I’ve taken a vast amount of photos in the last few weeks since getting out of the field and haven’t really had the time to sort them into any semblance of order. Hannah and a few others have commented on seeing photos of the “behind the scenes” stuff as well the pretty landscapes so I’ve been trying to get a bit better at taking these. There is a couple of shots in here from earlier in the season as well.Serious science under the wing of a twin otter. We are constantly surrounded by beautiful things but sometimes the pictures dont tell the full story. This was in mid December with Mark and Hugh – this was taken just after midnight as I waited for Hugh to fit some ground penetrating radar into the hole Mark and I had just dug. Always beautiful places but there is a lot of waiting around.
The glamorous life of a field assistant. Bradley trying to find some beefburgers in one of the many freezers. In the end we unpacked about a third of the this freezer and still failed to find them.The HMS Protector in Ryder bay. We have had a couple of ships in the last week, the protector and the final call of the Ernest Shackleton.
A very British BBQ. We provided an a couple of days skiing for the crew of the Protector and then had a joint BBQ down at the wharf. Not a massively glamorous location but the containers did make a good wind break.
Octavian and Saz dismantling the sea ice camera. Single day science stuff happens at very short notice whenever the weather plays ball – luckily most people need a field assistant to help get them to the site. This camera was meant to take a photo a day for a year – unfortunately it was taking a photo a minute and only lasted a couple of weeks! The glamorous life of a field assistant part 2. Al sewing pockets in his tent. You can just make out the climbing wall behind the tent – we definitely have the best office on base. Three field assistants and the Comms manager, Danny hauling new batteries up to the radio repeater. Each pulk had two batteries in each weighing 50kilos. The guys looked pretty tired when they got back from dinner. Rob walking out from an afternoons skiing in Stork Bowl – ski trips out of the flag line cross the boundary of work and play. Al having a hard day at work. Another science day trip. Otty picking up “Algae samples” – judging by the huge elephant seal next to it I have no doubt what it was she was really collecting. This was a pretty easy day for me as I was only there in case we got left out overnight.If I wasnt a Field Assistant I’d want to be a boatman – Adam coming to pick us up from some Algae sampling at Mackay point.We decided to head over to this extremely blue berg when out on the boat one day to check it out – unbelievable colours under a dark sky.
Otty also needed some samples from the nearby peaks. Emma joined us (even though she is a marine biologist) and we decided to do a traverse of the three Stork peaks. There were obviously no penguins or seals up there so it wasnt a surprise to me that there was also no “Algae”Otty and Emma enjoying the view from North Stork.More Science – I headed out with Ali (and two pilots, Al and Andy) so that she could fix the an automatic weather station. Once I’d got us all across the non existant bergschrund I got to watch Ali do lots of things I didnt really understand.Andy and I amusing ourselves while we wait for Ali to finish (the swords are old geological markers)Another day another sciency thing. Sam about to start working on a station that measures glacial rebound (how quickly the ground is coming back up after the ice has been removed) at Cape Marsh.Sam and Pippa checking out the extremely small Chilean hut at Cape Marsh.A happy elephant seal.
The last ship left this morning leaving only 21 people on base for the next six months. Snow and strong winds made a fitting first day of winter. Now its on to winter recreational trips for all the wintering staff.