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Published: October 3rd 2009
A lone white spruce tree stands on the windswept Cape Merry. The trees here all lean slightly to the south and have no branches on their north facing sides, due to the almost constant north wind (Krummholz effect).
The north wind has been howling for a couple of days now. It is starting to feel like fall, but somehow the temperatures are struggling to get below freezing? Not that I mind, as I have a lot of work to do out on the tundra, I could do with a couple more weeks of warm (Relative for the time of year) weather.
Our mobile lodge has been hauled out to the wild and barren, windswept and bleak Polar Bear Point, and we've already had a group of 'campers'. Polar Bears International (PBI) had a group of students staying in the lodge, while seeing 'the land of the white bear' first hand they learned about how our changing climate and melting ice is affecting them.
Right now I am flirting between town and the lodge, but soon I will be out at the point for an extended time, working on some of the mechanical issues of the lodges.
There are bears everywhere now! It really has been a great year for them, lots of them and they are still big and round, which is super news! The mum and triplets are still fine, and they are still getting world
The fall at it's best
Among the rocks at Cape Merry.
attention, a Japanese newspaper actually published my pics in an article, pretty cool eh!
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