For months I have been thinking about and investigating great animal migrations around the world... from butterflies and birds, to whales, to wildebeest in Tanzania to Caribou in Canada.
I've talked to naturalists, looked at photos, discussed ideas with lodges and remote camps and researched different species in their environment... and todays blog is about one of the largest Caribou migrations in North America, the 250,000 strong Quamirjuaq caribou herd.
For thousands of years this herd has migrated across the Barrens west of Hudson Bay. From late August onwards, throughout the autumn, the caribou are spread out over the tundra of south western Nunavut in one of the most remote places in the world that very few get to visit each year.
And while I love photographing the Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania and Kenya... Let me paint a picture for you that just might excite you as much as it excited me...
Take the Wildebeest herds and substitute them with migrating Caribou that have been following the same migratory path for thousands of years.
The landscape isn't dry and dusty like it is in Tanzania, instead its autumn colours of the tundra – crimson reds, vibrant yellows and shimmering oranges as a backdrop to caribou with full racks that can, at times, walk within meters of you.
In Tanzania you have Cheetah, Leopards ands Lions that prey on the wildebeest. In Canada's north its Arctic wolves, wolverines, foxes and bears that can be present in the tundra.
Tanzania has its eagles and colourful birds, but in Canada's tundra its arctic swans, snow geese, bald eagles, hawks and falcons, Snowy owls, over twenty-five species of ducks and Rock and Willow Ptarmagen that gather and cackle in the bushes as the turn to winter plumage.
Then at the end of the day, when you're usually relaxing and talking with friends in Tanzania... well, in Canada we are all gathered around the campfire relaxing on our Muskoka chairs waiting the the aurora to dance in the skies above the lake and the tundra.
Join Marc Muench and Kevin Pepper on a journey to one of Canada's northern territories. Our destination, Nunavut. The first impression many visitors have of Nunavut is that of its vast expanses of pristine wilderness and exotic wildlife. Comprising most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, about one fifth of the total landmass of the nation, Nunavut is the size of Western Europe. It is the largest yet least populated of all the provinces and territories in Canada, and one of the least densely populated places on the planet.
Together we will witness mothers with young Caribou calves along with males with their fully grown antlers, full of velvet.
This authentically Canadian experience is at the heart of Canada's Remote Wilderness - the Arctic Barrenlands - a three hour private flight charter from Yellowknife and 400km west of Hudson Bay.
Caribou, wolves, grizzly bears, over twenty-five species of ducks and more are just some of the wildlife that call our tour destination home.
This is an experience you will never forget. From local guides who know the traditional routes of the caribou, knowledgable staff on hand to give presentations on the animals and the flora and fauna, to shimmering northern lights in the evening, to the silence of the tundra broken by the hooves of caribou, this late summer/early autumn Arctic experience will surprise and delight at every step.
This uniquely Canadian adventure is unsurpassed at offering all the beauty and real wildlife Canada has to offer.
If that wasn't enough, this is your opportunity to attend a workshop with one of the most talented photographers I know, Marc Muench.... well, and me too of course! ;-)
Marc is a internationally renowned landscape photographer with eleven book titles to his name, ESPN outdoor shows and numerous magazine, calendar and poster titles to his credit. Marc is a third generation landscape photographer following in the family tradition started by his grandfather Josef Muench and then his father David Muench.
His most recent exhibition was titled “Explorations” at the Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos CA.
Marc has completed photography training videos with Creative live and Craftsy, on landscape photography in 2015... And in May of 2016 Marc was designated a Hasselblad Ambassador.
There are now only 3 spots left... so if you want to join us in the perfect isolated opportunity to learn from the best, at one of the best locations in the world for a photography workshop, click on the button below...
We hope to see you in Canada