Lords of the Arctic

After a productive morning with ample bear sightings, we stopped by the bay for a quick picnic lunch.

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Outside, the temperature was -17°C .

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and we didn’t have to go far to see more bears… Continue reading “Lords of the Arctic”

Hike to the Delta

I woke up at four in the morning, lying in bed listening to the sound of my surroundings. At first, it was total silence – then birds chirping, gentle waves brushing the shore, and…glacier rumbling in the distance…

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Was there another calving? I got up and rushed to the window… Continue reading “Hike to the Delta”

Hike to the Moraine

This must be my lucky day!

First the whale, then the calving, next came a tsunami. Just when I thought my day couldn’t get any better…Paarnaq knocked on my door and informed me that I will have not one, but two lovely guides accompanying me on my hike to the moraine. I was psyched.

Simon and Paarnaq are young, intelligent and energetic. We got along just like old friends. We hiked, exchanged ideas, sang songs, and made jokes. In fact, we’ve had so much fun that when I come to think of it now, I don’t remember much of the actual hiking.

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Shirakawa-go in the Snow

After spending a cold and somewhat uncomfortable night in our farmhouse, we woke up to a pleasant surprise!

Looking out the window

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The snow was coming down like feathers… Continue reading “Shirakawa-go in the Snow”

Red-crowned Cranes – Part2

The road became treacherous with low visibility and white out condition at times. We were glad that we hired a local guide instead of braving this road ourselves.

We saw a SUV slipped into a ditch, and thought that it could’ve been us if we were on our own. Continue reading “Red-crowned Cranes – Part2”

Red-crowned Cranes -Part 1

Japanese red-crowned cranes(丹頂鶴 Tancho) were almost hunted to extinction at the beginning of the 20th century for their stunning plumage. Miraculously, in 1926, a group of 20 resident cranes was discovered in the marshes around Kushiro. Since then, various conservation efforts, including artificial feeding during winter, hunting prohibition, and habitat conservation, have brought the population back to over a thousand.

We arrived at Akan International Crane Center one hour before feeding time. A dozen photographers had already set up their equipment along the two level observation desk.

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Juvenile crane resembles adults but had brownish head and neck Continue reading “Red-crowned Cranes -Part 1”

Sapporo Snow Festival – Odori Park

The Sapporo Snow Festival (さっぽろ雪まつり Sapporo Yuki-matsuri?) is a festival held annually in Sapporo, Japan, over seven days in February. This year, the festival dates from 5th to 11th of February.

Odori Park, stretching east to west over 1.5km through the heart of downtown Sapporo, is one of the primary festival sites. It contains several large snow sculptures, hundreds of small sculptures made by organizations and citizens of Sapporo, a skating rink, a snowboard jumping platform, and a sliding area for children.DSC_3525

Continue reading “Sapporo Snow Festival – Odori Park”