Arctic Convergence IX // Being stuck because of 8 hour delays in a remote subarctic town’s tiny airport has its downside for sure, but damned if there weren’t some beautiful moments midst the chaos as temps dropped to below -30 outside. The couple in the final image caught my eye as they came and went from the airport throughout our time there. When we approached them and were drawn into conversation, they mentioned merrily that they come to the airport on weekends to people watch and see if any of their relatives might be coming in on the regional flights. Native Inuit, Emiline & Simon Kowmuk both come from small villages even further north than Rankin Inlet, their world is one I can’t even begin to try to understand, but I am forever grateful for the brief glimpses I get into worlds not my own afforded by these travels. If we can learn and broaden our perspectives via our interactions with those we don’t understand, maybe, just maybe we will make it.
Arctic Convergence V // This late developing thin sheen of ice on the mouth of the Churchill River where it meets the Hudson Bay is the omen of a changing climate that we have largely as a nation ignored. The Polar Bears that depend on being able to walk out onto the sea to hunt seals have been directly effected, but their potential extinction is just the canary in the coal mine. If you want to change the world, do it, go VOTE tomorrow.