I was invited on this 150km hike in Spain with 10 people, I didn’t know most of them. But I did a little googling ahead of time so I would get a sense of the sorts of characters I’d be stuck with for a week. One of them was Aaron Lammer, who was easy to get-to-know because he has three podcasts. One of them is on cryptocurrency, one of them is about weed, and one of them is about long-form writing. I only listened to the crypto ones and I was immediately impressed by his approach to the subject matter.
What impressed me the most was his openness in his understated approach of “I don’t know anything about Crypto, but let’s figure this out as we go along by talking with other experts and funny, strange stories from the crypto world.” Note that isn’t an exact quote, but that was basically his pitch for the show.
Wondering about the lovely face behind the voice? Here’s Aaron…
Daily Photo – Walking Along the Glacier
I visited this glacier every day for three days in a row. It was so amazing to be able to walk right up and touch it. I was a little scared, of course, hoping that part of the glacier did not calve off and fall on me! But, it’s not melting down here, so there was very little chance of that. Either way, I’ll admit, I was definitely on high-alert while being in the middle of awe.
What a cool dude he is, eh? You know how some people don’t have to try to be cool and just ARE? Yep, that’s Stu all right! We spent a lot of time taking photos of one another… almost like two girls on Spring Break. Maybe we even took more photos than that.
This is out in the Dry Valleys where we camped out for about a week. One night, we were laughing so much in our tent that the other scientists thought we were on drugs. When we got up the next morning, many of them pulled me aside and asked if we had any extra drugs for them…hehe. (Uhhh we were not and did not… just two happy dudes.)
Have you ever heard of this short story called The Egg? It takes less than three minutes to read… I have many intellectual and conscious friends that think this may not be a story.
Daily Photo – The Heights of Antarctica
Whenever I was lucky enough to get into a helicopter while in Antarctica, I went absolutely photo-crazy. It was so cold when holding my camera out the window, but I toughened up so that I could get some clean shots. I also had a very strange problem with my camera where the internal shutter kind of shattered. I don’t know how the wind got INSIDE the camera… maybe some blasted in through the edge of the lens. Either way, the camera was a goner but at least I had a backup!
Every Wednesday we share a new one of these educational (and hopefully inspirational) videos that we shot in Africa. In this one, I get hands-on with a nice sunset shot…
Daily Photo – Inside Cape Evans Hut
I was lucky enough to visit all three of major expedition huts in Antarctica. This is the final one visited – Cape Evans Hut. If you don’t know your Scotts from your Shackletons, here is some info from Wikipedia:
Scott’s Hut is a building located on the north shore of Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica. It was erected in 1911 by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910–1913 (also known as the Terra Nova Expedition) led by Robert Falcon Scott. In selecting a base of operations for the 1910–1913 Expedition, Scott rejected the notion of reoccupying the hut he had built by McMurdo Sound during the Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904.
This first hut was located at Hut Point, 20 km south of Cape Evans. Two factors influenced this decision. One was that the hut was extremely cold for living quarters and the other was that Scott’s ship, the Discovery, had been trapped by sea ice at Hut Point, a problem he hoped to avoid by establishing his new base farther north.
Some confusion arises because Discovery Hut can technically be referred to as Scott’s hut, in that his expedition built it, and it was his base ashore during the 1901–1904 expedition, but the title Scott’s Hut popularly belongs to the building erected in 1911 at Cape Evans.
BTW, today for Passport Members, you’ll get to see the full slew of all my photos from this amazing continent as well as links to many behind-the-scenes videos.
I bet you haven’t seen ALL of my photos from Antarctica. I’ve only published about 25 on the blog but there are a lot more than that. So, if you want to see them all visit this link.
I believe I’ve published about 6 or 7 videos for Passport members… today I’m sharing one of my favorites with a couple of minutes of extra footage mixed in for those who have seen it before. And, click here if you want to access the Antarctica videos from the Passport archives.
Stu Robertson (pictured here, looking mysterious) and I were dropped off for the day by our helicopter friend (a Kiwi named Hannibal – PERFECT name for a chopper pilot). We were worried we would not have enough time to explore the area, but we ended up here for over 12 hours. We actually had no idea if we would be picked up or not and thought about curling up in one of these beds for the night. They really didn’t want us to touch anything inside, but they technically did not say you couldn’t sleep on things. I know, it’s a bit of a loose loophole, but worth considering all the same!