Saturday, January 31, 2009

special note
Sunday February 1 I board the Laurence M. Gould for the long voyage north. Posting from the icebreaker is pretty unlikely, but faithful visitors can expect the days to be filled in once I'm on land again.

The "birders" use my favorite notebook in a more typical way.
Kirstie records bill length and body weight of Giant Petrel chicks on Humbolt Island.

a last field drawing before packing up to board the icebreaker and head north
ice bit stranded at the Old Palmer channel

Friday, January 30, 2009

Another descent into a crevasse, this one with long vertical ribs running down a chasm which fell away maybe 50 ft into ever deepening blue. Such a different light from the previous one, and the small icicles at the top glistened crisply.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

glacier face
point 8

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

marble may be more accurate than plaid

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

We went down into a crevasse on the glacier today.
It was a stunning space ribbed with brilliant blue icicles raining down so much water that it was like being in a shower. The "Rite in the Rain" notebook held up, although it is rather buckled now. No sketch could capture that place, certainly not made hanging from a harness while pelted by water.

Monday, January 26, 2009

sometimes the layers of ice make the most amazing stripes

Sunday, January 25, 2009

glacier plaid from Old Palmer,
a place that's always got something to offer

a new tack on lichen plaid

Saturday, January 24, 2009

still working on lichen plaid, but coming up with boiled wool

Friday, January 23, 2009

small rocks blown by the wind land on the glacier, warm up in the sun, and melt tunnels down into the ice

Thursday, January 22, 2009

as fresh cracks appear on the glacier behind Palmer Station, the flags demarcating the safe hiking area have been moved 

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

crenellations atop Marr Piedmont

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

back to Breaker Island
my favorite place for lichen plaid

Monday, January 19, 2009

birds that live on cliffs lay eggs which are more pointed on one end
these eggs roll in tighter circles
Skua egg, Bonaparte Point

Sunday, January 18, 2009

searching for icebergs yesterday in fine weather
stranded off Old Palmer

Saturday, January 17, 2009

lichen plaid
Breaker Island

Friday, January 16, 2009

a day of bergy bits in the brilliant sunshine

Thursday, January 15, 2009

a day of glacier plaid

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

quick berg in the rain

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mt William from Jacobs Island

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Rock drawing with penguin.
The snow,  mist, brume, spray, rain, drizzle, and fog cleared up long enough to break out the water colors.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

shortcut to plaid

Wrestling with glacier plaid.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Glacier face at Sheathbill Cove, Old Palmer Island.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Rocks on Torgersen Island.

Brash ice in Arthur Harbor.

Arthur Harbor

From the "Rite-in-the-Rain" all weather notebook.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Brash ice.

A day on the water learning boating skills and knot tying.

Monday, January 5, 2009

A hike up the Marr Ice Piedmont - the foothill of the Marr Glacier - which sits directly behind the Station.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The ship has arrived in the early morning hours at Palmer Station. We wait offshore until docking can begin at 7:30.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Smith Island rises from the twilight sea like a mirage, marking the end of The Drake.

Friday, January 2, 2009

From the bridge.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

We spend 2 days in the Drake Passage.