Many people that do not live in the north have never seen an Inuksuk (pronounced Inukshuk). Perhaps their first exposure was the logo from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. In Canada they are common navigational markers used by the Inuit and are even becomming commonplace among hikers.
Inuksuit (plural of Inuksuk) are used to mark travel routes or a specific place of interest like a good fishing spot, a camp, or a hunting ground. In recent years hikers have found that making them is easy and they are so much more attractive than a sign marking the way in the wilderness.
This Inuksuk is probably better described as an Inunnguaq, which is an Inuksuk that represents a human figure. I found it on Cow Head Beach in Newfoundland and it marks a trailhead.
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This is a double-processed HDR image. I made 3 exposures: one for the shadows; one for the midtones; and one for the highlights. The exposures were blended together using Photomatix. Then I used Topaz Adjust to re-process the combined image which further enhanced the details in the stones.
This is the last of my images from Newfoundland. I will have to return one day to see the rest of this magnificent province. On this trip I wanted to maximize my time by spending all of it Gros Morne National Park and I could have spent much more time there. It is one of the most remarkable places I have ever visited. The scenery is as striking as the people are friendly. And they are so much fun to talk to with that accent 🙂 It’s just the kind of accent that sounds happy and makes you smile.
Next week I will bring you some images from Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick as I make my way back around the maritime circle and get ready to cross the line into Maine and start following the changing colours south.