This week at the station

This week at Macquarie Island: 23 May 2014

Our first snowfall for the year

Macquarie Island received its first snowfall on Tuesday night. This is rather late in the year, and many people here had started to wonder if we are really in the subantarctic at all. As a result, cameras were out in force on Wednesday morning to record the scene. It didn't last long on the ground around station, with air temperatures still around two to three degrees, but it has stayed on the higher ground of the plateau and hills.
view of snow covered plateau
Macca plateau from the station on Wednesday morning
(Photo: Sean Reynolds)
Snow clouds and isthmus beach
Cloudscape view along the isthmus beach back to station on Wednesday morning
(Photo: Sean Reynolds)
Snow scene around station
Station buildings and Wireless Hill on Wednesday morning
(Photo: Meg McKeown)
Snow covered distant hill top
Mt Elder, the highest point at this end of the island, from…
(Photo: Meg McKeown)
Snow scene on the plateau
Gadget's Gully dam catchment area (station water supply) on the plateau on…
(Photo: Ivor Harris)

Work on and off station

Our trades team (carpenter/building services supervisor Graeme, plumber Greg, electrician Paul, and mechanic Pete) completed work on the heated water connections between the station buildings recently. This week they were busy installing new ceiling mounted heater units in the mess.

Bureau of Meteorology senior observer Keon had a few days off roster this week, and accompanied TASPAWS ranger in charge Chris to Brothers Point hut for three days in order to assist Chris with track maintenance work en route and around Brothers Point. They had a very pretty walk back to station through a snowy landscape on Wednesday morning. 

Our hydroponics production unit is now in full swing, thanks to a team including Evelyn, Sean, Ryan and Meg. We have already had our first greens, and our first tomatoes won't be too far away.

Ivor is locating places where he took photographs in 2010-11 prior to the rabbit eradication programme showing the state of the pre-MIPEP vegetation, in order to take comparative photos now.

Two expeditioners beside completed pipe work
Paul and Greg look happy to have completed site services work around…
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
Three expeditioners installing ceiling heater
Greg, Graeme and Pete installing new ceiling mounted hot water heating units…
(Photo: Ivor Harris)
Three expeditioners in a small 4 wheel drive vehicle
Three tradies in their 'ute' - this Polaris vehicle is our only…
(Photo: Keon Stevenson)
Expeditioner working on track steps
Ranger in charge Chris working on track steps at Brothers Point
(Photo: Keon Stevenson)
Brothers Point googie-style hut
Brothers Point googie-style hut
(Photo: Keon Stevenson)
Snowy coastal scene
Sandy Bay coast north of Brothers Point on Wednesday morning
(Photo: Keon Stevenson)
Expeditioner on snowy ground
Ranger in charge Chris on the plateau
(Photo: Keon Stevenson)
Expeditioner walking along snow covered track
Walking from Brothers Point back to station on Wednesday
(Photo: Keon Stevenson)
Expeditioner in hydroponics
Sean tends the grosse lisses in hydro
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
Macca hydroponics unit
Macca hydroponics unit
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
Expeditioner in power house with two others in fire gear
Paul in the main power house during recent fire team training
(Photo: Paul Deverall)
Station group during recent fire team training
Station group during recent fire team training
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
Camera mounted in very short tussock grass
November 2010: a movement activated camera at a trial rabbit feeding station…
(Photo: Ivor Harris)
Same location with luxuriant tussock grass
May 2014: the same spot today
(Photo: Ivor Harris)
This page was last modified on 16 December 2010.