Ice-Blog: Sun returns after dark Arctic winter

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DW-bannerThe sun has come back over the horizon.
(Irene Quaile / Deutsche Welle)
(Irene Quaile / Deutsche Welle)

I can understand why people celebrate it here. At the moment there are just a few hours of light. Now the sun actually appears at around 12. In between the Arctic Frontiers conference sessions, I took a lunchtime walk to see the sun come up. What a difference it makes to how you perceive your surroundings! I cannot resist sharing a few visual impressions with you on the Ice Blog:

(Irene Quaile / Deutsche Welle)
(Irene Quaile / Deutsche Welle)

Reflections! No reflections without light! We tend to take our light for granted. It’s very special after the winter darkness here.

(Irene Quaile / Deutsche Welle)
(Irene Quaile / Deutsche Welle)

This would me my preferred means of transport here.

But others go for a more universal type. Are there snow chains for bikes?

(Irene Quaile / Deutsche Welle)
(Irene Quaile / Deutsche Welle)

Of course people dress for the weather. Elegant?

(Irene Quaile / Deutsche Welle)
(Irene Quaile / Deutsche Welle)

Traditional, warm, practical.

(Irene Qualie / Deutsche Welle)
(Irene Qualie / Deutsche Welle)

And a final view of frosted snow trees against the winter sunlight.

(Irene Qualie / Deutsche Welle)
(Irene Qualie / Deutsche Welle)

Now back to the science sessions of Arctic Frontiers. The place has quietened down since the departure of the politicians.Remember to check for updates on Twitter @iceblogger

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Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle

Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle

Scots-born journalist Irene Quaile works as Correspondent for Environment and Climate Change with Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster. She has also worked for German national radio, Radio Netherlands, the BBC and ABC Radio National, Australia. Irene has received several international radio prizes , including a New York International Radio Festivals gold medal and a United Nations gold award for outstanding radio. She has travelled widely to countries including Mongolia, Laos and Tanzania, working on development and environment-related issues. Since 2007 she has been specialising on the Arctic and made trips to the Arctic regions of Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland, making radio and online features on climate change and its impact on ecosystems and people. The Ice Blog was created during a trip to the Alaskan Arctic in 2008. Read Irene Quaile's articles

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    25 January 2014 at 8 h 01 min
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    It’s exasperating to see such nice pictures/images and not be able to determine exactly what area the photographer/camera is in. At least a clue to Latitude. City/Town would be nice.

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