Friday, September 25, 2009

Life Changes

My apologies for not blogging in a while.  I am currently dealing with a personal problem and have not felt like blogging.  To those "in the know" the blog will be continuing with just some cosmetic changes.  I'm sure I will be back to blogging about Cape Dorset life in the next couple of weeks.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

More New Nunavut Blogs

Wow what's going on this year. There are tons of new Nunavut Blogs this year to make up for the ones we are losing. Sure is sad to Nathan and Jen moving south again and we will be keeping up with them once Jen has a new blog up and running. Still a lot of bloggers from the Cape Dorset area. Take a moment to go check out these new Nunavut Blogs.

Northernbound Nurse - She is just starting the process of moving to Nunavut to work as a nurse and you can follow the adventure at her blog site. Hope she likes kids because there is lots of them in Arviat.

Newbie in the Arctic - Another blogger in Pangnirtung who has been blogging since February.

Christa in Gjoa Haven - Another maritimer who has relocated to Nunavut. As you can see by the title she is residing in Gjoe Haven.

Arctic-ulate - This blogger has lived in the north for the past three years but just started her first northern blog. She is a resident of Rankin Inlet. Hey I was just there a month ago.

I will have some photos from Ottawa up soon and will be back to northern related post soon. I got home this weekend but I'm leaving Monday on duty travel for the week.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


A little of topic for a northern blog but today is 09/09/09. It won't be until 01/01/2101 that we will see a date with repeating single digit dates.

Should have some more photos posted soon, if not later today, from Ottawa. I will be back in Cape Dorset on Friday.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Macro Toy

I finally broke down an purchased a Macro lens and have been pleasantly surprised. It is way easier to use the lens specifically for close ups than standing a couple of meters away and focus in with a telephoto lens. I may even give it a try for photographing the northern lights once I'm home. My first attempts with the lens are below.
Bit of a risky shot.
I did not partake but I liked the texture of the can.
I like the bugs.
This one didn't make it. It's the size of a pin head.
Floating debris.Night shot.
(Pun intended)

Water Low

This photo is of a pond that is usually full of water. With all the warm weather this summer it's the first time I've seen it dry. You can see the regular water level by the discoloration on the rocks. It has been raining since I left and I'll see if it has any water in it when I return.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Brunswick

One of the highlights of going back to the Martimes was the train ride with my daughter going from Halifax, NS to Moncton, NB. The seats and cars have changed a lot since I last travelled on a train almost 20 years ago. Surprisingly this was also the least expensive way to go between the two cities and was only 1 hour longer than taking the bus.

This is the civilized way to travel.
By far this is one of the coolest photos I've ever taken. There was lighting storms in the distance and we were only seeing the flashes of light and about 20sec later hearing the thunder. I got lucky on a 5 second exposure and got a photo of the lighting going from cloud to cloud. Not sure what was louder the thunder or me yelling. Hasn't been a lighting storm since for me to try out some new techniques.

Makes up for missing the northern lights back home.

Rankin Inlet

At the start of my travels I was in Rankin Inlet for meetings and got to see folks that I haven't seen since the last AGM meetings. A couple of photos from the trip below.

A look through the filthy window at the Co-op hotel. Nice rooms and restaurant. I think they are the only restaurant in the north that serves a Maritime Poutine. Fries, gravy, ketchup, onions, poutine cheese, hamburger all mixed together. Yummy.

The famous Inikshuk in Rankin Inlet. Nice silhouette photo. The sun is hiding just behind the right leg. Here is a photo taken when I was in Rankin Inlet about two years ago.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Toy

I finally got a card reader so I could download my photos onto the laptop. Should be back to posting photos on a regular basis again.

We now have a new toy and it's a Honda 500 ATV. Fits me nice. Only got to go one one run before leaving on my travels and got very wet in the rain.
Isn't she perty.
Should have taken the camera bag and helmet off before taking the photo. I will post a couple of photos from the run in the future.