**note -- some of you saw this as an original post back in mid-june... however, now that i have posted a near complete set of chronological photos from my 21 hour arctic circle trip, this one fittingly comes next... (!) :D
on december 31st, 2007, i snapped this photo just before the 10AM arctic dawn while waiting for a small cargo plane to arrive and take me back to Fairbanks, central Alaska. in total, i spent 21 gloriously cold hours in the northern and very small Eskimo / Inuit town of Anaktuvuk -- successfully making a journey into one of the coldest winter regions on the planet, while at the same time consummating my highest latitude adventure to date. hidden among the icy Brooks Mountains and lying well above the arctic circle on a flat plateau that is basically described as an 'ice desert', Anaktuvuk is a completely isolated Eskimo / Inuit town of just under 300 native peoples. it is one of Alaska's completely dry towns -- alcohol is not permitted to be sold, and it would be ill-advised to try and smuggle it in as the fines / punishments are rather steep.
according to the meta data, this was a 10 second exposure... however my memory strongly remembers it being a lot longer... of course, when it is ranging -20 degrees (plus) fahrenheit below, time to the rational mind does seem to move incredibly slow! i used a remote release to minimize the shaking of my hands -- yet ironically also had to hold the tripod steady from the early morning windy gusts. to do this successfully, i would have to hold my breath and shut my eyes while counting down. after a few shots of remaining as still as possible, i would then need to jump around and shake my hands wildly to keep the blood flowing. it was an incredible mind-over-matter experience...
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