Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

“Landscape Portraits”

A rare red aurora rises over Blachford Lake near Yellowknife, NWT, Canada, in 2001. Photo: "Blachford Lake" on TrekEarth.com. Click on the picture to visit the site.

The North
 

We find
ourselves,
soaring through the cold,
stabbing air, whipping
violently while we cease
to shield
our eyes and find
the warmth.

And the North,
with flashes of
fire,
bursts forth from the darkness.

Twilight
whispers softly to us,
telling the secrets of
a greater world that
helps reveal
our place.
 
So far from home,
the landscape portraits light
and line the way through the halls and
show us their
home.

-John Chartier

A senior at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, John Chartier spent his spring break last year in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada studying ice road economics with Professor Michael Goldstein. For more on this adventure, read our post, Road Scholars.

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