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punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,922

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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.

He calls her the chocolate girl
Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
She knows she's the chocolate girl
Cause she's broken up and swallowed
And wrapped in bits of silver
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  • Bushman2Bushman2 Posts: 548

    Stunning Pdoc

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,206

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

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 16,764

    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 Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,922

    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.

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,544

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

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 16,764

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

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,209

    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 west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

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

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

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


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  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,797

    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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