Feb 18 2016-A Very Special Place

Alert-24

I came to this place on the afternoon after I arrived at Alert. It is difficult to describe how amazing this place is, It felt as though I left my home in Ontario and stepped out onto another planet. First that is the ice covered Arctic Ocean you are seeing out there and that is certainly not the sun. The sun was not due to rise in Alert for another 10 days, so what I got while I was there during “normal” daylight hours was twilight, which frankly is a photographers dream.. Here where I was standing when I took this picture is something else entirely. A crazy thing about this spot is that while I was taking this picture unless there was someone flying over the North Pole in an aircraft I was probably the northernmost person on earth for a few minutes. Much more importantly  though what you can’t see from this picture is that about 10 feet to my left were the graves of 9 Canadian servicemen who died in a RCAF Lancaster 965 that crashed near Alert in 1950. Through the graves you could see that some arctic wolves had walked by not so very long ago. I did not take any pictures of the graves as I did not think any photograph I could take could do them the justice they deserved. I read their names, looked around and heard the silence around me, it was one of those moments that I will never forget and is impossible to describe.

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About jskuchta

I am just a guy who loves to explore the natural world. I love to hike and to take pictures of anything I find along the way from the smallest insect to the wide panorama of the sea. I am currently based in Toronto, Ontario but I like to travel everywhere I can. Here shall be a place for some of the things I find.

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