Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Neumayer Passage and Arrival at Palmer


Turning into the Neumayer Passage marked the dive into the ice. The Gerlache was snowy, but this was ice everywhere. The Neumayer was more intimate, too. The mountains, hills, rocks were much closer. The boat pilots had to dodge the big icebergs and motor slowly through the small ones for fear of clogging up the engine cooling intakes.

I was thrilled. Never have I seen landscape so beautiful. I suppose the complete lack of plants accounts for part of the starkness. I didn't know where to look, big picture or small.

I'm in love with ice. For the glass artist, nature is throwing away piles of sculptures, just casting them off like nothing! I have learned so much about the structure, form, interior, and texture in just a few days. I must admit, though, that the blue color of the ice is more mysterious than ever.

















And finally. A starboard turn around Anvers Island and we arrive at Arthur harbor and Palmer Station in brilliant sun. From the pictures and the description it seemed like a lonely outpost of 45 souls. But even though its way away from all other civilization, this is a bustling city of 45 people, with everything to support research and make the inhabitants happy.

Art Quinn and I are very happy to be here.

23 Comments:

Blogger Megan said...

Hey there!
I found your page from the 'blogs of note' bar. You're doing exactly what I hope to do in a year. I discovered the Antarctic "artists & writers" program after an internet search, and knew immediately I wanted to go.

Your project looks wonderful (I'm jealous!) and I hope your time in Antarctica is great.

Would you mind if I email you later with questions about your project and the application process for the grant?

Thanks!
Megan Kirby

11/21/06, 9:43 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

So great to see your lovely photos on a day predicted to get to a hot 38C in Smoky Sydney NSW. Travel well

11/21/06, 9:53 PM  
Blogger b o o said...

bootiful pics :)

11/21/06, 10:24 PM  
Blogger anonymous jones said...

Yep, that blue colour is pretty unique. How about the chunks floating past New Zealand? Hasn't happened for 70 years they reckon.

11/21/06, 10:26 PM  
Blogger He.Marli said...

mesmerising photographs thank you. wish you good work insight. can t imagine the blue ,but I have an inkling it is magnificent .will keep reading. wonder what Emille.galle the french glass artist would have made if he was on the journey with you. m

11/21/06, 10:38 PM  
Blogger Reeves said...

These pictures are simply amazing. They make me want to take the walls of my cube down...

11/21/06, 10:47 PM  
Blogger Rand Launer said...

Beautiful...
You and I have many mutual friends.
Forbes, Slaff, Leeds, Jack Wind.
Deterding, jamie cane...
I've met you many times.
I'll show them your site.
Thanks for sharing this....
I'm a great fan of Ice.
I've got an all paintings blog.
Randlauner...A blog of note also.

11/21/06, 11:11 PM  
Blogger Mario C said...

nice pictures... great adventure

11/22/06, 2:18 AM  
Blogger suvarnam said...

hii.beautiful pics.. great adventure!!.. all the best!

11/22/06, 2:37 AM  
Blogger priya said...

wow!!!

11/22/06, 3:02 AM  
Blogger Mario said...

Very nice pictures.

I'm living in Iceland now and I've seen a few landscapes very similar to these ones.

Veeery nice.

11/22/06, 4:38 AM  
Blogger Mariovsky said...

Very nice pictures.

I'm living in Iceland now and I've seen a few landscapes very similar to these ones.

Veeery nice.

11/22/06, 4:41 AM  
Blogger Felicity said...

Amazing photographs, I can't imagine how it must feel to experience such a place.

11/22/06, 4:53 AM  
Blogger Guru-tech said...

Such landscape, will take my breath away. Never seen one!! Great pics!!

11/22/06, 6:26 AM  
Blogger Tania said...

I came across your site by accident and it was lovely to see your candid ship-life shots and beautiful scenery pics. I spent a few months at Davis Base two years ago (my blog at www.nerdling.net/slushpile)- it's almost exactly two years since I went south from Hobart - and am enjoying reliving the experience vicariously. Good luck with the rest of your trip.

11/22/06, 6:41 AM  
Blogger Reena said...

Thank you for the wonderful photos! Im really jealous!

11/22/06, 8:59 AM  
Blogger Axiol√≥gico said...

very very very nice photos...

antarctica is very style

www.axiologico.blogspot.com

11/22/06, 11:44 AM  
Blogger John said...

Looks fantastic, enjoy!

11/22/06, 11:52 AM  
Blogger Huanakauri said...

I dont speak english but the photos are pretty. Y try understant. I love la Antartida, Im from Uruguay.
If you want I like that you see my blog.
Soy un caos.

11/22/06, 12:07 PM  
Blogger Huanakauri said...

Dont speack english but the photos are pretty. I try understant. Y love la Antartida and I m from Montevideo. If you want I like that you see my blog

11/22/06, 12:10 PM  
Blogger The Maniac said...

A friend of mine just left the South Pole station a couple of weeks ago on his way back to the states.....You should catch a dogsled over there....%-)

11/22/06, 12:10 PM  
Blogger Roop said...

Dear Ruth,

I always dreamed of snow, (I come from India, were there is no snow) and that mountains topped with Blue cool ice gives me a chilly experience. Yours photos of Antartica is beautiful, i cant find words and i thank you for such a kind of information you have provided and the photos of Ant. Hereinafter I will try to watch your blog. I too a blogger since Dec'2005, my blog address is www.mgrroop.blogspot.com
Yours
Roop

11/22/06, 1:21 PM  
Blogger Alexander Allen said...

Nizze!!

I believe we are located in Just the opposite temperature areas of the globe....

But, nah! I'll rather have this heat!!!

Take care, be careful, stay alert

11/22/06, 1:54 PM  

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