Something to ponder from farther north

I have posted here before about my friends Dave and Kristen Olesen and their family, living near the mouth of the Hoarfrost River on the northeastern arm of Great Slave Lake in Canada. Dave is a bush pilot, a dog musher and an author. He has a blog, “Bushedpilot,” that I keep track of because I don’t want to miss anything he writes.

One of Dave Olesen’s former sled dogs, Banjo, greets morning after a windswept night at the edge of the Barrens in Canada’s Northwest Territories. (Sam Cook photo)

Like this, in his latest post about the scarcity of life on the tundra: “The immensity and emptiness of this landscape is its single most compelling and dramatic attribute. Silence and utter vastness are at the heart of its magic and its allure. It is a reservoir of silence. And as I have written elsewhere, it is more a land of physics than biology. The life that is here is amazing, mostly because, like life in all deserts hot and cold, it is here and alive at all.”

It’s a good post by an honest and unsentimental writer. Check it out here.

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