Spring is coming, and so yesterday I switched out the header for something appropriate, taken last spring at Dow's Lake during the Tulip Festival.
The Arctic Gallery certainly is a delight to visit.
First Nations peoples have been in the Far North for millennia. In more recent centuries, European explorers had been seeking out the elusive Northwest Passage through this region. In 1845, Sir John Franklin led an ill fated expedition trying to seek the passage. His two ships and the members of his expedition met their fates in the unforgiving north. The ships were found several years ago. Over the years following the expedition, search parties found scattered items and the odd grave. Franklin's last resting place is unknown.
A display case includes some of the remnants. Some of them are recognizable: a hook, buttons, a pipe. Others are less recognizable.
First Nations peoples were far better adapted to the North than Franklin's expedition.
A display screen shows a rotating series of photographs from the Far North, including animals, landscapes, and the human element.
This one, featuring a church in Inuvik under the glow of the Northern Lights, is particularly vivid.
I stepped out of the Arctic Gallery and took a view looking down into the central atrium.
As well as up at the windows on the ceiling.
For today I finish off with this view looking out into the Queens Lantern and what's hanging out there at the moment.