Firsthand Photos of Antarctic Researchers Stuck in Ice

Passengers aboard a Russian research vessel (the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy) were unexpectedly barricaded by ice off the east coast of Antarctica a couple of weeks ago. Their story became international news. Despite being in the middle of nowhere, many of them continued to have contact with the rest of the world via social media. Additionally, throughout the ordeal, photographer Dr. Andrew Peacock was able to capture unique perspectives as one of seventy-four passengers trapped in the middle of a frozen ocean with ice packed tightly around their ship.

The month-long Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which took off from New Zealand on December 9th, wound up getting stuck in the Mertz Glacier region on Christmas Eve. The scientists, students, and fellow travelers aboard the vessel were left staring out at an expanse of white all around them. Peacock’s images capture the incredible surrounding environment, as well as life indoors as the passengers await their rescue.

Upon hearing of the dreary situation, China sent an icebreaker (Xue Long) to help evacuate the passengers, though they, too, were met with unfortunate luck as the vessel was unable to get through the packed ice. Luckily, aid arrived for the stranded passengers in the form of a helicopter. Now aboard the Aurora Australis, these individuals are making their way to Australia, expected to arrive on January 20th. The Russian ship itself has just recently docked in New Zealand after having finally broken free on January 7th.















Andrew Peacock website
via [PetaPixel]



January 21, 2017

Countless Glittering Stars Illuminate a Dreamy World Below

For those of us who live in a bustling, crowded metropolis, a glittering sky filled with stars is a spectacular sight we rarely get to see. Finnish photographer Oscar Keserci offers us glimpses of these astounding views and tranquil starry nights. His breathtaking images showcase dark skies fully illuminated by millions of brilliant celestial points.

Read Article


January 20, 2017

Floating Cabin Lets Nature-Lovers Sleep in the Treetops of Sweden

If you’ve ever dreamed of cuddling up in a contemporary treehouse, the 7th Room Treehotel may be your new favorite getaway. Designed by Snøhetta—a design office that dabbles in landscaping, architecture, interiors, and brand design—the floating bungalow is tucked away in Northern Sweden and perfectly positioned for a sweeping view of the Northern Lights. The 7th Room is elevated by twelve 10-meter stilts and is beautifully built around the towering trunk of a pine tree.

Read Article


Get Our Weekly Newsletter