Frozen South: 24hr Sunlight
Video clip showing how the sun stays above the horizon all day in the middle of summer
From Video Clips
Black Island Satellite Station. Long exposure shot during the Antarctic winter.
From Auroras and Night Scapes
View from the flight deck of an LC-130 Hercules on the way to the South Pole from McMurdo Station
From Bases Machines and People
Looking "Down" off the bottom of the planet at the South Pole.
Fish-eye shot from the camera that was capturing the sun making a 360 degree circle in the sky. The white specs are blowing snow.
Mount Erebus as seen from the pressure ridges in front of Scott Base
From Landscapes and Scenery
Mount Erebus at night, the world's southernmost active volcano.
South Pole Panorama.
On the left is the Geographic South Pole, plus the ceremonial marker. behind it is the dome that housed the old station. The new South Pole Station is the buildings on the right.
Mt Lister and the Royal Society Mountains
Looking across Black Island towards Mount Discovery at the end of winter, just before the sun returns.
Milky Way over Black Island Satellite Station
Full Moon over Observation Hill. The cross is the memorial marker to Robert Scott and his men who died returning from the South Pole in 1914.
Star trails, looking straight up over about 2 hours the movement of the stars create an overhead circular pattern. The green bits in the sky are from some auroras that passed though the shot.
Satellite Dome lit up from within, with an aurora trailing across the horizon in the distance
Milky Way Over Black Island. The green in the picture is is from faint auroras in the sky.
Moon over Mount Aurora
Polar Stratospheric Clouds or Nacreous Clouds
Wide angle shot of McMurdo Station from out on the frozen sea during the winter in moon light.
Discovery Hut with McMurdo Station in the background with the full moon in late winter.
Exiting from deep inside the Imax Crevasse into daylight.
The full moon about to pass behind Mount Discovery as seen from Black Island in April. This photo was taken a few days before the sun disappeared below the horizon for the winter. The sunlight only just hitting the top half of Mount Discovery.
Dorm Buildings at McMurdo Station. The odd lighting is because of the fog reflecting all the local town lights back down. There are about 75 rooms in each of these buildings.
Shackleton's Hut at Cape Royds at the end of winter.
Scott Base, Antarctica in mid-summer
Scott Base as seen form out on the Ice Shelf. Observation Hill is in the background. McMurdo Station sits at the Base of Ob Hill on it's right hand side out of the picture.
Scott Base, looking towards the dining area.
The Scott Base Road Sign, originally built from spare parts in 1999 by carpenter Grant Shadbolt with tongue in cheek, became somewhat of a local landmark.
Scott Tent. This is still the same basic design tent that was used by Scott and his men 100 years ago in Antarctica. Very reliable and practical for the local conditions.
Sunrise sundog at Scott Base caused by ice crystals in the air
Skidoo on the ice shelf in front of Black Island
Skidoo amongst the re-frozen melt water channels in front of Black Island
Vince's Cross, Hut Point Antarctica.
Vince was the first person known to have died in Antarctica.
Radio repeater on top of Mount JJ Thompson
Deep inside a crevasse
Mount Erebus, Antarctica's active volcano letting off smoke. The lights of McMurdo Station and Scott Base can be seen in the foreground.
The north face of the Barne Glacier in the afternoon sun
Standing near the base of the Barne Glacier.
A glacier flowing off the southern end of Black Island into the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica.
The Andrill research camp on the sea ice in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.
Part of the Trans-Antarctic mountains.
"Our Lady of the Snows" shrine is a memorial to a bulldozer operator who lost his life when his machine broke through the sea ice and plunged to the bottom of the ocean.
Looking north toward the mid-day twilight. The ice in the foreground has been "Painted" with a flashlight to illuminate it.
The Onyx River, which only flows for about 2 months each year into Lake Vanda, is Antarctica's longest river in the Dry Valleys.
Sunset shot of Nacreous or Polar Stratospheric cloud, which forms when ozone depleting gas crystallizes in the upper atmosphere.
The sun over Inaccessible Island in McMurdo Sound, surrounded by seasonal sea ice.