Camping on Ellesmere island
8, 9 August - 2004
Kayak trip back to Ellesmere "main land" to set up a new camp, at a point
where Alexandra Fiord ends into Buchanan Bay. Time for long hikes carrying only a very light day pack, and for further
observation of archeological remains left by ancient Eskimos.
During the short kayak trip from Skraeling island back to Ellesmere, we continue to spot many walrus. It's very nice to hear them when they come out from the water and snore. This animal is powerful and aggressive, and can be dangerous during kayak trips, so we stay more than far away from them.
Paddling in the Arctic Ocean among icebergs and smaller ice floes.
Landing again on Ellesmere island.
Huge icebergs are piled up on the beach by high tides.
The temperature above zero causes the icebergs to melt slowly.
Photo of Ellesmere island
A nice orange lichen, with a close-up on the right. Although no vegetable is higher than few centimeters in Ellesmere island, the place is a real paradise for botanists, as the tundra hosts many unique species.
A black lichen growing on the rocks, the diameter is about 5cm.
We continue to spot numerous artifacts left by ancient Eskimo. In these pictures, a fox trap. Normally there aren't moving mechanisms, but the fox just cannot escape once inside ( by jumping or turning back).
I take a nice long walk around the basecamp.
Trekking Ellesmere island. Near something that looks like an old moraine or a stream, I can observe several, very nice Silene acaulis
Typical tundra vegetation. Left: Pedicularis lanata
(4cm tall). Above, a nice Saxifraga oppositifolia
(4cm in diameter).
There are also several mushrooms.
An arctic hare, found on the way back to the camp. I wasn't prepared for such encounter, so my camera wasn't properly set for fast action. She was friendly, but didn't wait enough... after just seconds she disapperead behind the hill
I finally return to the camp, through the beach.
At about midnight, a break in the clouds lets us to enjoy a spectacular midnight sun.
The bay under a wonderful midnight sun illuminating Ellesmere island.