Monday, August 15, 2016

The Times They Are A Changin'

I guess the biggest change since my last blog entry would be I resigned from my position at Kitikmeot Foods Ltd.   My last day was July 21st and I truly miss the staff that I had worked with these past 5 1/2 years but it was my time to leave.  Thankfully we live in a small town and it's easy to keep in contact with them.   So what have I been doing since then, well photography would be number one on the list.  

I have been practising my skills at HDR and really enjoying doing them.  Our sun is starting to set at about 10:00pm and rising around 3:00am so it's giving me some pretty skies to work with. 

Lying on the ground to get this shot

The clouds were so interesting on this day

An Inuksuk 

The stanchion along West Arm

This boulder is huge 

Gorgeous skies

There was a storm coming in but I thought it 
was a great sky 

Very foggy this morning

Did a different effect on the same picture

We normally see sundogs in the winter but today
it was a complete circle
Canadian Coast Guard and two sailboats in the pic

Tried something a little different 
A HDR in black and white

Exciting news as our little village is receiving their first
fire hydrants in town.  This one is located on the outskirts 

Been doing some work for Arctic Research Foundation again this year.
Here's the Martin Bergmann heading out on her first voyage of the season

My friend JS on the Bergmann

Making sure the boat is lined up 

CEO of ARF  Adrian, happy to be back 

The captain keeping a close eye on the boat

This lab is being used for some char research this year

The Martin Bergmann coming home

I have also been visiting the Arctic fox den to check on the family of five.  The pups are growing like crazy and are still very curious of me, which is good that they are keeping their distance. It's when they become too friendly or act abnormal that you need to worry.  Here's some pics from the last few weeks. 

Still have their summer colours

It was very warm this particular day but I like to 
think he was smiling at me

Rubbed his face in the sand then looked at me

Came out of the den and had a good sniff of me

Keeping his distance

Was about to scratch when I whistled at him

Look at the size of their paws

Well hello there!

Speaking of canines, the dogs are loving that I am home as we are getting in tons of walks, tundra romps and swims in.  It's good for all of us as we are getting some great exercises in and enjoying this wonderful summer weather. 

Laying in a field of arctic cotton

Beautiful fireweed

Blitz posing in the fireweed

Finally made it to Long Point with the dogs, it was a gorgeous 
evening at the beach

That's one tired 14 years old girl

Sleepy Princess Warrior

Can you see the difference between a Princess Warrior and a Goofball?  

We are in the midst of the busy boat season with the Canadian Coast Guard Sir Wilfred Laurier arrived along with 3 sailboats.  We are expecting a very busy cruise ship season ahead of us with the largest one, The Crystal Serenity arriving August 29th. 

CCG Sir Wilfred Laurier
You can see how big she is by the helicopter on board

One of the sailboats in front of the CCG

Huge news in the bay this past weekend when the team from Norway finally lifted the Maud.  It's very cool to see her lifted after 86 years in the cold Arctic waters of Cambridge Bay, NU.  I believe the Norwegians will be taking her home to Norway in the summer of 2017.  She will over winter on the barge this winter here in Cambridge Bay. 

I always wanted to do steel wool photography and in the winter we tried it but it was so cold that our lighter wouldn't work.  So under gorgeous Arctic skies I dragged Craig out to our beach at Long Point last night.  We left about 10pm and it took us a couple of tries before we got the hang of it.  The wind picked up and we had to change our positions but overall it was a lot of fun and I think the pictures turned out pretty cool. 

At the point on the beach
Lucky for us it was high tide and there was a small pool
of water to catch the reflections

Wind picked up 

Love the skies in this picture and 
of course the moon on the horizon

We moved so that the wind was coming from behind Craig
but still had the pool of water for the reflection

Love the effect of the lasso

Finally at midnight we called it quits after we did this shot
against the sunset.

Talk soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Let's Paint the House...It Will Be Fun!

For the past couple of years we have been debating on to either paint the outside of our house or get new siding.  After looking over the pros and cons it was more cost effective to paint the house but now the dilemma is what colour as our roof is red tin.  We decided or should I say I decided on Wedgewinkle from General Paint, a blue grey colour. We are nearly complete but we still need to touch up the trim and paint the back fence.  Thankfully during this time the weather cooperated and some nights were started painting at 6pm and finished after midnight...there are more pros to Midnight Sun that one would think. It took us about 2 weeks to complete the project as there are not only slats on the top and bottom of the house but there are smaller ones in between. We had to cut in so much but in the end we are pleased with the results and so are many of our neighbours. Here's some pictures of the house.

Painting the back of the house
You can see the difference in the colour

Craig painting the final section of the garage

Painted the back gate white and getting ready to paint the landing
where we get water

Front stairs are also painted white

House & garage are completed!

The weather had been extremely hot up here and we had set some records.  +24'C up here feels so much warmer than further south due to the fact we are closer to the sun and our sun does not set so the house doesn't cool off at night. Our porch thermometer was reaching above 30'C on many occasions and the inside of our house was even higher, hate to see our electricity bill as we had 4 fans going all day and night.  Just about every day after work we brought the dogs out for a swim in one of the ponds as they too were hot. With the warm weather came the mosquitos and came they did but on the positive side it also brought out the tundra flowers.  The ground was alive with colour and this week the nuna (land) is purple with the Arctic Fireweed. 

Look closely and you can see the mosquitos

Lots of geese and ducks to point at, even if it is 
your back leg

We had a scare with Molly a few weeks ago, she swam
out chasing some geese, got disorientated and 
had a difficult time swimming back.  
I ordered a life jacket for her and now we have some peace of mind 
and she has the freedom again to swim

That's not dust on my lens but mosquitos

The Arctic Poppy

Fireweed everywhere even on the side of this cliff

I find that there are more cotton grass than last year

This pic was taken a couple of weeks ago when the 
mountain avens covered the ground

Took this a couple of days ago and as you can see
the ground is purple from the fireweed

The Arctic Fireweed up close

The vet team from Alberta was up again and saw about 125 pets.  Here is Dr. Audrey performing a spay on a dog.  It was another success and it was good to see many pet owners return with their pets for check ups and new owners bring in their pet for surgery.   Sadly Bernie and Al who had ran the vet clinic and Diamonds in the Ruff, (the rescue group) have left the community.  They will be sadly missed by all including Craig and I as we had become friends a few years back.  

Waiting patiently to see the vet 

Gorgeous Riley also waiting to see the vet for her check up

KIA - Kitikmeot Inuit Association celebrated their 40th anniversary and they couldn't of asked for a better weekend.  They combined the celebration with Nunavut Day, July 9th and the weekend was full of entertainment and great food.  People from all over the Kitikmeot Region, Nunavut and Northwest Territories come in for the celebations.

Local band EMMO played some good ole fashion country music
for the crowd.

Jessie was making bannock over an open fire, for a good portion of the day
Did I mention it was free and delicious

My beautiful friend Amy
It was good to see her out enjoying herself

I don't know how Karen and the rest of the drum dancers performed
in their fur outfits. What a great performance they put on

The gorgeous and talented Trisha performing

The weather was so hot that Kim and I decided to head to our local "car wash" to clean off some of the dirt off the Commanders.  Of course we did not use any soap - just good old fashion scrubbing with rags and a bucket.  

I think Kim got more wet than her buggy

Our friend Adrian had his family up here so a bunch of us got together for a quad ride or two.  His son and friend have never seen the beach (Long Point) so a bunch of us decided to go for a ride and enjoy a great evening of laughs and hot weather.  So hot that 5 out of 8 of us decided to go into the ice cold water and hop on a small ice float...crazy boys but it made for some great pictures. 

On top of old smokey...I mean Augustus Hills

Funny how I didn't realize that I was the only girl until 
after I looked at this pic. 
left to right: Clyde, Adrian, his son Eric, Toby
Jamie, Jim and Craig

Toby and Eric trying not to freeze their butts on a small ice float

Toby and Adrian 'surfing' the Northwest Passage
The calmness of the water, the reflections, the ice in the background,
the many colours of blue - love everything about this photo

Hmmm did Adrian make it?

Here's another evening of quadding to Mount Pelly
Kim and Doug also joined us to go fishing and guess who caught 
the only fish...

Kissing her prize

For the past 3 years I have been visiting an Arctic fox den and this year there are two pups that came out for a visit.  This den is huge and has many entrances and exists.  The pups were curious of me and the Nikon but also very skittish which is a good thing.  It started to rain and it became cold this so we didn't visit too long, would love to bring a chair and sit and wait for that perfect shot.

Miss Molly had been a bit off this past week so no pics of her in the fireweed but to end this blog entry here are a couple, one of Blitz and then one with me and my boy.  It was pretty windy that day and the mosquitos were out in full force, I had spray on but Craig did not and was getting eaten alive by the little buggers.  I couldn't resist a pic of me and Blitz with the fireweed as it is covering the land this year.

Talk soon!