We ended the first chapter of our sabbatical adventure on Sunday night at 11:05 pm. That is the precise time that our Qatar Airways flight departed Perth International Airport. On one hand it was a relief because prior to that moment, we had spent the entire day frantically trying to get ready to go. This … Continue reading Goodbye, Australia… Hello, France.
At the end of March and the beginning of April, we took two side trips south of Perth: one was to Penguin Island and the other was to the Margaret River region. These trips allowed us to view the landscapes, flora, and fauna that make southwest Australia so unique. This region is a recognized biodiversity … Continue reading Penguin Island and Margaret River
(This is a collaborative post by Rich and Ang.) A visit to Rottnest Island had been on our to-do list since we arrived in Australia. A few weeks ago we finally made the trip. It was fantastic. The island, which sits approximately 11 miles off the coast, was named by Dutch explorers who upon arriving … Continue reading Rottnest Island: A Photo Essay
Before I’d arrived in Australia, people would speak of my upcoming trip as if I were going to the gallows. I remember getting a lot of strange advice, such as... “Watch out for the spiders. They’ll eat your face.” “Don’t go swimming. Too many sharks.” Needless to say, I was relieved (but not disappointed) to … Continue reading Reflections
The second day of our annual ryegrass collecting adventure started out much like the first—lots of driving on paved and dirt roads through a stark and desolate, but also beautiful, landscape. Our route took us a couple hundred kilometers northeast of Geraldton. Our mission was to find and collect annual ryegrass seeds in five paddocks. … Continue reading A Trip North (Part II): Adventures Heading Home Via the Coastal Highway
This week, I took a two-day trip to the northern portion of Western Australia's wheat belt with Mike Ashworth and Roberto Lujan of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI). The purpose of the trip was to find and collect annual ryegrass seeds from 15 or so paddocks where farmers are employing alternative weed management practices … Continue reading A Trip North (Part I): On the Hunt for Annual Ryegrass Seeds
Very few words for this post . . . they are sculptures after all. They were meant to be seen. These are photos from our visit to "Sculpture by the Sea," an annual event in Cottesloe, Western Australia. This year, seventy sculptors set up their work on the beach. All of the pieces were very … Continue reading Sculptures by the Sea: A Collection of Photos
While staying in Perth, we have no car. This means walking to our destinations and being more observant on the way. I think most travelers would say that one benefit of a trip is having the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective. I reaped this benefit twenty years ago when Rich and … Continue reading Stepping in Order to See
This is Jessica Strauss. Jessica is the communications officer for the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) here at UWA. In that role, Jessica is in charge of much of AHRI's on-line and social media outreach to farmers, researchers, and policy makers. Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jessica for a short … Continue reading Podcast
. . . I guess you could say we were looking for adventure. On Friday I visited the Merredin Dryland Research Institute with my colleagues Kevin Foster and Daniel Kidd. To get there we had to drive several hours down the Great Eastern Highway. This hot ribbon of asphalt stretches 370 miles, linking the city … Continue reading Get your motor runnin’, head out on the (Great Eastern) highway. . . .