Gorgeous Photos from the End of Summer: McMurdo, Antarctica

Deven is behind the lens again–check out these stunning photos from the end of the summer season and vessel offload.

The icebreaker vessel comes in at the end of the summer and is the main way cargo for all departments gets onto the continent. The lovely ship is full of all kinds of incoming cargo, from ramen noodles, beer and condoms to turbochargers and hydraulic hoses. The logistics folks (Cargo and Materials) are responsible for offloading and basically warehousing the cargo; at the beginning of the next summer, South Pole’s cargo gets packed up and sent in. This means the supply chain is really long: it takes a year or two for normal cargo to arrive at Pole.

stunning blue

 

cloud ice

 

floating ice

 

storm brewing behind icebreaker

You can see a storm front moving in on the horizon!

 

milvans

Here’s the vessel, loaded up with milvans.

 

frosty cables

After a storm, everything facing upwind was covered in ice.

 

frosty loaders

…including the loaders.

 

hut point

Hut Point Peninsula, just a short walk from MacTown.

 

mcm ice

 

mcm sound

 

nathaniel b palmer

The Nathaniel B. Palmer (a science vessel, I think) and Mount Erebus

 

pegasus ice runway

The Pegasus Ice Runway as seen from Arrival Heights

 

ship and scott hut

The rigging on the icebreaker, with Scott’s Hut (built in 1911). Deven says about this one: “Future past. I love the little Scott hut in the lower right. The things that place has seen!”

 

icebreaker and beautiful ice

The thing I love about these photos is how well they illustrate the different personalities of the sea ice: marbled and fractured and chunky and smooth.

If you want to see some amazing aurora photos from the same photographer, check out this post.

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One Comment to “Gorgeous Photos from the End of Summer: McMurdo, Antarctica”

  1. Lovely. You need to write an article to go with some of these and send them to some magazines if he is willing. I particularly like the tractors. Very Bauhaus. Dave

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