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World Adventurer & Traveler
Wendy Broekx

All photos on this webpage are copyrighted to Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

More and more folks are traveling to Canada from all over the world to experience the incredible wildlife wonders of the Canadian North. Wendy Broekx came all the way over from Australia to see caribou, northern lights, autumn colours - and particularily musk-oxen. Well, she saw all those things and definately got her wish on the latter - perhaps even a bit more than she bargained for - when a bull musk-ox snuck up behind her on the last day!

 

Wendy had this to say about her trip to the tundra with Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures:

Wendy Broekx on the tundra / / copyright Horst Baender - all rights reserved
Photo courtesy Horst Baender

 

The camp and surrounding hillls in a protected bay in Nunavut / copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

"The 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' trip was my second to Canada but my first to the 'Barren Lands' - and it certainly won’t be my last!

Having never seen landscape like this was certainly an experience I will not forget.  The wildlife was amazing and I felt lucky to see such variety."

 

"I was greeted with a much needed steaming hot cup of tea to warm my ‘freezing’ cold body when I arrived at the camp and within minutes my blood was pumping and I was ready to photograph!"

The wildlife camp near Chesterfield Inlet in Nunavut / / copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

 

Arctic ground squirrel (sic-sic) / copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved
"I noticed the campsite was safely guarded by a couple of SicSic (Arctic Ground Squirrels) which I thought were the cutest little creatures and couldn’t stop taking photos of them.  Sometimes they seemed to be modelling for the camera and it was a bit of a contest to see who was the better model." 

 

"After exploring the area and feeling renewed from all the fresh tundra air I was blessed with the most beautiful sunset.  I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see what else the amazing Barren Lands had to offer."

Sunset at the wildlife camp / copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

 

Curious bull caribou on the Nunavut autumn tundra / photo copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

"The next day (after photographing more Sic-Sic), Steve (aka Silvertongue) took me hiking.  After learning a great deal about the amazing plants and the animals I encountered my first Caribou.  I was so excited I could hardly breathe.  He showed me how to “Dance with Caribou” so I could get a bit closer to get a few photographs.   Wow!  It was awesome!"\

 

"Even the nights had something to offer – my first ever sightings of the Aurora Borealis –something we don’t see down under in Australia.  It was the middle of the night, my hands and feet were numb, I was shivering beyond belief and I felt sick from being so cold but I didn’t care; I was actually out here in the middle of the tundra photographing the Northern Lights." 

 

Snow & bluse geese in formation / copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved
"Every day offered something new – Snow Geese, Rock Ptarmigan, herds of Caribou, Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes, SicSic, Arctic Hare, amazing lichen and moss, even yummy berries.  Well, everything except Musk Oxen.  They seemed to have disappeared.  We hiked for miles looking for them, Tom even flew for miles looking for them – nothing."

Barrenground caribou on the move / copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

Rock ptarmigan on the barrens / copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

Arctic hare on the tundra / copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

 

"But on the very last morning I was woken to be told that the Musk Oxen were slowly moving in towards our camp.  I have never jumped out of bed so quickly.  I couldn’t believe my luck.  We photographed them from our campsite until they realised they would have to go through the campsite to continue on, so they turned around and headed off in the other direction." 

 

Musk-ox bull / copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

"Later that day while waiting to be collected to head back to town, I decided to try and get a few more photos of the mighty Musk Oxen.  I positioned myself against the rocky hill out of sight, I took shot after shot until I heard a rather loud “grunt” from behind... "

 

"I turned around to find a very large male Musk Oxen staring straight at me just a few steps away.  It scared the living daylights out of me.  I quickly scrambled up the hillside and hid behind a big rock leaving my tripod to fend for itself. I remember thinking, ‘I know I wanted to see a Musk Ox up close, but not up close and personal!’  It was an experience that I will never forget and now makes me giggle every time I think about it."

Musk-ox bull in Nunavut / copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

 

Cool evening at the wildlife camp beach in Nunavut/ copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

 

"By the end of the trip, thanks to the Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures, I felt like an expert at dancing with the Caribou and even mingling with the Musk Oxen."

- Wendy Broekx
Adelaide, Australia

Check out Wendy's website at
www.wendybroekx.com.au

 

 

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All photos on this webpage are copyrighted to Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

 

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