Northern Exposure

The stage of time-based ecological processes is not particulate suitable for the attention span of the human audience.
Overview of Bloodvein River in Manitoba.
We also have a problem connecting consequences with ecological processes and events happening in different parts of the world. But inevitably, in the living world, everything is connected. The excessive evaporation of a large warming lake in one Canadian province can affect the ecology of another one.
Bloodvein River
Bloodvein River

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Denison Falls , University River
Denison Falls , University River

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Boreal Moonlight - Wabakimi region
Boreal Moonlight - Wabakimi region

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Bloodvein River
Bloodvein River

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To keep an eye on what's happening on the ground in the boreal zone, one must travel by water. I use a canoe, a watercraft that has not changed much in hundreds of years. The waterways, rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds are the blood veins of the boreal zone. They are the only means of redistribution for water and the accumulated in it solar energy.
Northern Lake
Northern Lake

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Northern Lake
Northern Lake

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The growing fluctuations in the water supply have an evident impact on the health and stability of this vast stretch of boreal ecology. It affects its functionality as an effective carbon sink and working ecosystem.
Boreal shoreline with tree burnt by fire.
Boreal shoreline with tree burnt by fire.
Once I paddled my canoe for three whole days along the path of one wildfire. By the end, I spent one quiet evening sitting on the shore and listening to the sound of falling down trees scourged by this fire. A soul-piercing sound, one by one, every few minutes, stretching that evening into a dark night.
Boreal forest in Ontario
The ultimate freedom of the human mind transpires in the choices it makes. That coincides with the specific value assigned to the process happening around us. Collectively, we didn’t think much about our vital interests. Individually, we screened ourselves from it as much as we could.
 
In reality, the perceived utility of boreal forests doesn't stand for much. At this time, the boreal forest is the primary source of material for toilet paper production on this continent. As our world is rapidly changing.