Famil flight over the Casey area

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This week at Casey: 17 February 2012

Every now and then, you find yourself in the right place at the right time. When this happens, you grab the opportunity with both hands! This was the case for me a week ago when I was given a seat on a flight over the Vanderford Glacier, and Casey operating area. The flight was being conducted as an area familiarity for the station leader, and the AAD director.

We departed Casey skiway Friday evening in a Twin Otter aircraft with cameras at the ready, and we were not disappointed. 300 meter ice cliffs in the high evening sun, gold reflecting water and crevasses that would swallow the entire Red shed.

Heading south west along the front of the glacier face, we found burgs with truck-sized boulders, endless caverns and pools of brilliant blue water on top of them. A couple of seals were spotted but nobody could identify what type they were as we were too far above the ice.

Small islands created a bottle neck for large burgs that end up all bunched together in a chaotic mess of bright white and deep blues and greens.

After about an hour we turned back to the north and completed a fly-by of Casey station, which provided us with a unique view of our home, seldom seen by many expeditioners. A quick burst of throttle got us back up over the hill to the ski way and back on the ground.

Spectacular place and we thank the crew for taking us up to see it, and the opportunity that was provided to just a lucky few.

Mike Kennard
expeditioners boarding an aircraft
Twin Otter

(Photo: Mike Kennard)

Vanderford Glacier
Vanderford Glacier

(Photo: Mike Kennard)

Melt lake on top of an ice berg
Melt lake on top of an ice berg

(Photo: Mike Kennard)

big ice berg
Big berg

(Photo: Mike Kennard)

picture of ice bergs and islands
Amazing views

(Photo: Mike Kennard)

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