McMurdo Gems

23 10 2009

McMurdo has a funky culture all its own, and it’s constantly on display. Yes, this is an outpost of science and technology at the frontiers of the human experience, but real people come to live here. Pretty cool people—creative, talented and inventive. And they leave little reminders of their creativity all around the station. I may add more pictures to this post as I go along, but here are some of the little gems of McMurdo:

Welded Orca guarding the main intersection coming from the harbor and airfields.  He's also got a big hook in his mouth.

Welded Orca guarding the main intersection coming from the harbor and airfields. He's also got a big hook in his mouth.


Hunk of ice sitting in Derelict Junction.

Hunk of ice sitting in Derelict Junction.


The explanation for the presence of the Ice Chunk.

The explanation for the presence of the Ice Chunk.

One of the most traveled gems of McMurdo is the bridge crossing utility lines between Building 155 and Crary. We cross this multiple times a day going back and forth to meals and other activities. It is also home to a bridge troll (you saw him in the hoarfrost the other day):

View from Building 155 towards Crary and the bridge.

View from Building 155 towards Crary and the bridge.


Martin, the McMurdo Bridge Troll.

Martin, the McMurdo Bridge Troll.


The bridge also contains a couple other little gems:
Poetry on the Bridge.

Poetry on the Bridge.


Wooden Sundial on the Bridge.

Wooden Sundial on the Bridge.



Update 2009/10/25: Here’s a few more McMurdo Gems for which I didn’t have pictures before.
Unofficial street sign put up on the road in front of Crary.

Unofficial street sign put up on the road in front of Crary.

(If the one above left you confused, take a look at my glossary of Antarctican.)
Random license plate.  Vehicles here don't have to be tagged with plates, that doesn't mean they aren't.

Random license plate. Vehicles here don't have to be tagged with plates, that doesn't mean they aren't.


Onion and eggplant banditos guarding the cargo dock in Crary.

Onion and eggplant banditos guarding the cargo dock in Crary.


A choppermobile put together out of scrap parts by some guys in the mechanical equipment shop in their off time.  Apparently it runs, though not as fast as its appearance might suggest.

A choppermobile put together out of scrap parts by some guys in the mechanical equipment shop in their off time. Apparently it runs, though not as fast as its appearance might suggest.

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4 responses

23 10 2009
Art

Nice pictures. At first I thought the sundial was showing the shadow of the midnight sun, but then realized that McMurdo’s time zone is about 2 hours later than local solar time. The shadow for the midnight sun would be around 2 o’clock, right? Is the time zone New Zealand Daylight Savings Time? What are the directions of the different markings around the sundial?

23 10 2009
kristofrichmond

The time zone in McMurdo is New Zealand in the summer, and, I believe, Mountain in the Winter. The sundial is set to New Zealand time, notice that geographic North is at about 02:00.

24 10 2009
Pamela

Really enjoying all the photos and blogs….makes me feel close to all of you!

25 10 2009
Maria Richmond

Happy to see, that Anja is there with you!! (the Wyoming license plate)

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