103 Days of Darkness

Life on an Antarctic research station when the sun's gone down for the winter...and then come back up again
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A Few (Thousand) Penguins and Me

A Few (Thousand) Penguins and Me

First Proper Glimpse of a Glowing Sky
after weeks without seeing the sun, either through total darkness, cloud and fog or snow storms.

First Proper Glimpse of a Glowing Sky

after weeks without seeing the sun, either through total darkness, cloud and fog or snow storms.

Afternoon Moon
Hanging over the base on a rare still day in the last few weeks (think being inside a rapidly shaken snow-globe for the last week here!).
Crisp and silent with some rainbow-like patterning in the clouds too!

Afternoon Moon

Hanging over the base on a rare still day in the last few weeks (think being inside a rapidly shaken snow-globe for the last week here!).

Crisp and silent with some rainbow-like patterning in the clouds too!

Moonrising
The crescent moon rising through the dusky hues of a midday sky yesterday here at Halley.
Every day now brings us a few minutes more light as we get closer to the return of the sun in 5 weeks time.

Moonrising

The crescent moon rising through the dusky hues of a midday sky yesterday here at Halley.

Every day now brings us a few minutes more light as we get closer to the return of the sun in 5 weeks time.

MIDWINTER pt.1

HAPPY (belated) MIDWINTER!

Last week was Midwinter’s week here at Halley after the Midwinter solstice on June 21st!

It marks the half way point through our 3 months of darkness, and has long been a time for reflection and relaxation in the midst of the usual dark, cold, oftentimes difficult work we have down here.

So we let our hair down a bit, have some fun, eat some wonderful food and generally make merry, but also have the time to reflect on our time there, the winters that have gone before us - back to the hardships endured during the ‘Heroic Age’ of Antarctic exploration that allow us to be here now - and look forward to the return of the sun and what that will bring in the coming months.

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Sunrise Detail
Small piece of the early sunrise in the big horizon over the seemingly endless and flat ice-shelf at Halley.
Another Rothko-esque landscape from beneath Antarctic skies.

Sunrise Detail

Small piece of the early sunrise in the big horizon over the seemingly endless and flat ice-shelf at Halley.

Another Rothko-esque landscape from beneath Antarctic skies.

WINTER IS HERE

May 1st was the last day we’ll see the sun above the horizon until next Spring and marked the beginning of our ‘103 days of darkness’ of the Antarctic winter here at Halley.

The Union flag that’s been flying over the base throughout the summer was lowered as the sun shone it’s last and won’t be flying again until a new one is raised when the sun comes back to mark the beginning of Spring.

We celebrated (or drowned our sorrows, depending on how you choose to look at things!) with a glass or two of rapidly freezing wine and a BBQ, which, at -30 was primarily useful for stopping your beverage freezing!

So, Winter is well-and-truly upon us now, with a couple of weeks of brief dawn and dusk around noon before the last vestiges of sunlight dip too far below the horizon and leave us in the true darkness of winter.

Brief Diversion from Ice, Penguins and all that stuff…..

Strangely, the role of base doctor also encompasses the role of birthday cake making.

This last one seemed apt, as not only is John (our base commander) a Game Of Thrones fan, but also, winter is indeed coming, with only a few weeks left before the sun sets for the 3 months of winter.