This mission in Nunavut consists of documenting the work of prospectors. When I got there, I immediately boarded a Bell 407 helicopter. Rémi, the pilot, asks me if I have already “worked” with the Ferrari of helicopters. I tell him that I have more experience with the B2. He confirms to me that he also likes this aircraft, but that today we are in a high performance aircraft. In flight, the landscape is defined by minimalist beauty. Here, no trees. Not even a shrub. We only see rocks as far as the eye can see, punctuated by countless bodies of water. A few hills here and there. In other words, the horizon is revealed to infinity… In this desert weave that scrolls at 200 km/h, dark spots break up the monotony of the decor. Rémi, looking intrigued, observes the animals in turn and asks me: “Have you ever seen muskox? ” This English name designates the famous musk oxen of the Arctic. After dozens of trips to the regions of the Canadian Far North, I have never been able to come across one. This is an opportunity to be seized. The pilot smiles at me and begins a maneuver from which I feel the descent. Once the helicopter on the ground, an approach in the relief of the tundra allows me to photograph this mastodon, with prehistoric looks.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128