In the wilderness lies the preservation of the world.
Henry David Thoreau
Day 5 – July 14, 2017 – The black wolf
The traditional bannock breakfast, prepared by our Gwich’in team members, is followed in the early evening by a 15-liter goulash. That is the reward for a day filled with light moods from another planet: the tender morning sun entices the media team out of its tent. A black band of clouds drifts through the valley at noon, but in the afternoon the beehive-formed clouds break apart.
In the evening, as May, the elder, tries to decide if she would rather skydive or ride a moose bull, we hear a call through the valley: a black wolf! On the other side of lake, close to the mountain, he quietly makes his way along the shore of the Duo Lakes. Every so often he looks at us across the lake. We are transfixed, we sit down and enjoy the moment. The wild nature becomes very real to us all of a sudden.
Johannes and Tobi carefully move to the zodiac and start across the lake. They try to get close to the wolf, but the wolf retreats. The photos that Ronny and Kai shoot bear witness to the moment a black wolf watches us. We are only guests here. In the largest wilderness area on earth.