Several people have asked me how I got this picture of a wild wolf howling in the arctic. I have shared the recipe below for anybody who is interested.
(Note: this story was published in Canoe Roots magazine).
Recipe for a wolf photograph
Preparation time: 4 months
Preheat: until ice melts in Nunavut.
Bake: 7 weeks on the tundra
Serves: 1 (forever)
Though not complicated, this recipe is time consuming, requires risk and contains ingredients you likely do not have at home. But do not be discouraged – the results are fulfilling.
Prepare to lose job – set aside
Ring hands nervously for 3 weeks
Once raw, ask boss for 2.5 months off work
Once complete, combine:
Late nights and approximately 100 lbs of food dehydration.
Beat in sufficient hours of route, logistics and equipment planning (this will take longer than you think – plan accordingly).
1 ounce anxiety.
One large cheque to cover costs.
Add a river of clean, unfiltered cold water (stirring continuously with wooden paddle).
Stuff 16 foot canoe (preferably red) with all dried ingredients, camera gear and camping equipment
2 helpings solitude
1.3 million square km wilderness
1 healthy dollop humility
1 Tbsp laughter (Jovial brand is preferable to Maniacal)
Sprinkle with birdsong and keep warm
In a large pot:
Whisk 1 large serving of bug bites until thick (include scabs)
Add one canoeist, mix thoroughly and combine with mixture above
15 meals bannock
6 days upstream travel
8 days portaging (or until feet tender)
2 scoops rapids
1 tsp grated nerves
A dash of fear
Juice from one blister
1 extra helping freedom
2 doses exhilaration
Slather with sun screen and liberal amounts of bug dope. Place in equal parts sun, wind and rain (snow is not a reasonable substitute). Garnish with 1 canoeist rolled in a meadow of tundra flowers.
Let set in the arctic for 7 weeks and voila!
Note: Applies equally well for photographs of barren-ground grizzlies, caribou, muskoxen etc, but results may vary.