sonofjohan
03 Oct 18	We'll conclude our Antarctica visit with a shot of that most famous tourist attraction Mt Erebus. In the mid 70s  Air New Zealand Flight 901 was a regular sight seeing flight that operated out of Auckland. It would depart in the morning, spend several hours flying around Antarctica with the highlight being Mt Erebus, and then return home in the evening via Christ Church. It was very popular (for wealthy folks) with the flights occurring between 1977 and 1979. The last flight on 28 Nov 79 ended when the aircraft crashed into the side of the mountain killing all 257 on-board. Since then there have been no such flights but there has been talk now and again about resuming them. Time will tell. Of course while we were there we got to fly around it frequently and were often not far from it physically when out exploring. Today we are looking at Mt Erebus which sits on Ross Island. Since the Ross Sea was frozen at the time I took the shot one could have simply walked across the top of the water (we can all walk on water in the wintertime, yes?) and gone over to climb the mountain. We didn't as we were climbing on some smaller rocks on McMurdo Island and the distance between us and Erebus is deceiving. Erebus is an active volcano and should it decide to blow seriously the McMurdo station will likely be history. But for now the mountain seems content to just occasionally  blow off a little steam to remind all that she is alive and well.<br />
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On the day I took the shot the sky was almost cloudless so I stuck in a few to make it more interesting, otherwise, this is a straight shot. Easy Access   Nikon F2AS; 55mm macro; ISO 100; guessing 1/250 @ f /11.