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PostPosted: October 14th, 2011, 1:29 pm 
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Rob, my frequent tripping partner, happens to be a photographer (http://www.eclipsephoto.ca ). During last winter's New Year's Eve trip he took his usual complement of photos, many of which were fantastic. One of those, though, was striking in a way that exceeded the others. Others agreed too, and the photo got some attention and was noticed by the folks at Environment Canada that put together the Canadian Weather Trivia Calender.

Check it out at http://www.eclipsephoto.ca/index.php?showimage=181

It was about -30°C when the photo was taken and we were celebrating New Year's Eve round the campfire. The hot tent shown is owned by Rob & I. My back is to the camera and my dog, Kaya, is beside me. This was an outing of the Saskatoon Snowshoe Club (http://www.saskatoonsnowshoeclub.org ) and we camped in a frozen bog at the west end of MacKay Lake, Saskatchewan (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=MacKay+La ... e&t=h&z=13).

The folks from Paws 'n Paddles (http://www.pawsandpaddles.com) stopped by while travelling through by dogsled to say hello. (Miriam may mostly have been checking up on the dog but she seemed immediately at ease upon seeing we had a hot tent.) They dropped off a sled load of firewood for us and a "jack pine candle". The candle was a new thing for us - you light it at the tip and it burns down through the centre shedding a lot of light as it goes - and a great addition for New Year's Eve.

You can find Mark's trip report at http://www.saskatoonsnowshoeclub.org/20 ... -2011.html.

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Great photo Brian,,,,good report as well

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Congrats to Rob on the calendar photo. That is one stunning photo. I also like the "style" too: open fire cheer and hot tent for retiring into on a deep cold night. Good trip report too. You are lucky to have such cold dry winters in northern Saskatchewan, and so much water in the north.

Rabbits: Were they frozen solid when you retrieved them in the morning, and if so, how did you clean them? Just cut the quarters off, skin on, and cut away the back, and peel skin later? Or did you warm them, skin them gut, etc.?

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Hi HOOP,
I wasn't in charge of the rabbits, but I happily helped to eat the stew. I'll have to ask Mark (aka Wildpaddler) to pop in here and add the details.
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PostPosted: October 19th, 2011, 3:57 pm 
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HOOP_ wrote:
Rabbits: Were they frozen solid when you retrieved them in the morning, and if so, how did you clean them? Just cut the quarters off, skin on, and cut away the back, and peel skin later? Or did you warm them, skin them gut, etc.?

I had lunch with Mark yesterday and asked him your question. He replied that when they found them in the morning, they weren't yet frozen. One (at least) was still alive and strangled itself in it's efforts to escape the captors. After removal form the traps in the morning the rabbits were skinned and cleaned, prepared for the pot.
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