Sunday, March 18, 2012

How much is that doggie in the window...

It's a beautiful sunny Sunday in Iqaluit, and Spring is right around the corner. So this is the time of the year where Iqaluit really starts to glow. All that white snow, coupled with plenty of's a nice mix.

Pity it's -37C with windchill today. Just took Boo for a walk. We both decided after five minutes we were done with being outside. It's beautiful outside, it's just much warmer to look at it through a window.

Case in point...

It's also much warmer in the sunspot while lying on a couch than lying on the snow outside.

The downside to being inside is that when certain people are in the mood to pick and poke and comb out some mats there's no where to run.

Although most of our attention is out the front window and looking out the bay, occasionally you do see cool things looking out our back window. Birds other than ravens offer me home that perhaps winter might ease up (let's not get crazy and talk about spring yet) at some point in the next couple of weeks.

This is actually from a week or so ago. I was just surprised to see a hare in town. I'm sure it happens, but it's the first time I've seen one. Most non-avian wildlife give Iqaluit a reasonably wide berth, what with their being so many ways to die and all...

Last Five
1. Hot soft light - The Hold Steady
2. We will rock you - Queen
3. Mary Jane's last dance (live) - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
4. Monster love - Goldfrapp
5. House of smoke and mirrors - Matthew Good*


John, Perth AU said...

Your "last 5" should have included Duran Duran "Hungry Like The Wolf", which would also be a great caption for the first photo. What's the buzz in Iqaluit on climate change? Far northern latitudes are supposed to be the most affected.

Clare said...

Amazingly, that little bird (a redpoll) winters in the Arctic. Opportunities to view them just aren't as plentiful. I had seen a small flock of four when I was on my way to Cam Bay.

The hares are in a high year in their cycle, so there are tons of them around this year. Lovely to have in your back yard.

The Perfect Storm said...

Not to jump the queue on Townie's response but here's one from Canada's not so far north (well, actually nearly the furthest south):

23 C is the high for today, or more than 50 C warmer than Townie's sunny day.

Not the least bit normal for this area of Southern Ontario by a long shot. We should be still hovering around the freezing mark and it's been like this for nearly a month now.

I think it is too soon to call it climate change. I remember some pretty warm spring days in my former youth. Having said that, they were also much more rare and about another 10 years of this kind of weather will make me a believer, whatever the source of it may be.

For Canada to experience this, we have many pluses and minuses we will have to contend with. On the positive side it will open up more of the central western prairies to longer growing seasons. As the population grows it will make the near north regions more hospitable for large populations to go to (and Canada needs growth).

On the negative side it will open the far north to incursion where not everyone agrees with Canada's sovereignty over the waters there (hey neighbour to the south - are you listening?). Presently they are locked tight with polar ice and impassible for the greater part of the year. Opening a reliable northern passage for large-scale shipping between the Atlantic and the Pacific ensures the environment there will be irreparably changed, forever. Is that a bad thing as it brings jobs and prosperity with it? A tough call.


Way Way Up said...

Not so many hares here but I've seen an awful lot more red polls this winter compared with the previous two that I've spent here.