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Evening on the coast of the Arctic Ocean in the North-West Territories of Canada. In August 1955, I was installing and operating a survey and communications camp on the vast Arctic tundra for the Royal Canadian Air Force, with a crew of 5 others. The place was an unidentified point on the Canadian Arctic coastline more or less across the water from Victoria Island. It’s claim to fame was relative position from other survey points and the flat terrain which eventually made it possible to create a crude airfield of sorts. This was in mid-August. About August 24th. we had our first snowstorm. About 4 weeks before this, the daytime temperature hit 99 degrees Fahrenheit! And untold millions of mosquitoes.
Taken with an Exakta Varex 35mm. SLR, Ektachrome film ASA 10, 50mm. Biotar lens. Exposure? Memory fails me, I think probably 1/25 sec. at F 2.0 or thereabouts. Scanned in 2004 at 4000 dpi with a Canoscan 4000US scanner.


  • Erika .
    Erika .almost 6 years ago

    Such a cool picture. The colors are deep and beautiful, I especially love the transition from dark purple to bright yellow. Nice!

  • Thanks Erika. Yes, even though the old Kodachrome film was extremely slow, it did have an excellent color range. This photo was taken almost 54 years ago and the tonality is very true. Glad you liked it.

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 6 years ago

    What’s the matter. Couldn’t sleep? lol.
    Love these old pics, George. What memories you must have.
    Thanks for posting.

  • I did it again! Wrote you a reply and didn’t hit Send. Senility is setting in. Yes, that brings back a lot of memories, really good ones too. Lot of hard work and long hours but wouldn’t have missed it for anything. I have a bunch of them on the other site, under Canada>Yukon, Canada>NWT and Canada>Nunuvut if you want to take a look.

    – George Cousins

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98almost 6 years ago

    This is so well done George and I, too, get a lot of pleasure out of resurrecting and scanning old slides from the early 1950’s. It always amazes me how well they have lasted. I posted a lot on RB about a year ago and now you might have inspired me to fetch up some more!! All the best, Peter

  • Thanks Peter, glad you liked it. I always kept my slides stored in Carousel trays in their cardboard boxes, so light only got at them when we were looking at them ourselves. Biggest problem was little specks of dust but I found blowing them carefully with low-pressure air from a squeeze bulb did a good job.I have almost 5,000 slides now scanned. Took me over a year, off and on, but lots of them are just family and friends. Probably have around 1500 that could be posted but not too! Cheers, George.

    – George Cousins

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsalmost 6 years ago

    A beautiful capture George, I really love to read the story behind the picture! :)

  • Thank you Kathie. I always try to give some comments to make the image more meaningful to viewers. Glad you enjoyed this one.

    – George Cousins

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 6 years ago

    A really beautiful shot George .

  • Thanks Irene. It was long ago and far away..:) But wouldn’t have missed my 3 years in the Arctic for anything. Not for everyone of course, but if you love peace,vast open spaces and hardly any people, it’s a different world.

    – George Cousins

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