|Check out the glow from the lava lake on the top of Mt. Erebus.|
|Morning on the McMurdo Ice Shelf.|
|Venus shines beyond the "porch" of Scott's Discovery Hut.|
Other people would say the winter ends when a few flights land in early September. For others it might end when the masses get here in October or when the sun comes up in just four days. I haven't decided when I think winter ends, but I do know that I am extremely excited for the sun.
|Scott's Discovery Hut near McMurdo.|
|Auroras above Mt Erebus during last Saturday's display.|
|Mike drills to check the sea ice thickness.|
Solar noon is just about 1pm right now. In the morning there is a faint glow on the southeastern horizon when I walk to work and a glow on the northwestern horizon on my walk home. Everyday I walk outside at noon and feel like a normal person again because it is light. I can see everything again and the mountains are clearly visible miles away. Even without the sun it almost feels like we're in a more normal day and night cycle.
|A crack in the sea ice had healed enough for us to cross it.|
Some days the dark would suffocate me. It felt like it would never end. Instead of waiting hours for the heavy weight of the night to end I had to wait months. Now that the sun is almost here I do feel like the winter night is coming to an end. There isn't much of my memory left and I have a hard time making complete sentences and finding the correct words for simple every day things, but I feel like I've accomplished something by surviving the winter in Antarctica.
|Bridging timbers in place so the Hagglund can|
cross over a crack in the sea ice.
|Drilling into the sea ice before a storm came|
in and forced us to return to McMurdo.