University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 18 at the Pole

NSF/B. Kuo Tiong
NSF/B. Kuo Tiong

What’s this? Almost looks like a sample from the sushi plate (yep, we’ve already confirmed they eat well at the Pole) fell off outside and rolled around in the snow.

NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/F. Pedreros

But no, it’s yukimarimo. You heard right—a real word for a real thing—tiny, lightweight tumbleweeds of the Antarctic. The orange is just the light from the photographer’s headlamp. The next photo also has some headlamp lighting, in this case writing out “300” with a long camera exposure. It was taken to commemorate the season’s first time reaching -100 °F, which meant some action for the 300 Club. The action is still in the skies, too, with the stars providing a great backdrop for auroras as well as the moon.

NSF/B. Kuo Tiong
NSF/B. Kuo Tiong
NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/F. Pedreros