N68 W133 – Heading Home

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Snow and fall colours in the Northwest Territories

I’m heading home now, after a long 12-hour day of driving that’s brought me a little closer to Vancouver, and a little further from the arctic where I’ve spent the last 3 weeks falling in love with the light and land. I’m now holed-up in a cheap little hotel in a town called Burns Lake, BC, about to crawl into my first real bed in three weeks and having just had my first shower in as long . Sure, there were half-hearted baths in mountain streams and glacial run-off, but those only last as long as you can feel your extremities, and that’s not long. Coming home – what I call “re-entry” –  is always hard. I’ve had three weeks of quiet, solitude, and beauty. Three weeks chasing the light and waking at 2am and 4am in hopes of catching the aurora. It paid off twice. But I’m going home with new photographs, some of which I am truly enchanted by, and with new stories and memories, and plans to return next year and – I hope – stay a little longer and travel a little further. I’ll do a fuller de-brief soon, but I have two more days driving, then a couple days photographing the orca off Vancouver Island with a friend, and a short trip to Tofino, another of the most beautiful places on the planet to do some exploring and, with a bit of luck, shoot some landscapes. So check in, but it’ll be a bit before I sit down and really tell you about this one.

North of Tombstone Territorial Park, YT.

Aurora borealis over Emily. Near Ross River, YT.

Caption Un-Necessary.


  1. What a trip it must of been, I wish that one day I can make the same trip. I understand the terms re-entry, its always hard to come back after such a nice trip. Can’t wait to more of your pictures.

  2. David,thank you very much for the great images of beautiful world that you explored.Great ” Vision”.

  3. Re-entry is always hard! I hope you can keep a spirit of peace and solitude as you reconnect with normal life. And I had to laugh… There is an interpretive sign announcing that you are at the Arctic Circle? Seriously?? Just a little reminder that there is no place untouched by man on this earth.

  4. I have always been fascinated by the sort of photos that persons make in this sort of terrain. I don’t mean to turn this in to a techy post. However, I have been curious as to how well your battery power holds up when you have to work in such a frigid climate.

  5. Love reading the updates about your adventures, you even mentioned somewhere I have visited – Tofino! Looking forward to seeing your images from this trip.

  6. Emily looks like she belongs under the stars of the northern sky. It’s great you’re planning another trip there again next year. Glad you’re on your way home and I look forward to seeing more of your stunning images and reading about your journey.

    1. Seconded! This one’s different to anything I’ve seen from David before, but I love the tones and contrast in this one.

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            To be honest, Ken, I don’t know. In fact I’m not sure this one even had a sign noting its name. I have GPS coordinates that would make it a little easier to identify. Any chance you have a GPS lock on Two Moose Lake?

  7. Looks absolutely amazing, David 🙂 I’ve been holed up in my apartment writing books for much longer than I can stand … can’t wait to finally get out and start traveling again.

  8. Wow, you are so happy ot that last photo ! 🙂 Some good photographer capture pure emotion 🙂

    When and where we can see your work?

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