'Gondwana' reveals the stunning beauty, mystery of Antarctica
'Gondwana' reveals the stunning beauty, mystery of Antarctica

When photographer Diane Tuft arrived on Antarctica in October 2012, she found a sky swirling with tiny ice crystals called diamond dust. She saw wind-shaped dunes of snow, glacial formations that looked like the Mojave, frozen in a moment. She spied "snow flowers," volcanic gas formations that she likened to three-dimensional lace, and she turned her lens to sheets of ice dotted with bubbles and silt, multihued compositions that could be mistaken for abstract paintings. One of her photographs captures stark white bubbles streaked against dark-as-night frozen waters — an image that seems from outer space, an asteroid field in miniature. Otherworldly is just one of the words for Tuft's...