When we hear a reference to “the north” an image of windswept tundra blanketed by snow and ice immediately rises to mind. That, or maybe Santa Claus. Even in the high arctic though, summer does arrive; the land takes on a very different look than that which we imagine and attracts seasonal animals that travel great distances to get there.
This past August I witnessed the brief northern summer for the first time with my own eyes and, of course, my camera. Returning to Churchill, Manitoba, I ventured out on soft tundra along the Churchill River, and even out into the Hudson Bay to spend time with arctic foxes, boreal caribou, polar bears, and belugas – not to mention the plethora of birds nesting up there. One of the things I love about going north is that the wild still exists to those who patiently seek it out.
Experiencing this more elusive perspective of the northernmost region of Manitoba only makes me appreciate its diverse and fragile ecosystem even more. Conservation of these special places is something I care about deeply and moving forward I would like to do more work in the conservation realm. I am keeping my eyes and ears open for opportunities to be a part of this important discussion with my work, so if you have a project in mind and would like to work together in pursuit of these ideals, please reach out and get in touch with me. I truly believe that our actions with regards to environmental consequences of how we choose to live are some of the most important ones that our current generation will make, and I hope that through showing the world the oft-unseen effects of our current actions we can continue make better choices as we move forward.
All that said, here is a visual story of my time up north.
Sandhill cranes also arriving by air. Birders flock to Churchill to see the plentiful birds of the midnight sun.
The tundra is a harsh environment and so “survival of the fittest” is especially evident here. The animals adapt incredible camouflage that shifts as much as the extreme seasons that shape the land and, as such, it takes a really attentive eye to notice the wildlife.
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