Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Glacier Walk

Last night I walked to the top of the glacier behind Palmer Station. The view at the top was incredible. This is certainly the most beautiful place I have ever been. In one sense, being at the top reminded me of being on the coast in Mendocino, with the bluffs made of ice rather than stone and trees. You could hear the surf playing up and down the coast. It was the only sound at the top. This is the view to the south southeast. These mountains extend out from Cape Renard, a thumb of land sticking out of the Antarctica Peninsula.

To the east is Mt. William, 1200 or 1300 meters high.


The trail is marked with black flags and signs.

Cape Renard extending past the visible tip of Anvers Island. This is the view over the back side of the Station:


On the way down you get a good view of our glacier:

Most of the way down you can hear two sounds. One is water trickling beneath your feet and the snow. It's the glacier melting at its edge. The other is occasional crashes of ice. At the station you think the crashes are aways ice falling into the water, but when you see how far back the erosion extends, it's obvious that the noise mostly comes form internal rearrangement of the ice as it flows towards Arthur Harbor.

The view of Palmer Station from half way up the glacier:

Our Island paradise. This is the view of the islands we can boat to. On a sunny day like this its hard to imagine the weather can get so fierce that you would be able to get home from the closest rock.


This Adelie welcomed me home.

Then this morning we were visited by two crab-eating seals. This one has been lounging on this iceberg all day.

This chinstrap penguin is curious about what is going on in our refrigerator container.

36 Comments:

Blogger oreneta said...

I would love to come up with something profound, but the best I can come up with is that your photos are stunningly beautiful. Do they disappoint you because it is so much more amazing in life, or are they a fair image.
I hope you post images of the work you do based on your knowledge and experiences on this adventure

11/29/06, 6:32 PM  
Blogger Mirk said...

One word... MAJESTIC !

11/29/06, 8:42 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

You must love to be out there. It looks so beautiful.

11/30/06, 2:22 AM  
Blogger Temple of Thought said...

I've gotta say, Antartica looks almost magical. I bet it's even more incredible when you're there.

11/30/06, 3:38 AM  
Blogger Dr. Beverly said...

I concur with the thoughts above! What a wonderful adventure this must be for you. I'm a tad jealous, and a new regular reader!

11/30/06, 1:33 PM  
Blogger Alto2 said...

Your photos and commentary have disabused many stereotypes about Antarctica: fierce, windswept, unfit for habitation. As you portray it, Antarctican summer is stunning, filled with breathtaking vistas and funny little waddlers at every turn. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the world.

When you finally craft and complete your exhibit, please consider professionally displaying your photographs. They will provide a visual timeline for your creations.

11/30/06, 4:48 PM  
Blogger Peggy Archer said...

Just... wow.

I must go there now - before it all melts.

Darn you - I was hoping for a cheaper vacation.

12/1/06, 1:00 AM  
Blogger Ren said...

Wow, it looks gorgeous out there. Clear&Pure.

12/1/06, 2:22 AM  
Blogger Dream Doll said...

What a wonderful place to be! I hope I can travel to unconventional places someday too. I am an aspiring scientist and artist. Your photographs are so whimsical. Those penguins are so cute!
:)

12/1/06, 4:27 AM  
Blogger Dream Doll said...

What a wonderful place to be! I hope I can travel to unconventional places someday too. I am an aspiring scientist and artist. Your photographs are so whimsical. Those penguins are so cute!
:)

12/1/06, 4:28 AM  
Blogger Jordi Soldevila said...

Exceptional Photos!!
I would like to go to Antarctica!

Regards from Catalunya!

12/1/06, 4:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These photographs are incredible.

I saw 'March of the Penguins' and want to see this land so badly !

shiva  blogs...

12/1/06, 6:16 AM  
Blogger Pyare Mohan said...

I envy you so much! Love your photographs... Wish i was there. Do you need an assistant by any chance ;-) i am willing to sacrifice everything to be there!!!

12/1/06, 6:37 AM  
Blogger Abhishek Upadhyay said...

Its simply Awesome...
Wished I was there.

12/1/06, 7:12 AM  
Blogger JOSE said...

Hi!

nice blog and nice photo too.

12/1/06, 8:24 AM  
Blogger colddrinkfriends said...

ofcourse photo's are great . but you have written you walked over Glacier ... is it safe to walk over them ?

12/1/06, 8:48 AM  
Blogger Angie Weid said...

WOW!! How spectacular! I am in awe of the beauty of Antartica. I saw my first glacier in Alaska last June. The size of it was amazing.

Please keep blogging and let us all visit Antartica! I'm adding you to my Bloggin' Friends.

Angie

12/1/06, 9:41 AM  
Blogger T said...

I LOVE your website. I recently went to Chile and did not have the chance to travel to Tierra del Fuego. Now, I regret it even more than before. What a remarkable experience. Keep posting!

12/1/06, 12:31 PM  
Blogger Kris in Hawaii said...

I'm running out of adjectives. It's totally fantastic!

12/1/06, 1:40 PM  
Blogger cristin said...

hello :) I've linked to your blog. I've also posted one of your pics at mine. I hope it's fine with you. You look like you're having fun. :)

12/1/06, 2:27 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

jealous. really, i am. Top places i want to visit

1. Antartica
2. Africa
3. Ireland

a mix, huh?

12/1/06, 2:46 PM  
Blogger OneShare said...

GREAT Pictures & you have a nice blog.

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12/1/06, 7:06 PM  
Blogger Fabián Fucci said...

Hi there! I always loved Antarctica, so I was delighted to find your blog! I already bookmarked it, I will be browsing through it tonight. Please feel free to visit mine at:

http://fabianfucci.blogspot.com/

(Spanish only)

12/1/06, 8:43 PM  
Blogger mrKaizen said...

Cool fotos.
Oustanding places. O_O

12/1/06, 8:52 PM  
Blogger Andie said...

My children and I would like to thank you for sharing your adventures with us. We will check back again soon!

12/1/06, 9:20 PM  
Blogger Oestre-Bunny said...

beautiful photos, what an amazing place

i covet your job

12/1/06, 11:04 PM  
Blogger Dr. Hulbeck said...

I can only join the compliments. You have gotten a dream of an experience, which it seems you are making great use of. I had no idea "artist and writer" grants were available for such a thing -- an excellent idea, and food for thought. Lovely photos. Enjoy your stay, though surely that's an unnecessary suggestion...

--Dr. Hulbeck

12/2/06, 1:01 AM  
Blogger The Lone Beader said...

Wow! Your blog is COOL. Literally. I love birds, and creatures of all kinds, so I'll be stopping by again... Do you mind if I link you???

12/2/06, 1:26 AM  
Blogger Marlon32 said...

You never see any pics of visible land in Antarctica....The photos are breath taking.

12/2/06, 2:49 AM  
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12/2/06, 4:26 AM  
Blogger The Yacht Broker said...

Beautiful pictures,
love it too much.

See you,
I'll be back to watch it again.

Alexandre.

12/2/06, 10:23 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

This is just stunning, breathtaking and simply leave a person speechless!

12/2/06, 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow thats awsome

12/3/06, 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I buy six SUVS, hire drivers, and drive them all day and night for a year, do you think there will be enough ice melting for a little cabin on the side of that lake with the view? :) Save this beautiful planet!

12/3/06, 5:27 PM  
Blogger Elisa said...

Just amazing!

12/4/06, 3:24 PM  
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12/7/06, 5:47 AM  

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