About that photo…

The one at the top of this page. I took that photo on the edge of the Arctic Ocean in Barrow Alaska. In the foreground is a whale skull. It’s a stark scene and in a sense a perfect visual metaphor for the uncertain times we live in. You’ll notice a complete absence of sea ice. With a good dry suit, I could have gone surfing. This was not always the case. While Climate.gov is still live, you can see quantitatively how drastically the environment has changed in Barrow here.

Much of the tundra in Alaska is permafrost. That includes communities such as Barrow. And that permafrost is now rapidly thawing. So Barrow’s future is quite uncertain. Look at my photo one more time. Real enough, right?