Daily Archives: January 26, 2007

Landscape: Tracing the Sun

The last entry was more lengthy than usual, so I’ll keep this one short. Basically, I’ve got an experiment in landscape going on: for the next few weeks, I’ll be tracing the sun until it dips behind Mount Discovery for its first sunset on February 20, 2007. Last night’s image:

Scott Base

During the summer in Antarctica, the sun swoops around the sky like it’s a ball on a tether. Because it’s light outside twenty-four hours a day, we wear sunglasses every time we step outside; we sleep with thick wool blankets covering our windows; we put sunscreen in our nostrils and on the tips of our ears. After a while, it gets annoying, not seeing the stars.

Before December 21’s summer solstice, the sun lifted higher in the sky each day, and each day since, it has been dropping closer to the horizon. I have not seen the night sky since arriving here the first week in October, so seeing a sunset—a sky full of color—in a few weeks will be HUGE. Way exciting, and I want to document its arrival, so I’ll be going out at the same time in the evening to take a series of photographs, which will hopefully trace the sky’s rapidly changing light. This all—of course—depends on the weather, and last night’s photo shows a sky half-blanketed with gray clouds, but I hope to catch (and share) some better photographs of the sun’s retreat. Stay tuned for the countdown…

Days until first sunset: 24