Sunday, June 17, 2007

Anatomy of a greeting

The big holiday of the year, Mid-Winter’s Day is coming up June 21. Part of celebrating this milestone for all of the stations on the continent is to send greetings out to the other fellow wintering crews from other countries, like Christmas cards.

We took this year's photo inside the old garage arch, which is now nearly empty after the demolition of the old garage, paint room and gym (which was turned into the Dodgy Bastards Bar). Robert Schwarz was the photographer for all the following photos.

He worked on setting up the camera beforehand, using Sven as a model.
Some makeshift risers were put in place with Richard joining Sven for adjusting the camera angle.
Then we all assembled in the Galley and went en masse down to the arch. We didn't want to spend too much time in there because our collective breath would soon fog up the air too much so we quickly fell into place for the group photo.
Robert had his camera on a timer to snap shots every few seconds. Here's his better side as he runs to get into place.
And here's a good one. We all had to hold our breath for about 10 seconds to let the condensation clear out for a good clear shot.
Then we could all exhale.
Although Mid-Winter Day is Thursday, we won't have our grand gala celebration until Friday June 22 and then we'll have the added treat of a two day weekend following it. I'll soon post photos from the celebration plus our official Mid-Winter greeting card. We're almost halfway through the winter!


At 2:38 PM, Blogger Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

Happy Solstice! May you celebrate it as we sometimes do up here in Minnesota -- with much fun and more than a few drinks!

At 1:10 AM, Blogger ethan said...

Wow... if you hadn't have said which arch that was, I wouldn't have recognized it. It has to be strange to walk through there right now.

At 2:56 AM, Blogger Kathleen said...

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At 3:04 AM, Blogger Kathleen said...

Happy Mid-Winter's Solstice! Heidi, would it be possible to post some of the photos you received from some of the other stations? Those would be a blast to see!

PS -- on a follow-up to my previous comment (from previous post), I did not get a contract for this upcoming season on the Ice. I know it has nothing to do with my post, but I thought mentioning it would make good fodder for the rumor mill... (gin!)

(I deleted and reposted this comment due to obvious grammatical error!)

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Heidi said...

Kathleen! I've been trying to email you but the messages are getting bounced back. Please email me at my USAP account...I have news for you!

At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Dave said...

Happy Midwinter, Heidi!

Thank you for sharing pictures and comments of your adventure there!

At 3:35 AM, Blogger 90south said...

Happy Mid-Winter and thanks for keeping the blog going!

At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Happy Midwinter fron a sunspot

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Dennis said...

Hi Heidi, I've lost your e-mail address. I'm working on Roi, get a hold of me when you have a minute,


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