National Geographic : 1956 Mar
After several attempts to handle cameras during sud den squalls, we learned that one should not even try. He should merely cover his equipment, sit down back to the gale, and wait. In a matter of minutes the snow, sleet, and rain pass, and a brisk, very cold wind, per haps with a spot of sun, soon dries everything in its path. Occasionally squalls followed one another with annoying frequency. No sooner were we at work after one had pelted us than we would have to fold up and endure another. Back in Stanley we sorted our supplies, replenished them where necessary, and were away again, this time in a large vessel, the Pro tector, which we chartered for the short journey to tiny Kidney Island north of the mouth of Port William. From the sea, green Kid ney Island looked more like a tropical isle shaded by palm trees than a bit of subantarctic territory per petually lashed by ice-cold surf. The hut we were to occupy rested snugly in the tussock grass on the island's south slope, very much alone. A path to the hut from the little beach where we landed may have existed at one time, but it was not there now. We had to force our way up between great tussock clumps higher than our heads, with one hand holding on to strong blades to prevent slipping back on the wet mossy ground, and with the other tugging cam era and camping equipment. Very much winded, we reached the hut, erected by the Government for farmers who wished to stay on the island while cutting tussock for their livestock. 397 Galleon Rides Globe Atop Falklands Memorial A statue of Victory fronts the base of the 35-foot granite monument. Bronze ship symbolizes the Royal Navy of discovery days (page 395).