The north has certain times of the year when sunsets and sunrises are exquisite! As fall approaches the colors become more vibrant and crystal clear producing shots like the first image over Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife by Andrew Diveky. The change in temperature and moisture level in the air combine to allow for the best optics and clarification in the sky.
During the winter, especially the early part when the Hudson Bay still has open water, the same affect with even more brilliant colors produces incredible sunsets and rises. Ice crystals in the atmosphere in early morning and later afternoon facilitate a magnification of light and colors to produce vivid sky scapes. Other features such as sun – dogs, rainbows and horizon mirages are also produced during these conditions.
Polar bear season is next up for avid travelers and Arctic enthusiasts heading to Churchill. However, this video time-lapse from Natural Habitat Adventures guide Brad Josephs gives us a sneak preview to the incredibly popular northern lights season beginning in January and continuing through March. The aurora borealis have been phenomenal over the past few years and there’s no better place in the north to see them than Churchill! This season should be one of the best ever!
The excitement leading up to another surreal and other – worldly northern lights season in Churchill is always a fun time. Only a few years ago, very few people ventured north to view the spectacular aurora borealis light show. Now, this year Natural Habitat Adventures alone will send nearly 200 people to Churchill over the course of two months to sample the northern spirit and take in the most incredible show above the Arctic. This shot from a little further north in Inuvik is just a preview of what’s to come in January in Churchill! Keep posted for all the news from the north.
Fantastic northern lights photo from Inuvik. Kristian Binder photo.
Polar bear numbers for the past week were fairly consistent for this time of year. Looks like Manitoba Conservation is clearing the jail in preparation for the upcoming polar bear season in Churchill starting in a couple of weeks. Should be another exciting wildlife bonanza with incredible polar bear action in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area!
Mother polar bear and her two coy roam the frozen tundra. Thon Huijser photo.
Polar bear encounter stats from Manitoba Conservation for the week of September 19, 2016. Town of Churchill image.
This amazing shot by Sandra Zolondek of kayaking on Prosperous Lake in Yellowknife shows the incredible beauty of the wide open sky and pristine lake. If this was Churchill, there would be thousands of curious beluga whales circling the boat. Enjoy!
Beautiful kayaking day on Prosperous Lake. Sandra Zolondek photo.