Storm Approaching at Miles Canyon
Miles Canyon is a cool spot just south of the capital city of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. It has pretty cool geologic features and is a very narrow stretch of the Yukon River that has proved quite treacherous and deadly, especially during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s. On this particular day, we did not stick around the canyon for very long because we could see stormy weather on the horizon. We were able to escape the storm for a short amount of time, but it eventually caught up with us while we were driving and gave us a bit of Yukon hail.
Ben Loves Marshmallows
A nice campfire was always a pleasant way to end a day of fieldwork in the Yukon. And part of that campfire experience definitely involved marshmallows. My first time in the Yukon, I was with another student, Ben, mapping out vegetation along rivers. We both loved campfire marshmallows, and I was able to capture Ben’s elation in this photo. However, I was unable to capture our disappointment upon trying some horrible ‘flavoured’ marshmallows…I’m not even sure I could describe what they tasted like!
Have you ever woken up at 4am and had a strong desire to put on a ton of warm layers, grab a shovel and scientific equipment, and head out into the Yukon night to dig a snowpit? I’m guessing not, in which case, I present the above photo to give you an idea of what such a scene would look like. Since the research I was working on dealt with melting and refreezing snow, we had to do some snowpits in the middle of the night to capture the refreezing part. We didn’t stray too far from our cabin, but considering we were still pretty far out in the middle of nowhere, it was still pretty cool and slightly eerie at the same time.
4 Cool Yukon Pups
From left to right, this is Luka, Karma (in back), Tatra, and Tagish Charlie. The owners of the cabin in which we stayed for much of our time in the Yukon had their own cool cabin nearby along with plenty of wilderness all around, and these dogs had a good old time exploring and protecting the home. I believe I took this photo at a time that the owners were away, so that’s why they were in their fenced-in area. Luka, the big while fluffball on the left, was crazy protective and barked at us like crazy. The other three were fun and playful, and they all were just another component of an awesome Yukon experience.
The Yukon, Forest Fires, and GIS
The majority of my time during graduate school was centered around all things Yukon Territory. My research focused on snowmelt in the Yukon, but I was able to work my love for the Yukon in to other projects as well. This poster was created for my one Remote Sensing course and describes how I used a series of aerial photos from different years to track effects of forest fires in the boreal forests of southeastern Yukon Territory. This project was one of many that allowed me to play around with map-making a bit…career skills in their infancy!
Pelly Mountains in Black and White
One of my favorite mountainous views in the Yukon. Gotta love the Pelly Mountains!
Summer Skies Over the Yukon River
Miles of wilderness, light and fluffy clouds, warm summer temperatures, and the glorious Yukon River…sounds like a good day to me! This photo was taken on my first day in the Yukon, and it was a beautiful day for a long 360-mile drive in the Yukon from the capital city of Whitehorse to the tiny town of Faro.