These photos were taken from a helicopter flying into one of the camps before they closed. It's a look into the dry vallies, as well as some emperor penguins at the ice edge hanging out with a leopard seal.
I'm going to take this time to answer a few questions from blog comments from during the week. I'm not going to go in any particular order but i'll do my best to answer most of them.
The auroras we see down here in this part of the world are Australis. They are not something we see every night. Usually we see them on clear nights when the wind is calm and you can look out and see nothing but stars and what looks like a lime green mist floating across the sky.
I've never read the book "Northern Lights".
Jobs down here in antarctica are available to just about everyone, Yes the town is set up like a military base as far as the housing quarters, which means you live with a roommate unless you have a partner. As far as coming down on a tour and visiting, i'm not sure what that entails or what the cost is, but as far as i'm concerned, I would much rather go somewhere and work and get to know the area and people than to pay to visit and then just leave. To me, getting to know people where you travel is the biggest part of the adventure.