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
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
. . . 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. . . .
Sadly, most of America's supermarkets harbor only a small fraction of the vast diversity of candy that exists on our planet. Lucky for me, Australian supermarkets are a veritable rainforest of chocolate treats. Even candy brands that are staples in American stores seem to have come to Australia and evolved into a dizzying array of … Continue reading The real reason we came to Australia . . . for the candy!
We've been in Australia for exactly one week. During that time I've managed to get settled into my new office at the University of Western Australia (UWA), gotten to know my Australian colleagues a little better, received my UWA ID card and a UWA email address, and had the UWA IT folks configure my university … Continue reading Just another day at the office….
I'll be writing a lot of these "travel poems" throughout our trip. This is the first one. What do you think of it?