A residency at Palmer Station, Antarctica, awarded by the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
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
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
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.
From the "Rite-in-the-Rain" all weather notebook.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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.