I awoke this morning and the view out my window was magnificent. Powdery snow had fallen everywhere. As the rain clouds cleared and the snow came, a quiet calm morning followed by a surreal sunset in the afternoon made for a perfect day. Now this is what I expected of November in the Arctic Circle.
The snow may have made getting around a bit trickier today, but it was so pretty I barely minded. With a low level of planned activities, I was able to breathe in the arctic air, and enjoy seeing the town as it often looks in late fall and winter. The snow clings to rooftops and the textures of the mountains are visible even from far away. The water in the harbor was more visible with the rain cleared as well. The icy water was calm, with colors that changed by the minute as the sun rose and then set again in early afternoon. Without wind, the wintry weather was welcomed. While I have more to share about our ongoing work, tonight I just need to share the quiet beauty of this day.
I am an anthropology professor, writer, researcher and global traveler. This fall, I will be recording a research trip to Greenland as a virtual field trip for my students (and anyone else interested). Join us as we travel to the Arctic and learn about life in the far north.