Repost from @waparkswildlife
Tropical seagrass meadows provide food, habitat and nursery areas for so many of our marine species 🐟🐢🐬 They are also important for stabilising sediment and storing carbon.
Scientists from our Marine Science Program recently spent a week monitoring tropical seagrasses in the picturesque Dampier Archipelago
Scenes like this remind me everyday why I put the world on hold and choose to work away. In the past I never thought about calling it a sacrifice because I chose to live and work like this. There are plenty of people who sacrifice much more than I ever will because they don't have a choice, however in the last two or so years I've realised a sacrifice is still a sacrifice no matter what you do. Having said that my way of justifying this is the most stunning environment I've ever worked in. The Pilbara is now one of our favorite 4wd touring destinations. An ongoing love affair with an area so large we will never get to see all of what it has to offer.
It is for us the ultimate off grid destination.
#Travelwriter lesson. Research your destination pre-departure. Always
When one goes to the #MarbleBar Cup one should not miss the last race! In 2017 I visited Australia's hottest town for their big race - driving a 400km round trip from Port Hedland in a day. I lined up for tickets at the racetrack, had a customary bet on the cup, saw a few races, picked the cup winner and then left before the last race. I wanted to get back to Hedland before kangaroos and cattle took over the roads at sunset. The next day everyone at work asked enthusiastically, "Did you see the last race?" I saw disappointment in their eyes when I answered, "No." Apparently, the last race is an iconic event in the Pilbara. A very 'brief' race where locals strip down to their knicky-knacks and run the field. Sad I missed it, but glad I've got an excuse to go back trackside for the #cheeky race that stops the #pilbara
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side
I wanted to show the contrast of the land just a couple of weeks after a controlled burn off. I loved the look of the charred earth, especially in contrast to the living shrub.
Ken Duncan’s images have been my inspiration to visit the gorges at Karijini National Park and one of the main reasons for my travels to WA. I planned the trip to every detail and of course nothing went to plan. The afternoon we arrived, half of the Gorges were closed due to rain. It was June and rain is very unusual at this time. The park rangers expected it to last 24- 48 hrs. Overnight it had flooded so much that in the morning they announced that every single gorge was closed as well as the 2WD access tracks and most unsealed roads. There was a mass exodus. Every single person left except for us and another couple. The camp site was silent. I was still hopeful I could go on a Photographic Tour though the Gorges and a helicopter tour at the end of the week. The forecast still showed the rain would clear, but as the days rolled on so did the rain. I put all my energy into this helicopter tour. It was going to be the only chance we had to see these gorges which we had driven 1000’s of kilometres for. I was preparing myself to stay another night in the cold dampness of the campsite. I was on the phone to the helicopter pilot every single day, multiple times a day. I only needed the clouds to lift for 2 hours to give me a window of opportunity. The last night of our stay I walked out of the dining hall and looked up into the sky and saw stars for the first time in a week! I screamed with excitement. The next morning I woke up to clear skies. Thankfully, I got my window of opportunity. I must have done something to please the weather Gods because several days later the helicopter pilot contacted me to let me know that after our flight it had been raining ever since!