Antarctica, again.

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. Antarctic_flight_NOV2014_webres5 Antarctic_flight_NOV2014_webres4 Antarctic_flight_NOV2014_webres3 Antarctic_flight_NOV2014_webres2 Antarctic_flight_NOV2014_webres1An

Chief Street Halloween Jam 2014

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.

I’ll let the photographs do the talking…

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Antarctica with a Leica M6

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.

 

rgatfield_antarctica_leicaM6_summer1314_webres3 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.rgatfield_antarctica_leicaM6_summer1314_webres4  Some sea ice accumulated near the rocks. rgatfield_antarctica_leicaM6_summer1314_webres2 The ice/snow on the foreshore is undercut by the water movement. rgatfield_antarctica_leicaM6_summer1314_webresA small iceburg floating around the bay.

Antarctica on the Flickr Blog.

Flickr have chosen another of my images from my time in Antarctica for their blog. This time it’s of the ‘Wilkes Hilton’ near Casey Station. A field hut used as a weekend getaway from station.

You can see the blog and selected images by clicking here

Below is a screen shot of the page.

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Larundel Psychiatric Hospital

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.

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St Kilda Session with Brad Mas.

Brad Mas had his bike, i had my camera. This is the result of a little photo session down at St Kilda Skatepark on a sunny afternoon. BMX bikes and Melbourne mix well.bradm_stkilda_mar14_faceshot_webres bradm_stkilda_mar14_blackandwhite_qtrturndown2_webres bradm_stkilda_mar14_qtrturndown_webres bradm_stkilda_mar14_qtrtable_webres bradm_stkilda_mar14_qtrflair_webres bradm_stkilda_mar14_270bar_webres

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.

The trip down south.

We made it down to Casey station on Thursday. Big day but it’s all happening now. Yesterday a few of us have already gone out and camped in the snow overnight for the first instalment of field training. Photos from that day/night to come, but here are a few from the trip down in the plane and shortly after arriving.

Below: Wilkins Aerodrome, where we land and then start the bus/Hagg ride to Casey Station.antarctica_wilkins_airstrip_plane_runway_ice_arrival_webres

Two Hagglunds, one green, one red. One bus, named Pricilla.antarctica_transport_bus_haags_webres

The most south i have ever been, right on the Antarctic Circle. 66° 33′ 44″antarctica_antarctic_circle_60_degrees_webres

Wilkins Aerodrome, landed and getting ready for the bus ride.antarctica_wilkins_airstrip_ice_arrival_webres

Getting off the plane.antarctica_plane_ice_arrival_webres

Just before decent to land, we all got into our survival gear.antarctica_inside_plane_passengers_cabin_webres

Sea ice.antarctica_window_view_seaice_snow_iceburgs_cabin_webres

View from the window.antarctica_window_view_seaice_cabin_webres

An open cockpit on these planes.antarctica_pilots_cabin_webres

My carry on luggage, while waiting in Hobart to depart.antarctica_survival_cabin_luggage_webres