Monday, May 23, 2016

Springtime In The High Arctic

I received the go ahead to pick up the Nikon again after my shoulder surgery so all weekend I was out shooting til my heart's content.  I really missed using the big camera even though the Panasonic is a good little camera there is nothing like holding the Nikon in your hands.  There were tons of things to shoot as springtime here in the Arctic has lots of subjects to photograph.  From the snow buntings, geese, gulls and sand cranes to the Omingmak Frolics and can't forget about the 24 hour daylight. 

Here are some of the migrating birds that have arrived, only exception is the raven as they are here all winter long. 

Snow buntings are the first ones arriving back to the Arctic 
and both Blitz & I enjoy watching them

The ravens have company now since the other birds are arriving

The herring gull

The white fronted goose

Sand crane flying over

The annual Omingmak Frolics started a week ago and will end today.  Honestly I didn't attend too many events this year only the parade and snow machine racing one evening.  Here are a couple of pics of the Frolics.

The beautiful Kakolak Avadluk translating at the opening ceremony.

Ollie the Muskox - the mascot for the frolics

The queen, king, princess and prince for this years' frolics

Snow racing

This was a close race from beginning to end.

May 21st, 2016 was the first day of 24 daylight in Cambridge Bay, NU and the tradition of taking Molly out to take some pics still happens.  You know you're getting old when...we took a nap about 10pm and was out by 11:30pm to scope the land to find the perfect spots.  We got home around 2am but I just couldn't stay up to edit the pics so they had to wait until the next morning. The skies were cloudy in the north where the sun was but it did make for some interesting pics and we were lucky enough to also see the moon in the south. Here are some pics from that night. 

This tent is set up for the frolics and thought it was a good
back drop for the moon and Molly.

We couldn't actually see the sun but it was bright out

Another pic of the moon and Molly

There are also hockey nets set up on the ice 

I love this pic of Molly and the bridge at Freshwater Creek
Even though the bridge is not big she looks so tiny on it 

Midnight hockey anyone?

HDR photograph of the tent on the ice

HDR of the Elder's Cabin and Freshwater Creek Bridge
taken at 12:24am May 21, 2016

Talk soon!

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