Presentation at the Cashmere Rotary Club

I have been invited by the Cashmere Rotary Club, Christchurch, to give a talk on my time as tutor with PCAS in the Antarctic. It was “word of mouth” advertising because one of the members heard that my presentations are great. I did not disappoint regarding to the response what was really great.

At first I got introduced, then we had an excellent meal, and after some proceedings for the club I gave my presentation. Thanks to Antarctica New Zealand I could show some of the gear we use down in the ice – that never fails.

Even with the wintry weather yesterday evening, 36 members of the club attended (45 people are members of this branch).



Another week in the archives

It is great to work in these archives here. I could lots achieve here and the people are so nice and helpful. I learned a lot this week and I am glad that I could find lots of material for the project (NSC-DS). Lighthouse logbooks are fascinating – and there are so many different kinds of it. That is all very informative. I like it.



One example of the many pages I viewed and imaged

The imaging of the pages is sometimes a bit tricky (format is unusual to our paper formats today) but it works – takes only a bit more time.

It is great to be here!

Public Outreach

At 1 June I gave a talk at the Redwood Garden Club. This group was very nice and I learned a lot about roses and other garden matters. Many were really interested in the topic and I was glad to answer all sorts of questions after the talk on living in the Antarctic.

On 14 June I will give another presentation at the Shirley Ladies Club and on 12 July at the Rotary Club (men only). That will be very interesting.


Response to a request

In November 2014 I was able to help an author to find a reference number he needed for his publication. Now the book is out and I got a nice response from him. It is always nice to help someone and it is also nice to get help when needed.

This is his book


Ice Bear. The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon By MICHAEL ENGELHARD  


288 pp., 170 illus., 145 in color, 8 x 10 in. $29.95 paperback, November 2016

Prime Arctic predator and nomad of the sea ice and tundra, the polar bear endures as a source of wonder, terror, and fascination. Humans have seen it
as spirit guide and fanged enemy, as trade good and moral metaphor, as food source and symbol of ecological crisis. Eight thousand years of artifacts attest to its charisma, and to the fraught relationships between our two species. In the White Bear, we acknowledge the magic of wildness: it is both genuinely itself and a screen for our imagination.

Ice Bear traces and illuminates this intertwined history. From Inuit shamans to Jean Harlow lounging on a bearskin rug, from the cubs trained to pull sleds toward the North Pole to cuddly superstar Knut, it all comes to life in these pages. With meticulous research and more than 160 illustrations, the author brings into focus this powerful and elusive animal. Doing so, he delves into the stories we tell about Nature—and about ourselves—hoping for a future in which such tales still matter.

MICHAEL ENGELHARD works as a wilderness guide in Arctic Alaska and holds an MA in cultural anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His books include a recent essay collection, American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean. His writing has also appeared in Sierra, Outside, Audubon, National Wildlife, National Parks, High Country News, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

some review notes:

“Engelhard’s thought-provoking iconography explores in depth the multitude of cultural roles played by the polar bear.”—David FoxAnchorage Press

“Engelhard weaves together the disparate pieces of our eclectic social and cultural fascination with polar bears. A tapestry of images reveals our complex attachment to this Arctic icon.”—Andrew Derocher, author of Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior

End of an Era

I am not the chair of the Antarctic Society Canterbury Branch anymore since yesterday’s AGM. My two year term is over but I am still in the committee active. I had an interesting time and could achieve some things of my vision and Antarctic interests.

At the AGM we had an interesting presentation by Marcus Arnold. His photographs are spectacular.

Click his name and have a look at his photos.