Asgard Morning

20″ × 40″, oil on linen (2019) Glacier Lake, Turner Glacier and Mount Asgard, Akshayuk Pass, Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

From the INTO THE ARCTIC Project

With each step, gusts of wind reaching 80 kilometres per hour threatened to topple me down the moraine precipices lining the narrow path. In the swirling clouds ahead, the flat-topped silhouette of Mount Asgard drew me on. It felt like Frodo’s quest through the perilous mountains of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings.

The next morning, I wandered this otherworldly landscape in the pre-dawn light and found this vantage point. As the sun burned through the mist above the glacier, it warmed my body and something else deep within.

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