urgh I’m basically on dial-up internet for another few days. Bear with me until then.
The Perigee is the point in the moon’s orbit at which it’s closest to Earth
Photographed at midnight in Tuktoyaktuk, Canada by Francis Anderson (May 5th, 2012)
Tuk! And around the moon are pingos.
The city of Inuvik has these awesome harpoon men all over city property, including this garbage bin!
The Catch: A fisherman pulls in some fish from the Arctic Ocean’s shore.
Photos by Angela Gzowski, text by Tim Edwards.
We’d been driving on an elevated road heading to Tuktoyaktuk’s DEW Line site. As we rounded a corner that took us along the ocean coast, we noted a handful of shacks set up along the shore and Wayne Cockney getting his fire going. We parked our rental truck on the side of the road, ambled down and introduced ourselves. Soft-spoken and thoughtful, Cockney offered us tea and let us take pictures while he checked his lines and filleted his catch.
Crouched down by the water’s edge, Cockney pulled his line in, gingerly freeing the fish from the net. With every pull he hoped for herring, but his take this time was almost entirely whitefish. He tossed the big ones in a bucket and sent the smaller ones back into the drink. We crinkled our noses when he pulled out a small, ugly sculpin. “Just a freak of nature, I guess,” he said, then tossed it to the seagulls nearby.
He had a table set up about 10 feet back from the water, its top stained with blood and glittering scales. He quickly filleted the fish, leaving their sides connected at the tail so he could hang them over sticks in a nearby shack. where they’d be dried and cured by billows of smoke.
It’s peaceful. Cockney says he gets out every day that he can. People know they can come to him and get, say, a fillet of smoked herring for $10. It can be tough to make a living, he tells us, but he’s doing it.
So SO excited that Up Here has a tumblr! Also super pumped to see my favourite feature from this month’s issue posted. I was working quite close to Tuk so it’s lovely to see it featured.
After 51 days in the remote wilderness of the western Canadian Arctic I was thankful for a hot shower and comfortable bed! I will, however, miss my little home-away-from-home that was a tiny tent under the midnight sun. We had some pretty serious storms roll in while we were there, as you can see from this photo!
I had a post queued up explaining that I was going away for fieldwork, but apparently it never posted. Oh well, the good news is that I’m finally back from the land of the midnight sun AND I have so many photos and video clips to post! In fact I have over 1000 photos (I went a little overboard). I’ll explain what I was doing, hopefully in a videoblog soon and I promise to answer the back-log of questions that I have waiting for me in my ask box in another episode of “Ask and Archaeologist…schtuff”. See y’all around, Tumblr!
Ask an Archaeologist…Stuff: Episode 1
Here’s the first of hopefully many episodes where I answer all the tumblr questions that I’ve been getting. In this episode I answer questions on field make-up and drinking water containers. Keep the questions coming and I’ll keep the answers coming!
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Once in a while, yep.
Oh you know, once a blue moon.
Be very careful what you wish for! We’re incredibly friendly and loud!
So the good news is I was able to recover a lot of files that I thought I lost when my mac exploded! The bad news is I’m still unhappy with most of the film quality. I may cobble together a new episode of wilderness survival guide, or I may wait until my new camera comes in the mail (can’t wait!). Until then I have footage I shot answering more tumblr questions so that should be up soon. :)