The Old Base, Halley Bay, February 1967
16 x 30 inches, Oil on board, 2011, (version iii - 2011)
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A parhelia is shown above the shafts, aerials and wooden huts which characterised the surface installations of the old base at Halley Bay in the early 1960's. The drum line marks the inward route to the old base from the new base which was under construction some four kilometres further inland. On this calm autumn day, the ice crystals in the air over the ice shelf diffract the weak sun's rays to form a parhelia, an atmospheric phenomenon which develops in these high latitudes akin to development of a rainbow in other lands.