16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Greenland Dog Laying in the Snow Drift as the Sun Rises
I was on an extreme expedition with my brother and daughter in East Greenland where our mission was to document the natural history with dog sleds as our only means of transport. We joined two locals of the village Ittoqqortoormiit on their hunting journey to Jameson Land and down the coast searching for seals. Change is constant – the weather whips up in an instant, and then plays itself out in all its glory. The weather is responsible for Greenland's overwhelming sense of drama, and we experience this as we wake up to a blizzard. We are stuck inside an isolated hunters' cabin while the dogs weather the storm raging outside. The sky is clear but the wind is howling, my 18 year old daughter could hardly stand upright. The snow stung like sand in s sand storm, but this Greenland dog just laid there in peace looking out for polar bear. Their thick double fur coat consists of a soft, dense insulating underfur and an outer layer of longer, coarser guard hairs that shed snow, wind and rain.
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