Antarctic Fox
The log of Rachel and Kevin Fox's trip to the Antarctic Peninsula in the Summer of 2008-9
Day 8: Icee Day Part 1
January 2 - Duchayland Island, the Antarctic Peninsula

Early evening on the 2nd of Janurary we went out for a zodiac ride around Duchayland Island where we found some spectacular ice formations, some beautiful ice textures, a whole lot of leopard seals, some nesting skua, and an all-around wonderful time. Heading to the far side of the island we found place to land and had a short hike before heading back to the boats. On the return, several of us tried our hands at driving the zodiac boats. All in all a great way to end a beautiful day.

Entering the Mouth

Entering the Mouth - Ice cave in Antarctica - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Sun & Shadow

Sun & Shadow - A snowy hill in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Bits of Ice

Bits of Ice - Antarctic reflections. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Is this my good side?

Is this my good side? - A Gentoo penguin seems to pose while she cleans and waterproofs her coat - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Does Your Ice Hang Low?

Does Your Ice Hang Low? - Ice cave in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Dripping Ice

Dripping Ice - Ice formations in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Hall of the White Witch

Hall of the White Witch - Sheets of sharp icicles hang down over the mouth of this antarctic ice cave - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Icee U

Icee U - An eye in the ice of Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Daggers of the White Witch

Daggers of the White Witch - These unusually dramatic icicles have frozen into jutted fans, as if the water had burst forth and frozen instantly. - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Broken

Broken - cracks in the ice in Antarctica can sometimes been very deep and dangerous. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Falling Ice

Falling Ice - Icicles in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Silver Tongue

Silver Tongue - Amazing color and light on these icicles in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot - A solitary antarctic bird resting on the snowcap - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Toy Boat

Toy Boat - The Hanse Explorer waits amidst the free ice, dwarfed by the could-blanketed mainland beyond - Photo by Kevin Fox
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I Eat You With Ketchup

I Eat You With Ketchup - Another leopard seal in Antarctica. At this point in the trip we had seen about 14. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Serpentine

Serpentine - Beautiful head of a leopard seal in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Antarctica Bowl

Antarctica Bowl - The results of a snow slide. Beautiful and dangerous. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Soft & White

Soft & White - Antarctic hills. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Snow Balls

Snow Balls - The texture of the snow balls that have slide down the hill during a snow slide in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Curve

Curve - Ice textures in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Invisible Leopard Seal

Invisible Leopard Seal - You can't see me! Nope, I'm still not there! - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Bridged

Bridged - But I wouldn't want to step on it. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Rolling In

Rolling In - Beautiful low clouds rolling in over the cold Antarctic hills. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Frozen Whale Spout

Frozen Whale Spout - I think it looks like cauliflower too, but Kevin is right, this eroded bergy bit does look like a whale spout frozen in time. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Whale of a bergy bit

Whale of a bergy bit - This bit has come a long way from the proud, solid iceberg that cleaved off the ice shelf so many months ago. Now all that's left are odd shapes above and below the water, the last remnants to melt and give way to the sea. - Photo by Kevin Fox
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So Blue

So Blue - Blue ice in Antarctica, this beautiful bergy bit has been eroding away. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Ice Grace

Ice Grace - Eroded bergy bits in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Visiting Bergy

Visiting Bergy - Another very old bit of ice, probably recently bronel off from the nearby bit photographed earlier. - Photo by Kevin Fox
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On Land & Sea

On Land & Sea - Bergy bit looks just like the Antarctic hills from which is once came. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Jagged Edge

Jagged Edge - Detail on an bergy bit in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Read the next chapter: Day 8: Icee Day - Part 2


Table of Contents:

Introduction: Telling the Story posted Jan 10, 2009

Day 0: Positioning posted Jan 12, 2009

Leaving, on a jet plane posted Jan 12, 2009

Day 1: The Herc posted Jan 15, 2009

Day 1: Penguino posted Jan 16, 2009

Day 2: Chicken posted Jan 17, 2009

Day 2: Leopard posted Jan 19, 2009

Day 2: Snow Day posted Jan 22, 2009

Day 2: Shipwreck posted Jan 26, 2009

Day 2: Totally Tabular posted Jan 27, 2009

Day 3: Gentoo Cute posted Jan 29, 2009

Day 3: Lichen Shag Glacier posted Feb 3, 2009

Day 3: Palmer Station Visit posted Feb 9, 2009

Day 4: Icy Penguins posted Feb 11, 2009

Day 4: Adelie Awesome posted Feb 15, 2009

Day 4: Leopard Seal Attack posted Feb 17, 2009

Day 4: Kayak posted Feb 19, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Station Visit posted Feb 23, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Sunset posted Feb 25, 2009

Day 5: Antarctic Circle posted Feb 27, 2009

Day 5: Polar Plunge posted Mar 5, 2009

Day 5: Mouth of The Gullet posted Mar 13, 2009

Day 5: Ice Camping posted Mar 18, 2009

Day 6: Flamingos on Ice posted Mar 20, 2009

Day 6: Mountain Climbing posted Mar 24, 2009

Day 6: Ice Textures posted Mar 26, 2009

Day 6: Antarctic New Years posted Apr 2, 2009

Day 7: Crystal Sound Icebreaker posted Apr 9, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 1 posted Apr 17, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 2 posted Apr 21, 2009

Day 8: Bird Watching in the Fish Islands posted Apr 23, 2009

» Day 8: Icee Day - Part 1 posted May 5, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 2 posted May 11, 2009

Day 9: Port Lockroy - Base A posted May 20, 2009

Bonus Chapter: Baby Penguins! posted May 21, 2009

Day 9: Antarctic Humpback Whales posted June 3, 2009

Day 9: Dallmann Butt Sliding posted June 11, 2009

Day 10: Birthday Whales posted June 23, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 1: The Birds posted July 15, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 2: Elephant Seals posted July 22, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 1: Walking on the Moon posted Dec 11, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 2: The Martian Chronicles of Oz posted Dec 15, 2009

Day 11: Emperor Penguins posted Jan 8, 2010

Day 12: Black and White and Pink All Over posted Aug 4, 2011

More chapters posted every few days...



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