Visit to the Mt Waddington Ice Core Project

I just returned from an amazing journey into the heart of the British Columbia Coast Range. Mt Waddington sits about 15 miles inland from the inside passage and being the highest peak around, captures a huge amount of precipitation from the Pacific Ocean. This is why Eric Steig (Professor, University of Washington), Doug Clark (Associate…

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Making a Mallow Core – Science in Middle School

A couple of weeks ago, I gave a presentation about the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project for 8th grade art and science classes in the Seattle Public School system. I am grateful to the brainstorming sessions with Heidi Roop, a scientist that I met at the WAIS field camp. She has teaching experience and is…

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In the Studio – making sense of it all (?)

“Easton Glacier” 24″x48″ 2010, graphite, gesso, acrylic Traveling to and existing in the beautiful white expanse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been a dream since childhood. Now, back in my daily life, holding onto the experience is like holding onto ice that will inevitable melt or sublimate away. All I can do is…

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Reflections from the Ice

I am home and sorting through notes, sketches and photographs from my travels south. Paul and I had a great time in New Zealand. We hiked in the Queen Charlottes, Abel Tasman,  and on the west coast; drove through wine country that felt like the Napa Valley; saw many strange birds and entire forests of…

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Walk to the Wedgwood Erratic

I first saw the Wedgewood Rock while studying the Puget landscape in Graduate school.  I remember being thrilled by this enormous rock sitting in the middle of a modest mid-century suburb in northeast Seattle.  The rock is evidence to the size and power of a glacier that once covered the entire Puget basin.  It was…

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Getting Ready to Go to Antarctica

December 4th, I will begin a long journey to the most inaccessible, remote location I could dream of ever reaching – the West Antarctic Ice Sheet .  I am going there to document the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project with support from the National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Program. Scientist are drilling a 3.5…

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Christchurch, New Zealand – springboard for ANTARCTICA!

Monday, December 7 (Sunday, Dec 6 in the USA) 27 hours and 3 planes later, I arrived (with about 20 other US Antarctic Program folks) in Christchurch, New Zealand; tired, but excited to be on my way.  The first day was spent in a jet lag stupor walking around this adorable city.  The people are…

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Happy Camper School – Ross Ice Shelf – Day One

Friday morning I and nine other lucky souls began Happy Camper School with our very clever Kiwi (New Zealand) instructor Billy.  She is in the light green jacket.  Fortunately, it was a Ski Doo camping experience, so we didn’t have to haul our stuff out onto the Ross Ice Shelf, where we spent the next…

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McMurdo –

I am slowly getting used to the layout and pace of the station.  I have been walking around jetlagged and sleep deprived, so all of the new information is going in slowly, most of it dropping all around me.  The folks who work here know this and remind me to take it easy.  There is…

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