Change of Season

Fall has come quickly this year to the Arctic (or at least it feels that way).  The tundra has changed colours from the dramatic greens to the now yellow, orange and red.  And the temperature has dropped significantly in the last few days with a definite chill in the air and the wind bringing signs of winter with it.  The fall can be a beautiful time of the year up here in the Arctic but can also bring a state of melancholy as you know that winter is not too far off in the distance and another season of cold weather will soon be upon us.

Tundra colours

Tundra colours

Treasures on the land

Treasures on the land

We have started to pull out our warmer jackets, mitts and even toques when going for walks.  Soon, but hopefully not too soon, snow will be arriving with the wind.

But the arrival of fall is not all that melancholy!  The biggest sign of fall is the arrival of geese, tonnes and tonnes of geese.  Geese have been migrating through Baker Lake and the north for the last couple of weeks in the hundreds and thousands.  Watching the Snow Geese is especially wonderful as it feels like you are standing inside a snow globe as they fly over (just watch out for the the poop).  There has been so many Snow Geese travelling through the area that the ground looked like it has been covered in a moving snowy blanket.  We have seen all varieties of geese come through, from Canada Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Blue Geese (which is a variety of Snow Geese), Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes (ok they are not geese but they have been migrating through as well with the geese).

Large flock of snow geese

Large flock of snow geese

Taking a break before the next long flight

Taking a break before the next long flight

Coming in for a landing - Great-white Fronted Geese

Coming in for a landing – Great-white Fronted Geese

Great-white Fronted Geese

Great-white Fronted Geese

Some people might not like the idea of winter coming, especially if it lasts for 8 months like it does up here in the north, but we Canadians and northerners are used to it.  All that snow, cold, dark nights, and blizzards!!  Don’t forget blizzards!  But I love winter!  Well, I love snow, not necessarily the cold and dark part that comes with winter!  The reason why I love winter starts when the tundra starts to change colours followed by the wildlife appearing and changing colours to their winter coats and then the white fluffy snow.  And all that snow means winter sports and fun!!  From snowmachining, skijoring, ice fishing, camping, and northern lights; oh and dark evenings!

Herd of Muskox near Ptarmigan Hill

Herd of Muskox near Ptarmigan Hill

Arctic Hare changing colours

Arctic Hare changing colours

Each season up in the north brings something new with its own unique opportunity to explore the tundra and the arctic through photography.  That doesn’t mean that I won’t miss the warm weather and all the unique arctic plants that come alive on the tundra, or all the wildlife and birds that show up in the summer.  But… ok, you get the point.  I love snow!  But ask me in about 6 months after it has been -40 ºC for several weeks and we have gone through several blizzards!

Of course, as I finish writing this blog, it has started to snow lightly. – Sophia

Loka enjoying the warm sun

Loka enjoying the last bit of warm sun

Snow Geese in flight

Snow Geese in flight

Jack getting in the picture

Jack getting in the picture

View of Prince River through Arctic grass

View of Prince River through Arctic grass

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