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Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus), Etah, Greenland

March 22, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
This high-speed raptor is the apex, aerial predator of the arctic. Ptarmigan and waterfowl are its main food, but it also hunts small mammals like hares, voles and lemmings, and has even been known to take fish. When I managed Salmonier Nature Park, Newfoundland/Labrador's wildlife rehab centre, two gyrfalcons were confiscated from a European fishi...
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Brazen Beauty, Great Skua, Shetland

March 21, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
This is the mafia don of the gull world. It is an aggressive predator willing to tackle even larger birds like the northern gannet. I have seen a small group of them dive-bomb a gannet sitting on the water and eventually drown it. When they are nesting on the open pasture and moorlands in the Scottish isles, only the fool-hardy pass close by becaus...
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The Strongest Trees

March 20, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
The Strongest Trees A tree cookie Smaller than my wrist Sawn from a tuckamore Twisted and bent Had 300 rings Each one a narrow year Slowly added Harsh places Make the strongest trees ...and people A little poem by me.
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Rhythm

March 19, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Just as we like good rhythm in music, we also like it in the visual arts. Chaos is generally unappealing, so patterns that bring order to a scene are engaging. Rhythm is the repetition of line, shape or colour. It is soothing and implies connectedness by creating structure and movement in an image, either bold or subtle. When it is repeated enough,...
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Return from the Arctic

March 19, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
I wrote this some time ago, but somehow overlooked posting it on my blog. It's about my reflections after a typical trip to the Arctic with Adventure Canada. Enjoy. I'm flying home from another of my arctic sojourns. Yesterday started a little before daylight as we left the ship anchored in snow-covered and breezy Resolute, and zodiaced to the n...
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