Wilkes Station, Antarctica.

I am Currently doing a season down at Casey Station in Antarctica. Working with the Australian Antarctic Division for the summer. Over the bay, 1.5 miles North of here, is Wilkes. We use it as a field hut for trips away for the night, or weekend.

Wilkes station was established as a research base on the 29th of January 1957 by the USA. On the 7th of February 1959 it was transferred over to Australian control and used as their station until they occupied the new Casey station in 1969.

Here are some pics i have from one of these trips.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_hagg_transport_dec13_webres  The Hagglund, our transport over to Wilkes.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_hilton_hut_inside_dec13_webres  Inside the Wilkes Hilton, the accommodation. antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_hilton_hut_dec13_webres  Outside view of the Wilkes Hilton.  antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_crates_snow_dec13_webres  Some of the many things left behind as the were.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_landscape_dome_ocean_dec13_webres  A weather dome, like most other buildings, left to be.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_landscape_abandoned_station_dec13_webres  Most of the buildings are covered and filled with snow and ice.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_landscape_3xpenguins_dec13_webres  Some Penguins, following us as we explore.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_landscape_dome_dec13_webres A view of the abandoned buildings and towers.

My Flickr Photostream

I put a lot of photos up on my Flickr Page these days. So, if your wanting a look at what i’ve been making photos of, check out this set of life in and around Casey Station, Antarctica.

Click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgatfield/sets/72157638142222286/

Here are a couple of the latest photos i’ve made today…

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Adelaide City Dirt Octoberfest 2013

 Octoberfest Jam at Adelaide CIty Dirt was on yesterday. Here are my photos from the day. The first image is from early on in the morning before the crowds came down. Being Australia’s only public jumps park in a city is a very cool thing, and the builders have done an amazing job. citydirt_empty_october_2013Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_bnw_3table_webresAdelaide_citydirt_OCT13_cornerhip_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_backflip_over_rider_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_360look_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_bradmas_superman_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_3dip_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_3click_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_bnw_tbog_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_onefoot_onehand_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_onefoot_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_hip_train_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_snm_webres Adelaide_citydirt_OCT13_nohands_webres

The last two years, part 6/6

The final photo dump from Australia’s Northwest.

It’s been a journey, with a start, and soon an end. With loads of variety, we’ve enjoyed our time there. Here’s to a new start and a great life, continued onwards and upwards. Cheers.

 

A shot from Exmouth.ningaloo_reef_ocean_underwater_gopro_exmouth_wa_aus

Rio Tinto’s Parker Pointriotinto_ironore_dampier_mining_wa_aus

Exmouth, on the beach.ningaloo_reef_ocean_exmouth_wa_aus

Old Cossack’s cemetery.cossack_cemetery_mining_wa_aus

Ancient Aboriginal rock art, Burrup Peninsula.rock_drawings_aboriginal_wa_aus

One of the many different kinds of lizards in the area.lizard_reptile_wa_aus

An Olive Python, retreating. snake_python_grass_wa_aus

Red Dog Gorge, 4×4 trip.gorge_waterhole_4x4_wa_aus

Karratha Gas Plant.gasplant_mining_wa_aus

Emu and babys, Exmouth.emu_exmouth_wa_aus

The last two years, part 4/6

Here are more photos of Northwest Australia in part four.

Parked up and taking photos of a storm.toyota_troopy_storm_clouds_rain_weather_webres

A scrub fire ripped though here but left the path alone.fire_burned_bushfire_scrub_pilbara_karratha_webres

Parked up again, looking for storm photos.toyota_troopy_4x4_pilbara_milstream_webres

The early days of Ktown Dirt. Before the jumps.ktown_dirt_bmx_digging_beginning_jarrod_pilbara_webres

On a road trip, the roadside had been burned at some stage.road_toyota_burned_pilbara_bushfire_webres

Making a bet on horses at the 2011 Roebourne Cup.george_roebourne_cup_pilbara_betting_punter_horses_webres

Ktown Dirt, a while ago.ktown_dirt_bmx_jake_whip_trees_pilbara_webres

Travelling in style, in Roebourne.Van_couch_john_travel_roebourne_webres

On the road.driving_george_mirror_rear_van_vehicle_webres

The Roebourne Cup race. Plenty of red dirt.roebourne_cup_2011_horses_racing_crowd

The last two years, part 3/6

Part 3 of this photo dump from Northwestern Australia.

Ktown Dirt, Brad Mas, turndown.ktown_dirt_bmx_turndown_brad_trails_pilbara_australia_webres

Outdoor cinema, Pannawonica.pannawonica_outdoor_cimema_drivethrough_movies_webres

Dust storm taking over Karratha.dust_storm_karratha_clouds_webres

A ride at a festival in Karratha.fenacle_festival_wa_karratha_fair_show_carnival_webres

Work at Dampier Salt, on the pump station.work_dampier_salt_boat_boileys_monos_webres

List of people whose grave markers have been lost in Cossack cemetery.cossack_list_of_dead_people_cemetery_webres

Jumping a BMX into a river on a 40+ degree summers day.pooljump_bmx_pilbara_upsidedown_webres

One of the many abandoned cars on the salt flats surrounding Karratha.abandoned_car_saltflat_pilbara_webres

Ktown Dirt, Jarrod Hepburn, the early days.ktown_dirt_bmx_jarrod_night_flash_webres

Crowd with a costume, Roebourne Cup, 2011.crowd_bear_costume_roebourne_webres

The last two years, part 2/6

The second part of a photo dump from Australia’s Northwest.

Here we go.

Three Friends enjoy a walk at Hearson’s Cove during sunset.hearsonscove_burrup_pilbara_sunset_walking_webres

A Kangaroo, also near Hearson’s. kangaroo_burrup_pilbara_grass_habitat_webres

Turtle.turtle_sealife_dampier_webres

Sunset in the hills behind Karratha.sunset_pilbara_powerlines_haze_webres

Driving in the outback.holden_ford_ute_driving_pilbara_summer_webres

Pilbara golf, where it’s too hot for grass greens. golf_karratha_sand_green_webres

This was the first photo i took in the Northwest, from the plane on the way in.flight_aerial_ocean_indian_webres

The Troopy going over the ‘jumpup’. Burrup Peninsula.troopy_4wd_jumpup_rocks_burrup_pilbara_4x4_webres

Stabilization. troopy_4wd_burrup_pilbara_4x4_webres

Roo hunting at sunset.troopy_hearsonscove_pilbara_sunset_4x4_webres

The last two years.

Right. I have 63 photos to show you that haven’t made it onto this webpage yet. They are either forgotten images, they didn’t make the cut at the time or they have been put up elsewhere and never made it here. I will be dumping 10 or so images at a time untill i have the full 63 uploaded. This will give you a good flow of pictures for the week or whatever. I’ll try to give a title or description on each photo so you have an idea about it, or some backstory to ‘paint’ a better picture in your head. They are all from my time in North Western Australia over the Last two years. Mostly the Pilbara and a couple from Exmouth. Enjoy…

 Ktown Dirt jumps after a few days rain. First and only time it rained enough to flood like this.DCIM100GOPRO 

Abandoned town residents buried in Cossack, Seperate Japanese and European sections.DCIM100GOPRO

I did some work offshore removing pipe from a damaged barge with the help of a ships crane.DCIM101GOPRO

The Troopcarrier and another Landcruiser on the Burrup Peninsula.DCIM100GOPRO

From the top of East Intercourse Island where i worked for a while. It is a stock pile area and ship loading facility for Rio Tinto Iron Ore.DCIM100GOPRO

The crew boat used during some offshore work on a barge.DCIM100GOPRO

A colourful punter at the 2011 Roebourne Cup.   roubourne_cup_horserace_punter_dressup

The Troopy on a mission in the hills of the Pilbara.toyota_troopy_4x4_pilbara

A Mr Bean stencil in the trees around Ktown Dirt.MrBean_stencil_tree_sky

Nickol skate park, Brad Mas, 360 barspin.Brad_bmx_nicol_barspin1