An Inukshuk (“likeness of people” in Inuktitut) on the shoreline of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada. Stone Inukshuks have been constructed for eons by the Inuit in far northern arctic latitudes. Inukshuks were frequently used to designate direction; some have ‘arms’ longer on one side to point the correct path toward a distant village on the featureless arctic tundra. Still other Inukshuks designated a food cache, trails, or hunting grounds, all of which were crucially important to arctic dwellers.

This particular Inukshuk stands in sub-arctic Churchill, Manitoba, Canada along the coastline of Hudson Bay.

As dusk took over from this long lasting arctic summertime sunset over Hudson Bay, beluga whales fed on capelin (an oily bait fish) in the frigid water just off the beach amidst ice floes. All was silent other than for the cries of seabirds intermingled with whale breaths. I guess this sums up why I love the arctic.

Canon 50D, Canon 10-22mm lens, shutter 1/200, f/10.0, exposure bias -1.33, focal length 17mm, ISO 400.

Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

July 12, 2009

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  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Thank you ever so much, Gina, from Gina!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 5 years ago

    what an amazing place.. great sight and info.. thanks for letting us share a peek


  • Aw thanks so much, dinghysailor1! I’m still on a bit of a high from being up there in the far north. It’s a special place for me.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful image, my friend!

  • Bela, thank you for your continued support, as always!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Loisb
    Loisbalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful – this one belongs on a lot of walls. Great silhouettes and color.

  • Dear Loisb, I wish many people felt the same as you do..:-))) Thank you so much for your sweet and very appreciated comments!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsalmost 5 years ago

    Very beautiful work! I have one!!! Ted Widen, also Canadian, made one for me. He is also a RB member

  • That’s wonderful, CanDu! Something about the inukshuk form is so appealing, so human and yet mysterious. Perhaps it’s just the fresh northern appeal that is so compelling.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous!! Love the color!

  • Thank you so very much, Laurie!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous!!!! Love the color and the silhouette.

  • KatsEye, thank you for your very appreciated continued support! I’m happy you enjoyed this image…it’s a favorite of mine for the memories it conjures.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonalmost 5 years ago

  • Kelly, I am honored. Thank you ever so much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • OldBirch
    OldBirchalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot!!

  • Thank you, OldBirch! You have a fine appreciation of sunrises/sunsets as evidenced by your portfolio. Fine praise from you that is very appreciated.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • phil hemsley
    phil hemsleyalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning capture! Such rich colours!

  • Hey, surfer-cool-dude! Thanks ever so much for stopping by and commenting!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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