The scenery, on the other hand, is quite beautiful (at least in the eyes of most of us; if you like trees and green things, you won't like it here!). McMurdo is on the southern side of Ross Island - to the south of us is Mt. Discovery (an extinct volcano) and to the west is the Royal Society range of the TransAntarctic Mountains. Both are quite photogenic, especially with the low sun angles we currently have here.
|Mt. Discovery yesterday morning. The shadow on the lower slopes is cast by |
Mt. Erebus, which is to our north, between us and the sun. The vehicles in the
foreground are working to prepare the ice runway that will be use starting in October.
Of course, the low sun angles this time of year make for some spectacular lighting. It is impossible to capture every beautiful moment, but here are a couple of recent examples. The colors are real - I have not manipulated these images and I think the camera captured them well.
|Sky toward sunset - the purple is the very thin polar stratospheric clouds I described in a previous |
post. I liked the reflection of the sky colors in the windows of the lab in the foreground.
|The western sky after sunset last night, looking toward the Royal Society Range. |
The color beneath the mountains is ice fog!
|Does this need a caption??|