Alexandra Fjord Ellesmere Island

Alexandra Creek pure waters

Alexandra Creek

Alexandra Fiord (Fjord)

Alexandra Fjord, Ellesmere Island NU July 21 - August 3rd, 2108 July 21 - August 3rd, 2108 Alexandra Fjord is raw, exposed and where ice, rock, tundra, water and sky come together as a magnum opus of nature. Each aspect has their own unique form, beautiful on their own. But in the canvas that is the arctic, they are perfectly positioned, creating a composition where these forms create an exquisite masterpiece.

Colorful cliffs layered and banded, stand tall with angular boulders at their feet. The tumbled rocks of the plateau flow down the frozen slopes to merge into the subtle softness of the tundra. The glacial ice seems gentler then its alpine cousins, a curved cap from underneath from which emerges broad braided rivers. The endless light of summer creates subtle tones of blue skies that combine with the ever-changing atmosphere, one minute a mist, another a thick fog and then suddenly a golden quilt of clouds. All individual forms of nature, together, an inspirational creation.

Alexandra Fjord is an arctic water filled valley with 12 glaciers flowing into it, fed by the Prince of Wales ice field. A place where the earth’s elements display the raw beauty of our planet.

A fjord in the high arctic (78.5 degrees north) connected across an ice-free corridor on Ellesmere Island where the Dorset and Thule tribes found an abundance of life to hunt and sustain them, as they established their communities on the shores of Buchanan Bay and Kane Basin.

Alexandra Fiord is a place filled with a multitude of natural forms. It is the deep waters reflecting the mood of the 24-hour day. It is rust colored steep raw rock cliffs formed by the mechanical grinding of the glaciers that had passed their way. It is dome shaped glaciers, frozen to the ground (cold glaciers) flowing within itself rather than moving as a whole. It is the result of evolution where organic life has survived intense conditions and the arctic woolly bear moth takes 15 years to develop in order to live in this extreme environment.

It is an atmosphere. Clouds, fog and vapors that constantly change. Cloudy one moment, brilliant skies in another. The curling condensed breath of the walrus. The fogbow formed by the diffraction of minute droplets in the air. The mist rising.

Ice that forms in the winter and leaves behind colorful blocks and shapes that float along the shores. Massaged by the winds and waves until they break apart and are left on the tidal flats to drip away.

And water. Still pure and ancient. Fresh melt to be drunk with abandon from the snows of time. Forming driblets to cascading waterfalls and braided streams. The energy of water complimented by pure stillness and reflection. Finally, the vestiges of a land that is plunged in darkness, driving temperatures to freezing the water in winter, creating unique and interesting patterns expressing the tortured compression of expanding water crystals. This was Alexandra Fjord for me. A place where nature displayed a fashion show of forms, the beauty of those forms, shapes of ice reflecting the deep blues of light, water - liquid or vaporous forms changing each moment in time. The formed memory of the past glaciers shaping the bedrock. Truly a magnum Opus. JP

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