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A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web Extra.                                                    Continue reading

Good Golly it's GOATS!

A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web Extra One of the main predators of the mountain goat is the golden eagle.  With a wingspan that can get up to almost 6 feet, these glorious creatures are able to actually pick up some goats and release them to a squishy doom.  The goats are especially vulnerable when they’re young, which many of them are between mid-May and mid-June. With this in mind, I set out to view the mountain goats on White Mountain, about an hour south of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway.  I’d hoped to see Mother Nature show its brutal side.  To catch a glimpse of life’s rawest ebb and flow. Instead I learned about goats. Continue reading

Ancient Shades of Green

This story originally ran in the Spring 2015 (V9I1) edition of Yukon, North of Ordinary. On March 17, people throughout the world turn their collective gaze to Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In Eire (Ireland) it is a holiday, when many go to morning mass, then attend costumed parades with music from fife-and-drum bands. I noticed while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dingle (on the southwest coast of Ireland) that most people wore fresh cut clusters of shamrocks on their coat lapels to show love and loyalty to their country and honour the teachings of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.   It is said that Ireland has over 40 shades of green that weave through the rolling mountains, hillsides, and patchwork pastures of the northwestern European country. The warm temperatures and amount of rain that falls throughout the year creates a perfect growing environment for all things green. Continue reading

Enigmatic Species of the Tundra

This story originally ran in the Fall 2014 (V8I2) edition of Yukon, North of Ordinary. A little-known aspect of the Yukon is the scientific research conducted within the territory. For a landscape that many think empty or unproductive,the tundra and its species are deceptively intricate and complex, and climate research completed here could be crucial. Continue reading

Gazing at the Yukon's Night Sky

This Story originally ran in the Winter 2014 (V8I1) edition of Yukon North of Ordinary.  Joseph Bradley’s craft is all about sharing moments of beauty with the rest of the world. He’s well aware it takes a great deal of patience to capture his favourite subject—the majestic aurora borealis.   “They are challenging and exhilarating to photograph,” the Whitehorse-based photographer admits. “Many people miss them and are not able to see the lights, so I try to capture the experience and give them a glimpse of their beauty.”   Continue reading