Churchill Photos of the Week – Pangnirtung Lights

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A couple more photos from Nunavut photographer Michael Davies. He captures some of the most incredible northern lights images I’ve ever seen. These two phenomenal shots of Pangirtung on Baffin Island, population 1,400, look like the town is on fire. With the aurora borealis glimmering in the sky, there seems to be an incredible energy in a most barren and isolated place. It really inspires me to visit this realm of the Arctic. Might be a side trip from Churchill someday!

Cool Hot Tea Photo from Michael Davies

About a week ago I re-posted this photo from Michael Davies in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. He and his friend, Markus Siivola, journeyed about 45 minutes by snow machine to mountains outside of town to capture the image. Considerable thought went into the composition and environmental factors beforehand. Davies knew he needed at least minus 40 degrees for the tea to freeze mid – air, little or no wind and a sunset behind to highlight the tea and subject. All three factors contributed to an amazing shot that became an internet sensation spread all over social media during the holidays.

The pair filled six thermoses with hot water  at different levels to experiment and see which worked best for the shot.

“In each one we threw in a tea bag because we thought, if this doesn’t work, at least we can have a tea, because, as everybody knows, in Nunavut we go to great lengths to have tea somewhere strange, whether it’s in front of an iceberg, or on top of a mountain or in the middle of the tundra.” stated Davies.

The one seen was the second shot which Davies wasn’t sure about at first. After posting on the web the popularity proved this one was the golden shot.

Sunset with freezing tea in Pangnirtung, Nunavut

Hot tea freezing mid air in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Michael Davies photo.

Michael Davies is an accomplished photographer with a love of nature and outdoor photography. His website http://www.michaelhdavies.com/ displays his considerable talent in this realm. These couple of amazing northern lights images are from the high Arctic in Pangirtung, Nunavut. These should get everyone excited for the upcoming aurora borealis season in Churchill!

Northern lights in Pangnirtung

Northern lights in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Michael Davies photo.

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Northern lights in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Michael Davies photo.

Hudson Bay Quest – Musher Update

Hudson Bay Quest 2014. Brad Josephs photo. Churchill, Manitoba

Hudson Bay Quest 2014. Brad Josephs photo.

Here’s the updated musher roster for the 2016 Hudson Bay Quest. This year’s race leaves Churchill heading towards Gillam on March 17th…yes St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s hope the luck of the Irish is with the mushers and helps with the weather. As the race draws nearer we will have updates and musher profiles.This year’s race will be another exciting event in the north!

1.) Dan DiMuzio
Kennel – Sleddog Energy
Churchill, MB

2.) Charlie Lundie
Kennel – Charlie’s Kennel
Churchill, MB

3.) David Daley
Kennel – Wapusk Adventures
Churchill, MB

4.) Justin Allen
Kennel – Wapusk Adventures
Churchill, MB

5.) Peter McClelland
Kennel – White Wilderness
Ely, MN, USA

6.) Shawn McCarty
Kennel – White Wilderness
Ely, MN, USA

7.) Jamie Nelson
Kennel – Rocky Glenn
Togo, MN, USA

8.) Craig Houghton
Kennel – Craig and Sean Racing Dogs
Fort St. James, BC

9.) Leanne Bergen
Kennel – Gone to the Dogs Racing
Sioux Lookout, ON

10.) Matt Groth
Kennel – Grand Marais Sled a Dog Adventures
Grand Marais, MN, USA

11.) Ryan Anderson
Kennel – AnderTier Racing
Ray, MN, USA

12.) Stefaan De Marie
Kennel – Akela’s Den Racing Kennel
Christopher Lake, SK

Traditionally the HBQ has around 17 mushers in the final field. registration is open and we expect a few more entrants.

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