On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter FerdfromtheNort.

I lived in the Arctic. We do have summers there. Things grow.

So. How about some WARM photos from Nunavut?

The Tundra of the Tundra

This bush is a tall plant (nearly a TREE!) in Nunavut. As you can see, leaves do change from green to reds and oranges in the Fall (early September).

Near our Cabin

Tundra Cranberries

Ready for the Muffining!
You lie on the tundra and pick. These and the Arctic blueberries are fabulous. Problem is the geese steal the blueberries. When a hundred geese descend on your blueberry patch, by your cabin, and the skies are filled with them, photography is not your priority. So you get cranberries.

The tundra, really close

These berries are about a quarter inch in diameter. Each plant is about an inch or so long and lies flat to the ground.

Harvest is after the first good frost (-5C overnight), which starts the sugar factory going. Until then, sucking lemons is sweeter than these babies.

Our Cabin, Hudson’s Bay

Not going to give more details, because the space is ours and the cabin is private.

The tundra

One thing about this area, the distances you can see are phenomenal. This is on an esker, looking south, near Arviat.

The ground cover is typical.


Thank you so much FerdfromtheNort, do send us more when you can.


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    eclare says:


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    Mary G says:

    I haven’t heard of those plants and the photos are beautiful, thank you.

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    Harvesting the cranberries after first good frost is like the Germans creating Eiswein (ice wein). Pick the remaining unharvested grapes, a few have been left on the vines, after first frost, sugar content is highest, pick immediately before they thaw, and created the most intense, sweet, delicious wine you can imagine. Just ask your friend Google about German Ice Wine. All I can say is, Schmatz!

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    biff murphy says:


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    arrieve says:

    Wow. I love the tundra closeups especially. Thank you!

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    waratah says:

    Amazing, lovely in the summer. I did not think a cranberry could be sweet.

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    Albatrossity says:

    These are stunning views of a landscape few have seen. Thanks for sharing them!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Love these photos. Stark beauty up there.

    Ferd, sometime you are going to have to tell us how you came to be of the north. Born there? An affinity for tundra? And be the man of mystery as to the cabin. Privacy is good.

    @HeartlandLiberal: Now I want some ice wine. At wine o’clock, or whenever appropriate. Yum.

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    Eric NNY says:

    “Not going to give more details, because the space is ours and the cabin is private.”

    Jackal gathering in Nunavet! I’ll bring the green balloon!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Who’s the doggie in the last photo?

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    FerdfromtheNort says:

    @Elizabelle: It all starts with a car accident…
    Rear ended and punched into car ahead. Whiplash. Doctor thinks he has not heard of a worse job for a whiplash patient than asbestos analyst. Yadda yadda yadda…New Job in Adventureland.

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    FerdfromtheNort says:

    @Eric NNY: Used to be FerdoftheNort. Nym has changed with circumstances.
    I moved to Winnipeg for the warmer winters.

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    FerdfromtheNort says:

    @Amir Khalid: Angnaq – Inuktitut for “girl”
    Bred as a racing sled dog. Have had her run beside the ATV at 40 kmh. Very fast girl.

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    FerdfromtheNort says:

    @HeartlandLiberal: Ontario has taken over as the capital of Icewine production. Check out the Ontario wines. As good and better than German, cheaper and more reliable production.

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    rikyrah says:

    Looks beautiful :)

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    stinger says:

    Fascinating pics and info — I love the contrast between the berry close-up and the wide-and-distant view along the bay. The little lochs look pristine. Thanks!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Oh, everything, from cranberry close-ups to lovely doggie, just splendid, splendid. Thank you!

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    @FerdfromtheNort: Did not know that. Interesting. I learned about Eiswein from my mom, who in turn learned about it as a language student in Germany (back when there was a West in front).

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