A date with Siku girl: my favourite photos of 2017

2017 was a year when I appreciated having a camera or cell phone with me at all times because I saw a lot of beautiful things in places like Cambridge Bay, Iqaluit and Rovaniemi—and many of these things lasted only seconds.

So, here are my 10 favourite photos of 2017, beginning with my Number 10.

10Here you see ice nearby Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, taken from the air, in this photo from late March.

Number 9

Here are two similar views down into Frobisher Bay, from Happy Valley in Iqaluit, Nunavut from April, then in May. I like these both, especially the photo with the pink sky.

Number 8


Here you see sled dogs, a photo taken on the ice maybe in mid-late May, in Iqaluit, Nunavut, near the causeway. What I like here are the colours. Very spring-like and ephemeral. It’s probably my favourite photo of the year on this account.

Number 7


Here you see a huge and surprisingly full moon rising above the roof of the house next door in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. It was rising so quickly I just grabbed my camera.

Number 6


Charming fairy trees: ice-coated birch trees in Rovaniemi, Finland, taken in mid-November. I wanted to look at them all day.

Number 5

Beautiful and fast-fading frost flowers, photographed in early October in Cambridge Bay Nunavut.

Number 4

real4Embroidered dancing kamiks from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.

Number 3


Can it look hot and be minus 45 C? Sure. That’s what it was in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut last November when I took this double-sun sunset photo from the shelter of the back porch.

Number 2

2My first fog-bow. I had never seen a fog-bow until early last October in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, where the light often does funny things.

Number 1

1Here’s the proof that you don’t need a freezer to store fish in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut where these fish were flash-frozen on top of a freezer in late October.

My runner-up

5.jpgThis chubby snow bunting was always at the feeder until one day he left….

You can see my favourite photos of 2016 here.

And I encourage you to read my blog series “Like an iceberg” about being a journalist in the Arctic in the 1990s as well as my most popular blog entry to date on the ancient links between Inuktitut, Saami and Finnish.

Hoping you all have a great 2018.

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🎆Gott nýggjár
🍾Onnellista uutta vuotta
🎆Ukiortaami pilluaritsi
🍾Gleðilegt nýtt ár
🎆Godt nytt år
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🎆Buorre ådå jagev
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🎆Luholâš uđđâ ive
🍾Gott nytt år
⭐Happy New Year⭐

My top 10 photos from 2016

365 days and thousands of photos later— these are 10 photos which I took that I liked the most.

1. I woke up to this sky this past October in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. I didn’t want to go outside to photograph it, but the colour just got too bright and red. A friend calls it my Martian sky.1

2. In August, also in Cambridge Bay, when the sun had set, the sky was lit up on top with a pink colour, then became deeper blue below.  I also realized in this photo there’s a lot happening besides the sky: There’s a tanker and a friend walking home.2

3. I went driving around to try and catch the super-moon as it rose in September in Cambridge Bay: Here you can see it rising over the airport.3

4. A peregrine falcon warmed itself on this September day. That day by Mt. Pelly outside Cambridge Bay we saw many hawks and peregrines all enjoying the mid-20 C temps.5

5.But it was not always sunny. On this morning the sunrise looked a bit apocalyptic though the window, with Cambridge Bay’s fuel tank farm in the distance.4

6. I took a walk up to the dump in Cambridge Bay and found a few dozen sand hill cranes feasting on the trash. dsc05314

7. Ice grows in bubbles beside a pond in Cambridge Bay, not sure exactly how.7

8. I never get tired of watching snow buntings which hung around this year well into October in Cambridge Bay.8

9. Wow! On a visit back to Finland, the bright , bold colours of Marimekko designs impress me many years after I worked as a salesclerk in the company’s stores.DSC04023

10. And here I am with my Finnish sister Kirsti this past summer in Finland, just the best place to be.10

Let’s all have a great 2017 to come! Onnellista uuttaa vuotaa!