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Scott's Last Expedition

Friday, March 24th 1911

Skuas still about, a few – very shy – very dark in colour after moulting.

Went along Arrival Heights yesterday with very keen over-ridge wind – it was difficult to get shelter. In the evening it fell calm and has remained all night with temperature up to + 18ยบ. This morning it is snowing with fairly large flakes.

Yesterday for the first time saw the ice foot on the south side of the bay, a wall some 5 or 6 ft. above water and 12 or 14 ft. below; the sea bottom quite clear with the white wall resting on it. This must be typical of the ice foot all along the coast, and the wasting of caves at sea level alone gives the idea of an overhanging mass. Very curious and interesting erosion of surface of the ice foot by waves during recent gale.

The depot party returned yesterday morning. They had thick weather on the outward march and missed the track, finally doing 30 miles between Safety Camp and Corner Camp. They had a hard blow up to force 8 on the night of our gale. Started N.W. and strongest S.S.E.

The sea wants to freeze – a thin coating of ice formed directly the wind dropped; but the high temperature does not tend to thicken it rapidly and the tide makes many an open lead. We have been counting our resources and arranging for another twenty days’ stay.

Ponting at work in darkroom. March 24th 1911
“Ponting at work in darkroom. March 24th 1911”

Darkroom
“Darkroom”

Interior of darkroom. March 24th 1911
“Interior of darkroom. March 24th 1911”

Interior of darkroom. March 24th 1911
“Interior of darkroom. March 24th 1911”

Interior of darkroom. March 24th 1911
“Interior of darkroom. March 24th 1911”

Interior of darkroom - the sink. March 24th 1911
“Interior of darkroom – the sink. March 24th 1911”

One Response to “Friday, March 24th 1911”

  1. Dave says:

    I’m intrigued by the differences in the 4 photos of the same view of the darkroom – the binoculars hanging on the wall disappear and the boxes on the shelf above the desk move around ๐Ÿ™‚

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