Ice-Blog: Sun returns after dark Arctic winter

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

Irene Quaile

Scots-born journalist Irene Quaile has been specialising on the Arctic since 2007, when she made her first visit to Svalbard as part of an international media project for the International Polar Year and found herself “hooked” on the icy north. As environment and climate change correspondent for Germany’s international broadcaster until November 2019, she has travelled to the Arctic regions of Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland, making radio and online features on climate change and its impact on ecosystems and people, and on the inter-links between the Arctic and the global climate. Irene has received several international awards, including environment gold awards from the New York International Radio Festivals and the United Nations. During a trip to the Alaskan Arctic in 2008, she created The Ice Blog. Read Irene Quaile's articles

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    Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 08:01
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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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