Eskimobugt

Eskimobugt, Nordvestfjord, Scoresby Sund, Greenland. Day 49. 16th August 2013.

Eskimobugt or Eskimo Bay is in Nordvestfjord, the north west extremity of the Scoresby Sound fjord complex.  I can’t be more specific than that.

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There was a sad sight when we landed.  There were some musk oxen wandering around in the distance, both adults and young.  However, rather closer to us there was a dead mother musk ox and her calf lying down beside the body, waiting to die of starvation.

This is a group of our expeditioners observing this from a polite distance.  This also has the element of a sad scene.  The central tall person with a light coat and blue hat, the genial Dr John Boyd, is no longer with us.  He died of a heart attack at the unreasonably early age of 50 or so.

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Musk ox calf on the left; dead mother on the right.

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An adult musk ox, maybe moulting after winter.

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Musk ox skull.  There had been fatalities here before.

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Views over Nordvestfjorden.

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This is a two-image panorama and expands to a larger size.

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The inevitable accompaniment to a walk in Greenland or Spitsbergen.

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This image also expands to a large size if you click on it..

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Another musk ox.

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Arctic hares.

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There was no walrus to talk to, no-one in our party called Alice and this is not even a white rabbit.  For one thing, the ears are too long.  It is of course, an arctic hare.

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Hare we go again….

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Some icebergs attain quite fetching shapes.

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Eskimobugten.  Well, here is the remains of an ancient Inuit residence.

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Part of a reindeer antler …

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… and I guess, part of a reindeer backbone.  Perhaps leftovers from an Inuit feast.

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Inside wall of an ancient Inuit house.  Bones at the top and probably a safe at the bottom.

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That same dwelling wall in the context of its environment.

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9 comments on “Eskimobugt

  1. Heart attack at 50, shouldn’t have happened. Did it happen on this adventure? Sad. Great photos as always. That area probably too cold for caterpillars anyway.

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  2. Interesting post, and so sad about the musk ox calf. My favorite shot was the misty mountains two above “another musk ox”.

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