It has been a few weeks of stormy weather here at McMurdo station but summer has started to poke its pretty blue face out. Summer here means 24 hours of sunshine, a little less snow, and wildlife returning to the area. Weddell seals are the first to make their way, but already some Skua have found their favorite perches which means the penguins are not far behind.
For the station, this also mean a lot more aircraft in and out. The Hercules LC-130 is the backbone of logistics here in Antarctica. They don’t move fast, but they make it where they are going, which is all you can really ask for when the alternative leaves you a long way from anything down here. Using a combination of skis and wheels, they are the main connection to the South Pole. With Mt Erebus smoking in the background, this machine smiles in its service.