09 April 2011
People watching is one of the most intriguing pastimes, I've found. Even better is when I can peer into the lives of people from another time and place. Sometimes it's just through an old photograph, but other times I'm even more fortunate and can read an actual snippet about them. Such is the case with a few National Geographic pictures I found while perusing this weekend. Just lovely.
"MAY 1937 Arctic pioneers, members of the U.S.S.R.'s first scientific expedition to the North Pole, SP-1, lived for nine months on a drifting ice floe. Led by Ivan Papanin (second from right), the voyage proved that men on a drift station could collect mountains of data--and live to tell about it."
"FEBRUARY 1989 How to bathe on a floating block of ice? Russian scientists, like these on drift station SP-30, baked in a makeshift sauna, then dashed outside and rubbed their bodies with snow. Adrift for months at a time, Western and Russian ice camps were hotbeds of improvisation."
scanned images from National Geographic, February 1997