Churchill Photo of the Week – Wild Northern Lights

Aurora in NWT

Amazing aurora over Reid Lake in the Northwest Territories. Martin Male photo.

Photographer Martin Male took this surreal northern lights shot last Friday night in the NWT. What an amazing shot. Rarely have we seen aurora borealis that completely fill the sky like these did over Reid Lake.

“Sometimes even three cameras are not enough. We had three going out at Reid Lake last Friday night and we could only cover about half the sky. This was the incredible show we were treated to.”

Running With Wolves

Rhonda Miller was driving to work in Edzo, N.W.T last Friday when she thought maybe she was still asleep and dreaming. Maybe, she thought, she needed another cup of coffee to explain what she was seeing up on the road ahead. She surely never expected what she eventually saw.

Miller thought there was a man walking along the road. “I thought that was strange because you don’t normally see people walking on the road that far out,” Miller stated.

“I slowed down a bit and I got closer. I thought it was a bear, and I thought, it can’t be a bear because it was the wrong time of year.” She suddenly spotted another animal and realized she was racing along the road with two black wolves.

Rhonda Miller

Rhonda Miller near home in N.W.T. CBC/N.W.T. photo.

Numerous men from Miller’s community have been wondering how fast the wolves were running. Miller estimates they were traveling between 40 and 50 km/hr.

‘So many men have asked, how fast were they going? Had I been a man I may have looked. I don’t know. I think between 40 and 50 [km/h]… it was fast,’ says Rhonda Miller. (submitted by Rhonda Miller)

“I was so struck by the size of their heads and their jaws.”

Miller recorded the wolves thinking the whole time that this was the only way anyone would believe what she witnessed. She described their frantic gait as “flat out”.

“When I got to school, I shared it with the teachers and kids,” Miller said. “Everybody was just amazed. I think just the power of them and the beauty of them, seeing them running like that, flat out, is pretty inspiring.”

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