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The Arctic















As suggested a thread of photos and a little chatter from my trip.

1 and 2. Reindeer. Very common and totally un bothered by humans.

3. The killing fields. A huge pile of Beluga whale bones, left over from the days of hunting, very traumatic.

4,5. Glaciers. All over the place. Frequently saw "calfing", great blocks of ice crashing into the sea. Some are a fantastic blue colour, if the ice is very dense.

6. Plants. Surprisingly common around the shore, where the ice melts. The growing season is about 10 weeks.

7. Home! An unheated, except for cooking stove, rigid tent.

More to follow.

How can you lie there and think of England
When you don't even know who's in the team

S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border


  • Bushman2Bushman2 Posts: 548

    Stunning Pdoc

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400

    Wowimage  I hadn't expected there to be grassimage  Was it very quiet?

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,444

    Thanks for sharing Puncdoc, looks amazing!

    Hadn't really thought about it, but i didn't expect grass either.

    Lovely pics, look forward to more image

    Brrrrrrr, don't think i could have slept in the tent.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,609

    Surprisingly noisy Chicky. Lots of birds, the sea, which could be quite rough and the "groaning" of the glaciers. No people though and no phone, TV or internet, just a satellite phone for emergencies. It was wonderful to be out of touch with everyone and everything.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,714

    Great photos punkdoc. The weather was better than at home too.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,444

    Bet you wouldn't mind if the big 'bear' was poldark RB image

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,243

    Welcome home Pdoc - very interesting pictures. Weather looks very benign - what sort of temperatures did you have? Was it windy? Somehow I always think of the Antarctic as windy and the Arctic as not - too much watching John Mills as Captain Scott probably.

    And, of course, - did you get to see a polar bear??

    SGL and RB - can't take you two anywhere - just as well Panda is having a day out or she'd be joining in too...image 

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Fabulous doc. The contrast of sky, sea and ice is stunning  image

     pic 3 image

    The sound of nature - the best sound there is - without doubt image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Posts: 4,113

    Lovely to see, thanks for sharing and glad you are safely home too. image

    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
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