From an old slide. Technically the quality of this is awful, with grit everywhere (much edited out). I've included it partly because of historical value and partly because it helps explain the quality of this and several later shots. In 1966 we still obtained our water supply in the 'traditional' way, by collecting snow by hand from snowdrifts and melting it: I doubt modern Antarctic stations have done this for years. The result was that water was always very limited. This was a daily routine after lunch.
I had a few rolls of "high speed" Ektachrome (160 ISO) and processing those at the station provided the only way to see any of our photos during the year. But the lack of water meant they were not adequately washed.... hence! It's also fair to say that processing colour slides stretched both our competence and facilities. There always were a few stray husky pups around.
Copied across from "the other site' and not previously added to groups.
Much of the coastal plateau near Mawson is hard glassy blue ice and not really suited to skiing, but not far inland an area at Fischer Nunatak had suitable snow surfaces, so a field hut had been placed there. Taken near sunset during a skiing excursion in the Snowtrac vehicle, with the North Masson and David ranges in the background and Mt Hordern far away to the right.
I had some rolls of 'high speed" Ektachrome (160 ASA) which we developed while at Mawson (under some difficulty). The results were reasonable but gritty due to water shortages limiting washing. This has now been 'digitally cleaned'.
From an old slide taken in 1966. The most convenient mountains to Mawson were the North Masson Range, some 24km inland up the plateau. At this point the ice was about 300 metres above sea level and the mountains rose maybe as much again. This was taken not long after our arrival at Mawson, when a group of us took a day's outing there to familiarise ourselves with the area and the vehicles (including a dog team).
From an old slide taken in 1966. While up at Rumdoodle I was taken by the wide-angle reflections of the surrounding area in the shiny hub cap of the VW "Antarctica 3".
12 May 1966
From an old slide. Weddell seals were around the coast all year: in the summer on the rocky shores, or on the sea ice once that had formed. They are the only mammals to stay near the coast during winter, living under the sea ice and breathing (or hauling onto the surface) through holes they chew through the ice and keep clear. The second shot shows one diving into an ice hole.
21 Mar 1966
From an old slide. Not long after our arrival at Mawson, sea ice began to form. The earliest stage was pancake ice, when the surface water develops into a slurry of ice crystals which agglomerate into small floes which bump into each other, causing raised edges.
20 Feb 1966
Visiting Adelie penguins
From an old slide. Colonies of Adelie penguins lived on the offshore islands near Mawson, and were frequent visitors except in the winter months .
From an old slide. Mawson was established in 1954 and is the oldest permanently occupied Antarctic station, seen here in 1966. Many of these buildings have since been demolished, replaced by vast new structures. This view is looking back through the main part of the station, which was unique for having a "village" type layout. This also shows the VW "Beetle" with the registration (not visible here) "Antarctica 3".
Taken with Minolta SR1, Auto Rokkor-PF 1.4/58mm, Kodachrome 2.
From an old slide. View from the edge of the icecap behind Mawson station, early 1966, looking across the base itself, Horseshoe Harbour (beginning to freeze over), and to the islands and icebergs beyond. The surface here is blue ice: glassy hard and slippery, so my friend is wearing crampons to ensure a grip.