Stanford University Ph.D. student Cassandra Brooks spent two months aboard the icebreaker ship Nathaniel B. Palmer as it traveled — and sometimes crunched — through the Ross Sea. She’s been blogging her experiences at National Geographic in a series of posts that are well worth your time. Her post on “Fighting for the last tomato” reminded me of my own experience on a Gulf of Mexico research cruise, which — while in far more hospitable temperatures — still ran into the problem of keeping fresh vegetables on board a long cruise with no resupply stops. We ran out of lettuce quickly, and I remember fantasizing about salads. (The fried foods were available forever, though — ugh.)
Brooks’ most recent post is a video featuring nothing but the forward view from the bridge, which you might think would be boring. You would be wrong. She writes: “To share the incredible experience of an almost infinite variety of scenes, I’ve compiled a time-lapse montage shot over the last two months, condensed into less than five minutes, with a surprise at the end.”
Infinite variety is right. This is a mesmerizing video.