took my breath away…

2 Dec

At last! Some more ‘Tartica “porn”…

Our most magical day was the day we walked over the “rock oasis” to the edge of the continent and back along the edge of the antarctic glacier.

We strode past the lake…

over the rock oasis…

to the ice waves at the edge of Antarctica. For miles and miles ahead of us it looked like the ocean had been frozen mid-storm. It was, as even my atheist father-in-law remarked, quite biblical.

( I was overwhelmed. And chillers.)

We soaked in the grandeur for as long as the icy wind would permit our nearly-summer acclimatised bodies.

Before trundling back to the glacier, passing a lonesome Adelie penguin along the way… 

Scenes from the glacier front. Just looking at the photos again quickens my heartbeat and prickles my skin.

We crossed an ice lake by walking in the snow that had collected in the cracks (feeling rather audacious).

Paused for a “team photie”.

And then we marched up

over the mountain…

back to the camp below.

Antarctica is, like so many deserts, absolutely humbling. Where ever one is surrounded by sparse life, I think we feel even more alive. No place on earth has less life than Antarctica. No place is drier or windier or colder: it should be a miserable place from that perspective. However, it is a place that has a harsh and stark beauty that is arresting in its majesty. I felt small and exhilarated. And, mostly, privileged: to have visited and to live on such a magnificent earth.

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6 Responses to “took my breath away…”

  1. Caitlin 2 December 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    What an awesome post! Thanks for sharing a taste… yum.

    And that penguin picture is AMAZING. Nice shot.

  2. Meghan 3 December 2010 at 12:51 am #

    DUDE. You are killing me with your life right now as I sit in MY OFFICE dreaming of an adventure.

    Still love you though.

    • Jo 3 December 2010 at 1:02 am #

      Right? Don’t even think about the fact that she’s going to be on a boat for a while either. 🙂 Good thing Sara’s so rad-ly loveable!

      • stofnsara 3 December 2010 at 9:35 am #

        I do feel very very lucky to live this life. Sometimes I catch myself with a little disbelieving laugh! Thank YOU so much for sharing it with me: you’re too lovely.

  3. Jo 3 December 2010 at 1:01 am #

    So, so lovely! I have on my list of things to do eventually to go to the ice hotel they build every year. Even though I hate the cold. These pictures just showed me why (although the ice hotel is TAME compared to this!)

    Much appreciated!

  4. Kelsey Mackay 4 December 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    These pictures are incredible!!!! That’s a once in a lifetime kind of trip, how cool you were able to go. Thanks for posting!

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