At long last, it’s time for me to leave this awe-inspiring place I’ve called home for 18 months.  Since the ship arrived this morning I’ve been increasingly sad and excited.  It’ll be very sad to part with Davis Station and its denizens, but I also have so much to look forward to (and do) back home. I don’t have a theme for this week’s pictures.  It’s the time of year when the… Read More

Yesterday I was lucky enough to go out on a boating trip to check out the icebergs and penguins, just like I did last summer.  Unlike the trip last summer, the sky was quite overcast this time.  Despite the sky being less interesting and providing more glare off the ocean (I forgot my polariser), it changed some of the colours for the better.  And regardless, I’m not going to look this gift… Read More

For the second time this season we’ve been lucky enough to have a visit from the CHINARE (Chinese Antarctic Research Expedition) icebreaker, the MV XueLong (which, by the way, means ‘Snow Dragon’).  The occasion for this visit is the collection of geological samples, which were taken by Chinese geologists a couple of months ago. The team of geologists spent most of their time out in remote Antarctic places, so we didn’t see… Read More

It had been a while since I’d gone for a decent hike (12 months, in fact), so I planned to spend two nights out in the field enjoying life.  As it so happened, however, the two huts within practical walking distance (Watts and Brookes) were both booked out for Saturday night this weekend.  My solution was to book Watts hut for Friday night, then walk to Marine Plain refuge for Saturday night…. Read More

Earlier this week I was asked to help with some very remote maintenance…on the Amery Ice Shelf.  Out at a site identified as ‘AM06’ there are a pair of masts and a rather large ‘space case’ filled with various data loggers and instrumentation (including an ice thickness radar, automatic weather station, seismic probes, GPS loggers, etc).  Not all of these instruments were working as intended, so the Climate Processes and Change (CPC)… Read More

Yesterday, just before lunch time, we were told that room had become available on a helicopter flight to Platcha Hut. It’s a quaint little hut (a pair of them, actually) that lives at the base of the plateau. Our reason for the trip was that Platcha is the only hut we hadn’t managed to give a thorough once-over for comms purposes. I’d been there during training, but not with a camera, a… Read More

This is a quick redux on my Beachcombing post.  The weather is great and the pack ice (that left us just a week or so ago) has been blown back to us thanks to a prevailing SW wind.  Pack ice in the bay means…penguins! This is what the chunks of our ice look like.  Normally the water in front of the station is clear of ice owing to the persistent NE wind that… Read More

After our most excellent Christmas and New Year celebrations (which this time I chose not take photos of and just enjoy) our first activity was to do an emu-bob of the station.  We had greatly below average snowfall for 2014, so a lot of rubbish that had not been seen for years had surfaced.  Not only did we find a lot of rubbish (most of a tonne in total, including a couple… Read More

As the summer has progressed, it’s been great to see both new faces and ‘repeat offenders’ from last summer.  Now that we’re winding down to Christmas and the end of the year, we’re also at the peak of the snow melt. In a more typical year, there would be more snow left and so the melt streams would be larger and more impressive.  We were below average for snow this year so… Read More

Well, there’s a lot that goes on during resupply.  Immediately after resupply however, it gets even busier for comms.  Everyone has devices that need to be put on the network, empty offices become filled and don’t always work as intended, new equipment arrives and needs to be installed, etc.  Or, to paraphrase, I was just too busy to take many photos. As things began to settle down, however, I pulled the camera… Read More