It’s happening again. I’ve made the trip down to Casey Station for another summer in Antarctica.
We flew down a few days ago on a government Airbus A319. From Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome, 70 kms from Casey. Inside, it’s not your usual commercial airplane. Some seats are missing for more moving around room, the cockpit is open and you can go hang out with the pilots and 40 minutes from landing on the ice we put on our full survival gear ready to step out into -15c degree temperatures.
I made a few photos of inside the plane on our trip down. An
While i was up on the Northern Beaches in NSW recently i went to Avalon Beach early one morning to fly the DJI Phantom 2 and get some GoPro footage. It was completely foggy but it made for some different video. A bit scared of flying it over the ocean, but it worked out ok.
Adelaide had a reason to be afraid yet again this Halloween. This years pre City Dirt Jam was my first time going, and it was pretty much all the hype i’d heard and more. Much more. There was a few crazy things done on the bikes and everyone got a good ride in before the rain came after dark. That didn’t stop the party as everyone there had come in a Halloween spirit.
For the second year in a row i went over to Adelaide for the Halloween weekend of BMX festivities. There was the Chief Street Halloween party jam on the Friday night, City Dirt’s ‘Almost-Octoberfest’ Jam on the Saturday and Nathan Parker’s Jam at his ‘Herm Trails’ spot north of the city. It was all time, action packed and fun as anything.
Here are a selection of my favorite photos from Saturday at City Dirt.
A big thanks to all the riders who killed it and showed us what it’s like to fly all weekend.
I have a few black and white photos taken at Casey Station, Antarctica last summer. All taken down near the wharf. All with my Leica M6, Voigtlander 35mm lens and Kodak Tri-X film. Straight off the scanner.
When you’re near the water taking photos or doing anything really, the penguins come from all over to visit you, see what your up too, hang for a while, then leave. This one came from the ocean and left, seen here on his way back for a swim. Some sea ice accumulated near the rocks. The ice/snow on the foreshore is undercut by the water movement. A small iceburg floating around the bay.
I found another abandoned mental hospital to photograph. Australia sure does have a few still around. I’m not sure how much longer this one will be here, as it looks like the developers are coming in to demolish soon. I heard it has been here for 15+ years in the abandoned state it is in today. It is huge. Many buildings. Lots of rooms. A massive area all up. I was in a rush with the fading sunlight, so i’ll have to get back there soon.
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. The Hagglund, our transport over to Wilkes. Inside the Wilkes Hilton, the accommodation. Outside view of the Wilkes Hilton. Some of the many things left behind as the were. A weather dome, like most other buildings, left to be. Most of the buildings are covered and filled with snow and ice. Some Penguins, following us as we explore. A view of the abandoned buildings and towers.