The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

Ice flowers

Spring 1915

Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V


The delicacy and beauty of the ice formations in this photograph contrast starkly with Hurley’s other pictures of the ice. Ice flowers form when a stretch of water opens up in the ice and then rapidly refreezes. Hurley described how the ice flowers ’illumined by the morning sun, resembled a field of pink carnations’.

Silver bromide print

14.5 x 19.3 cm

RCIN 2580082