One night while I was at Alert I went out for a walk around the station. These were some of my favorite shots.. What I really loved about this place was how quiet it was, there was no one around..everyone was inside because it was -35 C but it was just utterly quiet, I could not get enough of that. In the bottom picture I actually startled an Environment Canada tech who was coming back from releasing a weather balloon. That was him coming by on his snowmobile and he was not expecting me to be hanging out along the road.
As you might notice here, this is near the runway at CFS Alert, looking back towards the station. It looks like it may be sunset but it is around 3pm in the afternoon and hasn’t been up yet this year. I don’t know who built this inukshuk but it certainly makes a fitting sentinel looking out from the station over the vast ice of Arctic ocean.
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.