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
The stanchion along West Arm
This boulder is huge
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
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.