This week at the station

This week at Davis: 21 February 2014

Nick's cartoon of the week

cartoon illustration of the Aurora Australis in a washing basin
Aurora Basin
(Photo: Nick Cartwright)

Aurora Australis - Summer comes to an end

Aurora Australis arrived on Thursday 13th February, bringing with her three wintering expeditioners (Dom, Dave and Narelle) and a top up of essential supplies for the winter months. The ship departed Monday 17th, Hobart-bound, taking with her the entire summer crew.

When the ship sailed away the 21 wintering expeditioners remaining behind waved goodbye and lit flares, an old tradition enjoyed by wintering ANARE teams marking the beginning of winter.

The 2014 winter team would like to pass on their thanks to the summer team for their assistance and friendship during the past 38 weeks, and to voyage management for the hassle free changeover.

red ship in distance surrounded by icebergs
Aurora Australis finally arrives at Davis
(Photo: Narelle Campbell)
aerial photo of the Aurora Australis in the harbour
Aurora Australis at Davis
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)
unloading a barge from the aurora australis over the side of the ship
Operations commence
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)
yellow dozer on a barge at the wharf ready for lifting on to shore
New dozer lifted from barge to shore
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)
helicopter high in air with a sling load
Sling loading cargo to the ship
(Photo: Alison Skinn)
large group of people facing camera for end of season photo
Davis Summer Team
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)
3 bed dressed in orange mustang suits standing together
Kalum, Glenn and Paul ready to depart station
(Photo: Alison Skinn)
three expeditioners dressed in orange mustang suits
Horse, Tina and Gavin
(Photo: Alison Skinn)
4 expeditioners dressed in orange mustang suits
Bill, Stacy, Renato and Gavin
(Photo: Alison Skinn)
2 men standing together at the wharf waving
Steve and Ilias waving goodbye
(Photo: Alison Skinn)
3 expeditioners posing for the camera, helicopter in background
Team Agso, the last to leave station
(Photo: Alison Skinn)
numerous people putting on mustang suits
Summer expeditioners suiting up for the departure flight
(Photo: Alison Skinn)
close up of a pilot in his helicopter
Pilot Dave transporting passengers to the Aurora
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)
male and female expeditioner with a russian helicopter in the background
Bill and Narelle
(Photo: Narelle Campbell)
dark photo with expeditioners holding bright lit flares
2014 winter team wave farewell
(Photo: David Correll)
expeditioners holding flares
2014 winter team wave farewell
(Photo: David Correll)
expeditioners with lit flares looking out to the ship
2014 winter team wave farewell
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)
2 expeditioners waving goodbye with lit flares facing the ship as it departs
See you at the end of the year
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)

Visitors from Zhongshan

During the week our friends from Progress Station (Russia) and Zhongshan (China) flew in for a brief visit.

The photos below were taken during the Chinese visit and it was a privilege to provide a detailed tour of the station to our guests, especially the wintering Station Leader and the Vice Leader of CHINARE. Thank you Paul and Judy for your guiding assistance.

group of expeditioners touring station
Doc Judy and our guests from Zhongshan
(Photo: Paul Stringer)
Chinese gentleman chatting with female outside whilst touring station
Zhongshan Station Leader chatting with Davis Station Leader
(Photo: Paul Stringer)
Australian and Chinese expeditioners inside the powerhosue
Corey explaining how the power house operates
(Photo: Paul Stringer)
a line up of expeditioners with the Aurora Australis in the background
Judy and Narelle with Zhongshan expeditioners
(Photo: Paul Stringer)
Group of expeditioners with a Chinese helicopter in the background
Judy and Narelle with Zhongshan expeditioners
(Photo: Paul Stringer)

Wildlife and Scenery

Berg cruising with the summer team, scenic pics and our attractive wildlife
expeditioners in inflatable boats ice bergs in background
Iceberg cruising
(Photo: Alison Skinn)
small inflatable boat alongside a very large ice berg
Circling one of the ice giants
(Photo: Alison Skinn)
close up photo of iceberg white and blue colours
Cruising around icebergs
(Photo: Alison Skinn)
5 expeditioners in a snall inflatable boat heading out to view icebergs
Captain Webby and his crew
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)
small inflatable boat heading to a cluster of icebergs
Cameras are ready
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)
leopard seal resting on an ice flow
A lonely leopard seal
(Photo: Alison Shaw)
a group of elephant seals lying closely together
Huddling ele seals on the beach
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)
expeditioner watching over 2 large elephant seals
Corey keeping a close eye on the stations ele seals
(Photo: Stuart Shaw)
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