Mountains like these deserve
their own myth I reckon, so here goes:
In a time long long ago there
lived giants and men side by side, they got on well enough
though kept themselves to themselves. As there became more men and more
giants, they started to fill the land that was available and
sometimes find that they were hunting the same animals, from time to time
they would disagree and even fight over the
There was made a council of the
wiser of the men and of the wiser of the giants to try and avoid open war
between the two great races which seemed to be looming. It was
decided that the giants would live in the open ice fields, and
the glaciers. The seas whether frozen or not would belong to
neither and to both. The men would stay on the
rocky ground, on the ice free ground, the meadows and open
lowlands. For part of the year the giants could roam more
freely across the frozen ground, for the other part of the year the
men more freely across the ice free areas.
As a reminder and a warning to
both races as to what might happen if they didn't honor this
agreement some of the men and some of the giants were turned to stone as
sentries who would come to life if either race tried to take
over the other. These sentries can be seen as jagged distant
peaks, the smaller peaks are the men, the larger the giants.
Air temp: +3º C Latitude: 71º 00' N Longitude: 69º 33' W
These are pictures
from a cruise to the High Arctic in August 2010, from Resolute
Bay Canada to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
Pictures copyright Paul Ward.
Pentax digital equipment.