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.
From an old slide, taken not long after arrival. That's a slightly younger (and slightly out of focus) me standing near the old meteorological office (at that stage used as a store), with new supply boxes still strewn around. This was taken very early in the morning, with the first light colouring the thin cloud and an impressive wall of drifting snow in the distance beyond the Casey Range (itself some 30km away). The scene here is almost identical to that largely blotted out by drifting snow in the earlier "blizzard" shot.
From an old slide. When you photograph weather going past at 140 km/hr (75 knots), using 25 ISO film in low light, you finish up with a long exposure and a blur that looks more like fog! This blizzard arrived just before we finished the changeover from the previous expedition. Blizzards were common, typically one or two of significance monthly. This is best viewed on black (press "Z").