Saturday, July 25, 2009

Glacier Food: rice pudding with blueberries, on a Wedgewood plate, dedicated to Emma Wedgewood, Darwin's wife and cousin.

Why Darwin? I was captivated by the glaciers in the Beagle Channel, named for the HMS Beagle in which Darwin sailed, studied and thought. He was 22 when he became the companion of the ship's captain and 28 when he returned home to England. In his diary he writes this about seeing glaciers in Tierra del Fuego: "Several glaciers descended in a winding course, from the snow to the sea-coast: they may be likened to great frozen Niagaras; and perhaps these cataracts of blue ice are to the full as beautiful as as the moving ones of water"

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