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Today, pictures from valued commenter Ferd ofthe Nort.

OK. So I tried to send this out in October, up there where the land is cold and the internet does not really work. This was a planned set of photos for you introducing me and where I live (lived! I hope). I also am showing you some additional photos that you might enjoy.

Ferd of the Nort

Taken on 2017-10-20

Taken down the road some. The road ends out on the tundra at about 30 km from town. It was taken on the crest of an Esker (Wikipedia is your resource). Many communities in northern Canada do not have road access to any other town.

This is me with my Honda. My Honda (actually all ATVs are called Hondas) is a Yamaha Rhino. Driving it in October requires protection. Photo is looking west.

You can see the town in the distance. Well, not really.

Taken on 2017-10-20

This is the road back to town. The bride in the distance is a road going another direction. We have three roads, going northwest, west, and south. The dark sky is over the open water of Hudson’s Bay.

Why m I out in the middle of the Tundra? They want Run-Run.

Taken on 2017-10-20

These are my three dogs. They love the Tundra for the smells and running.

And now for something completely different…

Taken on 2017-09-04

Same area as the first photos, but earlier.

We get leaves that change colour. The tundra can show amazing colours. This photo looks west towards… the Barrenlands.

Tundra Rubies – Arctic Cranberries

Taken on 2017-09-04

This is what we harvest in September.

The Wonder of the Tundra

Taken on 2017-09-04

Looking west towards the Barrenlands. This is the colour of the fall tundra. In late summer (August to you), it is all dusty brown, grey or dusty green. Then the reds and oranges burst out.

I just must say – wow! My father spent some time working as a petroleum geologist on the North Slope and I’ve always wanted to see the tundra with my own eyes. Seeing “tundra” in Alpine climates is different, he assured me, and was an expert, having grown up in Switzerland and spent many years in the mountains of Bolivia.


Thank you so much Ferd ofthe Nort, do send us more when you can.


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15 replies
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    Sab says:

    These photos were amazing. Thanks so much. Yesterdays were from where my ancestors came from and from where I had visited. Today’s not so much. Outside of my experience but beautiful.

    Cats are tropical, but dogs are definitely Nordic. Cold outside is where they want to be (except bedtime.)

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    Sab says:

    That man has a very cold-looking nose. I assume the nose was as cold as it looked in the photo. Yikes. Thanks for braving that cold for these pictures.

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    Sab says:

    Ferd ofthe Nort: These were fascinating. Please send more. I am stuck in Ohio, and I would love to see more of the gorgeous country to our north.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    My Honda (actually all ATVs are called Hondas) is a Yamaha Rhino.

    It must annoy Yamaha that their product is in a category nicknamed after a competitor. Imagine how GM would feel if all cars were called Fords.

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    Sab says:

    @Amir Khalid: I love my Honda cars, but I understand and agree with your point. I have never had a Yamaha. I thought they only made (exceptional) musical instruments.

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    Sab says:

    @Sab: OK, also exceptional motorcycles. Forgot about those, since I am not nuts enough to ride bikes.

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    Quinerly says:

    Love the pictures today! Thanks posters and Alain. Have a great day!

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    rikyrah says:

    I have traveled around the world in these posts. So lucky that the readership is in all these different places.😄😄

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    Betty Cracker says:

    The summer tundra has an austere beauty!

    @Amir Khalid: Where I’m from, all sodas are called “Cokes.” People will say, “Do you want a Coke?” And the reply is sometimes, “Sure — an orange one.”

    One time the University of Florida put up signs designating some type of Coke (maybe even actual Coke) as the “official pop of the Gators,” and there was outrage that they’d let a Midwesterner write that ad copy!

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    Bg says:

    this is gorgeous stuff. Thank you so much!

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    Tenar Arha says:

    Great pix Ferd ofthe Nort! Thank you.

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    Mary G says:

    Thanks, Ferd. Love the happy dogs and the cranberries, and every other picture. If that was October, I shudder to think of what it looks like now. Hope you and the bride are bundled up in front of a big fire.

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    eclare says:

    Photos are gorgeous, thank you for letting me travel in my living room.

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    eclare says:

    @Betty Cracker: What kind of Coke do you want? Do you want a Sprite Coke?

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