The last couple weeks have been a bit of a blur, what with the end of the semester, several work-related projects, and plenty of random events.
The ocean has been unusually interesting this Spring. By ‘unusually interesting’ I mean ‘rather disturbing’. As mentioned in a previous post, the ice pack had shorn off rather early this year and very close to the shore. That isn’t entirely unheard of, but it is very unusual. It’s particularly problematic for the whaling crews as they hunt from the ice in the Spring. It didn’t take too long for the ice to flow back in and begin bonding with the shore-fast. It even piled up a bit at the meeting point, but the overall effect was a little thin. And by ‘thin’ I mean ‘dangerous’. I understand the ice was still fairly solid out North toward the point, but all-in-all folks seemed a little hesitant this year. As I left Barrow, the whaling crews had begun the hunt, and people were out on the ice.I can only hope they stay safe.
…and bring home the muktuk.
One day, I saw the most amazing ice-bow. It lasted only a minute or so, and I didn’t have my camera or my phone, …cause I suck. But I took my camera the next day when a sun halo came out, complete with a pair of perfect sun dogs. I caught those pics from the school van.
So, here I sit on the 14th floor of an apartment complex in Denver. I’ve finally slept off the jet lag, and I’m starting to think about stuff to do for the day. My head is still in Barrow, not the least of reasons being that I brought unfinished work with me. I miss my cats, but I’m waiting for someone wonderful.
Civilization is beginning to seep into my thick skull, and I’m taking in the new setting. I’ve seen more people in the last day than I have all winter. Plus a fly! I saw a fly. It flew right past me, as if to say; “yes Dan, we still exist.” I don’t miss bugs, really I don’t.
On the other, hand last night’s chicken satay was amazing.
Penny L Howe said:
I love this post, greatly enjoying your written words! You don’t suck, nobody can remember their camera all the time. Excellent photographs btw, I hope your stay is all that you would wish it to be! 🙂
Thank you Penny. It’s funny, I almost always have my camera with me up there. But sure enough, when I really need it. I know the day I see a polar bear in Barrow, it will be a day without my camera. 🙂
Penny L Howe said:
I can just hope you’re at a distance Daniel, (should you see one) regarding the polar bear of things! 🙂
What a shock the change in location must have been! Your cats are just gorgeous and must miss you but will no doubt be pleased to hear your stories on your return 😉
They will mug me for sure, and yes, t takes some getting used to civilization, …and trees. I also have the hardest time convincing myself that I can just walk outside, no need for a coat and gloves.
oh noooooooooooo you went to the city?!?! when will you be back?!?!
oh yeah, as for the suckage, you cant’ sing either, i recall you insisting it…snicker
Ha! that’s true. I can’t sing.
I’ll be back up there sometime in early July.
What a difference between winter-land & Denver.
Brr… on all that ice & snow. But – the sun looks amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.
Yeah, it;s nice to be in green territory for a change, and trees! But I do miss some things about the arctic, not the least of them being the light tricks.
I just love that I can travel, virtually, to somewhere via your pics and words. Thanks! Enjoy CO. Check out Golden City Brewery if your’re near Golden. Any interesting summer travels planned?
Oh I will head by the brewery for sure. I may try and get out a little from time to time, and I have to stop by Las Vegas before heading back North, but no specific plans as yet.
Seems you’ve arrived here in Denver just in time.. it’s been a snowy spring. Supposed to be nice here all after a day of rain tomorrow….
Hope you have a great time while you’re here!
I fully intend to enjoy your good city. And I love the weather, which is about as hot as I care to deal with already.
Thaddeus Miles said:
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Enjoyed your blog, will stop by often.
Thank you, Thadeus. Glad to make your acquaintance.
What’s an ice bow?
It’s a bit like a rainbow, but caused by light refracting off ice in the air. I’m guessing you must have seen them yourself as I recall you are rather northerly yourself. 🙂
Elizabeth Monaghan said:
When I visited Denver last summer I walked in Washington Park while a storm was blowing in…very enjoyable. Good places to eat near there, too. I like Denver…and cats…and cameras, tho I don’t always carry mine with me either.
Food is always a highlight of trips out of AK. I tend to make eating a project when I’m out. The checklist includes; Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Brazlian, BBQ, and a few others. Already checked a few off the list. 🙂
Wow! Soo cool!!! Have never seen a halo, but hopefully I will some day. (At least I got 2 double-rainbows on 1 day the other day…) And yes, isn’t it just typically, you always seems to run across the best motives, while not bringing the camera. I really wish that my bag was a bit bigger to store not only all my heavy books but also the camera, but it’s like hopeless. (Don’t try to study law if you want to bring your camera every day…) /mbee
Two double rainbows sounds cool. I’m glad law school didn’t stop you that day. 🙂
ok, I have to ask Dan, what do you do for work up in Barrow? What brings you up there? I so enjoy hearing your Arctic stories.
I teach at a tribal college up there. It’s a wonderful gig. (And thank you for your kind comments.)
Your snow/ice photos are amazing! I love the build up and the frozen sea – and sun dogs are a completely new concept for me. Thank you! 🙂
The first time i see an ice-bow even if it is just virtual. You showed the contrast between the city and the ocean. The beach is your home?
Love sun dogs!
Max Qubit said:
Really fun post. I did look up many things, Like “Where the h*** is Barrow?’ and ‘What the heck is a ice-bow?’ to end with ‘Muktuk??’ … lol. So I did learn and enjoyed a few good things. It reminds me of one of my own posts when contemplating over what I saw when flying over Newfoundland http://maxqubit.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/encounters-the-hubbard-rock/
These ‘encounters’ are one of the fun things of the internet. Great.
Loved sun-dogs…. as well as the native story about them guiding the sun across the sky. Was fortunate enough to live in Alaska for a while…. magnificent place. Thank you for the photos – it was a great reminder about how the light there is different from the light anywhere else I’ve ever seen!
Your cats are fabulous, oh, so are your photographs. They made me cold, just looking at them. And looking at them is as close as I ever want to get to all that snow and ice. Brrrrrrrr. Have fun in Denver.