Image of the Month: Arctic Coastal Plain

December 2nd, 2010 by Carl D
Cotton grass and a small kettle pond, ANWR, Alaska.
Coastal plain, near the Canning River, Section 1002, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR, Alaska. Please click on the thumbnail above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

December is, of course, the month of the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, so it’s probably fitting that the Image of the Month for Dec, 2010, is from the Refuge. A small kettle pond on the coastal plain east of the Canning River. What an amazing evening this was!

A nice hike across the tundra around midnight, enjoying that magical summer evening of the arctic. I spent some time photographing this small pond, then stayed around and played my flute for an hour or so. Memorable evening.

If you didn’t check out the video tribute here already, take a look. It’s a collection of 50 photos from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge put to some music I recorded (including my flute) to honor the 50 years since the establishment of the refuge.

I’ll be back there next summer, 2011.



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