Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Cape Evans and Cape Royds

We were able to get out to Cape Evans and Cape Royds last night. It was a nice break. The scenery was amazing as usual. Seeing the huts and the living conditions that Scott, Shackleton, and their men lived in was very humbling. I personally enjoyed Shackleton's hut at Royds more than Scott's at Evans. The Evans hut was very dark and had many nooks and crannys, so it had a very claustriphobic feel to it. All of my pictures were taken in pitch black, so I was happy that most turned out. Shackleton's hut at Royds was the opposite of the Evans hut. It was open and bright. There was less privacy but I also felt more cheery there, which I think would be more important than privacy when you're there for months on end. And the best part of Royds was: penguins! There is an Adelie penguin rookery there, which was the big attraction for everyone. I got some pretty good pictures, which I'll put up in the gallery tonight. For some reason, I'm really tired after the trip. It must have been all the fresh air and the walking around. The temperature was pretty nice, but it was pretty windy. The wind was blowing at around 40 to 45mph. Wearing my big coat, standing up on the hill by Evans, I thought that if I jumped I would fly like a kite all the way out onto the ice. Anyhow, I'll leave you with a picture of a penguin:


Arun Rao said...

Wow, those shots came out amazing. I really like the one towards the sun.

Bob Schultes said...

Hi Josh,

I just saw your blog on my opening page(ISU website) and was really interested in your ice core research. I'm very interested in the global warming issue.

Can you tell me more about the research your team is doing or refer me to the appropriate links?

Hoping to hear from you on this important area of research!


Josh Reed said...

Hi Bob,

The project I'm down here with is called ANDRILL (http://andrill.org). We're actually doing sediment coring, not ice coring. If you're still interested, you can find out more information about the drilling site and the science from http://andrill.org/science/sites/index.html

This year we're drilling the McMurdo Ice Shelf (MIS) site.