This week at the station

This week at Casey: 29 March 2013

The beards of Casey

In time honoured tradition, one of the projects male expeditioners have over the year is to cultivate a large and lustrous lock of manhood, flowing from the chin like a river and emulating the explorers of long ago. The competition between expeditioners for the longest 'food saver' is fierce and many of these soup strainers are here to stay.

However some, sadly, have bowed out as they preferred not to deal with the heat of wearing an animal pelt glued to their face.

Below you will find photos of the larger beards, some grown for many a year and others new additions as of the time of departing Hobart.

Later in the year we'll revisit these monuments to masculinity and warmth and see how they're faring.

Leon H.

Portrait of Leon
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Andy and his beard
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Mark B.
Mark B.
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Gavin
Gavin is a star
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Mick while doing the dishes
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Scotty with the beginnings of a beard
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Chad in the station library
Dr Chad
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Abrar in the station library
Mr Abrar
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Ben H. with a massive smile
Ben H.
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Jukka in the Bar
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Tim in the kitchen
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Matty
Viking Matty
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Portrait of Ben M. wearing a fake black beard
Ben M.
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)

Elephants of the sea

As the days turn into months here at Casey, for most, a trip to Browning Peninsula is red hot on the 'to do' list.

Browning Peninsula is a rocky peninsula 6.4 km long, separating Penny Bay and Eyres Bay, in the southern end of the Windmill islands - it makes for exceptional viewing of the Vanderford Glacier.

Browning is a place of tremendous beauty, teeming with wildlife and really has to be seen to be believed. For a few chilly months of the year, the elephants seals call this rocky peninsula home and they truly are remarkable creatures to watch.

Below are a few photos of the elephant seals who chose to visit Browning this year.


Tim N.

Elephant seal on ice calling out
Elephant seal on ice
(Photo: Tim New)
Close up shot of an elephant seal poking his head out of the water
Peek a boo
(Photo: Time New)
A elephant seal poking his head out of the water with its eyes closed
Come on in. The water is a warm -2 degrees
(Photo: Tim New)
Close up of an elephant seal yawning
(Photo: Tim New)

To stink, or not to stink, that is the question.

Working in Antarctica takes a certain type of person - someone who can adapt to any situation, be inventive, able to use what is at hand when you don’t have the right gear and make the best of a bad situation. Most importantly, you need to be able to work as part of a team. This best describes us here at a little research station on the cold and barren continent deep in the south called Casey.

It all started a few weeks ago after summer ended and reality started to kick in - there was only 21 of us left for a long winter, all blokes and no females! If that wasn’t bad enough, we stumbled across the fact that we were running low on soap and there would be no more supplies sent in for another seven months.

At the next station meeting the subject of the soap shortage came up and we felt sorrow for the incoming summerers arriving to a bunch of scruffy, stinky winterers. Suddenly, our tears of sadness turned to tears of joy as a few brave volunteers came forth with the promise of a solution to our stinky problem.

Over the next couple of days, the small group of heroes spent day and night scanning the internet for methods and recipes to make soap. Then came the hard part: trying to locate the ingredients. Oil was first on the list which was starting to seem harder and harder get hold of as the chef didn’t want to part with any of his. In the end, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and French lavender oil were sourced from the masseuse. Then came the big day, the day of the cook-up. The batch cooking went off without a hitch and a couple of weeks later, when the soap had dried, it was time to test the final product. It was a success with the whole station of blokes now smelling of lavender!

So now when the next lot of summerers fly in they will be eternally grateful to the group of heroes that spent so much of their spare time making us all smell nice.

Ben H. 

Three bottles of oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and French lavender oil
The oils
(Photo: Ben Honor)
Scotty, the chef, cooking up the soap
The cook-up
(Photo: Ben Honor)
Picture of the first bar of soap in the kitchen, resting on a metal spatula
Final product
(Photo: Ben Honor)
Another view of the final product of our soap cook up
Stink no more
(Photo: Ben Honor)

Picture gallery of the week

This week's picture gallery features photos taken by Leon Hamilton.

Steve descending the rope on search and rescue training, with a view of the frozen sea ice
Steve descending the rope on search and rescue training
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Matty on skis in the foreground and a small speck of a commercial Qantas aircraft at 10,000ft
Matty with a Qantas flight in the background
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
A picture of the moon at 7am in the background and Casey sign in the foreground
Morning moon and Casey sign
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Noonan Cove with reflections of the sky off the water
Noonan Cove reflections
(Photo: Noonan Cove reflections)
A black and white picture of Tim playing pool
Olympic pool
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
An Adelie penguin standing proud
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Sunrise shot over a still and reflective body of water
2 am sunrise over Penney bay from Robbos
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Zoomed in picture a the Vanderford glacier meeting the sea ice
Zoom in Vanderford
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Picture of a Bay with relocation of the sky off the water
Reflections on Sparkes Bay
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Thick layering cloud over a Casey building with drifting snow in the foreground
Cloud and lifted snow at the end of a blizzard
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Halo over a Challenger truck carrying a Prinoth on a float
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)
Sunset red colours reflecting of a low cloud
Sunset on a cloud base from the balloon building
(Photo: Leon Hamilton)