Winter Journey

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The Winter Journey is the name given to the epic scientific quest undertaken by three men as part of Scott’s Expedition to the Antarctic in 1910 to collect eggs from the Emperor Penguin colony residing in Cape Crozier. Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers and Apsley Cherry-Garrard embarked on this perilous journey in the middle of polar winter in the pitch black, battling temperatures of up to -70 degrees, risking their lives in the name of science. Their goal was to collect these eggs at the right stage of embryo genesis, believing them to hold the evolutionary link between birds and reptiles. Sadly, Wilson and Bowers perished in the disastrous march to the South Pole but Cherry-Garrard lived to tell the tale. Upon his return, it was found that these egg specimens were of little scientific use. This large-scale, four plate, two colour etching was made to commemorate this expedition, and to perhaps go a little way towards making it worthwhile.

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