Returning to Yukon...
Do you ever travel to a place year after year? Do you get excited to return and see what has changed? Do you wonder if you will still have the same initial reaction? After returning a year later to Yukon, all these thoughts were running through my head. But of course, as soon as I stepped outside of the airport, I felt like I was returning home. The mountain backdrop and the fresh air still captivated my senses, and filled me with a calming sensation.
Yukon is a location unlike any other. The snow capped mountains contrast beautifully to the yellow and orange hues of the fall colours. The autumn is a magical time of year to visit. The fireweed turns a brilliant red; many of the deciduous trees, such as aspen and birch begin blazing in their fall yellows.
The nights become cooler, which ultimately leads to perfect aurora borealis viewing. The beautiful bright dancing lights are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. Lady Aurora appears in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have also been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie alien like glow.
Aurora borealis, the magical lights of the northern hemisphere, translates to ' dawn of the north'. And therefore, aurora australis, the lights that can be seen in the southern hemisphere, translate into 'dawn of the south'. In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn.
Yukon’s vast wild regions, varied ecosystems, and relatively sparse human population make this location a haven for glorious wildlife encounters. The plethora of wildlife in Yukon is second to none, you can even spot many animals along the roadways. Animals that can be seen along the network of highways include; moose, black bear, mule deer, grizzly bear, coyotes, lynx, caribou, elk and many species of birds.
The Yukon is like no other place in the world. Each time I visit, I fall more in love with this location. The broad valleys, pristine forests, rushing rivers, aurora displays and endless rugged mountain ranges lead to beautiful photographs. I cannot wait for my next trip to Yukon!