Antarctic Pictures – From a 1911 Expedition

These Antarctic pictures were taken by Herbert George Ponting, the photographer for the Terra Nova expedition in 1911. After capturing the winter landscape on film, Ponting returned home before the mission was completed. In November 1912 the remaining party died while attempting to return to their base camp.

Ponting’s Antarctic pictures were meant to be showcased on a post-expedition tour. However, the tragedy understandably overshadowed his photos. It wasn’t until a decade later that Ponting would finally get to publish his collection in the 1921.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is the source, and it has more background information via the photo links. All images are in the public domain.

Mother seal and its cub
Mother seal and its cub.
Mother seal and its cub
Mother seal and its cub.
Adult penguin with two chicks
Adult penguin with two chicks.
Ponting at the Adelie penguin rookery.
Ponting at the Adelie penguin rookery.
Sled Dog
Sled Dog.
One day's sledging ration.
One day’s sledging ration.
An Adelie penguin
An Adelie penguin.
A Skua gull chick and two eggs
A Skua gull chick and two eggs.
A Skua gull next to its chick
A Skua gull next to its chick.
"A Seal in water with head above the ice".
A Seal in water with head above the ice.
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