Three views to Pangnirtung Fiord

Some say Pang is a natural gem, but one does not need to be a tree-hugging hippie to realize that the dump in Pang is not very green. There is no recycling and everything that ends up at the dump is burned at a regular interval. It's the only way to keep the dump from overflowing and prevent garbage from blowing all around the tundra.

Recycling is currently infeasible and incinerators too expensive.

Sometimes the wind turns when the fire is raging and the smoke is blown into town. And it does not smell romantic like a campfire on a sunset.

Sunday Drive

One of our last snowmobile trips of the season, Markus and I headed out together with friends John and Mike to check out a new trail up the Kulik river that we hadn't before explored. It was fun to break our own trail and route find in the deep snow up to a large, long lake we could see on our map. When we felt we'd gone far enough, about 35km from home, we pulled out some guns and fired a few to check them out. My, how things have changed. ;-)

I also made a parka (winter coat) for Markus! It took me months, but I finally finished it. I had a lot of help from two fairies but did most of it on my own - not so bad, eh?

Aurora of April - Thanks to Cat

You're right. It's not April anymore. But I wanted to post these pictures as a tribute to the winter we had. It was cold, beautiful, white and spectacular. Thank you winter.

The coldest days we had were roughly -37 C, which was not bad at all. There were hardly any winds: we only had one or two bigger blows - that's it. Compared to the Western Arctic and the community of Paulatuk, winter in Pangnirtung seems much milder. There's more snow and less ice on the lakes. Although everywhere in the arctic you feel like the environment is constantly trying to kill you, here you get a bit more slack.

I also want to thank our cat for lending a cat sand bag for this particular night shoot. I didn't have a tripod, and the only feasible camera support solution lay next to the kitty-litter box. The sand bag worked great as my camera support on the ice. Thank you cat for this wonderful opportunity.

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