Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Today's picture shows the Tera Nova expedition as it reached the South Pole in 1912. They were hoping to be the first to reach the pole, but upon arrival they learned that they had been beaten by a team from Norway about a month prior. The entire Tera Nova team perished on their return journey. There cameras and journals were recovered by a rescue team some months later.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Today's picture shows an explorer in the Amazon Jungle. He is going down the Amazon on a log raft with an Indian Guide. I find it interesting that the man appears to be wearing a necktie. I would think at this point you would be going more for functionality and comfort in your attire. I can not help but wonder if he is a missionary.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Today's picture was taken in 1922 and shows arctic explorer Donald MacMillan. He is not one of the ones claiming to be the first to reach the poles, but he was one of the most prolific as far as genuinely exploring the arctic region, and produced many essential maps and documentation of the area. Interestingly, he lived all the way to 1970.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Welcome to Explorer's Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at larger than life figures in the world of exploration, and will be looking at the pioneers. Today we feature a picture of Frederick Cook taken in 1911 in the arctic. The issue of who in fact was the first to reach the north pole remains a controversial topic to this day. Many now doubt the claims made by Cook to have reached the pole. I will not try to unravel the tangled mess of which explorer actually reached the pole, but will instead admire the courage of these men to undertake the expeditions they did.