Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The view from above

When it's not too windy here, one of the most fantastic views of the surrounding area is from atop Observation Hill, or "Ob Hill" here at McMurdo.  It's about an 800' promontory next to town, which is an old volcanic cone off of neighboring Mount Erebus.
A view to the northeast of Mounts Erebus, Terra Nova and Terror
It's a good place to help clear the mind a bit, too.  Views for a hundred miles on these clear days are great. The sea ice runway is at the base of the hill as well so when flight ops are going on its nice place to take in the big picture of the logistics of how we work here.
Annual Sea Ice Runway (NZIR) at Mcmurdo (C-17, LC-130's in photo) 
"Green" Antarctica.  We've got wind, and lot's of it.  
A Bell 212 transiting through the tower airspace at the Sea Ice Runway
C-17 departing for Christchurch, New Zealand.
Atop Ob Hill is one of many memorial crosses spread across the continent.  This is "Scott's Cross" memorializing Sir Robert Falcon Scott's party that perished on their return from South Pole in March of 1912.  The parties names are inscribed in addition to a short quote from the Alfred Tennyson poem "Ulysses", which reads "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." Concisely summarizing the tragedy.

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