Fort Framing (OWPC: Frame)

Stepping out of the bus at Cape Merry Battery outside of Churchill it was cold, but the wind whipping at our faces was even colder. My gosh it was cold, even the memory of it makes me shiver!

The cold however was temporarily forgotten when looking through the gaps framing the Churchill River. These gaps were where the canons once stood proudly on guard ready to protect against possible enemy occupation many, many years ago.

Frame is this week’s One Word Photo Challenge from Jennifer Nichole Wells.

 

 

 

 

Playful Polar Bears (26 Week Letter Challenge: P)

 

Playful Polar Bears

 

26 Weeks Letter Challenge

 

 

 

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: White

When I read Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge this week was going to be WHITE I knew immediately what I wanted to post. Memories from just over a year ago came flooding back as if it was yesterday.

Whtie on White

As we sat in the comfort and security of our Arctic Crawler, we witnessed one of Mother’s Natures most glorious creations simply being… a mother polar bear and her cub playing. My goodness, it really doesn’t get much better then that!

 

 

 

Polar Bear Holding Facility (Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge #32)

After my post this morning of my photo taken during our February snowstorm, I couldn’t resist posting this sign from Churchill, Manitoba last year.

OddBall Polar Bear Holding Facility

It’s not everyday you are standing outside a huge, and I mean ginormous, warehouse which is hosting 29 polar bears awaiting transfer away from the town centre and the people who live there.

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

 

 

 

Polar Bear Transparency (Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge #30)

This was one of the first Polar Bears we had eye-contact last year so you can imagine how excited we all were when she stood up on her back legs, staring back at us. However this wasn’t quite the image I was expecting, lol.

Polar Bear Transparency

My guess since I was sitting inside the bus, photographing through the window glass, is that it’s a reflection of sorts. Be it a reflection of our surroundings from the glass behind us onto the window I was looking through, I couldn’t say.

Whatever the reason, it does make for a rather interesting, albeit eerie, photograph don’t you think? And a perfect candidate for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, lol!

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge #21

 

This will come as a complete surprise I know but I’ve been going through my photos from our family adventure up to Churchill last year. And believe it or not, it wasn’t just all polar bears, there were a few other things as well.

This sign being one of them and seemed more than appropriate for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

Danger Will Robinson Oops

Not making light of the danger which could lurk below but I look at this sign and immediately start waving my hands around and saying… “Danger Will Robinson! Danger! Danger!”

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

 

 

One Word Photo Challenge: COLD

 

This week’s One Word (weather themed) Photo Challenge is… COLD. And nothing says cold quite like a polar bear with snow flakes falling on it.

OWPC - Cold

This polar bear cub along with his mother were the first Polar Bears we saw last November. When the two of them strolled up to our tundra vehicle we thought it was Christmas. That was until snowflakes began falling from the sky, then it really was Christmas.

When we were in Churchill, Manitoba last year I must have taken 1,000’s of photos of JUST the polar bears. Now whenever I scroll through them it’s like looking at them for the first time. Just giving you a heads up, that’s all, lol! 🙂

 

 

Broken and Abandoned (WPC)

The story goes that the MV Ithaka, whilst attempting to sail out of Hudson Bay (Churchill – Manitoba), was caught in gale-force winds, whereby it’s rudder was BROKEN off.

Combined with the ensuing weather conditions the anchor wouldn’t hold, allowing the ship to be pushed onto the gravel in Bird Cove, causing out the bottom of the vessel to be ripped out.

Broken and Abandoned...

There’s also the story that the captain of the MV Ithaka, despite having been advised to remain in port due to the pending storm, refused to pay the fees that staying in harbour would have incurred thus choosing to drop anchor in the bay instead.

Either way the end result is what you see above. All crew members were safely rescued and due to the ship’s close proximity to shore, anything salvageable was.

What’s interesting however is that although Lloyd’s of London wrote the ship off as a complete loss, they refused to pay the insurance claim due to the suspicious grounding. Perhaps there was a little truth in that second story…

 

 

Not a TANGLE! (Travel Theme Challenge)

The Travel Theme from Ailsa this week over at Where’s My Backpack? is… TANGLE!

Whilst going through my Polar Bear photos I happened upon some photographs given to us following our visit last year to Blue Sky Expeditions at Churchill, Manitoba. This one in particular ideal for this challenge.

A Tangle of Dogs... NOT!

Having to harness six excited dogs to a sled, there was inevitably a TANGLE or two before everything was set to go but what bliss once we set sail. This is my Miss Twelve (we had a birthday on the week-end) and I sitting back enjoying our sled ride!

The lack of snow I think is evident which meant our sled had wheels but there were absolutely NO complaints from us as this made the ride so much more enjoyable. 🙂

Without wheels going over the compacted snow/ice in a sled can only be likened to a Ferrari attempting to go over the speed-bumps at a shopping centre – you close your eyes and hope for the best!

 

Mommy, please won’t you play with me?

 

Black and white or color, this mother and her cub are still the cutest couple.

Polar Bear MM2-12 Color

And no matter how long I stare at this photo though, that cub just won’t bark!