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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

true north





i'm looking at these astonishing photos taken by my nephew JMP from the air, of the northern wilderness of Canada...the true north...

the place where polar bears live (and get in trouble for attacking people, like this sorry-looking specimen here)...


the place where one road and one rail track is the only way to get there unless you fly...

the place where the ocean is steely gray and the land is rocky and wild and the trees flame gold after being green for only a short few months...

where the air is crisp and smells of ice...

where the ancient forts were for defense again the first nation fighting to keep the land...

and history was made on tundra and stone and steel...

a land where gold and diamonds and copper and nickel lie just below the surface.

where lakes are chilled, full of strong fish...forest are untouched...thousands of miles of wilderness
lies at the top of the planet and no foot has walked these places, ever...

the canadian north.

true north. missing it today.