Photographer's Note

71°15'N 177°29'W
Air temperature: 3°C

Zodiac cruise around Cape Litke on the eastern coast of Wrangel Island.

The sun burns steadily through the clouds. The fog curtain lifts slightly and we can see mountainous terrain in the distance. It is a crisp, beautiful morning.

Swarms of birds fill the air, as we approach the land and its jagged profile of high peaks and great folds of rock jutting into the water. We are looking at cliffs of limestone, which were formed beneath the sea and then fractured during uplift, providing the ledges on which the birds nest.

We slowly move along the cliff face, cutting the motor often just to sit amidst this extraordinary natural scene.

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Additional Photos by Nikolay Murenets (Kolyamour) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 101 N: 339] (1760)
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