北极之王 Kings of the north
Polar Bear Week
The largest carnivore on land roams the icy north. Polar bears like this one spend much of their lives on sea ice rather than terra firma, stalking their favorite prey: seals. Superbly insulated against the cold, polar bears are uniquely suited for life on the ice—so they're especially vulnerable to a warming planet. Their plight is the focus of Polar Bear Week, observed the first week of every November, bringing attention to these creatures who live far out of sight of most humans.
Polar bears live in portions of Greenland, Norway, Russia, Alaska, and Canada. Most of Canada's polar bears live near the vast Hudson Bay, seen here near the delta of the Seal River. As summer ends, hungry bears who have been living on fat reserves for months gather on the shores of Hudson Bay, waiting for ice to form so they can return to the hunt. Due to climate change, the ice-free period of summer has grown longer, cutting short the bears' hunting season and making human-bear encounters more likely. And while the latter may seem like good news for bear-watchers, these maritime beasts are best viewed from afar.
一次偏远的旅途 A very remote journey
Trans-Taiga Road, Quebec
If you want to challenge your physical fitness on the go, or if you want to test your mental strength for a lonely journey. Consider coming to Trans-Taiga Road： a very remote journey in Canada. Trans-Taiga Road was built to access a series of hydroelectric dams in Quebec’s north country, it sees very few motorists and almost no tourists.
The Trans Taiga is the northernmost road in eastern North America, crossing some of the continent’s most isolated landscape stretches. The Trans-Taiga Road branches off from the James Bay Road (French: Route de la Baie James) at kilometer 544. It was built as an access road to the hydroelectric generating stations of Hydro-Québec along the La Grande River and Caniapiscau River.
For most of it, you’ll be treated to expansive views of low hills carpeted in spruce trees. There aren’t too many landmarks to delineate this lengthy road, though, with the most prominent ones being Robert-Bourassa Reservoir at mile 39 and Caniapiscau Reservoir at mile 362.
奔腾不息的自然力量 Small but mighty
Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park
Athabasca Falls is one of the most striking waterfalls on the Icefields Parkway, and a visit to Jasper National Park in Alberta wouldn't be complete without it. Despite its low height of just 23 meters, the incredible volume and intensity of the falls make it a renowned gem of the Canadian Rockies. The falls are fed with pristine water flowing from the Columbia Icefield glaciers and snowmelt from neighboring mountains. Mount Fryatt makes for the perfect backdrop with its horn-shaped summit; a result of being carved and sculpted by glaciers from all angles over the years. Mount Fryatt consists of sedimentary rocks deposited from the Precambrian to Jurassic eras.
“瀑布之城”中的小瀑布 Cascade in the 'City of Waterfalls'
Albion Falls, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
The spectacular Albion Falls is just one of more than 130 waterfalls that give the city of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, its sobriquet: Waterfall Capital of the World. The city eagerly welcomes visitors to share in its natural beauty, and there are hiking and biking trails around the waterfalls as well as guided tours. On the edge of Lake Ontario, Hamilton lies 54 miles northwest of Niagara.
As you can see here, Albion Falls is a stepped waterfall with cascading flows that fan out spectacularly. It's 62 feet high (and almost as wide), and there are two viewing platforms at the top for jaw-dropping photo ops. Just obey the signs and watch your footing: There is some fencing, but the ground can be unstable near the cliff edges.
一张来自春天的快照 A snapshot of Spring
Laburnum trees and purple alliums
This snapshot of Spring is from VanDusen Botanical Garden located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Approximately 7,500 species and varieties of plants can be spotted here. Visitors are encouraged to take self-guided tours which are updated almost every month, as new plants take centre stage. Pictured here are the laburnum trees in full bloom. Despite requiring little maintenance, these trees can grow fast, surpassing close to 40 centimeters of growth each year. Given their gorgeous golden arch and walkways, laburnums easily draw visitors to VanDusen Botanical Gardens this time of the year. And if you miss their narrow period of full bloom, you could likely take a stroll through the Rhododendron Walk or take in the numerous flowers in vibrant colors spread across the garden.