This is the last of our photography competition photos here on the blog. If you want to look at more or see what else we get up to at RSES, check out our Instagram!
This week we have some shots from field trips undertaken by PhD, Masters and Undergrad students at RSES! Enjoy.
This week’s photo installment was going to be the People’s Choice winners! But, one of the winners was featured in volume 1 (A foraminifera catching and beginning to eat a copepod by Dr. Oscar Branson), so this installment instead contains the stories of the two other winner of the People’s Choice prizes, and then an writers choice photo! Enjoy.
People’s Choice Award for ‘Where We Go’
– Dr Jonathan Pownall (ARC DECRA Fellow in Structure Tectonics)
In November last year, I travelled to Arthur’s Pass National Park on New Zealand’s South Island. Walking from Arthur’s Pass Village—New Zealand’s highest settlement—I climbed for a few hours up Avalanche Peak, just above the snow line, where I was greeted by a number of Keas, the world’s only ‘Alpine’ parrots. I took a few photos, surprised by how close I was able to approach (I had only a wide-angle lens). And by how enthusiastically they were trying to destroy my rucksack, which I left on a nearby rock. I’d like to say that some level of skill was behind this photograph, but the truth is that it was just a lucky shot. A spilt second before I took the photo of the Kea on the right, it was scared by another Kea landing to the photo’s left, and burst into flight. The result: an amazing glimpse at the Keas’ fiery-orange outstretched wings amid the spectacular snow-capped Southern Alps.
This week we are sharing a bunch of interesting photos of places and samples from around Australia and the world. Enjoy.
Can You Do This? Mulga, Central Australia
– Associate Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić (Seismology and Mathematical Geophysics)
This camel photo was taken when Armando Arcidiaco (our technical officer) and myself were in the field to retrieve 6 ANU seismic instruments that we installed to monitor the aftershock activity from a large (magnitude 6.1) earthquake that shook central Australia on May 21, 2016. The shot was taken while Armando was driving and I was in a good position to observe the beautiful landscape and nature of Mulga National Park, about 100 km southwest of Uluru. There was a wild excitement in the animals due to an unusually large amount of water (a consequence of La Nina) and thriving vegetation in usually desolate areas.
This week we bring you the Highly Commended images from our inaugural Photography Competition. Well the first three images are, and the last image is an ‘authors pick’! Enjoy.
What We Study
Chert – Jeremy Mole (Undergrad Earth and Marine Science Student)
I took this photo at an outcrop on Melville Point, NSW during the EMSC1008 south coast field trip run by Dr. Andrew Berry in September 2016. It is a picture of a series of cherts, which are fine grained organic sedimentary rocks formed by a process called diagenesis, where siliceous skeletons of marine plankton are dissolved, and the silica re-precipitated from the resulting solution. The chert can be of many colours such as brown, grey, yellow, red and white as seen in the photo. Also featuring in the photo are some well-defined fold structures.
Although it was a cloudy, rainy, wet day, the colours were still so vibrant that I took a couple of photos. Nothing fancy, just low aperture