This week at the station

This week at Davis: 15 February 2013

Riviera of the south

Davis is renowned for its ability to lull you into a false sense of security. It can certainly turn on a brilliant display of crystal clear blue skies and windless days. You know, the type of weather that sees you dangling your feet in the water over the side of a tinny with a fishing line in hand and no expectation of even catching anything. Just daydreaming is about all you can handle anyway. 

IRB out on the water checking the fuel line on a perfect day
How good is my office?
(Photo: Colin)
Barge going back out to the ship for another container
Back for another load
(Photo: Colin)
Looking out over the water with the yellow Pineapple shaped hut in the forground.
Pineapple Hut
(Photo: Colin)
The Aurora Australis 2km off station on a clear sunny day at resupply.
Aurora Australis
(Photo: Colin)

A glimpse of things to come

And then there is the other side of Davis that can give you a harsh reality check! Not the intensity of our sister stations to the east and west, or that of our most northerly subantarctic station, but nevertheless, from tinny to Antarctic weather is a big change. Oddly enough it breathes a new energy into the expeditioners! Those outside jobs are cancelled, inside, 10 minute long jobs become two hours and just getting around is a challenge. There’s no grumbling about the weather by anybody on station though, just that boost you get from seeing something of what you’ve come down here to experience. It’s all positive energy and the lads are into it. We went to bed Monday night and woke to the following scenes. We’re truly blessed to be down here, looking forward to the winter. Bring it on!

Table and sets covered in 150mm of snow.
LQ (living quarters) front deck
(Photo: Colin)
Two utes covered in snow that will require the snow to be removed before being used.
Job for the diesos
(Photo: Colin)
Limited view of the wharf from the front deck looking through the blowing snow.
Missing wharf
(Photo: Colin)
Large equipment covered in snow
More work for the diesos
(Photo: Colin)
Wind blowing snow accross the above ground water pipes.
Blowing snow
(Photo: Colin)
A bulldozer covered in snow
May need this
(Photo: Colin)
The station push bikes covered in snow
Not today
(Photo: Colin)

Class of winter 2013

The seventeen winter expeditioners at Davis.

Aaron at his desk working
Aaron - senior mechanical supervisor
(Photo: Colin)
Bob working on science electrical equipment
Bob - science and electronics engineer
(Photo: Jason)
Colin and Simon in the electricins workshop
Team electrical - Colin and Simon
(Photo: Mal)
Mal in the station surgery
Dr Mal - station doctor
(Photo: Colin)
Gavin working in the kitchen doing the washing up
Gavin - senior met observer
(Photo: Colin)
Jason sitting at his desk
Jason - station leader
(Photo: Colin)
Jeff standing next to the bobcat after clearing snow
Jeff - mechanic
(Photo: Coiln)
Keith working in a plantroom
Keith - plumber
(Photo: Colin)
Mal at his desk in the trades workshop
Mal - building services supervisor
(Photo: Colin)
Mark sitting at his desk
Mark - senior communications technician
(Photo: Colin)
Nick in the antistatic clothing just after releasing a weather balloon
Nick - met observer/technician
(Photo: Colin)
Pat working on a large sone and ice sled
Pat - mechanic
(Photo: Colin)
Paul fll the elevated platform with fuel at the station bowser
Paul - plumber
(Photo: Colin)
Richard printing the daily papers that he downloads over the internet each morning
Richard - communications technician
(Photo: Colin)
Rondney in the kitchen with his chef hat on and holding a rolling pin
Rodney - chef
(Photo: Colin)
Tim in the elevated platform  at ground level ready to get on the roof of a building
Tim - carpenter
(Photo: Colin)