Baffin Island and Sea Mist

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Baffin Island and Sea Mist

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 hunting grounds. 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 on 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: +3ºC Latitude: 71º00'N Longitude: 69º33'W

Photo; © Paul Ward - These are pictures from a cruise to the High Arctic in high summer, from Resolute Bay, Canada to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.