Photographer's Note

Today it is ten years since I joined this remarkable site called TrekEarth and during that time I have enjoyed every moment of it, learned many things about photography, learned even more about so many places in this wonderful Earth in which we live and, most importantly, made so many very good friends.

Despite the often very irritating problems of TE about which we complain these days, for me TE remains the most informative photographic site for photographers wishing to hone their skills and find out about our World and also an excellent social site for making real friendships.

As my very first photograph on TE was taken in Greenland forty-six years ago, I thought I should celebrate with another taken during that same trip.

In my life, this is the most remote part of our Earth that I have ever visited - a bay off the northern side of Nordvest Fjord, the largest fjord in the World, in East Greenland. You can see the location if you click on Map:view. In the distance lie the mountains on the south side of the fjord with a glacier easily seen running down to it, probably some eight miles distant. Then the fjord itself filled with icebergs and, finally, the rough glacial moraine and some sparse vegetation of the tundra.

Two of us had travelled to this point by means of a 16 foot (5 metre) wooden boat equipped with a puny 4 h.p. outboard engine from Syd Kap. We did attempt to travel slightly farther up the fjord from this point but the weather started to turn and the water became rougher so, as we were probably at least 200 miles from any civilisation and in 1970 had no means of communication, this was pretty much as far as we ventured. No mobile phones, no radio and the medical kit included little else than some Elastoplast, some bandages and a couple of vials of morphine.

So far, I have been able to boast to my friends on TE that I have never had a photograph removed by our moderators but, I'm sorry to say, I may not be able to do that for much longer. Because this, in fact, is a 46-year old "selfie" - this is me going for a stroll through the tundra. I can't remember for the life of me if I gave my camera to my fellow "explorer" or if I sat it on a rock using the self-timer but it was certainly taken with my camera - my old Edixa Prismat - which I still have - and which still works. The film was Kodachrome 64 colour slide film.

Incidentally, I was a medical student at the time and this was part of the Dundee University 1970 Scoresbyland Expedition.

So many thanks to all who have shown so many wonderful photographs, written so many fascinating and informative notes, made so many polite critiques of my mediocre pictures and, most of all, become my friends!

For those interested, I have posted a workshop of a Map of our Journey.

And here is a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE.

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