We ended up getting quite a bit of snow during yesterday’s storm. Time to check out how good my leather work boots are at keeping my feet dry. I ended up taking the possum liners out, as my feet were getting too hot. (I bought possum shoe liners – similar to a Dr. Scholl’s insert – last year at the Scott Base store. Possum has awesome insulating properties.) I may need them again once we start driving, but for in town and only driving the vans around, I do okay.
Last night’s Science Lecture was really an informative program from the visiting BBC people. They showed lots of photos and short videos of amazing shots they have captured over the years. We have all seen their work. (If you’ve ever watched “The Blue Planet”.) They will have a new film to release in the USA sometime in 2010. The first speaker had a very thick British accent, so he said when he made a joke – he would pause … raise his hand… and we would then know to laugh! They shared some “blooper” type clips. Being a wildlife – nature type photographer can be quite dangerous!
The 2nd speaker was from Ireland, so that was another accent to deal with. He sounded like Robin Williams – when the comedian is doing an imitation of an Irishman!!! He said “the next clip will divide this room into TWO responses”… it was his wife filming him, while he was filming a humpback whale with her calf. The calf turned suddenly and it’s tail then ‘whacked’ his wife. This caused her to drop the camera. (This is where the room division occurred.) He rapidly explained – if the camera was still floating and his wife had been sinking- he WOULD HAVE saved her first, but that was not the case, and just look at the great footage of him being shown since he chose to save the camera!
The third man talked of their goals here in Antarctica. First they have focused on the landscape. They had to fly in tons of equipment and special cameras. One of which was mounted onto bottom of one National Science Foundation helicopter. It didn’t like the cold and took them quite awhile to get it working. Now the 1 million dollar contraption will be removed and flown “somewhere” for the next photographer to use. (The BBC only has one of this type – and all share it.) They also are filming the Weddell seals, and slow motion photography under the sea ice. Example would be when someone photographs mushrooms growing. They set up cameras to watch everything under water to see what might be occurring that has never been viewed before.
The ‘lecture’ lasted until almost 10:30 but was worth staying up late!
Time for breakfast and work! … whistling the “hi ho – hi ho” song as I walk down the hall.