February 28, 2010
i have a big crush on roald amundsun. i guess you could say i have a thing for rogue polar explorers from the late 19th, early 20th century; especially if they are of scandinavian decent. i’ve just finished watching a series from masterpiece theatre; the last place on earth, made in 1985 (available on dvd through netflix). it’s based on the book by roland huntford by the same title. it tells the story of amundsun and robert falcon scott‘s antarctic expeditions as they race to be the first to reach the south pole (circa 1911).
as scott and amundsun race to the pole, their story unfolds into a tale of adventure and misfortune. amundsun and his team of 3 men plus their invaluable dogs and skiis did it with superhuman strength and will. scott (who was an officer in the british navy) with his team of military men and scientists, siberian ponies, mechincal sleds, giant ego and arrogance, perished on the ice barrier with the 4 men who went with him to the pole. reaching the pole a month after amundsun, scott’s expedition was miserable and was a series of one disaster after another.
in the end, amundsun is made to be the bad guy and scott is hailed as a hero. amundsun is portrayed as a simpleton by the british and humiliated to the point that he flees england during a lecture/book tour, calling the british ‘ignorant’. he goes to america continuing to work toward repaying his debts and to raise funds to finish his work in the north. while there, he visits an old friend and fellow arctic explorer frederick cook. cook is behind bars for some kind of fraud\ scandle involing texas oil. he brings his good friend a book; scott’s last journey.
that is my kind of man.
i was born in the wrong century!
just a note about the photo published in this post:
i first published this photo titled sunset silhouette in the winter of 2009. it has proved to be the most popular photo on the blog according to my stats. i took this when the temperature had dipped below zero. in subzero temps, colors appear much more vivid.
all i got to do is to love you
all i got to be is, be happy
all it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
blow away, blow away, blow away. ~ george harrison
January 17, 2010
winter gives me a time to rest and reflect.
foggy and warm here on the prairie. this weather seems a bit unusual to me for this time of year. the fog came in early saturday morning and hasn’t lifted yet. something else a bit unusual for me is that i’m not out there roaming around in the fog. does this mean i’m getting old? i hope not.
i did get out a few weeks ago during our first arctic blast. it was cloudy with glittery blowing snow that morning. i took some photos i liked of an old stone bridge.
i’ve been reading no impact man’s book. i was such a fan of his blog! it’s a great read as far as ‘annualism’s’ go. there is also a doc that should be released to dvd soon. i can’t wait to see it!
i hope everyone is warm and happy and enjoying their winter.