Penguin Island and Margaret River

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

Rottnest Island: A Photo Essay

(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

A Trip North (Part I): On the Hunt for Annual Ryegrass Seeds

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

Sculptures by the Sea: A Collection of Photos

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

Get your motor runnin’, head out on the (Great Eastern) highway. . . .

. . . 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. . . .

The real reason we came to Australia . . . for the candy!

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!