Today is the first day of fall, but fall starts early in the arctic. I was eager to study polygonal ground situated inside Haughton Crater - formed as a result of the expansion and contraction of permafrost throughout the year. While most if the island is devoid of life, the polygons ended up being a veritable oasis to a host of arctic species.
Chief among them is the Arctic Willow - the northernmost woody plant in the world. Standing triumphantly a few inches above the ground, its leaves were starting to change color to a vibrant red-orange as it's short growing season came to end near the beginning of August. This "grove" of willow was perched on top of one of the polygons I was studying. Cant wait for the colors to start turning here in the Ozarks.
Devon Island, Canada