Friday, May 16, 2008

Sunrise, Sunset

Sunrise, Sunset
Originally uploaded by tsaven
Palmer has a couple of problems that McMurdo and the South Pole don't have. Leopard Seals are one problem. Penguin poop is another. But one of the biggest productivity killers has got to be the view.

You see, Palmer is actually north of the Antarctic circle, so it does have (some) sunlight year-round. Of course, at this time of year, it doesn't get very far above the horizon, so sunrise/sunset lasts a majority of the day, and we're getting to the point where it IS the entire day.

And they are spectacular like I can't even explain.

Almost every time you set outside, you have a "wow" moment and inevitably end up standing their and gawking for a few minutes. Especially on very clear days like this, there's perpetually a few people standing on the walkway by the sauna and hot tub just staring.

Apparently, you don't ever get used to it. There's guys that have been coming here for twenty years who still go running for their camera ten times a day.

This photo doesn't do them justice, but you'll get a decent idea at full res.

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