|The RV Investigator, Fremantle, WA|
Departing from Fremantle
|On deck in Fremantle at the wharf|
|James rocking that marine safety orange in his immersion suit for our safety induction!|
It was exciting to see Fremantle again after 12 years. I've always enjoyed ports, they are an interesting mix of history, contemporary trade and commerce and of course departure points for journeys - something I am particularly fond of! The ship provided a wonderful vantage point to spy the surrounding port area.
|Exploring the ship on day 1 in 39 degree heat!|
Exploring the ship
|Up on the bridge|
|Sun, after several days of thick sea fog!|
Scientific and Creative Operations on board
|With the sun out again, the crew created some drawings and choreography of their own!|
A big part of any large undertaking are the people who make it happen. In the case of a ship at sea, this is of course the crew. The Master, mates, IR's, engineers, chefs and stewards not only enable all operations to occur, but they also ensure our safety and well being. A huge thankyou to Master, Mike Watson and his team for looking after us so well!
|Me on the grease gun with Kel|
|Kel 'inspecting' one of the emergency escape hatches|
|View of the mighty engine room!|
|Chief Engineer, Genna cooking an Australia Day BBQ for us out on deck!|
|The mess, decorated for Australia Day|
|Lamingtons and pavlova for dessert!|
|Drawing out on deck looking to McDonald Islands|
Drawing on the ship
My main tools of collection in the field are pencil and sketchbook, supported by the use of a camera for still and moving image. Drawing provides a very particular way of paying attention where I am critically mindful of all that I am experiencing, not just, that which is observed via the eyes. It is a personal and intimate enquiry, using drawing as a way of making sense of the unfamiliar.
|In the CTD room getting ready to launch|
One special additional activity where my drawing skills came in handy was decorating one of the special floats that is set adrift over the side of the ship. These floats, often drift for 8 years collecting data and transmitting this information back to scientists on land via satellite. I was asked by scientist Isa Rosso from Scripps, USA to draw onto the float a picture of Nemo, for school students back in the states supporting her project. You can see a bit more here about Isa's research and the floats at;
Heard Island and Big Ben
|Big Ben with smoke emanating from Mawson Peak|
|Another magical view of Big Ben|
|And just when you didn't think it could get more perfect, a rainbow!|
Heading for home
|Heard Earth Ocean Biosphere Interactions, Investigator Voyage 01, 2016! (The science and art crew).|
**A very big thank you to Chief Scientist, Professor Mike Coffin for the invitation to be part of the voyage, the Marine National Facility, IMAS and CSIRO.