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NunavutBirder

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I am a denizen of Canada's High Arctic. Father, husband, retired Mountie, current Parks guy, and former EDO. I'm a photographer, writer, wannabe poet, and so much more.

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NunavutBirder, to random
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Watching preseason football en Français because I can.

NunavutBirder,
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@khird it’s actually not bad at all.

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So a favourite story about the crack in Victor Bay pictured with the ATV. A few years back no crack formed there, it happens some times. We went out to Qikiqtalik Nuvua on the Canada long weekend to camp, and to hunt on Admiralty Inlet.

We returned and there was still no crack. We had been using my BIL’s snowmobile and left it on the ice by the beach.

About a week later the ice came free of the shore prior to break up. I went down to get the snowmobile.

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As the ice was still at the shore on the other side of the point I decided to move it over there to make it easier to bring off the ice. I was dressed basically in jeans and a t-shirt, it being July and all and it was just a short trip. But the wind was in my face and every time I drove through a meltwater pool I was getting splashed and wet. So I would slow down significantly at each pool (there are a lot).

As I got to the point I slowed at the pool of water and as I got into it I looked 2/

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down and saw black. Where a week before there was no crack there now was one, about 8 feet wide.

I gunned the machine and although the front of the skies bit on the other side I didn’t have momentum to keep going. The back of the machine began sinking. As I kept the engine revved all I could think of was that it was my BIL’s machine and I didn’t want to lose it. I thought perhaps if I stepped on to the ice in front I could grab the ski and somehow pull it onto the safe ice.

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So I stepped off the running board onto the ice and my weight coming off the snowmobile was enough to let it move, the track caught the edge of the ice and short forward.

I finished moving around the point and got his machine ashore. 4/4

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@vga256 I’m familiar with those stories as well. Investigated more than one unfortunately

NunavutBirder, to worldwithoutus
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Crossing a bridge at a crack in the sea ice.

One of my favourite photos.

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@grb090423 every year for a very long time.

It’s the skipping the snow mobile ones across that do me in. I’ve done about 20 feet and that’s more than enough.

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@grb090423 Trust me, that’s a lot narrower than the hunters often do in the late spring.

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@carolski No it is formed like that. Think of two cracks forming from opposite shores and not quite meeting but going past each other. Sometimes can just go around one crack, turn 180 degrees, then go around the other. Sometimes that middle section becomes an island of ice. You go onto it where the crack is narrow and then to the other side where it’s narrow.

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@carolski You can see in this photo. The closer crack comes from the right, the further one comes from the left. The island of ice is almost joined at the upper right and almost at the left foreground.

NunavutBirder, to random
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The Victor Bay Point crack has started for the season.

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@cyberlyra Darn near.

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and breaks it into smaller floes. Cracks drain meltwater and slows the process. At the floe edge cracks widen and break off. Hunters will skip across amazingly wide cracks.

It’s all very dynamic and needs much more space and time than I have.

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@jonny it’ll be easy to cross for awhile. Cracks in landfast ice require a lot of explanation. Many form in the same spots (roughly) every year. Others form in random areas.

In many, the crack forms from the shores towards the centre and go past each other, leaving a bridge you can cross on.

Counterintuitively more cracks mean a later break up. Sea ice keeps its strength, unlike freshwater ice that rots and candles. As melt water pools on the ice it creates lenses which weakens the ice 1/

NunavutBirder, to random
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A bit of a strange day for me, carpentry wise. I finished framing the floor for the addition and hit pause. I went in to see what I’d take on and was suddenly overwhelmed by it all. Realizing there’s still so much to do, and realizing it’ll be worse come sealift when so much arrives and I’ll be racing winter. And overcome with the feeling I’m just not good enough.

I am, and this will pass. But two days in and I just gave up on the day.

Tomorrow.

NunavutBirder,
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@RuthODay No, but you am just back from a long winter’s break and have a narrow window to get stuff done before sealift, and another winter. So I’ll be back out after work. With a plan.

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@dstephenlindsay thank you. I do.

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@littlescraps Thanks. I will.

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@grb090423 Certainly. And I’m often reminded of a favourite poem, Putting in a window, by John Brantingham.

“… Stop when you begin to curse at the wood.
Putting in a window should be a joy.” and “The only good carpenter is the one that knows he’s no good”

NunavutBirder,
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@wa7iut thank you Bob.

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@lawyersgunsnmoney Thank you. Today is another day. And I’ll be back at it.

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@CStamp Reply. Thank you.

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@canyakker Thanks.

NunavutBirder,
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@grb090423 Great poem.

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