This week at the station

This week at Casey: 22 November 2013

Flora and fauna

How do you celebrate the end of winter, the return of local biodiversity and the incoming of a new breed of summer expeditioners at Casey? I’m not really sure how you’re supposed to answer that question, but we decided to hold a ‘flora and fauna’ themed party on Saturday evening. The event was a success and attracted a range of animals and flowers that would impress any bio-boffin. The showstopper for the evening was without doubt Mick (pink pig) but other mentionable efforts included a kiwi disguised as a sheep, a pink unicorn, an owl, inspired safari poacher, animal butcher, shrinking violet, a brown bear and a fairy with a passion for doing the splits.

Amanda and Scott prepared a suitably amazing dinner to begin the festivities and ‘round up the herd’ which was followed by a series of games and many great conversations. Key highlights from the evening included a successful round of ‘Killer’ on the dartboard, whereby everyone was able to eventually obtain ‘Killer Status’, although Gav (our new Davis ‘blow-in’) scored the ultimate ‘Killer’ status and Danielle put the fear of God into anyone within a ten-meter radius of the dartboard. Many at the expense of our Field Training bro Mick who won an epic game of Jenga, and last but not least Mikey (our resident Canadian Basler engineer) slaughtered Ben M on the pool table (although this was found to be no surprise to anyone).

Danielle dressed as a black cat and Belinda dressed as a sheep
Danielle the cat and sheepish Belinda
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Lena dress in pink and violet dress and hat
Lena the shrinking violet
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Mick wearing a pig mask with sunglasses
Mick the pink pig
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Amanda in the kitchen preparing dinner
Amanda cooking up a spread
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Joe wearing woolly vest
Joe the wolf in sheep's clothing
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Gerry wearing a blue head cap and a white dressing gowned
Gerry the butcher
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Nick in a brown bear suit and Ben in a penguin suit, both sitting at the dinner table
Nick the brown bear and Ben the blue penguin
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Paul wearing a rooster hat
Paul the rooster
(Photo: Michael Salinas)

Like finding a needle in a hay stack

What is the chance of finding a wedding ring which you were wearing around your neck, and didn’t know where you lost it, and someone else finding it nine month’s later outside after a Antarctic winter?

Well it happen to me. While traveling to Wilkins aerodrome from Casey station around 70 km, we pulled over at the Arctic Circle sign for a photo opportunity and stretch our legs. According to the date/time stamp on the pictures it was 18th of February 4.39 pm. I most likely broke the necklace pulling up the neck warmer. Later that evening retiring to bed I noticed the necklace in my clothing with the ring missing. Well I had a good look around the room, mess, and vehicle with no luck.

Later that week I broke the news to my wife, who took it fairly well. Considering she bought it for me as a going away gift before I departed to do a winter here at Casey.

The Hercules United States Cargo plane arrives in November and signifies the start up and de-winterizing of the Wilkins aerodrome. One of the Wilkins crew Micky, was doing the same thing I guess, stretching his legs while driving the 3-4 hour bumpy trip to Wilkins, kicked something on the ground that looked a little strange, and to his surprise a ring rolled along the frozen wind scoured plateau. Some questions were asked if anyone had lost a ring and the rest is history, a pleasant end to my winter at Casey station.

Arctic Circle sign in a flat snowy terrain with Gavin walking towards it
Arctic Circle sign photo stop
(Photo: Gavin Starr)
Gavin standing behind the Arctic Circle sign in a flat snowy terrain
Photo opportunity
(Photo: Gavin Starr)
Gavin holding up a sign indoors with his ring on his necklace
The ring around my neck
(Photo: Gavin Starr)
Close up shot of Gavin wedding ring
The wedding ring
(Photo: Gavin Starr)
Jeremy handing Gavin's ring back
The return
(Photo: Gavin Starr)
Wide angle shot of Gavin standing behind the Arctic Circle sign
Lost now found
(Photo: Gavin Starr)

Casey summer photo gallery

Casey summer through a camera lens.
Picture of pancake sea ice breaking up across the bay
Sea ice breaking up and moving around
(Photo: Shane Kern)
A wall of snow and ice of both side of a newly groomed road to the Wharf
Wharf road ready to go
(Photo: Shane Kern)
Linda in a yellow Bivvy bag with her head sticking out looking at the camera
Tucked in for the night
(Photo: Billy Wallace)
Survival training crew in a rocky and snowy terrain, standing next to the Shirley Island sign
Survival training day
(Photo: Billy Wallace)
A small hut with long antenna's on top in a rocky and snowy terrain
Receiver hut
(Photo: Gerry Bulger)
Snow Petrel in mid-flight
Snow petrel
(Photo: Gerry Bulger)
Newcombe bay with a pink and purple sky with a orange moon in the background, Casey station sign on the foreground
Casey in the evening
(Photo: Jane Golding)
Adelie penguin foot and belly prints
Adelie belly and foot prints
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
A close up shot of an Adelie penguin, wings spread and snowy white surroundings
Adelie penguin saying hello
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Two Adelie penguins in the snow
More Adelie's
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Undercarriage shot of a Hercules in mid air
Hercules flyover
(Photo: Paul Helleman)
Hercules in the background with the four Aircraft Ground Support Officers
Casey Skiway Aircraft Ground Support Officers
(Photo: Paul Helleman)