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Old Oct 24, 2010, 4:32 PM   #1
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First a look at what ice fog leaves behind. (all shots were with the Pentax K10D and the M 100mm f4 macro)
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 4:33 PM   #2
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The actual fishing.

The top images shows the frozen harbour well. Sorry if some are not sharp, it was -5C and difficult to manually focus. Batteries went dead from the cold after about 20 minutes.
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The unfortunate by-catch, can't eat them, can feed them to the dogs. Similar to sculpins back home these frog faced fish have barbs that can give the unwary a nasty jab. They are extremely plentiful in this shallow water near shore. Sorry to the weak stomached.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 4:50 PM   #4
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Great pictures! I love forums like this, with a world wide audience/membership, you get to see and hear about neat things from all over the world. Thanks for sharing! (By the way, it was 87 here on the way home from T-ball practice )
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It is a balmy -5C here, actually about 5C above normal. There is great concern here about global warming since the ice and cold are important to this area. An ice road usually connects Tuk to Inuvik by mid December, lately it has often not been open until the end of the month causing higher prices since goods have to be flown in. It also means a great impact on sea life and polar bears who depend upon the sea ice.
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B-r-r-r-! That's cold, alright - and it will probably get worse later on I think I once suggested Pentax's weather resistant "coldproof" W90 for a pocketable backup. From the specifications:

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Operating temperature: 14-104F (coldproof) Weather Resistant: Yes, JIS Class 8 waterproof submersible to 20’, JIS Class 6 dustproof Shock Resistant: Yes, shockproof to 4’
That's -10 - 40˚C, a 5˚C (41˚F) improvement at the low end, and it might last longer than 20 minutes, too.

As for the loss of sea ice, don't forget the Walruses and seals - they depend on it too, as do entire bottom communities that flourish beneath it, and cannot survive well under open water. This is an ominous trend.
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Beautiful photos, Ira!
I really like the first 3 macro shots. Great lens.
Ice fishing? I can understand fishing, weather for food or catch & release for fun but, I can't understand why anyone would fish for Ice, and what do they use for bait?
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B-r-r-r-! That's cold, alright - and it will probably get worse later on I think I once suggested Pentax's weather resistant "coldproof" W90 for a pocketable backup. From the specifications:

That's -10 - 40˚C, a 5˚C (41˚F) improvement at the low end, and it might last longer than 20 minutes, too.

As for the loss of sea ice, don't forget the Walruses and seals - they depend on it too, as do entire bottom communities that flourish beneath it, and cannot survive well under open water. This is an ominous trend.
I have been running on those batteries for about two weeks so they didn't really have much left.
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Dan's comment as I was scrolling through your thread and reading it to him is that a dedicated photographer would have taken off their gloves to keep the batteries warm. Yeah, right. This from the original couch potato. His other comment was that he doesn't miss ice fishing at all, and that you were welcome to all that icy fog. I, on the other hand, would be interested to experience such things once - autumn is elusive up here this year.
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Great photos Ira. I really like the rime ice on the playground equipment. Looks like the ice fishing is a very social event, with half the town out there playing on the ice. I enjoy ice fishing a few times each winter, but around here that normally happens from mid-December through mid March. It boggles my mind to think of ice fishing in October!
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