Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
In hindsight it probably wasn't a good idea to be under these chunks of ice. Pieces were constantly falling of them and, as you can see from the photo below, constantly melting.
When the tide comes back in this forest of ice will be completely rearranged.
There is just a slight greenish tinge to this iceberg.
Don't know if I would leave my boat out with the icebergs.
In this photo you can see that when this iceberg is floating only the top portion is sticking out of the water.
As the tide was coming in the icebergs were moving around and shifting so there was a lot of banging and cracking. I even got to see a piece fall off one of the burgs. Amazing that it's the end of June and we are watching and walking among huge chunks of ice. It was a good day.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Qallunaat: Why did you name the dog Mittens?
Inuk: I name all my dogs Mittens.
A recent blog post by Living in Cape Dorset shows a Newfoundland dog skinned and stretched for drying. Typically the pelt will be used to trim gloves, mittens and boots. Nothing goes to waste here in the north. I don’t know where I heard the joke above or maybe it just came to me but I found it to be appropriate to the Living in Cape Dorset blog. Qallunaat means white person and is pronounced ha-lun-a. A direct translation would mean big belly bushy eyebrow. That’s a bit of a joke in it’s self.
I know I used the line "...every so many years..." but the Inuit have no way to describe exact time in their language and it makes it hard for them to describe the passage of time in English. I had thought the so many years meant approximately once every five years or so but then he mentioned "when he was young" so we could be talking decades. I am thankful that they will tell me in English because my grasp of Inukitut is embarrassing.
The photo below is of the land bridge to Mallik Island. You can see in the close up in the second photo that the ice has broken up and is starting to flow out of the inlet. Of course it will not get far since the pack ice will stop it.
I am not as brave as these folks on the Ice. The open water is between the hamlet and the ice they are on. In the photo there is a snowmobile and kamatik to the left and a canoe to the right of center.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
If anyone from Cape Dorset would like to join me in a protest at the hamlet office let me know and we can set a date and time for this to occur.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Finally we came around the corner to get our first look of the waterfall this year. Just as entrancing as we remembered. Still a lot of snow to the right of the falls but in another month it should be melted.
The happy family waving hi to all of you but to Mom especially. I was the only one smart enough to wear rubber boots and I was the only one that got wet feet. I had tried to climb up the snow to get to the top of the waterfall. Michele was video taping and caught me on tape as I started the ill fated climb. When we watched it tonight you could hear Michele saying "Now what is my husband up to." just before I went through the snow. This was followed by a lot of laughing as I tried to dig myself out of waist deep snow with water running underneath it.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Yaaaaaaaa. 88 in '08.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Michele, Dad and I made it back out to the park to explore. We had hoped to see some whales or seals but the only wildlife were the birds. Some pictures of the trip are below.
This little girl was having fun on some off the play equipment. She became quite the poser when she noticed the camera. She is wearing good Nunavut June clothing - Parka and rubber boots.
Canadian geese flying in formation that were way out at the flow edge. The wind was really strong all day so the pack ice has been blown out into the Davis Straight. You can just see it on the horizon.
Dad and Michele trying to see if there are any whales. Dad is trying to take a picture off me instead off all the scenery around the Park. Can't blame him for his good taste I guess.
That's my cutey.
The flowers are starting to come out for the summer.I had heard that my boss (Timoon) was setting up a tent out by the tank farm so we headed over there to introduce him to my dad but he had already left when we got there. It was after 11:00 pm. Nice spot to set up camp.