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Discovery Hut and the pano photographer by Ella Derbyshire

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Taken by
Ella Derbyshire Ella Derbyshire
Explore score
0.11 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 07, 2009
Date taken
Jan 05, 2009

Nikon D80's


Here on the edge of Antarctica, 2 gigapan photographers met. One is in this panorama. The other is behind the camera.
My shooting style apparently gave me away.

Discovery Hut is an interesting structure that served as the winter home for Scott's Discovery Expedition in 1901. Several other expeditions used the hut during the next decade. Then, when the Golden Age of Antarctic exploration ended, Antarctica buried it in a tomb of snow where it was preserved, untouched for almost half a century.

With the construction of McMurdo Station in the mid-50's the hut was excavated, and some of the contents were carried off. Exposure to the sun and damage from melting snow have taken their toll on the building. Special efforts were needed to preserve the structure and its contents. And so now it is an historical landmark, with guided tours available upon request. On this sunny summer afternoon, the two gigapan photographers just happened to be on the same tour.

Well met sir.

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