tiabunna's photos with the Mawson 1966

Frosty beard

Frosty beard
From a newly copied but very ancient negative (1966). That's me among the Central Masson Ranges, after a climbing day a short distance inland from Mawson Station in Antarctica. The surface is blue ice and I'm leaning on VW "Antarctica 3" - the third in a…
Added on January 27, 2016

Digging out #1

Digging out #1
From an old slide. A few days of blizzards left huge amounts of drift piled against, through and around the tractors and caravan trains. Here is the start of the process of digging out the tractors from the huge amounts of snow that accumulated every ti…
Added on September 21, 2012

Digging out #2

Digging out #2
From an old slide. Blizzards, usually lasting several days, left huge amounts of drift piled against, over and around our tractors and caravan trains. Clearing it typically took at least a day, sometimes two. Here, late in a long day's digging, much of…
Added on September 21, 2012

Merry 66 Xmas

Merry 66 Xmas
From an old slide. About as white as Christmas can get - while we had our celebrations, another blizzard developed and was filling the air outside with whirling snow. Our chef, back in Mawson, had prepared the cake for us prior to departure.
Added on September 24, 2012

Getting them out

Getting them out
When the blizzard was over, it was necessary to clear the snow from the tractors and sledges. Fortunately, on our way south, we had left our third tractor at a depot not far away, so it was possible to go there with a Snowtrac and retrieve it - checking…
Added on September 26, 2012

Blizzard aftermath

Blizzard aftermath
From an old slide. Totally "drifted in". A few days of blizzards left huge amounts of drift piled through and around the tractors and caravan trains. Clearing it typically took at least a day, sometimes two. On our return trip, blizzards were frequent…
Added on September 21, 2012

Blizzard aftermath #2

Blizzard aftermath #2
From an old slide. Totally "drifted in". A few days of blizzards left huge amounts of drift piled through and around the tractors and caravan trains. Not only is this SnowTrac filled with snow, but it is perched on a sledge that has been totally burie…
Added on September 21, 2012

Nacreous Clouds

Nacreous Clouds
From an old 1966 slide and from a set moved from the 'other' site. We were knocked over by those clouds behind the meteorological office. They are Nacreous Clouds, also known as "Mother of Pearl" clouds because of their colours or, more currently, as "P…
Added on March 22, 2015

Nacreous Clouds at sunset

Nacreous Clouds at sunset
From an old 1966 slide and originally on the 'other' site. Only now being added to groups. Looking west at sunset, the light had gone from the land, the sunset was yellow, but those rare nacreous clouds continued to shine brightly long after sunset - bec…
Added on March 22, 2015

Vehicles at Mawson

Vehicles at Mawson
From an old 1966 slide. Looking west past the workshop (at right) past the Mawson station vehicles and some of the husky pups..
Added on August 15, 2012