Thursday, July 27, 2006

Flowers in Greenland

It's true. There ARE flowers in Greenland. This is the national flower of Greenland, known as Niviarsiaq, meaning 'young girls'. This is the season to see them. They grow everywhere they find some land and water, even in between rocks and ice, defying all odds.

Another widespread variety - Harebell.

..and Arctic Cotton, also known as Cotton-grass.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Ice Castle

This is my first post on Greenland, or more correctly, Kalallit Nunaat, as it is known in Greenlandic/Kalallisut. The 81% of the area in Greenland is covered by ice, known as the ice cap. It is one of THE coolest sights. This is on the western border of the ice cap, known as Russel's glacier. We basically just sat there and saw the pieces of ice falling from the glacier into the river flowing below and wondering about global warming. I was here last summer also, and the only part that remained same was this, which I like to call the ice castle. Most other ice features that I remembered, disappeared into the river below.
Changing this blog from Alaska to 'The cooler side of life' to include pictures from my trips to other cold places also. This will mainly have pictures from Alaska and Greenland and may be some pictures taken at other places during winter.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Waiting for Spring ?

These tea tables and chairs remain all-year around near the bank of the Copper river flowing in the backyard of the B&B I stay at. In the winter of course they are half buried in the snow, but they always seem to me that they are waiting for the spring.