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An Endlessly Quiet, Blue Solace (Anaktuvuk Pass)

Posted by
dj.tigersprout (New York City, United States) on 16 September 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

i was digging through some of the unused winter photos of this region over the past weekend and i stumbled over the thought that a strange correlation existed between the vast, silent stillness of the plains in deep freezing winter as it had in the temperate, and radiantly colored fall. an obvious difference: the underlying fall color scheme was a yellow tainted orange, while winter was a violet tainted blue -- basically complete opposites! however, the lack of life and movement on the plains had been exactly the same both times! and this is even though the closest i strayed onto the actual plains in winter was by climbing the large icy bluff behind the bunker. from there, not only could i see across town to the north, i was also afforded this directional view to what would be some sort of valley that lay behind Blueberry Mountain.

unfortunately, i didn't choose to take this path 2 weeks ago, instead i started out much more in the direction of the right hand side -- as that was the side i was prepared to climb. i think next time, i might see what lies around this bend to the left. regardless of whatever is really back there in that mysterious valley, that row of shadowed and jagged rocky peaks in the distance is certainly very intriguing. it seems to be beckoning to me... and doesn't it seem quite close? doesn't it seem as if you could walk a good, brisk 15 minutes across the frozen icy tundra and already be skirting the flank of Blueberry Mountain, headed for what lies beyond? ironically it certainly seems so to me, and i just experienced first-hand how deceiving the distances of these plains were!! ;) oh well, there is nothing like a sliver of enigma and mystery to rekindle the near inextinguishable sense of adventure!!

i am going to end this series temporarily here for now, even though i have a good deal more pictures from this trip. as an explanation, i just got my new computer (MAC) delivered and i need to set about getting it up and running... and then attending to the big job of transferring everything over and then reorganizing it on the new hard-drive! i had been hoping to get this upgrade last winter, but i decided to push it out 9 months, with the faith that my current computer wouldn't completely die on me! luckily for me, it did not, although it has come quite close indeed!

thanks heaps for all the collective support and enthusiasm for this past Arctic series! :D i look forward to rejoining the fray w/ my new computer and my new programs in tow! i hope to be back again in time for Monday's post next week and i will catch up with all of your excellent blogs again then!! cheers to all of you! have a great week and enjoy yourselves! be back soon! :D

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 250 55 mm

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Canon EOS REBEL XT
1/60 second
F/5.6
ISO 250
55 mm

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