Midnight Sun by George Cousins

One of the problems of working in the high Arctic is losing track of time and wondering why you start feeling so tired! Because our workdays were “as long as it takes”, judging time by the sun was not much help. This photo was taken close to midnight in August, 1955. The place was an un-named stretch of land on the edge of a bluff overlooking the Beaufort Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean. If I remember correctly, the land in the far distance is Banks Island. The tundra we stood on, in the North-West Territories of Canada, stretched for hundreds of miles from the shore back south to the tree line. I persuaded my two buddies to stop pitching tents long enough to get the photo, despite the mosquitoes that were always present.
Exakta Varex 35mm.SLR, f.2.0 Biotar lens, Kodachrome ASA10 film, exposure probably 1/50 sec. and around f.2.8 or so, no filters.
Scanned in 2004 with a Canoscan 4000US scanner.

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    GOSIA GRZYBEKabout 6 years ago

    very nice)))

  • Thank you Rosiczka, glad you liked it.

    – George Cousins

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 6 years ago

    A beautiful sunset shot and silhouettes .

  • Thanks Irene, another one of “long ago and far away”..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • ubumebme
    ubumebmeabout 6 years ago

    stunning shot! land of the midnight sun… then winter hits and you feel like you never see the sun!! and the mosquitloes the size of humming birds…lol…..but I did love those long summer nights.

  • Hi Della, thanks for the comment. When were you up there, and where? I assume you went through all the seasons. You’re right about the mosquitoes, I have a couple of macros of them, I’ll post them soon.

    – George Cousins

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsabout 6 years ago

    Oh how beautiful George, a most wonderful capture!

  • Thank you Kathie. It’s strange how we photogs are, I was going to post this a long time ago and kept putting it off, wasn’t sure if it would be of any interest. Glad you liked it. Seems like yesterday I took it, I can hear the guys telling me to hurry up, the mosquitoes were bad!!

    – George Cousins

  • ubumebme
    ubumebmeabout 6 years ago

    I lived in Fort St John for awhile and traveled as far as the Yukon border. Have you ever been to Liard Hot Springs ? North of Fort Nelson…beautiful area

  • Haven’t been back there since 1955. Most of my time was in Yukon and NWT, all the way across to Baffin Island. We went into places that in most cases had nobody at all and that was really nice, full wilderness and peaceful.

    – George Cousins

  • ubumebme
    ubumebmeabout 6 years ago

    …it must of been so beautiful especially back in 55. I believe the NWT have changed a lot, with the diamond mines everywhere…Baffin Island is protected land isn’t it????

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 6 years ago

    Yes, the settlements were tiny, few and far between. Most of it was total wilderness. I don’t think I’d like to see it now, at least in the “developed” areas. I think most, or all, of Baffin is protected. I’ve never heard of any mineral exploration so far, and there’s not much else to develop. The little places along the coast are very tiny and probably always will be. There’s no trees at all, just rock and tundra, a few huge lakes in the middle, and probably still big herds of caribou. I really would like to see Baffin again, I enjoyed our trips there, the Eskimos we met were wonderful people. I hope they haven’t changed too much.

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekabout 6 years ago

    That’s a great shot, George. Love the wide open space and silhouette.

  • Thanks Stan, I can still hear the guys complaining for me to hurry up. The skeeters were pretty bad!

    – George Cousins

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    outstanding captures

  • Many thanks Scott, truly appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    Featured in Odds & Ends Group 26/01/2013

  • Many thanks for the Feature, really appreciated!

    – George Cousins

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