We’ve made two trips to Lake Bonney, which sits at the toe of the Taylor Glacier. If you were to climb up onto the Taylor, and walk uphill for about 40 miles, you would reach Depot Nunatak, named by Scott and British National Antarctic Expedition, on their western journey in 1903. Scott descended the Taylor Glacier to discover the Taylor Valley.
At the toe of the Taylor Glacier is Blood Falls. The origin of the name is not clear, but the motivation for it is–the falls are a blood-red seep of saline water containing, among other things, oxidized iron. I’ll try to learn and write more about Blood Falls (I’ve already mentioned the Germans and their Ice Mole, which is being used to explore the source of Blood Falls). If I tried to learn all I could about Blood Falls before I gave you this post, I would fall into what my longtime colleague Lee calls “wholistic paralysis.” So, for now, here are a few photographs.